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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
December 26, 2021
The relics of the saints are profoundly valuable to us: they close the gap between then and now
December 26, 2021
Compliments of the season to all our readers. This may seem like an odd observation in the January issue of this paper, but it is correct. As Fr Richard Ounslow points out in his scripture column, most of the Christmas season falls in January. Properly, Christmas starts and Advent finishes on the night of Christmas
December 26, 2021
It is symptomatic of the importance of the position of Notre Dame in the cultural life of Paris and of France that the proposals for its redecoration after the fire that destroyed its roof have caused such an unholy row. It is not only Catholics who are agitated by what some critics have called the
December 04, 2021
Leaders A lockdownless Christmas EU ruling over abortion harms us all The Father’s Christmas presence Diary – Lady Antonia Fraser Features Stop the horror – Put an end to sexual violence against Christian women, John Pontifex Elgar’s digital revelation– how The Dream of Gerontius sheds new light on English Catholic culture, Joanna Bullivant The ordeal ofCardinal Pell – The Ashes and Evelyn Waugh sustained
November 30, 2021
Where would you go? I opted for the Catacombs since, despite many trips to Rome, I’ve never visited them. They are where many martyrs were buried during the great persecutions to keep them safe from desecration. But they also became early places of Christian worship, particularly the Eucharist which was celebrated around the tombs of
November 25, 2021
The birth of the Christ child is an occasion to reflect on other babies and on life in the womb that precedes birth. The most dispiriting development recently in respect of prenatal human life is the European Parliament’s vote last month, directed mainly at Poland, but having far wider implications. Andrew Tettenborn examines its implications
November 25, 2021
There is something perpetually moving about the Christmas story. It is the account of how God became man, and, with magnificent indifference to human preoccupations with status and accomplishments, became man in a discomfiting fashion. The girl who became his mother was unmarried, her pregnancy understandably a profound shock to the man she was betrothed
November 25, 2021
Christmas celebrations this year will, thank God, be very different from the last. Ordinary life has for the most part resumed in Britain; in some respects, churches lag behind other parts of society in returning to normal. Many parish churches still require masks, social distancing, taped-off pews and thus limit the size of congregations. Others
October 26, 2021
The doors of Sir Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair were flung open wide for the great and the good of the Catholic world last Tuesday for our annual drinks party. The Catholic Herald, in partnership with CCLA, the UK’s leading charity investment fund, celebrated the easing of restrictions with a champagne drinks reception. We
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
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