23rd March 2012

23rd March 2012
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Bishop To Defy Critics By Joining Clinic Vigil

BISHOP Alan Hopes will join the 40 Days for Life vigil outside the central London BPAS clinic next Friday despite an increasingly aggressive campaign by pro-abortion......

Vatican Report Hails Progress In Reform Of Irish Church

BY CAROL GLATZ A VATICAN investigation of the Church in Ireland has concluded that bishops, clergy and lay faithful are doing an “excellent” job in creating safe......

Cubans And Mexicans Welcome Benedict Xvi

BENEDICT XVI will set off today on one of the most challenging foreign trips of his pontificate. The Pope, who is 85 next month, will spend six days in Mexico and Cuba amid......

Married Couple Asked To Write Pope’s Good Friday...

BY CINDY WOODEN POPE BENEDICT XVI has asked an Italian married couple, founders of the Focolare movement’s New Families initiative, to write the meditations for his Way of......

Stations Of The Cross Adapted To Tube Line

BY MIGUEL CULLEN COMMUTERS forced to ponder the inscrutable workings of London Underground’s Circle Line were this week offered a new diversion. An anonymous artist has......

Broadway Tap Dancer Studies For Priesthood

BY CINDY WOODEN A TAP DANCER who starred in the Broadway show 42nd Street is studying to become a priest at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. David Rider, 27,......

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Church Praises Anglican Leader

BY ED WEST RCHBISHOP Vincent Nichols f Westminster has paid tribte to Dr Rowan Williams, he Archbishop of Canterury, after it was announced hat he was stepping down in ecember......

Irish Bishops Ask For Minister For Emigrants

BY SARAH MACDONALD RELAND ’ S bishops have called for he establishment of a new governent post with specific responsibilty for the increasing number of Irish migrants forced......

One Million ê»faith Cardsê¼ Are Handed Out In Parishes

CARDS for Catholics are now being distributed throughout 24 dioceses in England and Wales. The card says that the carrier is Catholic and states six things that Catholics are......

Assad Is Suspended From Order

SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad has been suspended from the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. The move was made last week just before Italian foreign minister......

Visitors Call For Better Formation Of Irish Clergy

Continued from Page 1 “more consistent admission criteria” and a more thorough examination of a candidate’s suitability for the priesthood; and child protection education......

Ex-civil Servant Appointed As Head Of Safeguarding

BY ED WEST A NEW CHAIRMAN of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has been appointed following the resignation of Baroness Scotland. Danny Sullivan, the new......

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Pope Offers Indulgence For Opening Of Shrine Church

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN BENEDICT XVI is offering a papal blessing with an attached plenary indulgence to those who attend the opening of the first shrine church in England......

Court: Same-sex Marriage Is Not A Human Right

BY SIMON CALDWELL THERE are no human rights to either gay marriage or gay adoption, senior European udges have ruled. The European Court of Human Rights threw out an attempt......

Church Leaders Mark 25 Years Since Founding Of Welsh Diocese

BISHOP THOMAS BURNS of Menevia was joined by cardinals, bishops and the apostolic nuncio to Britain on Monday as he marked the 25th anniversary of his diocese. The Mass at the......

Muslim Council Backs Church In Marriage Debate

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE LEADER of the Muslim Council for Britain (MCB) has backed the Catholic Church’s response to the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Farooq Murad,......

Church: Longer Sunday Trading Is A ‘grave Mistake’

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN A SPOKESMAN for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has said that the extension of Sunday trading hours during the Olympics would be a......

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Irish Campaign Shows Power Of The Laity

VaTICaN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin A good example of the laity taking it upon themselves to stand up for the Church in the face of government pressure was in evidence in Rome last......

Church Leaders Condemn Killings At Jewish School

FRENCH Church leaders have condemned an attack outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, the latest in a series of murders by a gunman on a motorbike. Archbishop Robert Le Gall of......

Holy See Asks Sspx To Re-draft Response

BY CINDY WOODEN THE CONGREGATION for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, has defined as “insufficient” the position of the traditionalist......

Archbishop: Bill Threatens Peace

THE MAJOR archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has said that government-backed legislation to transfer control of key national Christian shrines to the Orthodox Church is......

Official Charged With Stealing

THE FORMER chief financial officer of Philadelphia archdiocese has been charged with stealing $900,000 (£600,000). Anita Guzzardi, 43, turned herself into police after she was......

Pope Appoints Archbishops

POPE BENEDICT XVI has appointed Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut, as the new Archbishop of Baltimore. The Pope has also named Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Christian......

Council Withdraws Backing Of Cup

THE PONTIFICAL Council for the Laity withdrew its support for a Rome-based seminarian football cup not because players and fans were having too much fun, but because organisers......

Pontiff Sets Up Commission To Investigate Leaks

BY CINDY WOODEN POPE BENEDICT XVI has established a commission to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the......

