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October 09, 2020
October 09, 2020
Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 25: 6-10; Philippians 4: 12-14 &19-20; Matthew 22: 1-14 “On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.” The prophet Isaiah’s description of salvation as a lavish banquet spoke
October 09, 2020
Acclaimed author Corinna Turner looks at the life and powerful legacy of witness of Carlo Acutis, whose beatification is Saturday, 10 October 2020.
October 09, 2020
A Catholic priest kidnapped two years ago in Niger by jihadists has been released along with three other hostages
October 09, 2020
Pope Francis has expressed “dramatic concern” about the Catholic Church in Germany, according to a bishop who met him this week.
October 09, 2020
Fourteen children whose mothers considered abortion were baptized last month in Madrid by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Carlos Osoro
October 09, 2020
South Korea’s National Assembly is considering a proposal to allow abortion up to 14 weeks as the deadline approaches to revise the country’s abortion law. After the national law prohibiting abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, genetic disease, or risk to the mother’s health was overturned by South Korea’s Constitutional Court in April
October 09, 2020
French bishops have urged Catholics to join mass protests against a bill to liberalise abortion and embryo research
October 09, 2020
It was one of the biggest pro-life victories of recent decades. In 2015, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly against legalising assisted suicide. The vote of 330 against 118 followed a highly effective campaign by opponents of the measure that even saw some MPs announcing that they had changed their minds during the debate. A
October 09, 2020
For many years, my aunt Maureen was the organist at a very pretty church in the Dublin suburb of Foxrock (famous now as Samuel Beckett’s birthplace). Our Lady of Perpetual Succour has an attractive Italian-type campanile, and is very fine stonework. And so, on a mild autumn weekday in September, I decided to go there
October 09, 2020
Christianity in Sweden has been both nourished and bedevilled by legend. The life of the country’s patron saint, King Eric the Holy (d 1160), is recounted in a single hagiographic text. The old Norse myths have also shaped the history of the faith. Although Christianity arrived in Sweden in the ninth century, pagans were still
October 09, 2020
In Sweden, like other Scandinavian countries, Catholics are a very small minority. At the same time, this is one of the few areas of Europe where the number of Catholics is increasing, largely thanks to immigration. Most Catholics in Sweden have an immigrant background. In an average parish, it is not unusual to find parishioners
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