6th April 2012

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The Faithful Brave Jeering Crowd To Pray Outside Clinic

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE LARGEST gathering of prolife supporters for decades has braved pro-abortion protesters for over an hour outside a London abortion clinic. In support of......

Nuncio Celebrates Ordinariate Mass Amid New Wave Of Converts

BY ED WEST THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO to Great Britain has celebrated the first Chrism Mass of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Archbishop Antonio Mennini......

Gove: I Welcome Catholic Pupil Cap

BY ED WEST EDUCATION SECRETAR Michael Gove has risked row with Catholic parents b suggesting that a new Cathol school should limit Cathol pupils to 50 per cent of i intake.......

Wear Cross On Your Lapel, Says Cardinal

BY STAFF REPORTER CARDINAL Keith O’Brien is to urge Christians to wear a cross on their lapels to show “our desire to live by Christian standards”. In his Easter homily,......

Only Pope Can Save Euro, Jokes Eu Aide

BY ED WEST THE BEST HOPE for saving the euro is for the Pope to pray for divine intervention, an aide to EU president Herman Van Rompuy has said. The message, an April......

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Embassy In Rome Marks 30 Years Of Full Relations

BY ED WEST THE BRITISH Embassy to the Holy See has celebrated 30 years of full diplomatic relations between Britain and the Vatican. The colloquium day of discussion was held......

Graphic Novelist Tells Story Of Her ‘adventure With God’

BY ED WEST A NEW graphic novel features Adoration, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and even God the father. Please God, Find Me A Husband! , published by Jonathan Cape, is an......

Archbishop Nichols Gives ê»loyal Addressê¼ To Queen

ARCHBISHOP Vincent Nichols of Westminster said ina speech to the Queen last week that Catholics felt “great loyalty and gratitude” for her unstinting service to Britain. He......

Mancini Travels To Medjugorje

MANCHESTER CITY manager Roberto Mancini has visited the village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Premiership title race reaches its climax. The devout Catholic, whose......

Priest Returns To His Parish

A PRIEST has been welcomed back to his parish in Co Tipperary, Ireland, after agreeing to step down almost a year ago while a complaint was investigated. Archbishop Dermot......

Nun Dies At The Age Of 103

SISTER Ursula Murphy, of the Little Sisters of the Assumption, has died at the age of 103. Sister Ursula, born in December 1908, entered the convent in the 1920s to help in......

Liverpool To Repeat Lent Drive Next Year

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN A LENTEN evangelisation drive in the Archdiocese of Liverpool is likely to be a template for the future years, a spokesman has said. The pilot scheme,......

Heart Of St Vianney To Stop Off At Manchester

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE BRITISH tour of the heart of St John Vianney has been further extended as the relic will now visit Wythenshawe in Manchester. The Church of St Anthony......

Bishop Davies: The Church Needs Priests Urgently

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE BISHOP of Shrewsbury has spoken of the great need for faithful priests if the Church is to succeed in her mission of consecrating the world to God.......

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Archbishop Asked Hague To Lobby Israel Over Wall

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE ARCHBISHOP of Westminster lobbied the Foreign Secretary to address the “tragic situation” faced by Christians in the West Bank last November, it has......

Nhs Trust Drops Its Threat To Sack Pro-life Nurse

BY SIMON CALDWELL A CATHOLIC nurse threaten ed with the sack for refusing to work on an abortion ward has won her case without going to court. The staff nurse, who does not......

Church Appeals For â£24,000 To Save Murals By French...

NOTRE DAME de France church in central London is appealing for funds to restore murals created by the renowned artist Jean Cocteau. The murals were created in 1960 when the......

Ordinariate Priest Featured In Anti-apartheid Musical

BY MARK GREAVES A FORMER Anglican bishop ordained a Catholic priest is one of the stars of an antiapartheid musical in South Africa, it has emerged. Fr Robert Mercer, 77, was......

In Parts Of Europe God Is Unmissed, Say Bishops

BY SARAH MACDONALD EUROPE today is a culture in which God appears to be “silent and unmissed in the lives of many”, the Irish bishops have said in a pastoral letter. The......

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After Sunday The Pope Will Deserve A Rest

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin H oly Week this year will be as intense as usual for the Holy Father, who is scheduled to celebrate six Masses and deliver five homilies and......

