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September 01, 2021
Where would you go? Assisi. We have been several times before and it has always been a very special place for us. As my wife and I turned 50, we wanted to do a special visit and walk there. But then Covid stopped that. Once the world gets back to normal, we will be on
August 29, 2021
Pope Francis – and indeed Pope Benedict – made a point of being vaccinated publicly; Pope Francis has from the outset expressly supported the programme. Recently he took part in a video to encourage people to become vaccinated: “Getting the vaccines that are authorised by the respective authorities is an act of love,” he said.
August 28, 2021
Early next month, the trial resumes of Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine others charged with a number of serious irregularities relating to Vatican finances – embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of office. Cardinal Becciu is the most prominent, being not only a former close associate of the pope, but the cardinal responsible for the advancement
August 05, 2021
Leaders Why Catholic journalism matters Should President Biden be barred from communion? Threats to the Extraordinary Form Diary Tom Tugendhat MP Columns Bigger is better – why large families are best, by Constance Watson Quite Extraordinary – On keeping the Latin Mass, by Joseph Shaw Soul-searching – complex formulae cannot capture the simplicity of the soul,
August 05, 2021
Where would you go? The walking around Stoke-on-Trent is pretty amazing. I know the area because it is where our factories are. Staffordshire is very little-known and it’s marvellous. At the moment I’m walking in Trentham Park – it’s not exactly a pilgrimage but sort of is because Stoke is a holy grail to me. When I first
August 01, 2021
Pope Benedict lived up to his title of pontifex, or bridge-builder, when he allowed the wider use of the Tridentine rite – more properly the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – in the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum of 2007. There has been 13 years for this concession to advance its stated aim: to foster reconciliation
July 30, 2021
The US Bishops’ Conference is to issue a teaching document “on the beauty and power of the Eucharist”.  It is overdue. In 2019, a Pew survey suggested that barely a third of US Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This is a scandal, evidence of a failure of grassroots catechisis,
July 29, 2021
The demise of the Universe, a Catholic paper with 160 years of history, is both sad in itself and telling about the condition of the Catholic media in Britain. The challenges faced by the Catholic press are several. The most practical is to do with Covid. Historically, religious papers relied on people buying copies from
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 01, 2021
Assisted suicide is back on the legislative agenda with Baroness Meacher’s private member’s bill to legalise assisted dying in England and Wales for terminally ill adults in their final six months of life. Two independent doctors and a High Court judge would have to assess the request. A second reading is expected in the autumn.
July 01, 2021
It is now 50 years since the 1971 publication of William Peter Blatty’s bestselling novel The Exorcist, inspired by a 1949 case of demonic exorcism (it took two priests) that was a news story when Blatty attended Georgetown University in the 1950s. To date there have been two novels, around four films, a television series,
June 01, 2021
Leaders  Our future lies with Dante, 700 years after his death  Our children deserve better Why the story of St Thomas still resonates today Columns Diary – Revd Joseph Simmons Let’s get physical Meeting face to face at last – Serenhedd James Profiting from Penance – The rise of the secular pilgrim, William Cash After death
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