13th January 2012

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Bishop Asks For Hour Of Confession Every Week

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE BISHOP of Lancaster has launched a Lenten initiative to encourage Catholics to return to Confession. Bishop Michael Campbell has written to all......

Pope Baptises 16 Babies In Sistine Chapel

BY CAROL GLATZ POPE BENEDICT XVI has baptised 16 infants and told their parents and godparents that prayer and the sacraments will give them the strength and guidance they need......

Rome Calls For Major Review Major Review Of Catechesis In...

THE VATICAN has called on bishops around the world to re-examine catechetical materials in a document which helps to prepare Catholics for the Year of Faith. In anticipation of......

New Nuncio Heads To Ireland With ‘total Confidence’...

BY CINDY WOODEN CELEBRATING the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Benedict XVI has ordained two new nuncios as bishops. The two men are US Archbishop Charles Brown, a veteran......

Vatican Office Admits Copying Wikipedia

BY CINDY WOODEN THE VATICAN press office has admitted that the short biographies of 22 new cardinals that it handed out to journalists last week were mainly drawn from......

My Parish Priest Was ‘very Cool’, Says Actor

BY ED WEST ACTOR Michael Fassbender has spoken about the positive influence of the Church on his life. The Irish-born actor, who stars in the Steve McQueendirected Shame , and......

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Downside Abbey Is To Change How School Is Run

BY ED WEST ONE OF THE country’s top Catholic schools is to undertake a major review of the way it is governed, it has been announced. The “major restructuring of......

Sixth Ex-anglican Bishop Is Received Into The Ordinariate

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN A FORMER Anglican bishop was received into the ordinariate on Saturday, making him the sixth ex-Anglican bishop to come into full communion with the......

Irish Bishops Welcome Plan For Minimum Alcohol Prices

THE IRISH BISHOPS ’ Drugs and Alcohol Initiative has welcomed a proposal to introduce a minimum cost for alcohol. Bishop Éamonn Walsh, vice-chairman of the initiative, said:......

Bishop Urges Prayers After Murder

BISHOP Terence Brain of Salford has called for prayers after the killing of an Indian student on Boxing Day. The bishop, speaking last week as locals held a vigil for......

Spuc To Oppose Gay Marriage

THE SOCIETY for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has launched a campaign against same-sex marriage ahead of a Government consultation. John Smeaton, Spuc’s director,......

ê»priests Bless Civil Unionsê¼

AN ORGANISER of “gayfriendly” Masses in Soho has claimed that same-sex unions are being blessed in Catholic churches in Britain. Martin Pendergast said in a video posted......

Bishop Praises Dignity Of Stephen Lawrence Family

BY ED WEST A BISHOP in south London has spoken about the impact that the murder of Stephen Lawrence has had on British society. Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Lynch of Southwark,......

Business School To Move Into Ushaw College

BY ED WEST USHAW COLLEGE has formed an agreement with a local business school in a deal expected to help to secure its future. Durham Business School, part of the Durham......

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Archbishop Criticises ‘lax’ Report On Assisted Suicide

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE ARCHBISHOP of Southwark has criticised a think-tank report recommending the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill and said......

Catholics And Anglicans Agree To Share Church

BY ED WEST A CATHOLIC congregation in Cornwall is to share a church with Anglicans. Catholics and Anglicans in Padstow packed St Petroc’s church last month for a “new......

European And Us Bishops Tell Faithful In Gaza: ‘you Are...

BISHOPS from Europe and North America celebrated Mass with Catholics in Gaza on Sunday, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Afterwards parishioners shared their experiences......

Bishop Says That Migrants Enrich British Church

BY STAFF REPORTER THE CATHOLIC Church in England and Wales has greatly benefited from the faith and witness of migrants not only in our present day but down through the years,......

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Over Half The Conclave Will Be European

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin P ope Benedict XVI has increased the likelihood that his successor will come from Europe and that he will be an Italian after he named a......

World Bulletin

Three-year study of women religious in US is handed in A THREE - YEAR study of US women religious called for by the Vatican has been completed with the final comprehensive......

Church Helps Victims Of Flooding

CATHOLIC agencies and officials in the Philippines are working to provide housing for victims of flooding that has left more than 1,200 people dead and hundreds of thousands......

Pope Gives Names Of 22 New Cardinals

BY FRANCIS X ROCCA POPE BENEDICT XVI has named 22 new cardinals and announced a consistory for their formal induction into the College of Cardinals next month. Among those......