Cardinal Carries Pope's Peace Message To Nigeria

CARDINAL Jean-Louis Tauran has delivered a message from Pope Benedict XVI urging Christians and Muslims in Nigeria to be tolerant of each other in an effort to build......

Bishop: I Brokered Truce In El Salvador

BY EDGARDO AYALA A BISHOP said has said that he helped persuade the leaders of El Salvador’s two most notorious gangs to end a wave of killings across the country. Bishop......

Landmark Clergy Abuse Trial Starts

STATE PROSECUTORS and defence lawyers for two clergy all decried the sexual abuse of children at the start of a major criminal trial in Philadelphia last week. Despite that......

Pope Gives Aid To Syrians

POPE BENEDICT XVI has donated $100,000 (£62,000) to help the people of Syria. The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican’s charity promotion and coordinating office,......

Haiti's Churches To Be Rebuilt

THE BISHOPS ’ conferences of Haiti and the United States, as well as the US Catholic Relief Services, are to give $3.1 million (£1.9 million) for major church rebuilding......

Judge: Bishops' Contract Unlawful

RELIGIOUSLY BASED restrictions on reproductive health services for victims of human trafficking cannot be imposed by the US health department, a judge has ruled. Judge Richard......

Bishop Considers Appeal Against Vatican Decrees

BY DENNIS SADOWSKI AN American Bishop has said he has not decided whetherto appeal against a series ofVatican decrees that reversed the closure of 13 parishes. In a letter......

Economy Must Rest On Justice, Say Officials

BY CAROL GLATZ A VATICAN - JEWISH dialogue commission has said that moderation, honesty and a fair distribution of world resources are the ingredients for a more just economic......

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Rome Conference On Stem Cells Cancelled At Last Minute

BY CAROL GLATZ AND MADELEINE TEAHAN A VATICAN - SPONSORED congress on the ethical use of stem cells in scientific research has been cancelled because......

Vietnam Denies A Visa To Cardinal

BY BRIDGET KELLY THE VIETNAMESE government has revoked the visas ofrepresentatives of the Diocese of Rome, including Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council......

Rite For Child In The Womb Approved

BY STAFF REPORTER A NEW RITE for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb has been approved by the Vatican. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments gave its......

Sisters Protest At Strip Club Opening Next Door To Their...

BY MICHELLE MARTIN A COMMUNITY of women religious in suburban Chicago recently hosted about 500 of its neighbours in a prayer vigil in the hope of stopping the planned opening......

Vatican Warns Catholics Against Schismatic Group

BY CAROL GLATZ THE VATICAN Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has warned Catholics against four excommunicated priests who claim they represent the Ukrainian Catholic......

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Pope Calls For Religious Freedom At Mass In Havana

BY CINDY WOODEN POPE BENEDICT XVI called for full religious freedom and greater respect for human rights at a Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square, location of the headquarters......

Pope And Fidel Talk About Big Questions

BY CINDY WOODEN POPE BENEDICT XVI met former Cuban president Fidel Castro last week and answered a series of questions about liturgy, secularisation and ethics, according to a......

Pontiff Criticises Us Embargo As ‘unfair Burden’

BY CINDY WOODEN PREPARING to leave Cuba at the end of a three-day pastoral visit,Pope Benedict XVI made his first reference to the American embargo of the island and its impact......

Castro Declares Good Friday A Public Holiday

BY CINDY WOODEN PRESIDENT Raúl Castro has made Good Friday a public holiday for the first time since the revolution in 1959 following a request from Pope Benedict XVI. In a......

Dissidents Are Arrested Ahead Of Papal Mass

BY FRANCIS X ROCCA MEMBERS of a Catholic dissident group were arrested by Cuban police last weekjust a few hours before theyplanned to attend an outdoor Mass celebrated by Pope......

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Your Seat At The Sacrifice

Fr Robert Barron says that the hit film The Hunger Games may become reality W hen I was a junior in high school, I read Shirley Jackson’s great short story “The Lottery”,......

As I Lay Dying A Voice Said: ‘let’s Go’

H oward Storm was an atheist until he had an extraordinary near-death experience. After that, everything changed. Indeed, he is now a Christian minister. His book, My Descent......

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Our Consumer Culture Has No Place For Sacrifice

I n the religions that are familiar to us, the idea of grace is of fundamental importance. The term (Latin: gratia ) translates a variety of words in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and......

