6th January 2012

6th January 2012
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Bishop Asks If Church Should Give Up Some Of Its Schools

BY ED WEST THE CHURCH should consider giving up schools that are “Catholic in name only”, the Bishop of Lancaster has said, re-opening the debate about the purpose of......

Paralysed Priest Walks Again After ‘miracle’

BY GEORGE MATYSEK JR AN American priest who was paralysed from the chest down has started to walk again after praying to a 19th-century Blessed. When Redemptorist Fr John......

Pope To Visit Communist Cuba In March

POPE BENEDICT XVI will meet Cuban president Ralil Castro during his visit to central America in March. The Pope will also meet Mexican president Felipe Calderón and will......

Pope Creates The World’s Second Ordinariate For Former...

BY NANCY FRAZIER O ʼ BRIEN POPE BENEDICT XVI has established an ordinariate for former Anglicans in the United States and Canada who wish to become Catholics and named a......

Man Says Jail Is Easier Than Life With Friars

BY NICK PISA A CONVICTED criminal who was serving his sentence in a halfway hostel run by friars has fled and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough. David......

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Archbishop Says Organ Donation Must Not Be A Duty

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE ARCHBISHOP of Cardiff has criticised the Welsh government’s plans to introduce “presumed consent” on organ donation. Archbishop George Stack said......

Falconer Pushes For Change To The Law On Assisted Suicide

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN A COMMISSION established by the former Lord Chancellor to investigate Britain’s assisted suicide law is expected to recommend the legalisation of assisted......

Landmark Dome Of Home Church To Re-open In March

SS PETER and Paul, the Cheshire church that is to be re-opened in March after a campaign by parishioners, is to become a 24hour “beacon” for worship, according to its new......

Fight Breaks Out At Midnight Mass

A FIGHT broke out at a church in Southampton during midnight Mass last month. Heavy chairs were thrown down the aisle at St Edmund’s church after men attending the service......

Abortion Figures Are Released

MORE than 100 unborn babies were aborted in 2010 by women expecting twins, triplets and quintuplets, in an effort to reduce their number of children. According to figures from......

Caritas: Reform Care Of Elderly

CARITAS Social Action Network has called on the Government to reform England’s “failing” care system for the elderly. Helen O’Brien, chief executive, signed an open......

Long-serving Headmaster Dies

STEPHEN SZEMERENYI , the second longest-serving headmaster at Finchley Catholic High School, has died at the age of 67. He served as headmaster of the school from 1983 to 1999....

Bishop Praised For ‘bold And Courageous’ Letter

Continued from Page 1: But the spokesman added: “Is it right that our old folk are supporting the kids they won’t ever see at church? “The real issue is not the Muslims,......

Archbishop Calls For ‘more Mature’ National Debate

BY ED WEST THE ARCHBISHOP of Dublin has appealed for a “more mature dialogue between Church and society in Ireland” at a Mass attended by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.......

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Archbishop Prays For Bethlehem Christians

At midnight Mass the Archbishop of Westminster raises plight of families fighting for their homes ARCHBISHOP Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered prayers for Christians......

Documents Show Pope’s Effort To End Irish Hunger Strike

BY MICHAEL KELLY DECLASSIFIED British documents have disclosed the extent to which Blessed Pope John Paul II tried to intervene to end a 1981 hunger strike by Catholic......

Retreat Centre Worth Millions Is Sold To Developer

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE ALL SAINTS Pastoral Centre in London Colney, Hertfordshire, is to be sold to property developers, the Diocese of Westminster has announced. In a......

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Pope Prepares For Another Frantic Year

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin I f last year was an intense and busy one for the Holy Father, 2012 promises to be just as eventful and challenging. Although he is cutting down......

Church Bombings Kill Scores In Nigeria

BY CINDY WOODEN AND PETER AJAYI POPE BENEDICT XVI has appealed for an end to violence in Nigeria, as he condemned the Christmas church bombings that led to the deaths of at......

Pope Urges Parents To Teach Their Children To Pray

IF CHILDREN do not learn to pray from their parents it will be difficult for them ever to learn to communicate with God naturally, simply and deeply, Pope Benedict XVI has......

