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July 14, 2016
July 14, 2016
The roll-call of heroes and saints shows just how much courage you needed to live out your faith
July 14, 2016
Collapse of talks means Heythrop may no longer have a future after 2018
July 14, 2016
Take a look inside this week's Catholic Herald
July 14, 2016
The Hard Stop fails to give a truly rounded picture of the man shot dead by London police
July 14, 2016
The Sixteenth Sunday of the Year: Gen 18:1-10; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42 (year c)
July 14, 2016
Book review: All Things Made New by Diarmaid MacCulloch
July 14, 2016
Cardinal Sarah’s advice to priests to celebrate Mass facing east, rather than towards the congregation, has caused uproar in Rome. Yet a simple compromise is available
July 14, 2016
Britain's new Prime Minister is a regular churchgoer, but don't expect her to talk a great deal about her religious beliefs
July 14, 2016
✣ Highlights from the week online Apostolic secretaries Jason Craig at catholicexchange.com paid tribute to a figure on the front line of evangelisation: the parish secretary. Craig, who used to be an Evangelical, said that Protestants have to go out knocking on doors because people rarely come to them. “But for [us] Catholics this is not
July 14, 2016
✣ Vatican intervenes in ad orientem debate What happened? The Vatican has downplayed Cardinal Robert Sarah’s calls for ad orientem worship. Cardinal Sarah, the Vatican’s liturgy chief, had invited priests to celebrate ad orientem, that is, facing eastwards rather than towards the congregation. The cardinal suggested priests begin doing so from the first Sunday in Advent.
July 14, 2016
There is only one way to interpret the legislative text issued by Pope Francis on Saturday: as a rebuff to Cardinal George Pell. The motu proprio stripped the Vatican’s financial tsar of administrative powers given to him just two years ago. In 2014 the Pope had transferred certain responsibilities from the Administration of the Patrimony
July 14, 2016
For Anglophones, ‘‘Kissinger” means US foreign policy during the Nixon era. But for German-speakers it betokens an old-fashioned spa town in Bavaria, Bad Kissingen, where for a month through June/July you find Kissinger Sommer: one of Europe’s grander music festivals. Its audience is conservative and elderly, in town for rest cures and to take the