24th February 2012

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Cardinals To Report On Medjugorje This Year

BY e1A0ELEINE TEAHAN BOSNIAN Cardinal Vinko Puljić has announced that a Vatican commission will present its findings on alleged apparitions at Medjugorje to the Pope later......

Catholics Asked To Fast For Middle East Peace

THE LATIN Patriarch of Jerusalem has urged Catholics around the world to fast for peace in the Middle East during Lent. Patriarch Fouad Twal told Vatican Radio that the situ......

Bishop Urges Faithful To Face ‘the Reality Of Hell’...

BY e1A0ELEINE TEAHAN THE BISHOP of Shrewsbury will urge Catholicstoconfront the“terrifyingreality” of hell in a Lenten pastoral letter this Sunday. Quoting from the......

Archbishop Backs New Coalition Opposing Same-sex Marriage...

BY e1A0ELEINE TEAHAN THE ARCHBISHOP of Southwark has welcomed the formation of a coalition opposing plans to legalise same-sex marriage. In a statement following the launch of......

Top Ballerina Reveals Debt To St Philomena

BY GRETCHEN CROWE THE FIRST American tojoin the prestigious Mariinsky Ballet Company in St Petersburg has spoken of how she prays a litany and a novena to St Philomena every......

Nun, 73, To Return To Oscars After 50 Years

BY E0 WEST MOTHER Dolores Hart, who gave up a career in Hollywood to join a Benedictine Abbey, will attend the Oscars on Sunday dressed in full habit. Mother Dolores is the......

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Nuncio Says Pope Is Resolute On Abuse

BY ED WEST AND MICHAEL KELLY THE NEW Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland has described Benedict XVI’s response to the clerical abuse crisis as “relentless” and “resolute” at......

Bishop Hollis Tells Faithful: I See My Cancer As A Gift

THE BISHOP ofPortsmouth has said in a pastoral letter to his diocese that his cancer has been “a moment of grace” and that throughout his illness “the loving face of......

Catholics Pray For Stabbed Vicar

A FORMER parish priest in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, has led prayers for the town’s Anglican vicar who was stabbed to death last week. Fr Alex McAllister, now the British......

Lms Names Six New Patrons

COMPOSER James MacMillan and former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore are among six new patrons named by the Latin Mass Society. Other patrons include Prince Rupert......

School Bans Condom Dress

A CATHOLIC school in Leamington, Warwickshire, has stopped a pupil from displaying a dress made out of condoms at a school art show. Jim Ferguson, head teacher at Trinity......

Vatican Reminds Ministers To Protect Marriage

BY STAFF REPORTER VATICAN officials reminded British ministers of the importance of religious freedom and the need to defend marriage and the family, according to a......

Catholics Urged To House Needy Olympic Athletes

BY SIMON CALDWELL CATHOLICS who live in cities hosting events for the 2012 Olympic Games have been urged to show hospitality to athletes who cannot afford to stay in hotels.......

Catholic Voices-style Group Set Up In Ireland

BY ED WEST AN IRISH equivalent of the lay group Catholic Voices has been established. Catholic Comment, like its British equivalent, has been formed to prepare a team of lay......

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Gove Rejects Call To Ban Catholic Booklet From Schools

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove has defended the right of Catholic schools to promote Church teaching on homosexuality following a complaint from......

Catholic Festival Of The Arts Is Launched

BY MIGUEL CULLEN LENTFEST 2012, one of the Catholic Church’s biggest ever arts festivals, launched this week in Glasgow. Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,......

Students To Defy Motion Restricting Pro-life Talks

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN STUDENTS at University College London have said they will defy a student union motion which forces student groups to invite pro-abortion speakers to......

Archbishop Kelly Of Liverpool Celebrates 50 Years As A...

ARCHBISHOP Patrick Kelly of Liverpool marked the golden jubilee of his priesthood last weekend. On Saturday he celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Carmel Monastery in the......

Minister Gives Back To Councils The Right To Pray

BY MIGUEL CULLEN TOWN HALLS in England have been given the right to hold prayers in their council meetings in defiance of a court ruling earlier this month. Local Government......

