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June 26, 2020
Canon Christopher Tuckwell stood down as Administrator two weeks ago due to ill health
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272,771 people exited the Catholic Church last year, a significant increase on the 2018 figure of 216,078
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Scientists confirmed this month that a crucifix in the Italian city of Lucca is the oldest wooden statue in Europe
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The prominent Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King, this week argued that depictions of a “white Jesus” should be taken down because they are a “gross form of white supremacy.” “I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” the 40-year-old tweeted, adding that the call extended to
June 26, 2020
I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and in Kosovo. Under communism, we never talked about our religious identity, even though we knew that as Catholics we were different from Muslims. When we were playing as children, we’d sometimes tease each other about our different religious backgrounds, but we’d make up immediately and carry on
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One, Two, Three, Four: The Beatles in Time By Craig Brown Fourth Estate, 656pp, £20 The Beatles generated something close to a religion of their own. When John Lennon claimed to be more famous than Jesus, he didn’t endear himself to many Christians but was drawing a comparison that others half-conceded – even sceptics like
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Sometime in 1913, two Leeds University students taking part in a Union debate on socialism declared that they were not only socialists but atheists. One was a student of botany, Evelyn Roff; the other my father, Herbert Read. This intellectual affinity led to a friendship, kept up through correspondence throughout World War I. Read emerged
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For Jeremy McLellan, a rising stand-up star, comedy is a Christian vocation. ‘I think I am funnier since I converted,’ he tells Simon Caldwell
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Catholic Albanians live in Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia as well as Albania proper. They are descendants of the Illyrians who embraced Christianity in the early Christian centuries and managed to survive the great contraction of Christianity in the region during Ottoman rule; partly thanks to the Catholic Albanian, Skanderbeg, who led a great resistance to
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Solemnity of Ss Peter & Paul Acts 12: 1-11; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 & 17-18; Matthew 16: 13-19 “Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name.  I sought the Lord and he answered me, from all my terrors he set me free.” The words of the Responsorial Psalm for the Mass of
June 26, 2020
In late spring with the bluebells and apple flowers also come the first cockles, throwing themselves up onto the British and Irish coastlines like so many orphans, desperate to be collected by passing adults. The homegrown recipe would be cockles in cream with bread and butter, but I prefer Spaghetti Vongole. Possibly the best thing
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What is hope? Clearly it is something good that anticipates a good future, combined with confidence in overcoming the challenges of attaining this goal. As one of the three theological virtues of the life of grace – faith, hope, and divine love – hope is about desire for the greatest good, namely heaven. What, then,