30th March 2012

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Pope: Faith Can Build A Just Society

• Benedict XVI says Marxism is not the answer during historic six-day trip to Cuba and Mexico POPE BENEDICT XVI has appealed to Cuba’s Catholics to deepen their faith so......

‘i Carry Your Aspirations In My Heart’

SPEECH EXTRACT BY POPE BENEDICT XVI I COME to Cuba as a pilgrim of charity, to confirm my brothers and sisters in the faith and strengthen them in the hope which is born of the......

Student Union Backs Down Over Attempt To Stifle Abortion...

BY SIMON CALDWELL A STUDENT rebellion has crushed an attempt to ban free discussion of abortion at a leading British university. The student union at the University College......

Westminster Clergy Given New Vestments

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN PRIESTS in Westminster will receive new vestments for the first time in 30 years next week. The new garments will be debuted at the annual Chrism Mass......

Ex-diary Columnist Elected Oratory Head

BY ED WEST FR JULIAN LARGE has been elected provost of the London Oratory. The traditionalist priest replaces Fr Ignatius Harrison in the role, with Fr George Bowen elected......

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Birmingham Archbishop To Begin Major Consultation

BY ED WEST ARCHBISHOP Bishop Longley of Birmingham has announced the launch of a consultation in his archdiocese on the provision of priests. The letter, which was read at......

Bishop Blesses Church Devoted To The Extraordinary Form

BY ED WEST THE FIRST shrine church dedicated to the Extraordinary Form in Britain has opened. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury opened the shrine church of Ss Peter and Paul......

Pope Sends Telegram To The Queen As He Flies Overhead

POPE BENEDICT XVI promised that he would pray for the people of Britain as his plane flew over British soil on his trip to Mexico last Friday. The Holy Father, sent a short......

Patron Saint Of Podcasts Proposed

TWO seminarians have proposed St George Preca as the patron saint of podcasts. The seminarians, Dan Fitzpatrick, a former youth worker, and Frankie Mulgrew, a former comedian,......

Cctv Installed In Cathedral

NORWICH ’ S Catholic cathedral has installed CCTV equipment after lead valued at £20,000 was stolen. Fr Patrick Limacher, deacon at the cathedral, said: “It is now easy......

Progressio Head Leaves

CHRISTINE ALLEN , the executive director of Progressio, has stepped down after 11 years. She said her years at the overseas development charity, which was called the Catholic......

Sikhs And Jews Join Catholics In Rebellion

Continued from Page 2 Cajetan Skowronski, the incoming president of the Catholic Society, said that afterwards “students from all kinds of backgrounds approached us and said:......

Judges To Consider Exhumation Of Priest

BY STAFF REPORTER THE COURT OF APPEAL was to consider this week whether to allow a revered Polish priest to be exhumed from the grounds of a 17th-century mansion in......

Archbishop Says Tolerance Has Become Tyranny

BY ED WEST ARCHBISHOP Mario Conti of Glasgow has warned politicians that they would be redefining “natural law” with plans to legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland.......

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Thousands Kneel In Adoration At Wembley

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN COMPLETE silence filled Wembley Arena on Saturday afternoon as about 8,000 young Catholics adored the Blessed Sacrament. The famous sports arena was host......

Bishop To Face Mob Of Protesters At Pro-life Vigil

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN AUXILIARY BISHOP Alan Hopes of Westminster will join a prolife vigil this evening where a counter-protest by the proabortion lobby is expected. The 40 Days......

Sixth Ex-anglican Bishop Is Ordained A Catholic Priest

BY STAFF REPORTER A FORMER Anglican bishop has been ordained a priest for the ordinariate. Robert Mercer, who was received into the Catholic Church in January, was ordained by......

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Pope: Trust In God To Change Society

MASS AT GUANAJUATO BICENTENNIAL PARK BY FRANCIS X ROCCA POPE BENEDICT XVI has told a nation and a continent suffering from poverty, corruption and violence to trust in God and......