Equality Chief Remark About Sharia Is Criticised

BY MIGUEL CULLEN TREVOR PHILLIPS , the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has attracted criticism after apparently comparing Christians who want to sidestep......

Ordinariate Liturgy To Be Approved In Five Years

BY STAFF REPORTER MEMBERS of the personal ordinariate will have to wait up to five years for Rome to approve their liturgical texts definitively, it has emerged. It was......

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Diplomatic Visit Stuck To Common Ground World Bulletin R...

consisting of mere formulaic pleasantries, last week’s visit to the Holy See by a delegation of British Government ministers – the first of its kind here by any government......

Sudanese Bishop: The World Is Ignoring A Massacre

A SUDANESE bishop has said the world has forgotten people in his diocese, where thousands have sought shelter from a government bombing campaign and aid agencies cannot gain......

Support Large Families, Says Pope

POPE BENEDICT XVI has called on governments and communities to help large families, saying that children represent hope and the well-being of every nation. “There is no future......

Catholics Reject Obama Revision

A FORMER US ambassador to the Holy See and the president of the Catholic University of America were among 300 people who signed a letter who called President Barack Obama’s......

Vatican Affected By Global Crisis

A GROUP of cardinals who advise the Vatican on economic affairs have expressed concern that the global economic crisis “has not spared the Vatican”. But the Council of......

Archbishop Optimistic About Unity

THE HEAD of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has said he is “optimistic” about unity with Orthodox Christians. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said that his Church,......

Church Mourns Victims Of Prison Fire

BY STAFF REPORTER POPE BENEDICT XVI has said he was “deeply saddened” by the deaths of more than 350 people after a fire broke out in a prison in Honduras. In a message......

Archbishop Calls For Peace Talks To Avert War In Syria

BY JOHN PONTIFEX AN ARCHBISHOP has appealed for all sides in Syria to put down their arms and negotiate, saying he fears a descent into full-scale civil war. Describing the......

Leader Of Women’s Movement Resigns

BY CINDY WOODEN THE HEAD of the consecrated women’s branch of Regnum Christi, associated with the Legionaries of Christ, has resigned. Malen Oriol, a Spanish member of......

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Pope Tells Cardinals: Forget Power And Glory

Benedict XVI urges 22 new cardinals to serve the Church ‘even unto shedding of blood’ BY CINDY WOODEN POPE BENEDICT XVI has created 22 new cardinals from 13 countries,......

New York Prelate: Evangelise With Joy, Love And Humility

BY CINDY WOODEN SECULARISM has spread easily through Christian cultures because many people do not know their faith and do not grasp the truth it teaches, Cardinal-designate......

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‘this Is An Increasingly Intolerant World’

Simon Caldwell talks to Neil Addison, the Catholic barrister in the vanguard of the struggle to preserve religious freedom in Britain A nother week brings another shocker from......

The Next Real War Is At Home

William Barlow says that the military must help Britain to recover its moral compass I n an address given late last year on morality and warfare today General Lord Dannatt, a......

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Meet The Gothic Revival’s ‘virtual Pope’

M arch 1 2012 is the bicentenary of the birth of Pugin; it is to be marked with Masses, book launches and exhibitions in Birmingham, Cheadle, Dublin, Nottingham and Ramsgate.......

How I Became Amedieval-style Anchorite

The author, an anonymous hermit, explains how she was transformed in her mid-50s from a professional woman into a ‘prisoner of the Lord’ B efore 2003 I thought that hermits......

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Keep An Eye On The Joy That Lies Ahead

By Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB L ent is not a grim time. It is full of promise, the promise of salvation. The readings which the Church puts before us on the first Sunday point the......

Prayer

Lord Jesus, in the solitude of the desert you prepared to do your Father’s will in your mission of salvation. Grant us to remain close to you during these days of Lent that we......

Tasks For This Week

During Lent, instead of giving up sugar in tea what about making the following resolutions? 1) To do an act of kindness regularly to a colleague whom you find particularly......

