Portsmouth Diocese e-News Issue 433

February 6th, 2024
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The news yesterday that King Charles is beginning a series of treatments for cancer impels us to commend him to the Lord, asking for God’s blessing on the oncologists, nurses and medical staff who are caring for him and also for a successful outcome. May the Lord Jesus give him strength, courage and patience. Many people have battles with cancer in its many forms at various times in their lives, perhaps people we know in our families and parishes, maybe even you who are reading this. I always thank God for the amazing medical advances that have been made, and also for the tender care given by many of the doctors and medical staff dedicated to cancer treatment. As we pray for King Charles, let us also pray for all who are sick, especially those who are very ill and in hospital at this time, and for the healing of the sick. Let’s remember especially those suffering cancer that with the joy and strength given by the Lord and the efficacy of the treatments they may have a happy outcome. Meanwhile, welcome to e-News this week – just a week away from the start of the great season of Lent! God bless you all.

In Corde Iesu

+ Philip


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Charter of Care for Victims and Survivors

From the Bishop

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Ruth AttfieldHead of Safeguarding, tells us about the diocesan Charter for the Care of Victims and Survivors…

In December 2023, our Charter for the Care of Victims and Survivors was published on the Diocesan website. The Charter sets out our commitment to Victims and Survivors of abuse, providing a clear and transparent outline of the services and support available for those who report having been harmed to us. You can access the Charter via the website HERE. We have also produced a poster of the Charter which we have asked to be made available within parishes, on internal and external noticeboards and shared via all the usual parish communication channels. A copy of the poster has also been circulated to Parish Safeguarding Ministers.

In England and Wales, Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter – this year, Tuesday 30th April – is kept as a Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Here is a prayer you can say now:
Praise to you, Father of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the source of all consolation and hope. Be the refuge and guardian of all who suffer from abuse and violence. Comfort them and send healing for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit. Help us all and make us one with you, in your love for justice, as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life. Giver of peace, maker us one in celebrating your praise, both now and forever, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Read Issue 433 in full here.