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William Cash

January 01, 2021
William Cash attended Vespers in Canterbury Cathedral to commemorate St Thomas Becket’s martyrdom on the 850th anniversary of his murder.  Canterbury Cathedral today calls it ‘Evensong’ but in the 12th century it was known as ‘Vespers’ – or ‘the lighting of the lamps’. As every British schoolboy knows – or used to know – it
December 14, 2020
John le Carré, who has died aged 89, was the successor to Graham Greene in that he created his own bleak and grey, moral universe in which betrayal and love were interchangeable. Like Greene, who thought le Carré’s 1963 debut The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was the “best spy novel I have
December 09, 2020
According to Literary Hub, the influential American book site, 2021 could be the ‘Year of the Nun’.  This verdict followed the recent news that an expected blockbuster of next year will be an epic new ‘historical nun’ novel of ‘consuming passions’ by National Book Award finalist bestselling author Lauren Groff (published by Riverhead in Sept).
November 23, 2020
I like to listen to listen to Classic FM whilst mulling over the day ahead during a dawn bath. I confess that I switch off when – and it’s usually around 6.45 am – the presenter starts trying to engage me in the fact that it’s a day or month of particular Awareness. Examples of
September 30, 2020
It was a long wait – 70 minutes – before religion raised its limpet head in the Trump v Biden bare knuckle verbal TV brawl in Cleveland. Even then, it was a throwaway insult directed towards Trump before the debate descended again into a cacophony of circus farce, traded insults, and shouting: ‘This guy and
September 29, 2020
If Democrats in the Senate push against SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious convictions or practices, they are unlikely to make much headway, and will almost certainly pay the price for it on the campaign trail and at the polls. ‘Do you have concerns about the group?’ wrote the Guardian US journalist – hopefully, no
July 26, 2020
Part Three. “I’ve never had to change the stamp date by three months before”, said the curate at Winchester Cathedral after I asked for my pilgrim’s passport to Canterbury.  I had 140 miles to go and it looked like I was going to be alone on the Pilgrims’ Way. After the Catholic Herald walk into
July 19, 2020
Part two. On the 800th anniversary of the Translation of the saintly bones of St Thomas Becket, The Times reported that York University had built a 3D computer version of the famous shrine of St Thomas of Canterbury. The virtual shrine looks a little like a computer game, showing pilgrims prostrating themselves in a fever of
July 12, 2020
Part One On Tuesday, 7 July, after a two week, 150 mile pilgrimage on foot from Winchester to Canterbury, I knelt in prayer on the worn marble flagstones on the Trinity Shrine of the cathedral to commemorate the memory of Archbishop Thomas Becket. Instead of the thousands of bishops, priests and members of the public
April 29, 2022
William Cash talks to Mark Wahlberg, the star and producer of Father Stu, about how his Catholic faith impelled him to make the film
March 30, 2022
‘Have a good trip”, says the faded tourism leaflet taped to the window of the Ukrainian border guard post with Hungary at Beregsurány. I was entering as part of the Order of Malta’s Hungarian humanitarian mission. This was possible as the Order is – still, thankfully – recognised as an independent sovereign state and my
March 11, 2022
A witness to the refugee crisis on the Ukrainian border
January 27, 2022
Under Stuart McPherson’s direction, Worth School is going from strength to strength
December 26, 2021
After a year in the job, the Herald’s editor goes back to school, where he highlights the importance of religious journalism
November 29, 2021
William Cash meets the Australian Cardinal who enjoys Ashes cricket and Evelyn Waugh as well as being a man of deep faith and conviction
November 25, 2021
After 44 years, William Cash returns to this ancient island which for centuries was Christianity’s easternmost frontier
October 11, 2021
William Cash travels to the holy island of Iona where celebrating Mass today owes much to the mother of Princess Diana
August 27, 2021
A pilgrimage to the of holy outpost of Iona, 40 years after 
first being inspired to visit the tiny Hebridean island
August 05, 2021
William Cash on the talented Catholic post-war architect Philip Jebb, whose 
most famous commission in Berkeley Square was born 60 years ago
August 05, 2021
William Cash on how his archaeologist 
uncle’s mental health was restored thanks to 
prayer – and mowing duties – to St Fillan
July 01, 2021
In the first of an exclusive two-part interview, William Cash talks with Catholic philanthropist and double papal knight John Studzinksi about the inspiration behind commissioning the world premiere of Newman: Meditation & Prayer
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