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February 17, 2021
Our writers and others share their Lenten disciplines, experiences, or just their feelings about the whole thing. Some will surprise you. One watches comedy, because laughter is a sacrifice. Another is learning not to make rude jokes.
December 24, 2020
Chapter House columnists and contributors to this page share their favorite Christmas story, book, movie, or music.
December 24, 2020
In a recent survey conducted by the Catholic Herald, 86% of respondents said they have attended Mass at least once since the pandemic began, with 44% attending weekly, 15% attending daily, and 26% going to Mass more than once, but not regularly.
December 23, 2020
Teresa Pinfold’s contributions to the letters page – parts of which hint at the pseudonymous correspondent's own concerns, others of which seem more to be an elaborate joke for the correspondent's own entertainment.
November 13, 2020
'I do not understand how anyone can do this'
October 15, 2020
Where would you go? As it’s not an easy time to go abroad at the moment, I’d like to go somewhere in Wales. I’ve never been there but I want to after recently watching Coast, the TV show. It looks so beautiful, you can’t believe it. I flew over Wales once on the way to
October 09, 2020
A Glastonbury prophecy Congratulations to Charles Coulombe on his fine article on Glastonbury, and especially for his update on recent developments such as the new Benedictine community. My first book, King Arthur’s Avalon, concluded with a quote from Austin Ringwode, the last surviving monk of Glastonbury Abbey: “The Abbey will one day be restored and
September 11, 2020
Communion and Covid-19 With regard to the question of Communion reception, government regulations merely suggest Communion in the hand; they do not mandate it. Section 2 of the official guidance defines the difference between should and must. Must: “Where the guidance states that an activity must take place this is because it is a requirement
August 21, 2020
You’re planning a pilgrimage route. What’s on your itinerary? I would love to start at Durham Cathedral and to finish up on Lindisfarne. It’s the reverse pilgrimage of St Cuthbert, who started off on the Holy Island and is buried in Durham Cathedral. Durham is one of my favourite cathedrals: I like its very powerful
July 17, 2020
Britons were perhaps surprisingly under-represented in the crowd that thronged St Peter’s Square for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman last October. Yet among the sea of Brazilian and Indian flags that occupied the foremost section of the congregation a solitary St George’s Cross stood out as it waved and fluttered from an extendable
July 17, 2020
The curious travels of Marian shrines We are truly privileged to have so many and such evocative shrines to Our Lady in our country. The Reformation wrought havoc on Marian devotion, so that ancient statues such as Our Lady of Ipswich could end up at an Italian coastal resort (John Whitehead, Catholic Herald, June). May