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January 22, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Young seminarians from Switzerland have been surprised by the powerful global response to their new YouTube channel, accessible in English, through which they teach subscribers to sing Latin chant in the Dominican tradition. The channel, OPChant, publishes one video a week. In each video, the friars sing an ancient chant from the unique musical tradition
January 21, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Catholic Herald Chairman William Cash led the Herald’s first pilgrimage in October last year along the Via Francigena. The Herald has more pilgrimages planned for the coming year. Stay tuned to learn more. As William wrote in his Diary for the October 18, 2019 issue: Our walk to the Vatican was the Herald’s first such
January 20, 2020
The Catholic Herald
The first time I heard the Holy Name uttered this week was as I stood in a packed bus during my morning commute into Glasgow’s city centre. Like on any other urban transport system, passengers distracted themselves (and others) with wireless headphones, tablets and the day’s edition of The Metro. “God!” exclaimed one woman. “Jesus
January 20, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Plans for popular US chastity speaker Jason Evert to tour multiple schools and venues in Ireland this week faced online uproar and scaremongering that ended in his entire tour being cancelled. Jason was scheduled to speak at multiple schools in the Dublin area, a retreat in University College Dublin, and a number of venues in
January 19, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
An embattled senior Vatican official again took to social media on Friday to defend himself from accusations of dishonesty in connection with a book he wrote with another senior churchman on the priesthood and priestly celibacy. The senior official is the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal
January 16, 2020
The Catholic Herald
On Sunday, the French newspaper Le Figaro made a startling announcement. The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had contributed to a book defending priestly celibacy alongside Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship. The 175-page work, which was due to be published in France on January 15, is entitled Des profondeurs de
January 16, 2020
Harry Mount
Last Wednesday, at 9pm, I had a splendid choice of murder programmes to watch. There was White House Farm, about the 1985 Jeremy Bamber murders (I’m convinced he did it) on ITV. There was a new series of Silent Witness on BBC One. And, on BBC Two, there was The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, about
January 16, 2020
John Pontifex
When Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq’s Christians had good reason to be afraid. Although they were not implicated in the political fall-out which followed, they quickly began to realise that, were the security situation to remain destabilised, it could have fatal consequences for the survival of
January 16, 2020
Mardean Isaac
Patriarch Louis Sako of the Chaldean Catholic Church took the unprecedented move of cancelling Christmas celebrations in Iraq, following the violence unleashed upon regime protesters in Baghdad and elsewhere that left hundreds dead. “Morally and spiritually,” Cardinal Sako told Associated Press, “we cannot celebrate in such an atmosphere of tension … It’s not normal to
January 16, 2020
Jonathan Wright
In 1923 a local Ku Klux Klan newspaper grumbled about events in Gary, Indiana. Enforcement of Prohibition legislation (which came into effect 100 years ago today), had become rather sluggish and the town needed a “sheriff big enough to fight and who can deliver a squared fist at the jaw of the Gary foreign element,
January 16, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Lithuanians were recently shocked by video footage of a Chinese tourist throwing away a small pro-Hong Kong cross at the country’s Hill of Crosses site with a triumphal exclamation: “We have done a good thing today! Our motherland is great!” Other crosses with prayers for Hong Kong were found defaced. One, originally inscribed with the
January 16, 2020
Dan Hitchens
Franz Jägerstätter’s life and death raise one question above all: why did he do it? Why did this Austrian farmer refuse to fight in Hitler’s army, and why did he stick doggedly to that decision even when told he would face the death penalty for doing so? Jägerstätter’s martyrdom – he was declared Blessed by
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