By Carol Glatz

BENEDICT XVI has blessed and rung the official International Eucharistic Congress bell, which toured Ireland for nearly a year, in preparation for the world meeting in June. An......

By Ezra Fieser

HAITIAN and Dominican bishops have said that they will create a commission to help to reconstruct Haiti more than two years after a major earthquake. Several Catholic groups......

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Church Mourns ‘courageous’ Coptic Leader

Pope Shenouda III, patriarch for more than four decades, is praised for defending rights of Christians BY STAFF REPORTER POPE BENEDICT XVI has offered his condolences to Coptic......

Us Bishops Promise To Keep Focused On Fight For Liberty

BY NANCY FRAZIER O ʼ BRIEN AMERICA ’ S top most senior Catholic bishops have vowed promises to continue their defence of religious liberty in the courts, Congress and the......

Cardinal Unveils â£120m Restoration Plan For Cathedral

BY BETH GRIFFIN ST PATRICK ’ S CATHEDRAL in New York, “America’s parish church and the soul of the capital of the world”, will undergo a £120 million, fiveyear......

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The Rock Star Who Met Christ On A Jog

Dion DiMucci tells Rory Fitzgerald that a ‘sudden and brilliant’ encounter inspired him to give up heroin and embrace the faith D ion DiMucci was there at the creation of......

Vatican Ii 50 Years On:

The New Evangelization 26 29 June 2012 The fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council provides a unique opportunity to revisit that seminal event which......

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‘it Would Be Crazy If God’s Not Behind It’

anon Olivier Meney is at the forefront of a new apostolate. He is establishing the first ever British base for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at the Church of......

The Pope Steps Foot In The Executioner’s Land

When Benedict XVI touches down in Mexico today he will find a country in the terrifying grip of drug cartels, says Bess Twiston-Davies D ios no hizo patria igual: “God made no......

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The Hour Of Jesus’s Tortured Triumph

By Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB T his Sunday used to be called “Passion Sunday”, introducing the most extreme period of Lent, when the grimness of the season was stressed by the......

The World’s First Soul

SCIENCE & FAITH Quentin de la Bédoyère D o you ever think seriously about the soul? Consider the holy souls who have worked their time through purgation and are now waiting,......

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Artist Wins Bhatti Art Trophy

SHAHBAZ BHATTI ’ S memory will live on in the London Borough of Redbridge after an annual peace art competition was launched at St Peter’s and Paul’s Catholic Primary......

Children’s Author Reveals Sources Of Inspiration

JANE CLARKE , children’s author and poet, brightened the lives of pupils and staff at St Benedict’s Junior School in Ealing, west London, when she visited on March 2 as part......

Leaders Meet At Stonyhurst

HEAD boys and girls from Britain’s five Jesuit schools convened at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire this month for an inspirational sixth-form leadership conference,......

Catholics Join Queen At Abbey

CHILDREN from the Salesian parish of St James, Bootle, Merseyside, were special guests of the Royal and Commonwealth Society at a recent service of worship, in the historic......

Pupils Are Coached In Art Of Cycling

PUPILS at Marist Preparatory School in Ascot, Berkshire, have benefited from CycleWise’s cycle safety training. Cycle-Wise offers the modern form of cycling proficiency,......

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Two Bishops Reach Out Across Continents In Support Of...

IN AN image released to mark World Water Day bishops from Britain and Zimbabwe walk in support of Cafod’s Thirst for Change campaign to end water poverty. Bishop John......

Science Professor Urges Students To Aim High

PROFESSOR Steve Williiams, one of the world’s leading pioneers of neurological imaging techniques, told young scientists at Loreto Grammar School to be the next generation of......

School Hosts Any Questions

FARNBOROUGH HILL , a Catholic school in Hampshire, hosted the BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions? on March 9. The live radio show, which debates current news stories, was......

Porritt: This Is A Crisis Of The Spirit

ENVIRONMENTALIST Jonathon Porritt has told a packed audience of around 150 Christian environmental activists that “wealth” should mean more than just money. “The original......

Head Leads A Trip To Freetown

SIERRA LEONE is making small but significant steps towards forging a brighter future, according to St Joseph’s College missionaries who have just returned from their sixth......

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How Hymns Made My Heart Burn With Faith

Charlie Hegarty Notebook hroughout Lent we are again singing that lovely hymn, the Stabat Mater, during the Stations of the Cross. The translation of those mournful, echoing,......

Don’t Underestimate The Beauty Of True Friendship

The Church has a great deal to offer homosexual people, says Archbishop Vincent Nichols T here are many times when I think of Cardinal Basil Hume. I have done so often in recent......

What St Joe Can Teach Deadbeat Dads

Mary Kenny M onday was the feast day of St Joseph. He has been held up as a model spouse, but in her rather perverse book about the breakdown of her marriage, Aftermath: On......

The Dutch Loathe Their Cannabis Cafes

Nick Thomas L ast Saturday we had a party for neighbours, fellow school parents and colleagues to mark our first year in Amsterdam, and to thank them for helping to make it so......

