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November 25, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The birth of the Christ child is an occasion to reflect on other babies and on life in the womb that precedes birth. The most dispiriting development recently in respect of prenatal human life is the European Parliament’s vote last month, directed mainly at Poland, but having far wider implications. Andrew Tettenborn examines its implications
November 25, 2021
The Catholic Herald
There is something perpetually moving about the Christmas story. It is the account of how God became man, and, with magnificent indifference to human preoccupations with status and accomplishments, became man in a discomfiting fashion. The girl who became his mother was unmarried, her pregnancy understandably a profound shock to the man she was betrothed
November 25, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Christmas celebrations this year will, thank God, be very different from the last. Ordinary life has for the most part resumed in Britain; in some respects, churches lag behind other parts of society in returning to normal. Many parish churches still require masks, social distancing, taped-off pews and thus limit the size of congregations. Others
November 25, 2021
Rev Dr Richard J Ounsworth
How the four Masses of Christmas use different readings from the Gospels to tell the story of Christ’s coming
November 25, 2021
Stephen Bullivant
Stephen Bullivant examines how the pandemic has affected Mass-going in one anonymous diocese
November 25, 2021
William Cash
After 44 years, William Cash returns to this ancient island which for centuries was Christianity’s easternmost frontier
November 17, 2021
Serenhedd James
The Australian Cardinal returns to Oxford to deliver the Newman Society's annual Thomas More Lecture
November 12, 2021
Lucien de Guise
Lucien de Guise reflects on the devotional treasures that have become art pure and simple at Frieze Masters
October 22, 2021
Petronella Wyatt
Sometimes I think that God is very far away. I recall that the Protestant martyr Anne Askew said, quoting Christ, that He saw every sparrow fall. I don’t believe her. I am a Catholic who rarely attends Mass, but I am praying with a desperate urgency in the hope that some of my burdens will be relieved,
October 22, 2021
Olenka Hamilton
Olenka Hamilton speaks to two artists who used to be homeless on the benefits of using art to help the vulnerable find a way off the streets
October 22, 2021
Stephen Stewart
The annual service for members of the legal profession takes place in Westminster Cathedral at the start of the legal year each October
October 22, 2021
Cronan Yu
Why the rise of conservative Catholic politician Dominic Perrottet triggers secular critics and points to the inevitable failure of liberalism
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