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Divine Glory Melts Away Our Weakness

T he clear skies at night as we have approached this particular Easter have brought to mind the function of the moon in the preparation for the festival. Each night we have been......

When Insects Explode

SCIENCE & FAITH Quentin de la Mcdoyère W hen Sir Charles Sherrington described the forming of the human eye in the darkness of the womb, it took him nine pages. As he......

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Archbishop Romero Is Honoured

THE 32nd anniversary of the martyrdom ofArchbishop Oscar Romero on March 24 was celebrated up and down the country, with events in Barnsley, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London,......

Society Of The Little Flower Celebrates 10 Years

The Society of the Little Flower recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at St Joseph’s Church, Bunhill Row, central London, writes Amanda C Dickie . The society promotes......

Parish Celebrates Beloved Priest’s 70th Birthday

THE very popular parish priest, Mgr Daniel McHugh, of St George and St Teresa parish church in Dorridge, West Midlands, has celebrated his 70th birthday in the church centre, a......

Leaders Help Young To Pray

THIRTY - EIGHT participants took part in the European Conference of the Holy Childhood Association which was held on March 18-21 in Luxembourg. Holy Childhood is one of the......

Bishop Leads A Procession In York

Bishop Terence Drainey of Middlesbrough led a procession through the streets of York, as part of the Latin Mass Society’s second annual pilgrimage to the city in honour of St......

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Bishop Praises Volunteers

BISHOP John Sherrington visited St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, on Saturday March 24, to celebrate the work of the many volunteers who work there with people with learning......

Relic To Be Displayed In College

A RELIC of Blessed Edmund Rice is to be displayed at the heart of the new sports hall and music block at St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire. Headteacher Roisin......

Swimmer Shares Cost Of Victory

STUDENTS from Our Lady’s Convent School in Loughborough, Leicestershire, recently welcomed swimming superstar Matt Bowe in to lead an assembly and unveil the school’s Get......

On Saturday March 24, I Was In Bridgnorth, Shropshire,...

The day was warm, sunny and quite beautiful, therefore visitors had quickly filled the main SVR car park, and were having to use the overflow parking at the rear of the station.......

Seafarers To Receive Easter Eggs

APOSTLESHIP of the Sea port chaplains and ship visitors are making a difference to the lives of lonely merchant seafarers this Easter by giving them a chance to celebrate their......

Boys Help To Raise â£20,000

BEN FARMER and Jack Elliott, Year 8 pupils at St Benedict’s School, in Ealing, west London, helped to organise the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Ealing on Sunday March......

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I Found Bliss When I Fell In A Black Hole

H ere’s a business idea that could make someone millions of pounds: a travel agency that – wait for it – runs holidays exclusively to black holes. Not the sort that excite......

This Week We Must Stand Alongside New Catholics

Those who are received into the Church at Easter are truly inspiring, says Abbot Aidan Bellenger L ent, as we all know, is a time of penance and self-deprivation. Many of us......

Have You Earned Your Easter Egg?

Mary Kenny ‘E aster is about – Easter eggs]” trills out a television advertisement. The message being: “So buy, buy, buy]” Actually, I am sickened, and have been......

Spooks Give A Boost To Royal Mail

Nick Thomas A pparently there is legislation planned by the British government that will allow GCHQ to monitor and collate the texts, emails, phone calls and website......

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Snobbery Wouldn’t Vanish If The British Monarchy Was...

From Professor David Jowitt SIR – I was sorry to read in your March 9 issue the letter from Fr Ashley Beck, whose Masses I am glad to attend when I am in London because ofthe......

A Deadly Aftermath

From Mr Paul McGowan SIR – Our Lenten almsgiving this year coincided with crises erupting in Mali and Niger, two of the poorest countries in the world. The Cafod website calls......

Ask For A Priest

FromMrPDTempleton SIR – The NHS in England is introducing Summary Care Records, which will be used to support the emergency care ofpatients. They will contain important......

The Last Confession

From Dr Joseph Shaw, chairman ofthe Latin Mass Society SIR – I was interested to read Melanie McDonagh’s critique of some preparation for first Confessions by children......

Spiritual Evolution

From Fr Bryan Storey SIR – Michael Forrest (Letter, March 30) quotes a fascinating piece from the late Fr Teilhard de Chardin SJ. Yet whatever is physically evolving......