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Why The Papal Visit To Latin America Should Matter To Us

A dvance media coverage of the papal visit to Latin America, which begins today, has dwelt on two incontrovertible facts: that Benedict XVI is not John Paul II and that Mexico......

Take A Step Into A New Era

I t is significant that the peaceful protest outside an abortion clinic in Bedford Square, central London, briefly became national news last week. The British Pregnancy Advisory......

Clearing The Path To Unity

T he negotiations between the Vatican and the Society of St Pius X have been grinding on for so many years now, without a breakthrough, that most Catholics have lost interest in......

We Should Hold Fast To The Teaching Of Jesus In The...

From Fr Antony Jukes OFM SIR – Regarding the debate on whether the definition of marriage should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, more focus needs to be given to......

Snake Oil For Sale

From Mr Alan Clayton SIR – As a lifelong Catholic Scottish nationalist I enjoyed enormously reading James MacMillan’s article (Feature, March 9). I have known Alex Salmond......

A Radiant Figurehead

From Mrs Jean Keenan SIR The idea of monarchy may seem to symbolise “wealth, materialism, privilege and snobbery”, as Fr Ashley Beck suggests (Letter, March 9), but the......

The Risk Of Heresy

From Fr Eamonn Power SIR – It was with considerable sadness that I read the letter of Michael Forrest (March 2) since he is in great danger of falling into heresy! Let us......

Historians Forget That Medieval Catholic Practices Are...

From Mr Francis Reilly SIR – In your edition of March 9, John Hinton’s review of Peter Ackroyd’s new book, Foundation , about life in pre-Reformation England, has prompted......

The One Obvious Thing Worse Than War Is The Usual Result...

From Mr C Miles SIR – With regard to your interview (March 9) with Lord Guthrie and the “just war”, at the risk of being accused of troublemaking I would suggest that one......

Lansley Lacks Logic

From Dr Christopher Shell SIR – Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says it’s “immoral” to abort either girls or boys (Report, November 18). How about aborting both girls......

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The Painter Who Made Turner Cry

FINE ARTS REVIEW Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude NATIONAL GALLERY , UNTIL JUNE 5 laude Lorrain, the 17thcentury French landscape painter, was nowhere more admired or......

Royal Ballet’s Alice Is Strictly For Young Children

THEATRE REVIEW Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland L ewis Carroll’s novel was first adapted for the stage in 1886. There have been endless adaptations ever since: plays,......

Salonen Has A Classy Take On Beethoven

MUSIC REVIEW Michael White Philharmonia Orchestra ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL , LONDON Miss Fortune ROYAL OPERA HOUSE T his year is a Beethoven year for the Philharmonia Orchestra,......

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Why We Have A Weakness For Emergency-mongering

John Jolliffe says that Roger Scruton has a refreshingly sane take on environmentalism Green Philosophy BY ROGER SCRUTON ATLANTIC, £22 R oger Scruton is one of the most......

Spiritual Books Francis Phillips

Between Heaven and Mirth by James Martin SJ, HarperOne, £18.99 According to Fr Martin, levity is “an essential element of a healthy spiritual life”. He contends that the......

Books In Brief

The Devilʼs Mask by Christopher Wakling (Faber, £7.99) Bristol in the 19th century, just after the abolition of the slave trade: Inigo Bright is a young lawyer who’s unhappy......

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By Bishop David Mcgough

Fifth Sunday of Lent Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-15; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33 O ur lives and wellbeing are moulded by significant relationships. What we are has been formed by......

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf

T raditionally, this Sunday is called First Passion Sunday. “Passiontide” begins. It is also known as Iudica Sunday, from the first word of the Introit of Mass (from Ps......

Prayers Of The Week Mariian Prayers Most Holy Virgin Mary,

Help of Christian, how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help. If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, how can you, the most loving of......

Papal Teaching

By John Paul II Homily in the Basilica of the Annunciation (2000) arch 25 in the year 2000, the Solemnity of the Annunciation in the Year of the Great Jubilee: on this day the......

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It’s No Surprise That We Suffer Ridicule

T he Angelus bell announces the close of another seminary Sunday and the beginning of the nightly magnum silentium for the community, a rule adopted as part of the Lenten......

By Mgr Anthony Abela

Drawn to Jesus John 12:20-33 20 Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival. 21 They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee)......

St Joseph Oriol (march 23)

J oseph Oriol (16501712) was a priest in Barcelona who sought nothing for himself save obscurity, self-abnegation and self-sacrifice. In consequence he became celebrated......

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We Need More Rowans

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith Charterhouse T he departure of Rowan Williams from the see of Canterbury (which will become effective at the end of this year) has already led to much......

Searching For God Among Many Voices

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word W e are surrounded by many voices. There’s rarely a moment within our waking lives that someone or something isn’t calling out to us and,......