SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
United Kingdom
May 10, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The relics of St Bernadette are to tour Britain from September 3-30, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has announced. The dates and venues of the tour have been agreed – and besides cathedrals and major churches will include a visit to Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London, St Mary’s University in Twickenham, London, and several hospices. There
May 09, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is to be re-introduced in England and Wales from Pentecost. The decision by the English and Welsh bishops means that, from June 5, the faithful will be obliged to go to Sunday Mass each week for the first time in more than two
May 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Secularist ideologies are plunging new generations of people into “an abject state of ignorance” not seen for centuries, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said. Womanhood in particular is being increasingly coarsened, said Bishop Mark Davies, and there is a growing “dislocation in the life of home and family”. He encouraged the Catholic Church to commit
April 29, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The American mother miraculously healed of a potentially fatal haemorrhage by the intercession of Cardinal St John Henry Newman has spoken out against attacks on the consciences of children in Western societies. Melissa Villalobos, a lawyer and mother-of-seven from Chicago, that Western culture is now so coarse that it was more important than ever to
April 29, 2022
Simon Caldwell
After winning permision to take their critically ill five-year-old daughter Tafida Raqeeb to a hospital abroad, her parents campaign to set up a specialist hospital in Britain
April 27, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The Pope has appointed Bishop Mark O’Toole as Archbishop-elect of Cardiff and Bishop-elect of Menevia. A Londoner, Bishop O’Toole has been Bishop of Plymouth since his appointment in 2013. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Westminster in 1990 and served as private secretary to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor between 2002 and 2008. He
April 26, 2022
Melanie McDonagh
John Wilkins was editor of The Tablet for 21 years until 2003. He had previously been assistant editor of the paper in 1967 but left to join the BBC, rejoining it as editor in 1982. During his time as editor, circulation of The Tablet almost tripled. He was born in 1936, he went to Clare
April 15, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Jesus died from a heart attack brought on by fatal internal bleeding from a ruptured artery in his shoulder, a doctor-turned-priest has said. The Rev. Professor Patrick Pullicino, a priest in Southwark and formerly an NHS consultant neurologist, said there is evidence that Christ dislocated his shoulder in a fall on the way to Calvary
April 12, 2022
Kevin Jones/CNA
A jury has convicted a British-born Muslim of the murder of Catholic MP Sir David Amess and for preparing acts of terrorism. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, of Kentish Town in north London, said he was motivated by targeting MPs who had voted in favour of airstrikes in Syria. Sir David was stabbed more than 20
April 11, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has conferred the title of “monsignor” upon Michael Nazir Ali, the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester who was ordained a Catholic priest last year. The Holy Father made Rev. Dr Nazir Ali a Prelate of Honour to His Holiness in keeping with the tradition of elevating high-profile Anglicans who join the Catholic Church.
April 04, 2022
Staff Reporter
Revised national guidelines for the College of Policing will allow for sacramental access at crime scenes where operationally possible following the conclusion of a working group set up in the aftermath of the murder of MP Sir David Amess. The murder in October 2021 raised a number of questions concerning the appropriate response to granting
March 31, 2022
CNA Staff
Members of Parliament have voted to make permanent a policy adopted during the coronavirus pandemic that allows British women to self-administer both doses of abortion drugs at home, without visiting a medical clinic. The House of Commons vote on an amendment to the Health and Care Bill 2021 was 215 to 188. “The group of
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