Catholic Voices is a project which began in the UK to improve the Church's representation in the media, above all in news programs and debates. It started in 2010 with the six-month training of 24 lay people and a priest in preparation for the UK visit of Pope Benedict XVI. Our appearances on over 100 ...
A vital public debate on the eve of the historic referendum that will be one of the defining moments of 21st century history, to consider whether Catholic values and interests are best upheld by the UK remaining a member of the EU. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in their statement on the historic EU referendum on 23 June have called for Catholics to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, inform themselves of the arguments of both sides, and to exercise their vote with a view to ...read more
Catholic Voices, originally created for the 2010 papal visit to the UK, is now a major project present in 20 countries worldwide. Its model, training ‘ordinary’ Catholics to tell the Church’s story, has created a whole new generation of confident media and public speakers. It has also transformed the way Catholics are perceived in the media, winning the backing of bishops and broadcasters alike. Fired by the UK example, the project has spread abroad, with CV groups trained b...read more
Catholic Voices has a new coordinator. Brenden Thompson – who has studied theology at Oxford University and at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and works as a Pastoral Assistant at a busy London parish – joins the coordinating team with particular responsibility for Catholic Voices’s public speaking programme. Brenden says: “I have always admired the vision of Catholic Voices. When I first attended their briefings and then applied to become a CV, I was ...read more
Pope Francis’s exhortation on married love and controversies over the Church’s involvement in Peru’s presidential elections were the interview topics in last weekend’s inaugural training for the recently formed Catholic Voices Peru. Dr Austen Ivereigh led the training for the 17-strong group, assisted by CV Peru’s coordinator, Rodrigo Chávarri. The “as-live” interviews were carried out by two local journalists, one of whom is a report...read more
CV in the media
Al Jazeera News - Jack Valero on president elect Dutarte of the Philippines and his offensive comments about the Catholic Church
BBC The Big Questions - Caroline Farrow on "Should the Vatican give more power to women?"
BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour - Caroline Farrow on Priests and Marriage 27/05/2016
BBC Radio Leeds - Joe Ronan on the Bullivant Report on Christianity in the UK 25/05/2016
Talk Radio - Carolyne D'cruze on Amoris Laetitia 08/04/2016
New York Daily News - CV USA Director Chris White on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis's new document on the family 08/04/2016
Russia Today - Sarah de Nordwall on Pope Francis's Meeting with the Russian Patriarch 15/02/2016
International Business Times - CV Peter Williams on the Meeting Between Pope Francis and the Russian Patriarch 06/02/2016
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Our Sunday Visitor
Since it was first released, How to defend the faith without raising your voice has given Catholics worldwide a new w...
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome)
A few months before Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the UK for his historic visit, the Catholic Voices project set out to ensure t...