10th February 2012

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Bishops: Carry A Card To Declare Your Faith

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE BISHOPS of England and Wales are to distribute a million cards communicating that their carrier is a baptised Catholic. The cards will go to 24......

Vatican Sees Biggest Snowfall In 26 Years

MISSIONARIES of Charity built snowmen and had playful snowball fights in St Peter’s Square this week as Rome saw its biggest snowstorm in 26 years. At his Sunday Angelus Pope......

Catholic School Transport Cuts Leave Parents With Huge Bills

BY ED WEST THE CATHOLIC Education Service of England and Wales (CESEW) has expressed alarm at the numberoflocal authorities withdrawing transport subsidies for children......

Cardinal Pell Praises Queen As She Celebrates Diamond...

BY DAVID V BARRETT IN AN AGE of increasing but still minority secularism the Queen prompts us to remember our Judaeo-Christian roots, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of......

Priest: Papal Blessing Cured Possessed Men

BY STAFF REPORTER POPE BENEDICT XVI cured two men of demonic possession when he blessed them in St Peter’s Square, an exorcist has claimed. Fr GabrieleAmorth said that whenthe......

Bus Is Named After Nun Who Saved Jews

BY ED WEST MOTHER Riccarda Beauchamp Hamborough,the Brighton nun who saved more than 60 Jews from Nazi death camps, has received the unusual posthumous honour of having a bus......

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Youtube Clip Sparks Outcry Over ‘dissent’ At Soho Mass

BY DAVID V BARRETT TWO PRIESTS have criticised the “gay-friendly” Masses held monthly in central London after a short video posted on YouTube appeared to show bidding prayers......

Archbishop: Secularism Offers Us More Freedom To Evangelise

BY DAVID V BARRETT SECULARISM can offer a new freedom for the Gospel to be proclaimed, Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham has said. The archbishop, who is a member of the......

Cardinal Scola To Speak In London On Muslim Relations

CARDINAL Angelo Scola of Milan is to speak at Heythrop College in London this April. The cardinal, considered a possible future pope, will talk about the work of Oasis, a group......

Safeguarding Officials Resign

SEVERAL members of Clifton diocese’s safeguarding team have resigned reportedly following a disagreement over how to deal with a priest convicted of downloading child......

Secularists Defend Bishop

THE NATIONAL Secular Society has said it opposes a complaint by a Humanist who claimed that a bishop’s homily incited hatred against secularists. Terry Sanderson, the lobby......

Diocesan Official Sacked

BISHOP Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has dismissed the chief executive of Shrewsbury Diocese Commercial Company following what the diocese calls “serious allegations of......

Education Chief: We Must Lobby Councils

Continued from Page 1: government. Up until now there has always been an agreement, but because of the squeeze councils are saying saying they cannot afford it. This is going to......

Organ Donation Proposal Is Opposed

BY STAFF REPORTER CHURCH leaders in Wales have described government proposals for “presumed consent” on organ donation as “ill-judged”. In awritten response to the Welsh......

Bishop Clashes With Charity Head Over Faith Schools

BY DAVID V BARRETT BISHOP Joseph Devine of Motherwell has reacted strongly to criticism of faith schools in Scotland by a director of a Scottish charities lobbying group,......

Ex-priest Convicted Of Child Abuse

A FORMER priest, Alexander Bede Walsh, has been convicted of 21 counts of child abuse while working in children’s homes and churches in the 1970s and 1980s....

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Archbishop: Irish Church Is Not Ready For A Papal Visit

BY ED WEST THE IRISH Church is not ready for a papal visit, the Archbishop of Dublin has said. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking about the forthcoming International......

Canonesses Are Blocked From Selling Sculptures

BY ED WEST ENGLISH HERITAGE has blocked an application by the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus to remove and sell Greek and Roman marbles from its home in Ince......

Ireland Caps Benefits To Families For First Holy Communions

THE IRISH government has cut grants to families on benefits to cover the cost of First Holy Communion and Confirmation expenses, writes Ed West . Until now 14,000 families were......

Queen’s Cousin: 1967 Act ‘doomed’

BY DAVID V BARRETT ABORTION is “the great elephant in the room in our culture” and the 1967 Abortion Act was “defeatist, unjust and doomed to fail horribly in the long run”,......

