The Creative Campus at Liverpool Hope University was the venue on Tuesday 1 February for a conference reflecting on Catholic Social Teaching.
Hosted by the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the conference 'A Common Endeavour' aimed to examine the vital contribution the Church makes to society.
After their Autumn 2010 meeting, following the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom, the bishops of England and Wales called for a deeper social engagement saying:
'Creating a new culture of social responsibility demands that we all learn from the lessons of recent decades and put a genuine commitment to the good of others ahead of self-interest. It means that the Church must avoid becoming inward-looking or distanced from broader social needs.
'In his recent visit, the Holy Father consistently emphasised the mission of the Church to proclaim afresh the life-giving message of the Gospel. The Church does not exist for her own sake, but for the healing and flourishing of humanity. In coming months we will be seeking to strengthen our work in partnership with other Christians, other religions and with central and local government to help promote a more compassionate, fair and just society.'
Over 180 delegates from across the country listened as The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, welcomed them and Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster introduced the day.
More on 'A Common Endeavour' can be found at:
Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)
Pictures from the Conference