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JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...

Rough sleepers turn to DIY as they are denied healthcare

Investment is needed to provide rough sleepers with vital healthcare, a Catholic centre for vulnerable young people has demanded, after it was revealed that one in six homeless people had been forced to pull out their own teeth.

Cathy Corcoran, CEO of the Cardinal Hume Centre said a recent study by homelessness charity Groundswell had highlighted the shocking realities homeless people are faced with when seeking healthcare.

The research found 15 per cent of homeless people have pulled out their own teeth, 70 per cent reported having lost teeth since they had been homeless, 17 per cent said they had lost teeth following acts of violence and seven per cent had no teeth at all.

“The recent Groundswell report reflects the utterly grim reality of life on the streets, particularly for those who are not accessing the care they so desperately need,” Ms Corcoran told The Universe.

The Cardinal Hume Centre was supporting homeless people who find themselves in such a predicament and had been a much-needed lifeline, but more needed to be done.

“The Cardinal Hume Centre is proud to host The Doctor Hickey Surgery, a busy GP surgery which has been with us at our premises in Westminster since we opened in 1987. Their doctors work tirelessly to provide very best standards of care for those without a fixed address. For some people, this place is quite literally a lifeline. What we need to see is more investment in such vital services, to help those on the streets get the healthcare they need.”

Labour MP Stella Creasy (Walthamstow) recently cited the report when she told ministers that many homeless people “hit a brick wall” when they try to access dental services.

Picture: File photo dated 07/02/17 of a person sleeping rough in a doorway. (Yui Mok/PA).

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OTHER NEWS

JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...