Television Series About Catholics To Air On Bbc

BY DAVID V BARRETT BBC FOUR is to broadcast a series of programmes exploring what it means to be a Catholic today. The three documentaries, produced by acclaimed filmmaker......

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Accused Officials Tell Their Side Of The Story

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin A fter painful allegations of cronyism and mismanagement of Vatican finances revealed in leaked letters written by a former deputy governor of......

Pope: True Freedom Comes When Will Is Guided By God

ONLY by fully following God’s will can humanity find true freedom and the strength to bear the fear or suffering in one’s life, Pope Benedict XVI has said. He said: “Only by......

Nigerians Mourn Bombing Victims

CHURCH leaders in Abuja celebrated Mass for 18 victims of the Christmas bombings last week. Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja told about 2,000 people gathered at St......

P Promotes ʻtireless Ope ' Bishop The British Head Of Aid To

the Church in Need (ACN) has welcomed the promotion of a senior bishop in Pakistan who is seen as a leading voice for better inter-religious relations. Pope Benedict XVI......

Patriarch Of Venice Named

POPE BENEDICT XVI has appointed Archbishop Francesco Moraglia as Patriarch of Venice, a historically significant archdiocese. Archbishop Moraglia, 58, had served as bishop of......

Church Employees Caught Stealing

EMPLOYEES of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses are accused of stealing $1 million (£630,000) each in Church funds over the past decade. In New York, archdiocesan......

Victim Of Abuse Tells Bishops Of Suffering

BY CAROL GLATZ AND CINDY WOODEN AN IRISH clerical abuse victim told a gathering of bishops of her experiences at the hands of a hospital chaplain during an unprecedented......

Army Censors Us Archbishop’s Letter To Troops

BY NANCY FRAZIER O ' BRIEN AN AMERICAN archbishop has said that US Army officials made a mistake by ordering all military chaplains not to readout aletteropposingthe Obama......

Top Official: Rich Orders Should Help Poorer Ones

BY CAROL GLATZ WEALTHIER religious orders should share their resources with struggling religious communities, according to the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of......

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Anti-nazi Leader Inspired By Newman Declared A Saint

BY SIMON CALDWELL A FOUNDER of the anti-Nazi resistance movement inspired partly by the writings of Blessed John Henry Newmanhas been declared a saint by the Russian Orthodox......

Officials: Charges Of Corruption Are Baseless

BY FRANCIS X ROCCA VATICAN officials have dismissed as baseless the accusations of “corruption and abuse of power” made in letters by an archbishop who is now apostolic nuncio......

Cardinal Called To Act As Witness In Trial Dies At 88

BY STAFF REPORTER CARDINAL Anthony Bevilacqua, retired archbishop of Philadelphia, has died at the age of 88. According to the Philadelphia archdiocese he died at St Charles......

Cancer Charity Bows To Pressure Over Grants To Abortion Body

BY STAFF REPORTER AN AMERICAN breast cancer charity that withdrew funding for Planned Parenthood has reversed its decision after a massive backlash. Pro-life leaders said they......

Pope: A Bond With God Is Core Of Religious Life

STRENGTHENING one’s relationship with God must be the highest priority and most defining quality of religious life, Pope Benedict XVI has said. Celebratingvespers with members......

Rwandan Refugees Ask Zambian Church For Help

BY PETER AJAYI DADA ABOUT 6,000 Rwandan refugees in Zambia have urged the Catholic Church to help stop state plans to repatriate themandinstead toregularisetheirZambian......

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‘what Were Those Mps Thinking In 1967?’

Lord Nicholas Windsor tells Peter Stanford that the Abortion Act was ‘defeatist, unjust and doomed to fail horribly in the long run’ T here are different ways of taking a stand.......

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The Gutsy Sister Who Defied The Ira

S ister Genevieve was born Mary O’Farrell to a humble farming family in the Irish Free State in 1923. She was the youngest of their five children, and each morning went with her......

Marriage: Where Total Giving Is Made Possible

As Britain marks Marriage Week John de Waal says that couples flourish when they make a firm decision to build their lives on God’s laws I remember a sermon many y mi ears ago......