Benedict Xvi: I Come As A Pilgrim Of Faith, Hope And Love

AIRPORT ARRIVAL CEREMONY BY FRANCIS X ROCCA ARRIVING in Mexico on his second papal visit to Latin America, Pope Benedict XVI said he came as a “pilgrim of faith, of hope, and......

Pontiff Meets The Families Of People Killed In Violence

MEETING WITH VICTIMS OF CRIME BY DAVID AGREN BENEDICT XVI has greeted Mexicans who lost loved ones in some of the country’s most notorious crimes. They were among people the......

Pope Thanks Continent’s Bishops For Hard Work

PAPAL VESPERS WITH BISHOPS BY FRANCIS X ROCCA BENEDICT XVI has thanked Latin America’s bishops for their hard work in a troubled region and urged them to continue the......

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Pope Hails Courage Of Cuban Faithful

MASS IN CUBA’S SECOND CITY BY CINDY WOODEN AT HIS first Mass in Cuba Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the struggles of the country’s Catholics in the face of Communism and......

Give Freedom To The Faithful, Urges Pope

POPE GREETED BY RAUL CASTRO BY STAFF REPORTER BENEDICT XVI began his three days in Cuba with a call for greater freedom and human rights, including increased liberty for the......

Minister: Cuba Will Listen ‘with Respect’ To Pope

STATE RESPONDS TO PAPAL APPEAL BY FRANCIS X ROCCA CUBA ’ S foreign minister has said that his government is happy to exchange ideas with the Pope after a press conference in......

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Bishop Fellay Faces A Test Of His Mettle

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin he breakaway Society of St Pius X is in danger of causing grave spiritual damage and missing a historic opportunity to reconcile with the......

Chinese Bishop And Priest Undergo Re-education In Jail

CO - ADJUTOR Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou and his chancellor, Fr Paul Jiang Sunian, have been taken into custody to attend “learning classes”, sources have told the......

Dutch Church To Work With Inquiry

THE DUTCH CHURCH has promised to cooperate with investigations into claims that Catholic institutions castrated boys and young men in their care to rid them of homosexuality.......

Protests Held Over Mandate

ABOUT 140 rallies were held across America last week to protest against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. The protests were organised by the Pro-Life Action......

Bishops: Fast For Conscience

THE US BISHOPS have urged Catholics and “all people o faith” across the nation to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for religious freedom and conscience......

Bishops Condemn Fatwa By Top Cleric

BY ED WEST BISHOP Declan Lang, chairman of the International Affairs Department of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has oined international condemnation of a......

Pope Promotes Bishop Who Quit

POPE BENEDICT XVI has appointed a German bishop who provoked controversy for having smacked children to the Vatican’s health care council. Retired Bishop Walter Mixa of......

Fides: Nine Out Of 10 Christians Have Fled Homs

BY JOHN PONTIFEX ALMOST the entire Christian population of the Syrian city of Homs has fled violence and persecution, according to Fides, the news agency of the vatican......

Report: Hostility To Christianity Is Rising

BY JONATHAN LUXMOORE A CHURCH - BACKED report has documented rising anti-Christian prejudice in Europe, amid calls for fairer legislation and measures to curb discrimination.......

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‘i Saw Something Dangerous Was Afoot’

F r Vincent Twomey is one of Ireland’s foremost theologians. The professor emeritus of moral theology at Maynooth, he regularly appears in the Irish and international media to......

Horror, Boredom And Fun

Mgr Phelim Rowland on what he saw as a chaplain during the Falklands War hen I look at old photographs and news reports about the Falklands War of 1982, everything looks so......

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Why The Gop Is Banking On Catholics

he Republican Party used to be the exclusive preserve of America’s White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Yet this year the three men dominating the GOP primaries have been a Mormon......

How A Catholic Doctor Could Save Your Life

Catholic medical students tell Mary O’Regan that they are ready to take a stand for the sanctity of life, even if it hampers their careers rust in doctors has been shaken......

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Jesus Reveals The Secret Of Who He Is

By Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB D espite the preparations of Lent, the Holy Week bursts upon us with stark emphasis as we celebrate in a single hour both the triumphant entry of the......

