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November 12, 2020
Ben Conroy
St Augustine and Aquinas led Jennifer Frey to the Faith. Now she wants Catholic and contemporary philosophers to ‘talk more to each other’
November 06, 2020
Allan Mallinson
It was a joy to see a live audience after so long
October 16, 2020
David Crystal
I’m struck by the way this word has caught on in new guises. It’s a very old word: Chaucer used it, as did Shakespeare; and it became routinely used for any formal break from an activity, such as between university terms. It developed the general meaning of “holiday” in American English during the 19th century,
October 16, 2020
Linda Porter
In 1681, when Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwyn travelled to see the king in Oxford, an angry crowd jostled her coach. In response, Nell pointed out to the crowd that, despite her scandalous relationship with the monarch, she was at least a Protestant. Renowned as a comic actress of considerable skill, Nell’s remark exposed two
October 16, 2020
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has spoken about finding God “in the messiness of life”. It’s a phrase that resonates with Gerry Flanagan. In the early 1980s, Flanagan was a young man looking for ways to live out his faith. But he was turned off by many movements within the Church: they came across, he recalls, as “talking
October 09, 2020
Cardinal Anders Arborelius
In Sweden, like other Scandinavian countries, Catholics are a very small minority. At the same time, this is one of the few areas of Europe where the number of Catholics is increasing, largely thanks to immigration. Most Catholics in Sweden have an immigrant background. In an average parish, it is not unusual to find parishioners
October 09, 2020
Jessica M Dalton
Christianity in Sweden has been both nourished and bedevilled by legend. The life of the country’s patron saint, King Eric the Holy (d 1160), is recounted in a single hagiographic text. The old Norse myths have also shaped the history of the faith. Although Christianity arrived in Sweden in the ninth century, pagans were still
October 09, 2020
Corinna Turner
Acclaimed author Corinna Turner looks at the life and powerful legacy of witness of Carlo Acutis, whose beatification is Saturday, 10 October 2020.
September 29, 2020
Melanie McDonagh
John Finnis looks back on a public storm - and on his lifetime studying philosophy, law and Catholic teaching
September 29, 2020
Thomas Caddick
In America magazine, John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, recently offered a Catholic case for voting Democrat. Carr would “vote for Mr Biden for what he can do to help us recover and heal, lift up those left behind, ensure health care for all and
September 29, 2020
William Cash
Just as there are different levels of rigour and toughness within the various monastic orders – with the Carthusian rule of St Bruno still being one of harshest regimes – so it is with long-distance walking routes named after saints. You have your entry-level “novice” walks, such as the 14-mile Abbesses’ Way in Shropshire, much
September 29, 2020
Fr Alexander Sherbrooke
My parish in central London is a very different place from the Calcutta of 1989. But when looked at in a certain light, I can see how they are linked in God’s plan. The name of that light is Mother Teresa. Calcutta, a teeming port city home to millions, had then as now its fair