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August 24, 2017
The Catholic Herald
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Sunday, August 27: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 22:19-23; Ps 138; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20 Monday, August 28: St Augustine 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8B-10; Ps 149; Mt 23:13-22 Tuesday, August 29: The Passion of St John the Baptist 1 Thes 2:1-8; Ps 139; Mk 6:17-29 Wednesday, August 30:
August 24, 2017
The Catholic Herald
Who do you say I am? 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 16:13-20 13 Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 “Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some
August 24, 2017
Staff Reporter
An accidental death It is sometimes believed that English Catholics were only punished after the Reformation because they threatened national security: that those who were willing to live quiet, lawful lives would be left in peace. The martyrdom of Richard Herst shows that this is not the whole truth. In 1628, the Bishop of Chester
August 24, 2017
Bishop David McGough
The 21st Sunday of the Year Is 22:19-23; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20 (Year A) ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace: I dismiss you from your post, and the same day I call my servant Eliakim. I invest him with your robe, entrust him with your authority.” We might
August 24, 2017
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
As I write, I’m packing for Kansas City and watching coverage of the terror attack in Barcelona, a sad sign of the times. In KC, I’ll get everything up to date with old friends as on August 21 we view a syzygy of our planet with its yellow star and grey satellite. I’ve seen a
August 17, 2017
Fr Matthew Pittam
Uniting England around Our Lady One of the great treasures of the National Gallery is the Wilton Diptych. Completed in around 1395 as a portable altarpiece for King Richard III, it is amongst the earliest depictions of England being given as a gift to Our Lady. The Diptych shows Richard III being presented to the
August 17, 2017
Fr Matthew Pittam
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week IV Sunday, August 20: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 56:1, 6-7; Ps 67; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28 Monday, August 21: St Pius X Jgs 2:11-19; Ps 106; Mt 19:16-22 Tuesday, August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Jgs 6:11-24A; Ps 85; Mt 19:23-30 Wednesday, August 23:
August 17, 2017
Staff Reporter
Humble origins Giuseppe Sarto, the future Supreme Pontiff, was born in 1835, the son of a village postman in Riese – then part of the Austrian Empire, today in Italy. He went to the seminary on a scholarship and thereafter worked in parishes. He was especially well-loved for his labours on behalf of the sick
August 17, 2017
The Catholic Herald
Heroic certainty 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 15:21-28 21 Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But
August 17, 2017
Bishop David McGough
The 20th Sunday of the Year Is 56:1 & 6-7; Rom 11:13-15 & 29-32; Mt 15:21-28 (Year A) “Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord … these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer.” The tendency to isolate and exclude the stranger is a
August 17, 2017
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
In AD 79 Mt Vesuvius wiped out several cities. In 410 Alaric the Visigoth sacked Rome. In 1215 Pope Innocent III declared Magna Carta invalid. In 1582 French Catholics massacred a bunch of Huguenots. In 1812 British troops burned the White House (after eating the abandoned supper that was laid). In 1995 Windows 95 was
August 10, 2017
The Catholic Herald
1 Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic, with volunteers at the Reboot Live event at the University of Glasgow (Paul McSherry). 2 Year 7 student Juliette has won the Poetry Cup at St Mary’s School, Cambridge. 3 Fr Christopher Whitehead greets a pony at the Diocese of Clifton’s family day. 4 Axminster Catenians welcome