A Handful Of Okra

ana Anto-Awuakye meets a family who fled Sudan on a steamer O n a dry and barren plot of land, Alice Silvano sits outside her makeshift tent, made up of pieces of tarpaulin and......

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‘i Am Very Blessed,’ Says Bishop

BISHOP Peter Doyle of Northampton offered a set of challenges to a gathering of 150 representatives of lay people, deacons and priests on March 10. He is four years into a......

Prep School Celebrates Glowing Inspection Report

LEWESTON Prep School in Sherborne, Dorset, has expressed delight at the findings of its 2012 ISI inspection report which graded the school “excellent” or “good” in all......

Choir Electrifies Barbican

ST GEORGE ’ S College Chamber Choir has been declared the winner of the senior section of the Barnardo’s Choir of the Year Competition 2012, following an electrifying......

Archbishop Applauds Pugin Book

A MAGNIFICENT new book, “Gothic For Ever” – AWN Pugin, Lord Shrewsbury, and the rebuilding of Catholic England , by Michael Fisher, was launched recently in the crypt of......

Lives Remembered Fr Ronald Ross Gentile, A Priest Of Gweru

diocese, Zimbabwe, was born on July 13 1932. He died on January 26 2012, aged 79. RON attended school in Timmins, St Michael’s High School in Toronto and Assumption......

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Ampleforth Choristers Excel At Music Festival

On Thursday, March 15, choristers Rupert Waley (Year 8) and Henry Laird (Year 9) of Ampleforth College participated in seven different classes at the Skipton Music Festival in......

Hackney Students Fly To Harvard For Conference

FOUR schoolgirls from Hackney in east London have flown to America to take part in a conference on community organising and school reform. The students from Our Lady’s......

Pupils Honour The Queen

EIGHT pupils from St Benedict’s School, accompanied by English teacher Jayne Euvrard, attended a service at Westminster Abbey on March 12 to celebrate Diamond Jubilee......

St Edmund’s College Relishes County Cup Win

The Under-18s football team of St Edmund’s College in Ware, Hertfordshire, were led recently to County Cup victory by captain Rhys Hunt against the strong opposition of St......

Bishops Bless A New Retreat At Medical Centre

THE Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and the Anglican Bishop of Warrington have blessed a new retreat at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Auxiliary Bishop Tom......

Wombles Sprint For The Jesuits

THE longest standing costumed charity team, will take part in the London Marathon on Sunday 22 April. The Wombles Running Team of 30 fundraisers is now in its 17th continuous......

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The Greeks Are Incredibly Hard Workers

John Hinton Notebook A programme of austerity imposed on Greece has caused fire-raising and protests in Athens, to many historians the very cradle of civilisation. One......

Ireland Needs A Papal Visit Now To Begin The Healing

There is no point waiting for ‘the right time’ to invite Benedict XVI to Dublin, says Mary O’Regan O nce upon a time, Irish villages and towns with roadside statues of Our......

The French Lose Faith In Dsk At Last

Mary Kenny E ver since I have been involved with feminist movements – that’s since about 1967 – there has been a lobby to try and “rebrand” prostitution as an......

The Nanny State’s War On Nasty Cider

Nick Thomas A s a child I was never gripped by trainspotting, and the fascination of Wisden has always eluded me. I’m just not obsessive about facts and figures, and maybe......

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The Pope Brings A Universal Message To Latin America

I t is no surprise by now that Benedict XVI’s visit to Latin America followed the same script as his previous 22 foreign visits. We were told that he lacked the charisma to......

The Secret Of Youth Ministry

S ince the Second Vatican Council the Church in England and Wales has tried many different things to reach young people. It is now clear that one is supremely effective. It is......

New Life In New Brighton

N ew life has arrived in a corner of the Catholic Church in England and Wales that appeared to be in decline. Last weekend, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury presided at a solemn......

It Is Time For God-fearing People To Stand Up To...

From Mr Richard Symington SIR – Marriage anyone? Any combination of man and woman is to be permitted. Why stop there, though? In the anything-goes atmosphere of this Brave New......

