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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.
September 20, 2021
On Sunday, a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the church of San Domenico in Castillo, Italy—where Margaret of Castillo’s body lies incorrupt—provides a joyful conclusion to her long journey to official sainthood. Margaret was born in 1287 in Metola in Italy. Her father Parisio, a successful soldier, expected a healthy first-born son—instead, God gave him
October 30, 2020
Welcome back to the Literary Helpdesk, where this week we are righteously indignant and spilling ink on our editor’s dime, and I’m promised he buys by the barrel.  Last week, on the same day the Literary Helpdesk published, Chapter House featured a piece by another regular columnist, Niall Gooch, with the hook The need for
August 02, 2020
Recent federal executions raise serious  questions At 4 AM on Tuesday 14th July 2020, Danny Lewis Lee was taken from his cell in the federal facility at Terre Haute, led to the execution chamber and strapped to the gurney. According to initial reports by both his attorney, Ruth Friedman, and by Tim Evans, a press
June 29, 2020
We can imagine a man trying to flee God’s judgment–but one trying to flee His mercy? Welcome back to the Literary Helpdesk where the well-intentioned staff practice a bookish brand of medicine without a license, dispensing the salve of sonnets, the unguent of unabridged translations, and the balm of biographies. Today’s prescription is more in
February 01, 2018
1 Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton was the chief celebrant at a Commemorative Mass for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor at Our Lady of Snows Chapel at Prior Park College in Bath. 2 John Kenny with Mike Prior, who gave an after-dinner speech on China to members of the Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association in the
April 06, 2017
A tiny curl of flame rises from the small heap of birch bark. My sore fingers fumbling in haste, I feed it with curls of bark, my face inches away as I blow. Blow and pray: Lord, please let it catch this time… When I arrived in this quiet woodland for my five-day “Beginners to
February 16, 2017
Saints, Shrines and Pilgrims by Roger Rosewell (Bloomsbury, £8.99). Saints were everywhere in medieval England. Their shrines determined pilgrimage routes, their festivals defined calendars and tales of their deeds permeated the culture. “Life,” as Rosewell puts it, “was unimaginable without them.” Rosewell crams an impressive amount into this handsomely illustrated book, from the processes of
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