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Martyrdom
July 07, 2021
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.
September 21, 2017
The room where Fr Stanley Rother was killed is a spine-tinglingly holy place
July 12, 2017
Laying down one’s life for others is now a category under which a person might be beatified or canonised
April 20, 2017
The former deputy Labour leader, a 'hardened atheist', was so intrigued by British Catholics he wrote a 600-page history of them
April 13, 2017
The Archbishop of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass
April 13, 2017
The Pope will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word in memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries on Easter Saturday
January 05, 2017
The Church's history can be horrifically distressing – I've long warned my first-year theology students about it
October 17, 2016
The saint's letters prove the first Christians saw Jesus as more than just a prophet and teacher
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