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July 08, 2021
"At this particular moment," Bruni said, "[Pope Francis] looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care."
July 07, 2021
The poet Elizabeth Jennings reviews a book of reminiscences about C. S. Lewis, whom she heard lecture when a student at St Anne’s college. The book, Light on C. S. Lewis, included contributions from Owen Barfield, Stella Gibbons, Austin Farrer, Kathleen Raine, and Neville Coghill, but not J. R. R. Tolkien.  Jennings — whose New
July 07, 2021
Bishops in southern Africa are calling for “restraint and a spirit of meaningful dialogue” in the Kingdom of Eswatini as the government cracks down on pro-democracy demonstrations. Unrest began in the land-locked nation formerly known as Swaziland, after the death of a 25-year-old law student in April, allegedly at the hands of police. Student demonstrations
July 07, 2021
One of the more uncomfortable homilies I can remember included a paean to the “heroic silence” of St Maria Goretti in the face of prolonged sexual harassment by her eventual murderer, Alessandro Serenelli. Maria’s silence, for the homilist, evoked that of Christ during his trials and passion — a connection he meant to be inspiring.
July 07, 2021
The London investment is equivalent to the Vatican’s annual budget, and the idea of a few laymen and a couple of prelates sinking it into a dubious deal, without proper oversight and checks and balances is, well, laughable.
July 07, 2021
"Pope Francis," reads the midday, Wednesday, update from the Press Office of the Holy See, "is touched by the many messages and the affection received in these days, and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer."
July 06, 2021
“It is clear to us that this is part of a plan to stop children from being educated,” said Christian bishop Iftikhar Indryas. “We Christians are being treated like sewage.”
July 06, 2021
Those who want the Latin Mass “only wish to be part of that ‘great orchestra’ of ‘unity in variety’ which, as Pope Francis said, reflects the true catholicity of the Church.” Many with leadership roles in the Church are keen to exclude them.
July 06, 2021
"This morning," the health bulletin said Pope Francis "had breakfast, read some newspapers, and got up for a walk."
July 05, 2021
Antonia Fraser's latest biography "bursts with energy and simmering, righteous anger", says Paula Byrne
July 05, 2021
Leaders Divine Grace No Duty to Die The Power and the Gory Columns Diary – Jacob Rees-Mogg Why small weddings are best – Constance Watson On the literary legacy of Ronald Knox – Serenhedd James Catholic roots run deep in Monmouthshire – Olenka Hamilton Features Secret sanctuary – Discovering a hidden chapel in Norfolk – Francis Young and Brigitte Webster Oxford dreams – Eight centuries of
July 05, 2021
The Dominican Friars have been spreading the Gospel for 800 years. Rev Dr Richard Finn traces their fortunes over the centuries