The Wrong Saturday

From Mr Peter H Ashcroft SIR –April 7 is Holy Saturday. How many people will misname it Easter Saturday, which actually falls on April 14, the Saturday following Easter......

Our United Stand

From Mr Kevin Greenan SIR – On Sunday March 25 I witnessed a very simple act of “being counted”, a gentle act that showed our strength. As a low-key steward at Westminster......

The Fears Of Paul Vi

From Dr Gerald Danaher SIR – Most Catholics have no interest in what Paul Johnson calls “the prime fact of modern times, the demographic revolution”, so I was pleased to......

The New Missal Restores Sense Of The Sacred From Fr...

SIR – A slow, careful and meditative reading ofthe various texts of the New Roman Missal in English shows that they are imbued with a profound sense of the sacred and of......

Blaming Vatican Ii

From Mr Peter Kiely SIR – How enlightening it was to read Daphne McLeod’s account (Comment, March 2) of the cause for the decline of our Church. I am indebted to her......

Let No One Go Away Hungry From This Banquet Of Faith

Here we publish the full text of the celebrated Paschal homily of St John Chrysostom. The sermon is read aloud in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches at......

The Forest Stations The Way Not So Long As Arduous

Has a purpose: Less a travel than an example And it being uphill, useful To recall How from the manger on A simple man Like us among strangers Made transubstantial Matter in the......

I Heard That St Paul Spoke Of A “spiritual Body”

after the Resurrection and that that Christ was not physically present when he appeared to the disciples after the resurrection. Did Jesus have a physical body after the......

Castroism Receives The Last Rites

Conrad Black A confident evaluation of Pope Benedict’s trip to Cuba will have to await the local consequences of it. It is not publicly known what went on in talks between the......

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The Light-touch Immigration Story

FILM REVIEW Le Havre CERT PG , 93 MINS H ow to describe Le Havre ? One way would be to say it is a film about the French immigration system, directed by a Finnish art house......

Percussion That Is Easy On Your Ears

Manu Delago LSO , ST LUKE ʼ S CHURCH , LONDON The Crucifixion HIGHGATE CHORAL SOCIETY M anu Delago is a percussionist like no other I can think of. Where percussionists tend......

The Gory Playwright Who Bernard Shaw Rejected

THEATRE REVIEW The Duchess of Malfi OLD VIC , LONDON J ohn Webster’s corpseridden Jacobean thriller tells a cynical story of lust and violence in a corrupt Italian......

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The Rise And Fall Of An Industry Run By Madmen

Britain’s indie labels were destroyed by mainstream success, not by the mavericks who ran them, says Matt Thorne How Soon Is Now? BY RICHARD KING FABER, £17.99 A few years......

Jonathan Wright On The Franciscan Who Took On The...

The Friar of Carcasonne BY STEPHEN OʼSHEA PROFILE, £17.99 A t the turn of the 14th century a Franciscan named Bernard D€licieux caused an impressive amount of havoc in......

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By Bishop David Mcgough

Easter Sunday Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6-8; Jn 20:1-9 ‘W ho will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” For Mary of Magdala and......

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf

W e observed the Sacred Triduum: the priesthood was celebrated, the Eucharistic Christ was reposed and the altar stripped, the Passion was sung and the Cross was kissed. Our......

Prayers Of The Week An E Aster P Rayer

It is very meet and right, with all the powers of heart and mind, and with the service of the lips, to praise the invisible God, the Father Almighty, and His onlybegotten Son,......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI Easter Vigil homily (2006) ‘ Y ou seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here” (Mk 16:6). With these words, God’s messenger,......

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Pastor Iuventus

Standing for truth in Bedford Square T he Guardian , champion of the marginalised, described it as having a “carnivalesque” atmosphere. Well, I suppose so, if your idea of......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela See and believe John 20:1-9 1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away......

Saint Of The Week

St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10) M agdalen of Canossa (17741835), handsome, clever and rich, born moreover into a Veronese family far beyond the pretensions of Emma Woodhouse,......

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Be Thankful For Muslims

Tim Stanley Charterhouse G eorge Galloway’s stunning victory in the BradfordWest by-election seems to have proven that there’s still life in the Old Left. But how many of......

The Passion’s Real Test

T ruth finds us in different ways. Sometimes we learn what something means, not in a classroom but in a hospital. Several years ago, I was visiting a man dying of cancer in a......