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August 16, 2018
The Prince of Wales is known for his interest and involvement, through the Prince’s Trust, in helping young people make a good start in life, not just in gaining skills but by building confidence. It’s less well known that he has a similar commitment to the arts. Prince & Patron, an exhibition included in this
July 19, 2018
James Henry Pullen spent all his life after the age of 12 in asylums. In 1855, aged 20, he moved to the newly opened Asylum for Idiots at Hampton Wick in south-west London. The asylum – later to have the less offensive name of the Royal Earlswood Hospital – was run by a young doctor
July 12, 2018
Britain is accepting thousands of Syrian refugees. But where are the Christians? No Christians at all were among more than 1,000 Syrian refugees resettled in Britain in the first quarter of this year. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) originally recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in Britain, of which only four were Christians.
July 12, 2018
Vicious anti-Catholicism on Glasgow’s streets A Catholic priest was spat on last Saturday as an Orange Order march passed by a Catholic church. The assault did not take place in Northern Ireland, as you might expect, but in Glasgow. Fr Tom White (pictured) was greeting people after the Saturday vigil Mass at St Alphonsus Church
June 21, 2018
Arguably Mexico’s most famous artist, Frida Kahlo is known for the blunt honesty of her self-portraits, her trademark monobrow and the more-than-a-hint of a moustache. She is also remembered for her tempestuous marriage to the mural artist Diego Rivera; for her many affairs including, probably, with Leon Trotsky; for her espousal of both Mexican culture
June 14, 2018
The findings of a new survey of young Catholics are bewildering With the youth synod only a few months away, a major new survey of young Catholics in Britain has some startling findings. On the plus side, Complex Catholicism: The Lives and Faith of Young Catholics in England and Wales Today shows a strong increase
June 12, 2018
A study indicates an increase in Mass attendance, but a failure to accept orthodox Catholic teaching
June 11, 2018
The trip will include a visit to the Marian shrine at Knock, but not to Northern Ireland
June 07, 2018
Back in the 1970s it seemed that almost every student had a well-thumbed (if not falling apart) one-volume paperback of The Lord of the Rings. It was the cult book of the era. There had been “high fantasy” writers before JRR Tolkien – George MacDonald, William Morris, Lord Dunsany and others – but they were
April 27, 2018
The Vatican's financial watchdog said 57 fewer suspicious transactions were flagged in 2017
April 27, 2018
Five priests have been murdered so far this year in Mexico
April 26, 2018
What do you do at the end of your life if you’ve built up an impressive private collection of artwork? Cecil French, a friend of the poet WB Yeats and the actress Florence Farr, was an unsuccessful artist and poet himself, but he collected Pre-Raphaelite art, which had gone out of fashion so was reasonably
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