Cornerstone to host Cardiff’s first Poetry Festival


As an art form, poetry seems to have diminished in the popular mindset in recent years; it is often considered food for children or intellectuals. The beauty and form of poetic prose touches the deepest seat of human emotions breathing life into the mind and heart and can often draw us closer to God himself. To limit poetry to another lost art form or literary work is to place limits on the human soul and its capacity for feeling, imagination and depth.

The Catholic Church has always been a great supporter of the arts, most noticeably in the great works of Art that adorn some of our finest churches, captivating the minds eye with the image of the Divine. This also stands true of poetry itself. Poetry is most notably found in the Liturgy fo the Hours (the Divine Office) as an alternative to the more traditional hymn in preparing us for our work of prayer. There have also been many great Catholic poets over history including Dame Edith Sitwell, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Joyce Kilmer. Continue reading “Cornerstone to host Cardiff’s first Poetry Festival”

Proclaim ’17

Archdiocese of Cardiff Evangelisation Conference

Come and be equipped to share the Gospel! Practical steps forward in pursuing the Church’s mission – to make disciples of all nations. After a keynote address from Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, we will be split into the five tracks that are designed to meet the needs of all parishes at different stages; Evangelising as an Individual, Teams for Mission – What can we do first?, The Unchurched, Non-Churchgoing Catholics, and Growing Parishioners into Disciples. Each track consists of a seminar and workshop which will inspire you but also give you practical help and resources as you take up the Church’s mission. With wonderful speakers from across the UK it really is an event not to miss! For further information and to book, head over to the Proclaim ’17 page.

Click here to see more information about the different speakers.

To book and for further information please go to

Date: Saturday 21st October

Venue: St David’s College, Cardiff.

Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love


Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’, is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. Below you can read the full document and a helpful summary.

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world.

Use the links below to download or those to the right of this article.

Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love 1.12 MB

Summary: Amoris Laetitia 229.87 kB

Q & A: Amoris Laetitia 441.83 kB

Letter From Citizens Cymru Wales


Dear Friends in Christ,

In just over a month’s time, 700 people from communities right across Wales will gather with the leaders of the four main political parties for the first ever Governance of Wales Accountability Assembly.

It will all take place from 18:30-21:00 on March 17th at Eglwys y Tabernacl on the Hayes in Cardiff. We would very much like you to join us – so please register for your free ticket here and encourage members from your Parish, School, organisation or community to come by registering too.

We will be asking Carwyn Jones AM (Labour), Andrew RT Davies AM (Conservative), Leanne Wood AM (Plaid Cymru) and Kirsty Williams AM (Liberal Democrats) to work with us on a series of social justice issues, should the election result in them leading, or forming part of, the next Welsh Government. We will also ask them to share with us (briefly) their vision for the nation and why we should vote for their party.

This forms one part of Citizens Cymru Wales’ work in the run-up to the elections in May.  We will also be registering people to vote, persuading them to turnout on polling day, and training people to build accountable relationships with aspiring politicians on the issues that matter, such as the Living Wage, welcoming refugees, and job opportunities for young people.

If you would like more information please click here for opportunities to get involved.

Hope to see you on March 17th!  Once again, here is the link to reserve your seats.

Mgr. Robert Reardon and Jim Barnaville
Community Organising Leaders Archdiocese of Cardiff

Jonathan Cox
Lead Organiser
Citizens Cymru Wales

Statement on Refugee Crisis by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal-Vincent-Nichols-walks-prayerfully-with-a-lit-candleCardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference, has made a statement on the refugee crisis.

“The Catholic Church in England and Wales will respond to Pope Francis’ challenge to be generous in supporting people who have been forced to flee their homes.

“We urge government to respond positively to this crisis and to provide the necessary resources and funding to ensure the effective reception and long-term resettlement of these desperate people. We will work with both government and other responsible authorities to meet this grave challenge.

“We invite all Catholics to respond in prayer and in real, practical action. It is my hope to join the prayer vigil which is taking place outside Westminster Cathedral tomorrow night (8 September 2015).

“Guidance will follow shortly on how the Catholic community in England and Wales can practically respond to this refugee crisis.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols On Religious Freedom Ahead of the May 2015 General Election

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, speaks about religious freedom ahead of the May 2015 General Election.
Listen to the Cardinal talk about this fundamental human right. One of the Catholic Church of England and Wales’ General Election 2015 short films.

Election '15: Cardinal Vincent Nichols "Religious Freedom" from Catholic Church (England/Wales) on Vimeo.

General Election 2015 – Bishops’ letter to all Catholics in England and Wales
The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes. The letter can be read in full here. It’s also available as a PDF download in English and Welsh.

Marriage and the Family

familyThe Bishops of England and Wales have issued an invitation to us all to become involved in the preparations for the October Synod of Bishops called by Pope Francis to look at Marriage and the Family. A text was printed in last week’s newsletter – if you missed your copy, there are still some spares in the porch. The original, complete with colour pictures we couldn’t reproduce, is displayed on the notice board, or you can access it now by downloading this pdf. In the next month we will think about how we can respond to it in the Family of the Parish, maybe as a Lenten exercise.