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William Cash

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June 01, 2021
The saintly appeal of Thomas Becket in our secular world mirrors that of the revival of walking pilgrimages. Both, at least, are good for business
June 01, 2021
William Cash visits the Hospital of St Cross and finds that 
the 12th-century almshouse is seeking new members
May 01, 2021
Taking an Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of “England’s Nazareth” in Norfolk
May 01, 2021
A visit to an almshouse gives pause to remember three friends recently passed, and how best to mourn them
April 01, 2021
Sands was invited to luxury house parties in Tuscany where her Russian media mogul’s host’s dog eats Boris Johnson’s computer cord. It is time for a Reset.
March 01, 2021
William Cash on the religious secret of many of the world’s greatest racing drivers
March 01, 2021
William Cash admires John Cornwell's latest book, Church, Interrupted: Havoc & Hope: The Tender Revolt of Pope Francis
January 20, 2021
With a star-studded new HBO/BBC adaptation of Brideshead Revisited now being cast, William Cash reveals why Evelyn Waugh’s portrayal of a decadent upper-class Catholic family was banned in 1947 by the Hollywood censors
December 29, 2020
Catholic Herald chairman William Cash recently walked the first part of the so-called “Becket Way” from Southwark Cathedral into Kent, a relatively new pilgrimage route from Southwark to Canterbury.
September 29, 2020
Just as there are different levels of rigour and toughness within the various monastic orders – with the Carthusian rule of St Bruno still being one of harshest regimes – so it is with long-distance walking routes named after saints. You have your entry-level “novice” walks, such as the 14-mile Abbesses’ Way in Shropshire, much
July 10, 2020
Britain’s Pilgrim Places By Nick Mayhew-Smith and Guy Hayward British Pilgrimage Trust (forthcoming), 607pp, £19.99 Britain’s Pilgrim Places is a very welcome and highly original reference book on Britain’s sacred heritage. Whilst designed to appeal to those of all religious backgrounds – the authors’ watchwords are “open to all” and “bring your own beliefs” –
July 07, 2020
This July was meant to have seen the return to Canterbury of a major relic: the blood-splattered tunicle (shirt) reputedly worn by Archbishop Thomas Becket at his murder. It would have been a fitting way to mark the 800th anniversary of the “Translation” of Becket’s bones from the crypt to a magnificent shrine in the
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