International Affairs

The Department for International Affairs assists the bishops and the Bishops' Conference in developing their policies on international affairs. The department works to promote peace, justice and solidarity throughout the world. Areas of work include: Aid and development, migration, environmental justice, racial justice, overseas mission, European affairs, the Holy Land and wider Middle East North Africa region. The Chair of the department is Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton.



Africa is a rich and diverse continent, the second biggest in the world, with 54 fully-recognised countries. Each country has its own economic, political and... Read more



As Christians we are inspired to be stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources. Read more



In 2003, Pope John Paul II firmly linked Europe with Christianity in his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa. He said: "There can be no doubt that the C... Read more


Human Rights

The Catholic Church is committed to protecting freedom of religion or belief for everyone and we believe that this should be a foreign affairs priority for t...Read more


Holy Land

The Christian community in the Holy Land represents a physical link between the modern world and the life and times of Christ - they are the 'living stones'... Read more



The Office for Migration Policy monitors information and prepares briefs on migration to enable the bishops to develop policy and respond to debates. The Off... Read more

modern slavery

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The Santa Marta Group, endorsed by Pope Francis in 2014, is the Catholic Church’s response to human trafficking. It is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Read more