The Sad Case Of The ‘saint’ Who Inspired A Wave Of...

From Mr Colin Nevin SIR – March 26 was formerly heralded as the saint’s day for St William of Norwich, a 12-year-old boy whose body was found in suspicious circumstances in......

Tudor Terrorists?

From Mr Nicholas Fitzherbert SIR – I find the BBC Two series How God Made the English by Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch both interesting and thought-provoking, but is he......

Turning The Tide

From Mrs Morag Marinoni SIR – As a mother myself, I express my heartfelt gratitude to the young initiators of 40 Days for Life who organised Birmingham’s first March for......

The Archbishop Of Canterbury Is At Odds With Catholic...

From Mr Robert Ian Williams SIR – The Pope has invited Archbishop Rowan Williams to address the Bishops’ Synod on the New Evangelisation (Report, March 16). Dr Williams is......

Lost In The Night

SIR – Fr Bryan Storey (Letter, March 9) writes that there is no possibility of the evolutionary process affecting the spirit. Many years ago we were taught in our respective......

We Need To Remove Every Inordinate Passion As We Enter...

From Mr Paul Kokoski SIR – Holy Week is almost upon us. It is a time when we fast with joy, submitting ourselves to spiritual struggles in preparation for the sorrowful......

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I’ll Eat My Shoe If Anyone Tops This

FILM REVIEW Into the Abyss CERT 12 A , 106 MINS I n his previous film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams , Werner Herzog captured the beauty and the mystery of the ancient cave......

Opera Kills Oscar’s Wit Stone Dead

St Patrick’s Concert WIGMORE HALL , LONDON Sweeney Todd ADELPHI THEATRE T he genius of the Irish has historically resided more in words than music. So when Wigmore Hall......

The Play Adored By Catholics And Communists

THEATRE REVIEW Filumena ALMEIDA THEATRE , LONDON E duardo de Filippo (1900-1984) was Italy’s most popular playwright. When he died and lay in state in the Roman Senate 30,000......

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Why The Best Victorian Hymns Release Endorphins

The greatest hymns provide a workout for the lungs and spirit, says André Gushurst-Moore The Downside Hymn Book EDITED BY CHRISTOPHER TAMBLING DOWNSIDE ABBEY, £20 L......

Floating Danger

John Hinton is thrilled by this account of the last great naval battle of the Second World War Target Tirpitz BY PATRICK BISHOP HARPER COLLINS, £20 T irpitz was the pride of......

Books In Brief

Bloodland by Alan Glynn (Faber, £7.99) Bloodland begins in the sweltering jungles of the Congo with a private security contractor suddenly snapping with disastrous......

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The Word This Week

By Bishop David McGough Palm Sunday Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1-15:47 or Mk 15:1-39 lessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf P alm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, leading to the Sacred Triduum (from tres dies – a “three day space”). In the Missale Romanum for the......

Prayers Of The Week Prayers For Holy Week I Thank

you, Lord Jesus, for becoming a human being so I do not have to pretend or try to be God. I thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming finite and limited so I do not have to pretend......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI Palm Sunday homily (2008) D ear brothers and sisters, year after year the Gospel passage for Palm Sunday recounts Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Together with......

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Pastor Iuventus

The nervous men who herald growth Diary of a City Priest , by Pastor Iuventus, available from Amazon T he spring flowers open around the seminary grounds. Daffodils cluster......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela True Sacrifice Mark 14:1–15:47 1 It was now two days before the Festival of Passover and Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law......

Saint Of The Week

St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) V incent Ferrer ( c 13501419) was a Dominican friar who became celebrated throughout western Europe for his preaching. He also played an important......

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Catechesis With Kid Gloves

Melanie McDonagh Charterhouse T he best account of a first Confession is Frank O’Connor’s short story of that name, in which a young boy is so bewildered by the layout of......

Holy And Unholy Fear

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word N ot all fear is created equal, at least not religiously. There’s a fear that’s healthy and good, a sign of maturity and love. There’s......