Roman Catholic Church

Church safeguarding 'even more important during lockdown'

Priest
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An independent review group set up to monitor the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic church is continuing to work through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The body, chaired by Baroness Helen Liddell, was established following the McLellan Commission report in 2015.

It made a series of recommendations as to how the church should respond to allegations of abuse.

A group update said: "The work of safeguarding is particularly important at a time when people are physically isolated, may have less support than usual and may be worried and frightened."

The statement also acknowledged "the driving commitment of many in the church to ensure that the vulnerable among us are protected and shielded with love and compassion."

Last year the group called on the Catholic church in Scotland to revamp its measures for protecting young and vulnerable people.

Thieves steal £1.5k camera priest used to stream services

A Roman Catholic priest has had a high-tech camera he was using to live stream masses to his parishioners stolen.

Father Andrew Pastore
St Vincent Over Hulton

Father Andrew Pastore, of St Vincent RC Church in Over Hulton, Bolton, said the camera was stolen by a sneak thief while he was exercising in another part of his presbytery.

"It took me three years to save £1,500 to buy the camera in February", he said.

Salford Diocese has closed all churches during the coronavirus pandemic and several churches including the cathedral are streaming services.

"I'm hoping I can get a replacement delivered before Easter otherwise it will be a very low-spec version I will broadcast on," Father Pastore continued.

"People tell me the online Masses have been a lifeline."

Greater Manchester Police said the priest was among several people to become victims of sneak thieves in Over Hulton over the last week.