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January 24, 2021
Philippa Hitchen
A gifted preacher, prolific writer, talented musician, artist and photographer, he was serving as chaplain at Fisher House, the Catholic Chaplaincy for Cambridge University students, when he lost his battle with cancer on January 15th. His warmth, wit and wicked sense of humour made him the life and soul of every party, as well as an inspiration to young students and colleagues of all denominations.
January 23, 2021
David Mills
It’s the ecumenical dog that doesn’t bark. We need him to bark, but he rarely does, and then he's quickly shushed. It’s the matter of conversion. When we pray for Christian unity, as we do this week, we pray not only for kindness and fellow-feeling and some very foggy idea of joining together in the future, after a gradual convergence somewhere in the middle. We pray for our separated brethren to give in.
January 22, 2021
Sam Sweeney
ISIS destroyed the village church of Tel Hormiz, one of the last homes of the Church of the East. Sam Sweeney Reports
January 21, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Mr. Biden will not help hasten the defeat of the reactionary political extremism that poisons the soul of the nation by catering to the political demands of those at the other extremity of the body politic.
January 21, 2021
Michael Hodges
After 200 years of building new English churches, is the vocation of the Catholic architect over, asks Michael Hodges
January 21, 2021
Philip Booth
Catholic universities have a gift to offer the world which arises from the way we think about knowledge. We have a duty in teaching and research to ensure that the link between faith and reason is not severed. A Catholic university should also help in the building of character. Our alumni should go on to serve society whist practising the virtues – whether they practice in business, the law, sport, health or education.
January 20, 2021
Christopher Altieri
"Under your leadership," Pope Francis wrote, "may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding." The president of the US bishops conference, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, echoed those sentiments in a statement on Wednesday, and also reiterated the bishops' opposition to many of the policies and legislative promises Biden has made.
January 20, 2021
Staff Reporter
In his inaugural address, President Biden renewed his pledge to work for healing in the nation, after four frequently turbulent years that saw convulsion and tumult in the nation's capital.
January 18, 2021
Melanie McDonagh
Honest depictions of misdeeds and their repercussions happen so rarely, but the National Gallery got it right, says Melanie McDonagh
January 17, 2021
Christopher Altieri
"A gentle and caring pastor," was how the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert recalled Archbishop Tartaglia, "who combined compassion with a piercing intellect." Bishop Gilbert went on to say, "[W]e will miss his wisdom and wit very much."
January 16, 2021
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa
Persecution is not something left in the past. It is an ever-transforming issue, growing in our present. It’s so easy to look back and see the injustice in Felicity and Perpetua’s story, but are we treating human beings better now? Are we honoring people’s human dignity any better millennia later?
January 15, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Addressed to the Apostolic Nuncio in Indonesia, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, and signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the telegram says Pope Francis was "saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the violent earthquake in Indonesia," and "expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster." "He prays for the repose of the deceased," the message goes on to say, "the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve." Pope Francis also offers special and particular encouragement to civil authorities, "and those involved in the continuing search and rescue efforts."