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The Night Dickens Had A Marian Vision

As we celebrate 200 years since Dickens’s birth William Oddie recalls the writer’s uncanny vision of a woman in blue I t is a major national commemoration: Charles Dickens,......

Madness In His Method

SCIENCE & FAITH Quentin de la Mcdoyère I am a mathematical flirt. The Jesuit who taught me was far too clever to understand that I needed my sixth-form mathematics explained in......

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Stonyhurst Celebrates Re-opening Of Its Church

STONYHURST COLLEGE in Lancashire celebrated the reopening of its church, St Peter’s, last month, after its year-long closure for extensive restoration and conservation work. A......

Holocaust Memorial Day Marked

A GROUP of pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, recently took part in a special event at Manchester’s Cornerhouse to mark Holocaust......

Football Kits Bound For Africa

SIERRA LEONE ’ S street orphans will be given sets of training equipment thanks to Martin Humphries, manager of Brinklow Girls under-13 football team in Warwickshire. Mr......

Oratory School Rugby Players Get Lambs Call Up

ORATORY SCHOOL rugby captain James Doe has been selected to play on February 19 for the Independent Schools Barbarians (Lambs) U18s, along with team-mate Josh Williams. James......

Loreto Netballers Win Regional Title

‘ WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get going” is the motto for Loreto Grammar School’s irrepressible netball stars. The hot shots from the Catholic grammar school in......

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Archbishop Thanks God For Sisters

A SOLEMN MASS for the religious of the Diocese of Westminster was held at Westminster Cathedral on Thursday, February 2, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.......

Champion Seeks Title In Azerbaijan

KARATE champion Lauren Tutty knows she will need mind over matter if she is to build on nine British junior titles in the forthcoming European Championships inAzerbaijan. The......

Sixth-form Students Honour St Thomas Aquinas

THERE was a tangible airof excitement at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, on January 24 as the RE department played host to the fifth annual Aquinas dinner in honour......

Lives Remembered

Fr Gregory Winterton, a priest of the Birmingham Oratory, was born on July 9 1922. He died on January 18 2012, aged 89. Cecil John Winterton took the name Gregory, after Pope......

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Praying Is Like Walking Into A Great Concert

Rowan Williams Notebook R uth Burrows has always been a very challenging writer on the life of prayer. When I first encountered her work in the early 1970s I was deeply struck......

We Must Not Let The State Treat Our Faith Like A Hobby

An alarmingly narrow definition of religious freedom is gaining influence, says Edward Leigh W ith the freedom of Christians, both in Britain and abroad, an increasing source......

The Queen Shows The Beauty Of Duty

Mary Kenny I n the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year, an unusual word will be heard more frequently. That word is “duty”. Elizabeth dedicated herself......

Let Us Now Praise The Good Book

Nick Thomas I n 1977 I went to Oxford to read English, and the joy of the brief letter confirming my admission had been quickly dampened by a reading list that included the......

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The Global Struggle Against Abuse Is Only Just Beginning

T here are good reasons to fear that the clerical abuse crisis is not over but has, in fact, only just begun. The crisis has, so far, engulfed a handful of mainly western......

Former Anglicans Are Not Rising Up To Campaign For...

From Fr Kevin O’Donnell SIR – Elizabeth Price (Letter, February 3) raises one important question but is perhaps too agenda-driven as it stands to really allow further, fruitful......

Poem

LUKA’S CHRISTENING Each blest drop on each blest limb Is wash’t itself in washing him. — Richard Crashaw (1613-1649) After The Father Forth from the Mother Part Them Part......

Catholic Dilemmas

An examination of conscience I was reading spoke of looking at various ways that we are prone to the seven capital sins.I wondered how much sloth is a problem now that people......

We Need A Positive Dialogue With Secularists About Moral...

From Mr John Owen SIR – Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark is to be commended for drawing our attention to the fact that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, seemed unable to......

Paul Vi Himself Described Population Growth As A ‘grave...

From Dr Gerald Danaher SIR – On June 23 1964, Pope Paul VI expressed one of his greatest concerns like this: “A problem which everyone talks about is that of birth control, as......

