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October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020
St John’s Seminary in Wonersh, Guildford, is ceasing its formation of seminarians, who will be re-located to Allen Hall for the remainder of their studies. Wonersh, the principal seminary for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, has been training men for the priesthood since 1891. In a statement issued by
October 16, 2020
Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 45: 1 & 4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5; Matthew 22: 15-21 “Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he has taken by his right hand to subdue nations before him. It is for the sake of my servant Jacob, of Israel my chosen one, that I
October 16, 2020
A Colombian missionary sister who was kidnapped in Mali over three years ago is reportedly still alive, according to an eyewitness. Sr Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was taken from Karangasso village in the south of the country by jihadist militants on February 7, 2017. She previously appeared in hostage video footage, including a 2018 video in
October 16, 2020
The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums have launched an online subscription series of on-site interviews, live lectures and a Q&A “coffee hour” with experts to help supporters stay connected during the global pandemic. Because so many visitors and patrons cannot travel during this time, “it’s important to bring the Vatican Museums to
October 16, 2020
A historic painting of Our Lady of Sorrows survived a devastating fire this summer at a California mission church
October 16, 2020
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on advancing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court on October 22
October 16, 2020
Every few weeks I see the same tweet. The last one was a typical example: “Don’t go to therapy, go to Confession. It’ll actually make you so much happier.”
October 16, 2020
Pope Francis has spoken about finding God “in the messiness of life”. It’s a phrase that resonates with Gerry Flanagan. In the early 1980s, Flanagan was a young man looking for ways to live out his faith. But he was turned off by many movements within the Church: they came across, he recalls, as “talking
October 16, 2020
In 1681, when Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwyn travelled to see the king in Oxford, an angry crowd jostled her coach. In response, Nell pointed out to the crowd that, despite her scandalous relationship with the monarch, she was at least a Protestant. Renowned as a comic actress of considerable skill, Nell’s remark exposed two
October 16, 2020
English Pastoral – An Inheritance By James Rebanks Penguin, 283pp, £20 It opens with a young boy sitting with his grandfather on a tractor which is pulling a plough through a small field, in the great wide heartbreaking beauty that is the Lake District. Above and behind them, black-headed gulls clamour for the grubs that
October 16, 2020
The Churchill Myths By Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz and Richard Toye Oxford University Press, 224pp, £20/$25.95 This is not a book about Winston Churchill, insist its co-authors Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz and Richard Toye. The three, all professors of history, introduce us instead to “mythic Churchill”. They finished their work as the Covid-19 virus struck;
October 16, 2020
I’m struck by the way this word has caught on in new guises. It’s a very old word: Chaucer used it, as did Shakespeare; and it became routinely used for any formal break from an activity, such as between university terms. It developed the general meaning of “holiday” in American English during the 19th century,