Why Traditions Die

‘T he Church, in the course of centuries, tends perpetually towards the fullness of divine truth,” says Vatican II of the Tradition of the Apostles ( Dei Verbum 8). Nothing......

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Bishop Encourages The Scouts

AT A MASS for Scouts celebrated in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on Sunday, February 12, the lead Bishop for Scouts, Bishop Richard Moth, reminded the congregation that......

Runner Is Ready For Nationals

RUNNER Yenu Amarasena has made the step up from 800 metres to cross-country and is preparing to hit the national stage. Yenu, 15, from Clayton, Staffordshire, is studying for......

Walker Raises Money For Sudanese Children

A MEMBER of the Knights of St Columba will be undertaking a gruelling 98-mile trek to raise money for Christian schools in Sudan, writes John Newton . George McLaughlin will be......

Oxbridge Awaits Top Students

A MATHEMATICIAN , a medic and an engineer from St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire, have won offers from Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Alex Liebeck, 17, from......

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Students Bound For Oxbridge

THREE all-star students from Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Cheshire, have won offers from Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Camilla Blower, Maria Wardale and Olivia Serrage......

Pupil Ready For World Competition

JAKE CLEGG , a pupil at St Ambrose College in Hale Barns, Altrincham, has qualified for the Kata World Championship with two golds and one silver medal in the British......

Interfaith Medallion Is Awarded

SIR SIGMUND STERNBERG has awarded the 2012 Sternberg Foundation Interfaith Gold Medallion to Anthony Bailey at a ceremony held at his London home in the presence of several......

Pilgrims Prepare For Journey

PILGRIMS who will travel to Croagh Patrick and Lourdes later this year launched their annual programme at a Mass celebrated at Holy Family School in Keighley, West Yorkshire,......

Catholic To Attend Mass For A Week For Charity

A CATHOLIC man has decided to attend all Masses at a cathedral in south London for a week next month to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. Stephen Salmon, 50, will raise......

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Walsingham’s Holy House Is Rebuilt In Texas

W ho would have thought that I would find a little piece of old England in the heart of Texas? The church of Our Lady of Walsingham is a new structure built in an English Gothic......

Shahbaz Bhatti: The Patron Saint Of Religious Freedom

David Alton says that the Pakistani leader stands in the line of Becket, More, Kolbe and Romero O n March 2 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities,......

A Ballerina’s Hard Lesson For Bishops

Mary Kenny S ome years ago I interviewed the veteran ballerina Dame Beryl Grey; she spoke at length about the huge influence thatDame Ninette de Valois had had on her life and......

You Can’t Help But Like John Prescott

Nick Thomas I t is not often that I tune in to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs , but this week I was moved to do so by a headline on the BBC News website: “Lord Prescott says......

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The New Evangelisers Will Shape The 21st Century

T he day before he received the red hat Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a keynote speech on the new evangelisation to the College of Cardinals in Rome. The Archbishop of New York......

A Final Verdict Draws Near

L ast week an Italian news agency quoted Cardinal Vinko Puljić of Sarajevo as saying that the Vatican commission on Medjugorje will present its findings to the Pope by the end......

Good News Arrives At Last

T he appointment of Archbishop Charles Brown as papal nuncio to Ireland is good news for Irish Catholics– and, goodness knows, there hasn’t been much of that around in......

Catholic Dilemmas

The local Catholic secondary school is heavily oversubscribed and I am afraid that my daughter will not get a place. How can I prevent her losing her faith at a non-Catholic......

Charles Dickens Pointed Out The Silliness Of The No...

From Canon Kenneth Noakes SIR– William Oddie (Feature, February 10) writes that “Dickens rarely departed from the anti-popery of the average Victorian Protestant......

Manning’s Stand

From Dr Deborah Jones, general secretary of Catholic Concern for Animals SIR– Russell Sparkes’s suggestion (Comment, February 17) that Cardinal Manning be beatified is......

An Evolutionary Approach Would Destroy Basic Elements Of...

From Mrs Anna-Maria Szymanska SIR –Avery important question has been brought up, first by Quentin de la Bédoyère’s article (Science and Faith, January 27), “Let’s Adam......

