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In a nutshell, Catholicism is the most ancient and enduring form of Christianity. Jesus sent his apostles, under the authority of St Peter, to go and proclaim his love to the world – to proclaim that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we find new life; right relationship with God and each other; and the promise of eternal life.

Today the Catholic Church, guided by the bishops, the successors of the apostles, continues this same mission. It does so under the leadership of Pope Francis, who is the successor of Peter. At the heart of Catholic belief is the fact that Jesus becomes truly present in Holy Communion when we celebrate Mass; and that we encounter God in a special way in the seven Sacraments of the Church.

At St Bernadette’s and St Dunstan’s, we seek to live out this faith in worship and in action. We are all invited to deepen in this faith and we are always delighted to help others to encounter it too. Let us know if you want to find out more.


Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton