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July 08, 2021
Eduardo Campos Lima
According to the Italian-born Bishop Adriano Ciocca Vasino of the Prelature of São Félix do Araguaia, there is a clear progression “from statements to concrete actions” by the Brazilian Church in relation to the Bolsonaro administration. “The situation looks intolerable. In a country with a minimum level of democracy, the current state of affairs would have changed long ago,” he told the Catholic Herald.
July 07, 2021
Steven D. Greydanus
One of the more uncomfortable homilies I can remember included a paean to the “heroic silence” of St Maria Goretti in the face of prolonged sexual harassment by her eventual murderer, Alessandro Serenelli. Maria’s silence, for the homilist, evoked that of Christ during his trials and passion — a connection he meant to be inspiring.
July 07, 2021
Charles Collins
The London investment is equivalent to the Vatican’s annual budget, and the idea of a few laymen and a couple of prelates sinking it into a dubious deal, without proper oversight and checks and balances is, well, laughable.
July 05, 2021
Catholic News Agency
The international fellowship Una Voce asks Pope Francis to protect the Latin Mass from bishops and others who want to restrict or suppress it. They pointed to its growth around the world and its appeal to all sorts of Catholics, especially families with children. The Latin Mass should remain part of the "unity in variety" Pope Francis has called for.
July 01, 2021
From the Archives
Then chairman of The Catholic Herald, Peter Sheppard, had been invited by Fr Michael Seed to visit the Carthusian monks of Parkminster. His report on his visit to England’s silent monastery appeared in the issue of 30 June 2006.   Can you imagine spending every day in silence, in private prayer? As Fr Michael Seed
June 30, 2021
Anthony Esolen
This is the first of a weekly series from Anthony Esolen giving his top ten films in different categories. Readers are invited to give their own choices on the Catholic Herald‘s Facebook page. You are also invited to suggest topics for future lists.   Hollywood (and the English cinema) used to make a lot of
June 30, 2021
From the Archives
Michael de la Bedoyere was the editor of The Catholic Herald and a friend both of G. K. Chesterton’s and his biographer Maisie Ward. Here he reviews the biography, titled simply Gilbert Keith Chesterton, which appeared in early 1944. The full review can be read here. It appeared in the issue of 14 April 1944.  He
June 29, 2021
The Catholic Herald
For these are the men, through whom the light of Christ’s gospel shone on thee, O Rome, and through whom thou, who wast the teacher of error, wast made the disciple of Truth.
Writing in 1940, the Catholic Herald columnist Douglas Jerrold describes his understanding of what it means to be on the political Right. For more on the writer, see How the Left Slanders the Right.  The article, titled “The Sword of the Spirit: The Fatal Division of Camps,” appeared in the issue of 2 August 1940.
June 27, 2021
Philip Booth
A country with a very high proportion of cases leading to death should surely be asking some questions about its health service --  not questions about the herculean efforts by the staff in the service (many of whom have sadly died from Covid) -- but questions about the structures within which the wonderful staff work.
June 26, 2021
Michael Duggan
What happened when convinced anti-Catholics of the established order had an actual personal encounter with the Church, its people and institutions?
June 25, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Vatican City, Jun 25, 2021 / 12:00 pm. Pope Francis told a group of Lutheran leaders on Friday that the desire for unity grows the more Christians understand how much Christ suffers over our divisions. In a June 25 meeting with representatives of the Lutheran World Federation, the pope said: “The passion for unity matures
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