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March 30, 2022
The Catholic Herald
This is our Easter issue, the time when we celebrate the central truth of the Christian faith, that Christ died and rose from the dead. It is summed up in St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he says: “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for
March 30, 2022
The Catholic Herald
In this issue we have an extract from the introduction by Professor Eamon Duffy to a new edition of his groundbreaking work of history, The Stripping of the Altars. It was a book that changed perceptions of the Reformation in England; no subsequent account of the period can fail to be aware of it. Formerly,
March 30, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Pope could hardly be clearer about how he sees the war in Ukraine. Speaking in the Vatican at the height of the Russian attacks on Mariupol, named after the Virgin, he declared: “With pain in my heart, I join my voice to that of ordinary people, who are begging for an end to the
February 28, 2022
Michael White
The Royal Opera’s flashy production of ‘Theodora’ reduces its Christian context to a minimum, says Michael White
February 28, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The government’s levelling up white paper, overseen by Michael Gove, is commendable in many ways, not least in being a “moral, social and economic programme for the whole of government”. The document sets out how opportunity will be spread “more equally” across the UK. It aims to “restore a sense of community, local pride and
February 28, 2022
The Catholic Herald
As the number of people becoming seriously ill or dying from Covid-19 continues to fall given the mildness of the Omicron variant relative to earlier strains of the virus, states and local governments are gradually lifting some of the more onerous restrictions on normal life. In the Church, individual bishops’ conferences are obliged to respect
February 28, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Pope’s five-year intervention in the affairs of the Order of Malta has not been particularly happy. Some of the Order’s knights and dames feel that the effect of his involvement in its affairs and constitution has been to diminish its autonomy and amounts to an attempt to turn a sovereign order with a unique
January 27, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis has done it again. He has got himself into the news – on social media – by turning up at a record shop in Rome to spend 10 minutes browsing among the LPs like a normal citizen. As teenagers are keenly aware, vinyl is very much of the moment, so the Pope is
January 27, 2022
The Catholic Herald
In his fascinating interview with Karl Gustel Wärnberg in this issue, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has identified important fault lines within the Church in Germany. In particular, he has expressed his concern about the direction of what is called the Synodal Way. His concerns are
December 26, 2021
The Catholic Herald
It is symptomatic of the importance of the position of Notre Dame in the cultural life of Paris and of France that the proposals for its redecoration after the fire that destroyed its roof have caused such an unholy row. It is not only Catholics who are agitated by what some critics have called the
December 26, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Compliments of the season to all our readers. This may seem like an odd observation in the January issue of this paper, but it is correct. As Fr Richard Ounslow points out in his scripture column, most of the Christmas season falls in January. Properly, Christmas starts and Advent finishes on the night of Christmas
December 26, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The relics of the saints are profoundly valuable to us: they close the gap between then and now
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