We Should Encourage Children To Receive Communion In Both...

From Mr David Chapman SIR – I recently attended a week-day Mass in an English Catholic cathedral. Also present was a group of some 30 or so children – Confirmation candidates –......

Don’t Lose The Link

From Mr Patrick Pullicino SIR – Downside is one of the few Catholic boarding schools that are still governed by clergy, and to my mind this is the reason it is flourishing. I......

The Union’s Errors

From Dr Christopher Shell SIR –UCL student union’s vote (Report, February 3) to enforce “balance” in every abortion debate, with a neutral chair, makes five logical errors.......

Too Few Catholics

From Mrs Claire Riche-Gallet SIR – Nicolas Kennedy (January 27) thinks closing schools with too few Catholics is a bad idea.I wonder how readers feel about closing schools with......

Mad Regulations

From Mr Martin Clitheroe SIR – On the instructions of our diocese all our Eucharistic ministers are now required to be CRB checked. Presumably this is because they give......

Yours Faithfully, Martin Clitheroe Bedford

A papal broadcaster From Mr Frank Roome SIR – In view of the objections to the alleged pro-abortion stance of the BBC (Letters, January 27) perhaps we could get the Pope to run......

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Hockney Delivers A Kick In The Face

FINE ARTS REVIEW David Hockney: A Bigger Picture ROYAL ACADEMY , LONDON O ne of the largest one-man exhibitions of paintings ever held is, at the present, occupying the whole......

Singing Nuns Without A Hint Of Kitsch

MUSIC REVIEW Michael White Puccini Plus OPÉRA DE LYON , FRANCE Rosenkavalier ENO , LONDON T he operatic life of France inevitably focuses on Paris, but the number two house......

Maria Callas Vents Her Spleen As An Opera Teacher

THEATRE REVIEW Master Class VAUDEVILLE THEATRE , LONDON M aria Callas, in the early 1970s, when her voice had gone and her career was over, held a number of master classes at......

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The Century In Which The Secularists Truly Arrived

The clash between faith and reason in the 18th-century is exaggerated, says Jonathan Wright The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century BY DAVID HEMPTON I B TAURIS, £24.50 D......

A Brutal Force

John Hinton welcomes a book exposing the Communist persecution of Chinese Catholics Church Militant BY PAUL P MARIANI HARVARD, £29.95 L ate on the night of September 8 1955,......

Books In Brief

The Nun by Simonetta Agnello Hornby (Europa, £10) If you were a fan of Sarah un Dant’s Sacred Hearts then this new novel, translated from the Italian, should be right up your......

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By Bishop David Mcgough

Sixth Sunday of the Year Lev 13:1-2 & 44-46; Ps 32; 1 Cor 10:31-11:1; Mk 1:40-45 ‘A man infected with leprosy must shield his upper lip and cry: ‘Unclean, unclean.’ As long as......

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf

F or this Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (the purple-draped, pre-Lent Sexagesima Sunday in our traditional Roman calendar) we have a Collect based on a prayer in the......

Prayers Of The Week Prayers T O S S C Yril A N D Methodius

Cyril and Methodius, a long time ago, driven by your love of Christ, you converted our ancestors to the Christian faith and provided them with their own bishop and priests. Now,......

Papal Teaching

By Leo XIII Encyclical Grande Munus (1880) T he great duty of spreading the Christian name was entrusted in a special way to Peter, the head of the Apostles, and to his......

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In My End Is My Beginning

I do not know how the Institute for Cemetery and Crematorium Management got hold of my email address, but there are times when I rather wish they hadn’t. I suppose Iam on some......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela Be Clean Mark 1:40-45 40 A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help. “If you want to,” he said, “you......

Saint Of The Week

St Gregory II (February 11) S t Gregory II, pope from 715 to 731, stood forth as a powerful defender of Roman authority against the encroachments of both the Byzantine Emperor......

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A Discourtesy To The Past

John Gummer Charterhouse T hat towering figure St Benedict is one to whose work all western religious orders owe much and whose Rule remains a living reference for many more......

Mourning And Dancing

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word H enri Nouwen used to publish some of his diaries under the title “On Mourning and Dancing”. The title was wholly appropriate since those......