Archbishop To Head Tribunal

POPE BENEDICT XVI has named the 73-year-old secretary of the Congregation for Bishops to be the new head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Church court dealing with indulgences,......

Papal Statue To Get New Head

A STATUE of Blessed Pope John Paul II in Rome that was widely criticised at its unveiling last year is to be given a new head. The pope’s cape and the outer coating of paint......

Archbishopê¼s Residence To Be Sold

THE HOME of Philadelphia’s Catholic archbishops since the 1930s will be sold, archdiocesan officials have confirmed. The 10,000 sq ft mansion located on more than eight acres......

Priest: Exorcism Shows Power Of Jesus On Earth

BY LILLA ROSE A SPANISH priest has said that exorcism is God’s gift “to help us believe”. Fr José Antonio Fortea, an exorcist based in Rome, said: “Exorcism is a sign......

Pontiff Says Epiphany Reveals God To The World

BY CINDY WOODEN AT CHRISTMAS the human dream of being like God started to become a reality – not through human efforts, but by God sending his son to be born on earth to......

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Bishop Urges Flock To Be More Forceful In Defending Faith

BY TOM DERMODY A BISHOP in the United States has written a letter aimed at “raising the alarm” among the faithful about the march of secularism. Bishop Daniel Jenky of......

Nigerian Bishops Say Leaders Care Little About Poor

BY PETER AJAYI DADA A GROUP of Nigerian bishops has accused the government of selfishness, collusion and fraud and said that the removal of a fuel subsidy showed “insensitive......

Boston Cardinal Marks 10 Years Since Abuse Scandal Broke

BY STAFF REPORTER CARDINAL SEÁN O ’ MALLEY of Boston has said that the Church will “never forget” the clerical abuse crisis, in a document marking 10 years since the......

Pope: Put More Emphasis On Sacrament Of The Sick

BY STAFF REPORTER ANOINTING of the sick is a sacrament that deserves “greater consideration” today because of the spiritual benefits to both minister and recipient, Pope......

John Paul Ii’s Lifelong Jewish Friend Dies At 90

BY STAFF REPORTER JERZY KLUGER , known as Blessed Pope John Paul II’s lifelong Jewish friend and one who had a deep impact on the Pope’s commitment to improved......

Sarkozy Praises French Virtues Of St Joan Of Arc

BY STAFF REPORTER FRENCH PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy has praised his country’s co-patron, St Joan ofArc, for helping to “forge the national conscience”. He said after......

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Canadian Bishop Released From Jail After Conviction

BY DEBORAH GYAPONG RETIRED Canadian Bishop Raymond Lahey, convicted of importing child pornography, was released from prison last week after the judge gave him double credit......

Archbishop Told To Cut Number Of Schools By A Third

BY LOU BALDWIN Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has been urged to cut the number of primary schools in his archdiocese by almost a third. Areport by the Blue Ribbon......

La Bishop Resigns After Revealing He Is A Father

BY JOHN THAVIS AUXILIARY BISHOP Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles has resigned after disclosing to superiors that he is the father of two children. The Vatican announced the......

Pilgrims Flock To Re-opened Site Of Jesus’s Baptism

BY JUDITH SUDILOVSKY HUNDREDS of Catholic and Orthodox pilgrims made their way to the Jordan River last week to attend Mass and be baptised at the traditional site of Jesus’s......

Honduran Priest: I Was Beaten By Police

BY STAFF REPORTER A HONDURAN priest known for his work on behalf of human rights and the environment has said that he and two of his brothers were beaten by police as they......

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‘it’s Clear That Ewtn Is The Lord’s Work’

Luke Coppen meets Michael Warsaw, president of the Eternal Word Television Network, the world’s largest religious media group ichael Warsaw enjoyed the cosmopolitan life of......

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Ireland’s Spurned Heroes Await Justice

he Irish government has announced that it is giving active consideration to the exoneration of the thousands of Irish Army deserters who joined the British Army during the......

We Ought To Applaud ‘real-life Superheroes ’

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says that Catholic teaching offers support to the self-styled superheroes fighting crime from Yeovil to Seattle he concept of the superhero is one that......

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The Church Steps In To Save The Poor

Jonathan Mitchell says that Caritas Spain is seeing a surge in demand or its services as the country faces a profound crisis A mid the deepening economic crisis across Europe......

