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Editorials
October 21, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The Holy Father gave the only possible response to the independent inquiry on child sex abuse within the French Catholic Church over 70 years: “shame”. It found some 216,000 children and teenagers – the vast majority boys – have been sexually abused by clergy since the 1950s, with the number perhaps rising to 330,000 if
October 21, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The death of Sir David Amess MP diminishes us all: his family and friends, his constituency, his party, British politics. But it is also a loss to the Church. Sir David was a Catholic who took his faith seriously and brought it into public life. He was a disinterested public servant, a champion of his
October 21, 2021
The Catholic Herald
It is a cause of genuine rejoicing that Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, has been received into the Catholic Church on the feast of St Michael and All Angels. He was received by Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body that allows Anglicans
October 11, 2021
The Catholic Herald
In this issue, we celebrates the extraordinary life and vocation of Dom Joseph Coombe-Tennant, who died at the age of 76 in 1989. His mother was a noted psychic and he was born – named Henry – as a result of her conviction that a former spiritualist mentor wanted her to have a child by
October 11, 2021
The Catholic Herald
One of the Pope’s titles is that of pontifex, or bridge builder. It is an aspect of his office that Pope Francis might reflect on when it comes to his relationship with liturgical conservatives.   Most recently, in his meeting in Bratislava with Slovakian Jesuits, the Pope addressed his decision to restrict celebrations of the
September 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The Christian Leadership Foundation, a charity founded by David Alton in 2012, has completed the first part of its new programme for young people in lower sixth forms. Fourteen young students – mostly 17 years old – met in late July at the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst for five days of debate, prayer, discussion
August 29, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis – and indeed Pope Benedict – made a point of being vaccinated publicly; Pope Francis has from the outset expressly supported the programme. Recently he took part in a video to encourage people to become vaccinated: “Getting the vaccines that are authorised by the respective authorities is an act of love,” he said.
August 28, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Early next month, the trial resumes of Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine others charged with a number of serious irregularities relating to Vatican finances – embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of office. Cardinal Becciu is the most prominent, being not only a former close associate of the pope, but the cardinal responsible for the advancement
August 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Pope Benedict lived up to his title of pontifex, or bridge-builder, when he allowed the wider use of the Tridentine rite – more properly the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – in the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum of 2007. There has been 13 years for this concession to advance its stated aim: to foster reconciliation
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The Queen, in the loss of her husband, has the great consolation of every Christian: the resurrection of the dead.
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Pentecost this year falls on 23rd May.
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The funeral of HRH Prince Philip, late Duke of Edinburgh, was celebrated with superb dignity in the sunshine at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
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