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June 12, 2020
It’s tempting, at least to the molecular biologists amongst us, to admire the cunning of this particularly slippery virus. It seems to exude evil in every perfectly tiny detail. Yet while it’s killing people, it’s not doing so intentionally. Its sole evolved purpose is to transmit itself between unsuspecting bats: even in a purely Darwinian
May 15, 2020
Pope Francis is to end his live-streamed Masses next week as Italy re-opens churches.
April 29, 2020
The Diocese of Buffalo is to end all financial support from priests with proven abuse allegations
April 15, 2020
"The culture wars are real," Cardinal Pell has said in his first major interview after leaving prison.
April 09, 2020
Priests need our help this Easter SIR – Can I point out that our parish priests are going to have to do without their Easter collection this year, which for some of them makes up a substantial part of their annual income? It would be nice if readers could perhaps organise local collections in their
April 09, 2020
The coronavirus crisis is delaying the reception of thousands of people into the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has prayed for the conversion of those who exploit the needy during the pandemic. Yang Xiangwen reports that Chinese authorities are shutting down Catholic schools in Heibei province. Fr Raymond de Souza says acquittal was the only reasonable
April 02, 2020
Comment & Features Saints and the plague: two heroes of a past pandemic – John Morrill Editorial: An unexpected blessing – The Catholic Herald Letter to subscribers: Why we’re becoming a monthly magazine – Dan Hitchens Diary: Self-isolation is nothing new for this horse owner – Melissa Kite Pope Francis’s signature moment – Fr Raymond
March 27, 2020
“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this.
March 13, 2020
The Catholic Herald is looking for a commissioning editor: someone who knows what makes a good article, and can work with writers to bring the best out of them. The role is full-time and involves working closely with the team here. So – once coronavirus recedes – you’d have to be able to come into
March 09, 2020
Dan Hitchens has been appointed as the next editor of the Catholic Herald, succeeding Luke Coppen who will step down at the end of March. Hitchens, 31, joined the magazine as deputy editor in 2016. Commenting on his appointment, he said: “It’s an honour and an exciting challenge. During Luke Coppen’s brilliant editorship, both Catholics
March 05, 2020
Comment & Features The Church is at the forefront of the global response to coronavirus – David Paton In coronavirus-hit Macao, we’re in lockdown. But it’s not all gloom – Stephen Morgan Ten countries have no abuse guidelines. Can a task force change that? – The Catholic Herald Diary: Pubs should be dog-friendly – but
March 05, 2020
There are 10 countries in which the Catholic Church has no child protection policies whatsoever. That was the startling statistic that emerged last week as the Vatican marked the first anniversary of its historic summit aimed at fighting the scourge of abuse around the world. In 2011, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the
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