Before The Big Bang

SCIENCE & FAITH Quentin de la Bédoyère T he Big Bang theory was first described, but not so named, by the French Jesuit Georges Lemaître in the late 1920s. His picture of......

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Artist In Residence Inspires Cheshire Students

EMILY BLAND , artist in residence at Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Cheshire, is staging a private view with an extended exhibition. Art lovers can apply for an......

Pupils Bring The Legend Of Queen To The Stage

ST Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, brought the music of Queen to life in the smash-hit musical We Will Rock You , a show written by Ben Elton......

Pupils Take A Journey Back In Time

YEAR 6 pupils from St John Bosco Primary School in West Bromwich, West Midlands, travelled back in time on Friday to experience a day as Victorians. The day was organised by......

Statue Of Saint Is Blessed

A NEW statue of St Columba was blessed in the city of Derry on Wednesday 7 December. This date is given as the anniversary of the saint’s birth in Gartan, County Donegal, in......

School Celebrates Its Patronal Feast

ST EDMUND ’ S Catholic School in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, celebrated its patronal feast day with particular joy this year. On the feast of Edmund Campion, Thursday 1......

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Students Visit Green ‘stations’

OVER the past few years, students and staff from St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, have been involved in a project aiming to raise awareness about the......

Society Celebrates 100 Years

THE Society of Our Lady of Lourdes, a national pilgrimage charity, is celebrating a milestone in its history in 2012. This year marks the centenary of the Society which works......

Student Wins Gold At Fencing

DIMITRI COUTYA , a 14-yearold pupil at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, competed in the National Fencing Championships on December 10-11 at the English Institute......

Benedict Xvi Honours Maryvale Deputy Director

POPE BENEDICT XVI has appointed Dr Petroc Willey as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. Dr Willey, deputy director at Maryvale Higher......

Students Receive Awards

TOP students at Our Lady and St Chad’s Sports College in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, were rewarded for their achievements at the college’s annual presentation evening,......

Chelmsford Students Excel At Maths Challenge

AN astounding 38 students from Years 5 and 6 at New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, have proven that they are top of the class by winning numerous awards in a national maths......

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In A Monastery Only One Place Really Matters

Aidan Bellenger Notebook I n recent years the built heritage of the Catholic community in the British Isles has been rediscovered. This has sometimes been the result of the......

There Is Nothing Illiberal In Defending The Right To Life

Christians are on the compassionate and liberal side of the euthanasia debate, says George Pitcher P erhaps the most grotesque piece of evidence – albeit in a competitive......

We Must Shop For The Common Good

Mary Kenny T rying to serve “the common good” is a strong ideal of the Catholic faith, but it certainly can sometimes be difficult to define. Consider the controversy over......

Oh My, How The Times Have Changed

Nick Thomas I t probably began, like so much of the cocky irreverence for authority that now informs our culture, with that comic genius Peter Cook, when he added his own......

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The Year Of Faith Is Crucial To The Future Of The Church

S ome official Church years fire the Catholic imagination while others swiftly fizzle out. Most Catholics remember the Jubilee Year 2000, with its circular logo and electrifying......

An Ecclesial Heavyweight

A rchbishop Timothy Dolan has made a big impression on the Church since he was installed in New York in 2009. That is why he was included on the list of new cardinals published......

Rome Cuts And Pastes

L ong-held suspicions that the Vatican does not put enough effort into its public relations operations were confirmed this week when it was revealed that it had plundered......

It Would Be A Mistake To Close Schools That Are...

From Mrs Daphne McLeod SIR – I was very interested to read (Report, January 6) that Bishop Michael Campbell admits in his New Year pastoral letter that some of our Catholic......

National Aspirations

From Mr Stuart Sexton SIR – In his piece (January 6) on the papers relating to the IRA prison hunger strikes, your reporter opines that most Northern Ireland Catholics want......

Creating Tensions

From Mr Kevin Greenan SIR – The frightening prospect (Report, December 23) of legal action being taken against clergy and churches if they refuse to permit same-sex......

Priorities In The Pews

From Mrs Jean Keenan SIR – Your 10 stories which are likely to define the coming year (leading article, January 6) may resound with the hierarchy but the man and woman in the......

Benedict Xvi Avoids Any Reference To ‘myth’ In Sacred...

From Fr Neil Evans SIR – In contradicting the Magisterium of the Church regarding the interpretation of Holy Scripture ( Providentissimus Deus 1893, Spiritus Paraclitus 1920,......

