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November 03, 2020
The young people hoping to become adults this year are facing some serious road blocks. Last week, a 30 minute documentary aired on BBC Panorama called Has Covid Stolen My Future? The programme interviewed young people and graduates across the country who can find no work or who have had paid traineeships taken away. Unemployment
October 18, 2020
A government-backed advertisement campaign encouraging people to consider careers in cyber security has been removed after angry backlash. The advertisement pictured a ballerina alongside the caption: “Fatima’s Next Job Could be in Cyber (she just doesn’t know it yet)”. The campaign, released by government programme CyberFirst, was criticised for undermining the Arts. The advertisement came
September 29, 2020
3,000 students across the country are in forced isolation, threatened with fines and arrest if they try to leave their halls of accommodation- even those who have been tested for Covid and found to be negative. At MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University), 1,700 students have been told to quarantine for a fortnight – their halls patrolled
October 22, 2021
Leaders A joyous conversion Catholic MP’s senseless killing must not be in vain Investigate offences to prevent future scandals Diary – Petronella Wyatt Columns Red Mass notebook – A Catholic judge hangs up his wig at the annual legal service at Westminster Cathedral – Sir Stephen Stewart Travelling Together? – As the two-year Synod on Synodality gets
October 22, 2021
Where would you go? The Two Moors Way as I’ve always wanted to walk from Exmoor to Dartmoor, and would stop at the Poltimore Arms, high on Exmoor, a location of Du Maurier wildness and romance where anything can happen (and often does). Who would be your travelling companions? I would take Ziggy, my adorable
October 22, 2021
Hilary Mantel’s decision to ignore the central role religion played in Tudor life turns her books into 21st-century fantasy
October 22, 2021
The Catholic from Chicago, whose healing miracle led to the canonisation 
of St John Henry Newman in 2019, reflects on his teachings
October 21, 2021
The Holy Father gave the only possible response to the independent inquiry on child sex abuse within the French Catholic Church over 70 years: “shame”. It found some 216,000 children and teenagers – the vast majority boys – have been sexually abused by clergy since the 1950s, with the number perhaps rising to 330,000 if
October 21, 2021
The death of Sir David Amess MP diminishes us all: his family and friends, his constituency, his party, British politics. But it is also a loss to the Church. Sir David was a Catholic who took his faith seriously and brought it into public life. He was a disinterested public servant, a champion of his
October 21, 2021
It is a cause of genuine rejoicing that Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, has been received into the Catholic Church on the feast of St Michael and All Angels. He was received by Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body that allows Anglicans
October 13, 2021
Leaders The Synod needs you Mass appeal should be for everyone Vocations need not be consigned to the past Diary – Adam Dant Columns Long Division – In an age of medical apartheid, it’s time for some acts of love, Constance Watson Reading runes – Revelling in the theology of George Mackay Brown, Serenhedd James Compulsory Church
October 12, 2021
Director Stefan Kaminski assesses the inaugural Christian Leadership Formation programme at the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst
October 12, 2021
Where would you go? I would go to Canterbury which is not very original, but I have my reasons. Where I live in south London is very close to the Pilgrims Way and my office is in some almshouses in Peckham called the Pilgrims’ Cloisters. I feel that Canterbury is so essential to the church
October 11, 2021
In this issue, we celebrates the extraordinary life and vocation of Dom Joseph Coombe-Tennant, who died at the age of 76 in 1989. His mother was a noted psychic and he was born – named Henry – as a result of her conviction that a former spiritualist mentor wanted her to have a child by
October 11, 2021
One of the Pope’s titles is that of pontifex, or bridge builder. It is an aspect of his office that Pope Francis might reflect on when it comes to his relationship with liturgical conservatives.   Most recently, in his meeting in Bratislava with Slovakian Jesuits, the Pope addressed his decision to restrict celebrations of the
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