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December 17, 2015
Staff writers
Cardinal Nichols (Westminster) Sun: Celebrates Mass and Christmas Visit to the Priests, Religious and Resident’s at Burgess Hill, 11.00am. Mon: Prayer for the Day – BBC Radio 4, 5.43am, Staff Mass and Christmas Celebration, Westminster Cathedral and Hall, 5.30pm. Tue: Prayer for the Day, BBC Radio 4, 5.43am. Wed: Prayer for the Day, BBC Radio
December 17, 2015
Domingo Cullen
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize National Portrait Gallery, London, until February 21 This year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is showing now at the National Portrait Gallery. Almost 5,000 images from 2,201 photographers have been whittled down to four dozen or so, and the five prize-winners. A visit to the exhibition is an enriching hour.
December 17, 2015
Michael White
Written in 1948, Benjamin Britten’s cantata St Nicolas seems to belong to another, more innocent age when profound truths could be spoken with childlike simplicity. The music is straightforward, guileless and accessible – utilitarian in its desire to serve the ordinary listener, but alive with genius. The words (by Eric Crozier) tell St Nicolas’s legends
December 17, 2015
Robert Tanitch
The good news is that Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, a witty black comedy thriller about capital punishment and miscarriages of justice originally staged at the Royal Court, has now transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre. It could be in the running for Best Play award. Matthew Dunster’s production maintains a tight grip on a revenge plot which goes
December 17, 2015
Bishop David McGough
“You, Bethlehem Ephratha, the least of the clans of Judah, out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel.” As Christmas approaches, our thoughts turn to Bethlehem and the birth of our saviour. Bethlehem is, in itself, a worthy focus for prayer. Throughout her long history Christ’s birthplace
December 17, 2015
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
In the traditional Roman liturgical calendar December 21 is the feast of “doubting” St Thomas the Apostle, who put his finger into the Risen Lord’s side and exclaimed, as so many of us do at the Host’s elevation during Mass, “My Lord and my God!” Speaking of Thomas’s finger, on the Second Sunday of Advent
December 17, 2015
Mgr Anthony Abela
Luke 1:39-44 39 Soon afterwards Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. 40 She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and said in a loud voice, “You
December 17, 2015
Staff writers
A Dutch Jesuit, Canisius was known for the restoration of the Catholic Church in much of Germany after the Reformation. He was born in 1521 in Nijmegen, the son a wealthy local magistrate. At 19, he earned a Master’s from the University of Cologne. There he met Peter Faber, one of the founders of the
December 17, 2015
Pastor Iuventus
To St Patrick’s, Soho, for another Nightfever at the start of the Year of Mercy. I approach through throngs of Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street and groups of young men in Santa hats outside pubs and bars, many already worse for wear, though it is barely 7pm. I feel anxious for the missionaries, those young
December 17, 2015
Staff writers
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week IV Sunday, December 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent Mi 5:1-4A; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45 Monday, December 21: Weekday of Advent, St Peter Canisius Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18A; Ps 25; Lk 1:39-45 Tuesday, December 22: Weekday in Advent 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1-8; Lk 1:46-56 Wednesday, December
December 17, 2015
Staff writers
1. Joe McNally, grand president of the Catenian Association, is invested with the insignia of a Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great at a Mass in Sheffield in the presence of two bishops and a number of clergy with support from his confreres. 2. Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic
December 17, 2015
Crosswords
Cryptic across 1 Astound, stagger, a good guy in Arezzo (7) 5 Poke around firm in 16 (5) 8 You text this call sign? (7) 9 Drowsy, nodding partly, in a meeting at Whitby (5) 10 First person to view the joint uttered is an Iron Age Briton… (5) 11 …early British missionary, not to park
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