True Ecumenism

From Mr Marcus Nicklin SIR–As a formerAnglican priest now a lay Catholic, I was greatly heartened by your recent item (January 27) reporting Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue’s......

What Developing Countries Need Is Peace, Not Population...

From Mrs Josephine Robinson, chairman ofthe Association of Catholic Women, Mrs Patti Fordyce, vice chairman, and Mrs Ruth Real, secretary SIR–Praying Pope Paul VI, author of......

Questions Of Fairness

From Fr John Heley SIR– Elizabeth Price (Letter, February 17) writes to you about the fairness of the ordination ofmarried clergy, In 1983, after 25 years as anAnglican......

The Soho Mass Bidding Prayers Were Not Opposing Church...

From Fr Simon Peat SIR– Your report (February 10) on the Soho Masses showed an incomplete knowledge of Church teaching by those disagreeing with the Masses. The Church’s......

The Concept Of Marriage Should Be Defended With Precise...

From Mr John Owen SIR – Your correspondent Tony Lawton (February 17), in replying to my letter (February 10), draws attention to the limitations of language in defining the......

A Regional Variation

FromMrJohn Walton SIR – Last September in Plymouth diocese abstinence from flesh meat was reintroduced for Fridays. On a recent visit to the north west, I was surprised to......

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Remembering 9/11 The Wrong Way

FILM REVIEW Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 129 MINS , CERT 12A I t took Hollywood at least three to four years following the final cessation of hostilities in 1975 to......

Light-hearted Opera With A Dark Centre

The Tales of Hoffmann ENO , LONDON COLISEUM New York Philharmonic BARBICAN O pera is at the best oftimes a crazy business, but Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann is crazier......

A Cell Of One’s Own: Can A Nun Be A Writer Too?

THEATRE REVIEW The Heresy of Love RSC , STRATFORD - UPON - AVON ‘I have a talent, so I must be punished for it,” says a youthful nun in flowing habit. Her elderly confessor......

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The Maid And The Monarch Who Turned France Around

St Joan of Arc won vital backing from another powerful woman, says John Hinton The Maid and the queen BY NANCY GOLDSTONE W&N, £20 h of Arc, nicknamed the d of Orl€ans, a......

A Fierce Debate

The Vietnam War pitted America’s Christians against each other, says Jonathan Wright Faith and War BY DAVID E SETTJE NYU PRESS, £25.99 A merican Christians, always a diverse......

Books In Brief

Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Phoenix, £9.99) The one city that divides opinion more than any other, and has done for at least 2,000 years, Jerusalem is still the......

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By Bishop David Mcgough

First Sunday of Lent Gn 9:8-15; Ps 25; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15 T he familiar story of Noah, saved in the ark from a catastrophic deluge, is something more than a children’s......

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf

T here is an intimate bond between the Lent and Easter cycle with the Person of Christ. The cycle makes present for us, and draws us into, Our Saviour’s “Paschal Mystery”......

Prayers Of The Week Prayers I N H Onour Of S T D Avid

Almighty God, who called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: in your mercy, grant that, following his purity of life......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI Lent message (2012) Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works – Heb 10:24 D ear brothers and sisters, the Lenten season......

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Pastor Iuventus

If Lent isn’t hurting it isn’t working I wonder if it is because I have recently completed the task of moving from a large house into a room that Jesus’s injunction in......

By Mgr Anthony Abela

Beating temptation Mark 1:12-15 12 At once the Spirit made him go into the desert, 13 where he stayed 40 days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals were there also, but angels......

Saint Of The Week

St Gabriel Possenti (February 27) G abriel Possenti (1838-62) has the great merit, as compared with other youthful saints, that he did not pass his early years experiencing......

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The Rise Of The Managers

James Le Fanu Charterhouse T he creation of a meritocratic, politically neutral civil service in the mid 19th century was, in its Victorian way, a highly moral enterprise.......

Understanding Salvation

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word A s Christians we are asked to carry a very real tension in terms of how we understand the salvation of non-Chris tians, because we have two......