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May 26, 2016
Jenny McCartney
Simon Stone’s The Daughter (15, 95 mins, ★★★) takes Ibsen’s heart-wrenching play The Wild Duck and transports it, still flapping, to contemporary rural Australia. There, the paterfamilias Henry (Geoffrey Rush) is in the melancholy act of closing down the family timber mill which employs numerous locals. He is also preparing to marry his much younger
May 26, 2016
Tim Stanley
The Windsors (Channel 4, Fridays, 10pm) has a natural advantage over its comedy rivals. Most sitcoms take a series or two to establish character. At the centre of The Windsors, however, is a family we’ve been laughing at for years. With a few pantomime exaggerations. Prince Charles, the show speculates, is a simpleton who finds
May 26, 2016
Bishop David McGough
Gen 14:18-20; 1 Cor 11: 23-26; Lk 9:11-17 (Year C) “‘On the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and said: ‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said: ‘This cup is
May 26, 2016
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
In the wake of Ascension Thursday and Pentecost (and its Octave in the traditional calendar of the Latin Church), we celebrate Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi on the following Thursday (often transferred to Sunday) and Sacred Heart on Friday of the next week. All these feasts deserve great attention and circumstance, for they deepen our grasp
May 26, 2016
Staff Reporter
Beautiful messages St Joan of Arc, the co-patroness of France, was born on January 6, 1412 to pious peasant parents in a village called Domrémy. From an early age she could hear saints speaking to her, including St Michael, St Catherine and St Margaret. By the time she was 13 the messages had gone from personal
May 26, 2016
Mgr Anthony Abela
Luke 7:11-17 11 Soon afterwards Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a large crowd. 12 Just as he arrived at the gate of the town, a funeral procession was coming out. The dead man was the only son of a woman who was a widow, and a large crowd
May 26, 2016
Staff writers
1 Burmese Cardinal Charles Bo views the skull of Cardinal John Morton at the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst. 2 Documentary film-maker Anthony Geffen, with Prof Werner Jeanrond and Fr Wulstan Peterburs, after giving the “St Benet’s in London” alumni talk at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. 3 Vatican Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil presents Captain Christopher Bourne
May 26, 2016
Alun Evans
Cryptic across 1 Two average scores, hard to get through a well-watered course in Damascus (7) 5 Follower of Joseph maybe a bit of a plank? (5) 8 Book’s stupid – as in sheep (9) 9 Break down, being initially derogatory to Americans (3) 10 Go astray finding a road to get to the mountain
May 26, 2016
Pastor Iuventus
The comfort of a good priest’s funeral The rain that was lashing down beforehand has eased enough for the long procession to make its way out of Worth Abbey as the funeral ends. The sounds of Be Thou My Vision fade behind us, and the 100 or more priests stand on either side of the
May 26, 2016
The Catholic Herald
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Sunday, May 29: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Gn 14:18-20; Ps 110; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11B-17 Monday, May 30: Weekday in Ordinary Time 2 Pt 1:2-7; Ps 91; Mk 12:1-12 Tuesday, May 31: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Zep 3:14-18A or Rom 12:9-16; Is
May 26, 2016
Fr Ronald Rolheiser
“A common soldier dies without fear, yet Jesus died afraid.” Iris Murdoch wrote that, and this truth can be somewhat disconcerting. Why? If someone dies with deep faith, shouldn’t he or she die with a certain calm and trust drawn from that faith? Wouldn’t the opposite seem more logical – that is, if someone dies
May 26, 2016
Staff writers
When the grand imam of Al-Azhar met Pope Francis on Monday, it was a triumph for Vatican diplomacy. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, often described as the spiritual leader of the world’s Sunni Muslims, suspended dialogue with the Holy See in 2011. Now, just five years later, he was standing next to Pope Francis at the Apostolic