There Is A Clear Parallel Between St Athanasius And The Sspx

From Mrs Patricia McKeever, editor of Catholic Truth SIR – Notably, the two correspondents attacking the Society of St Pius X are converts to the Faith (Letters, December 9).......

Catholics Should Not Break The Law When Protesting...

From Mr Bill Iveson SIR – May I suggest that Eric Hester does not advocate that Catholics should break the law (Letter, December 23) in his proposed campaign against the BBC.......

A Bright Wit

From Mr Peter McGauley SIR – Although I enjoyed the tale of Cardinal Heenan’s rochet being mistaken for a nightdress (Letter, January 6), I always understood that the......

Cardinal Basil Hume Would Have Resisted A New Mass...

From Mr Tom McIntyre SIR – The Abbot of Downside (Feature, December 16) points out that since they force priests to stop and think a bit, the poor rhythms and awkward-sounding......

Population Control Is No Reason To Be Sceptical About...

From Dr Iona Seymour SIR – Graziano Freschi (Letter, December 23) gives three reasons why he is sceptical about climate change. These are: 1) Behind the climate change......

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Spielberg Schmaltz Spoils Adaptation

FILM REVIEW War Horse Cert 12 A , 146 mins I must admit my heart sank when I first heard that Steven Spielberg was going to direct a film version of War Horse , Michael......

Fireworks In Vienna For New Year

Vienna Philharmonic GOLDEN HALL , VIENNA Christmas Concerts ST JOHN ʼ S CHURCH , SMITH SQUARE Beowulf THE ROSEMARY BRANCH , ISLINGTON A s always in music, the busyness of......

A Welcome Revival Of Another Lost Playwright

THEATRE REVIEW The Charity that Began at Home ORANGE TREE , RICHMOND S t John Hankin's comedy ran for six matinees at the Royal Court in 1906 in a memorable season which......

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Mary Tudor Lacked Just One Thing: Good Luck

Simon Caldwell says that it was unlucky that Mary died before she could consolidate her policies Mary I BY JOHN EDWARDS YALE,£25 M any of our finest monarchs reigned over......

Inner Theatre

Dickens’s painful youth lit up his imagination and inspired his best works, says Jack Carrigan Becoming Dickens BY ROBIN DOUGLAS-FAIRHURST HARVARD, £20 T his year is the......

Books In Brief

City of the Dead by Sara Gran (Faber, £7.99) Sara Gran’s first foray into private eye fiction is a delight. Set in New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina, the novel tells......

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By Bishop David Mcgough

Second Sunday of the Year 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40; 1 Cor 6:13-20; Jn 1:35-42 ‘ Y ou do not ask for sacrifice and offerings, but an open ear. You do not ask for holocaust and......

Prayers Of The Week Prayers To St Agnes, O Little

St Agnes, so young and yet made so strong and wise by the power of God, protect by your prayers all the young people of every place whose goodness and purity are threatened by......

The Week Ahead Ordiinary Form Divine Office Week Ii Sunday,

January 15: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40; 1 Cor 6:13-20; Jn 1:35-42 Monday, January 16: Weekday in Ordinary Time 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50; Mk 2:18-22......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf W e have moved into the Time called “Ordinary”, by which we mean “ordered”, not “unexceptional”. In the traditional calendar of the......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI General audience (2011) D ear Brothers and Sisters, we are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in which all believers in Christ are invited to......

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Pastor Iuventus

Learn to bend the knees of your heart T he crib is empty and the Magi linger on the sacristy window sill waiting to be swathed against the dust in carrier bags and put away in......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela Meet Jesus and Tell Others John 1:35-42 35 The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples, 36 when he saw Jesus walking by. “There......

Saint Of The Week

St Fursey (January 16) F ursey (died 648) was an Irish monk who helped to advance Christianity in both East Anglia and northern France. Precisely where and when Fursey was born......

Daily Mass Guide Monday , January 16 Our Actions Should...

to the reality in front of us: an old cloak cannot take a new patch or old wineskins new wine. The presence of the Bridegroom in our midst calls for a feast. The Lord delights......

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The Cult Of Country

Felipe Fernández Armesto Charterhouse ‘B y golly!” said Fr Walter Drumm, as he signed a cheque marked OUR LADY OF VICTORIES – NUMBER ONE ACCOUNT. “They’ve come a......

A Haunting Equation

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word I n her novel Final Payments Mary Gordon articulates an equation that has long influenced Christian spirituality, both for good and for bad.......