Report: Third Of World Is Christian

A REPORT has said there are 2.18 billion Christians in more than 200 countries around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 6.9 billion global population. The......

Millions Saw Pope In Rome

THE PREFECTURE of the Papal Household, the office responsible for handing out free tickets to papal events, has estimated that more than 2.5 million people saw Benedict XVI at......

Advisers To Council Named

THREE editors, a filmmaker and two archbishops were among the 11 named by Pope Benedict XVI last month to advise the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Advisers......

Churches Criticise Us Aid Strategy

CHURCH organisations have criticised the decision by the US government to tie foreign aid to the assurance of gay rights. The Zambia Episcopal Conference, the Pentecostal......

Bishops: The Death Of Kim Jong-il Could Be A Turning Point

BY CAROL GLATZ THE DEATH of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has opened a window of opportunity for renewed dialogue and possible reunification of the peninsula, two South......

Nurses Reach Deal With Hospital Over Abortion

BY STAFF REPORTER A GROUP of 12 nurses who sued a hospital in America over a policy requiring them to care for patients before and after abortions can no longer be compelled to......

Bishop Poses No Danger To Children, Court Hears

BY DEBORAH GYAPONG BISHOP Raymond Lahey is not a paedophile and poses virtually no risk of sexual abuse or violence against children, a forensic psychiatrist has testified.......

Fides Reports 26 Church Workers Killed Last Year

BY CAROL GLATZ AT LEAST 26 Catholic pastoral workers were killed last year in mission lands or among society’s most disadvantaged communities, according to a Vatican news......

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Lily Of The Mohawks And Nurse Of Lepers To Be Canonised

BY CAROL GLATZ POPE BENEDICT XVI has advanced the canonisation Causes of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. He also formally recognised the......

Archbishop: All Czechs Owe Debt To Vã¡clav Havel

BY STAFF REPORTER THE PRESIDENT of the Czech bishops’conference has called the late Václav Havel a “friend and fellow prisoner” and said the entire nation owes him a......

Scientists Seek To Re-create The Shroud Of Turin With Lasers

BY CAROL GLATZ USING hi-tech lasers shooting pulses of ultraviolet light, Italy’s national research agency has succeeded in reproducing on linen cloth colourations similar to......

Christians In Holy Land Urged: Do Not Lose Hope

BY JUDITH SUDILOVSKY AMID continuing turmoil in the Middle East, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has urged Christians not to lose hope. “It is a very difficult......

Iraqis Cancel Midnight Mass Because Of Attacks

BY STAFF REPORTER CHALDEAN Catholic officials have said they cancelled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks. Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of......

Pope To Visit Mexico In March, Bishops Confirm

BY STAFF REPORTER A SPOKESMAN for the Mexican bishops’ conference has confirmed details of Benedict XVI’s forthcoming visit to Mexico on March 23-26. The spokesman, Fr......

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‘i Just Fell In Love With The Latin Mass’

Mary O’Regan talks to Ian Verrier, an English seminarian training in the United States to be a priest of the Fraternity of St Peter I t’s a baffling mystery to our secular......

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We’ve Felt The Joy Of Coming Home

INTRODUCTION IT HARDLY seems a year ago that a packed Westminster Cathedral witnessed the moving ordination of three former Anglican bishops and the first moments of the......

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North Korea Needs Its Own Matteo Ricci

Visiting the Hermit Kingdom has convinced David Alton that the country may be ready to open up to the world O n Saturday December 17 the North Korea leader Kim Jong-il......

Queuing For Aristotle

annah Vaughan-Spruce says that catechesis can pull in crowds B ack in the autumn, one of the rooms we use at the Holy Ghost parish in Balham, south London, for catechesis was......

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Bishop Thanks His Flock

ON Saturday November 19, in a packed St John’s Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Hollis celebrated Mass in thanksgiving of his 22 years as Bishop of Portsmouth. Present were......

Concert Supports Bike Ride For The British Legion

A CONCERT at a Jesuit school has raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship money to support a charity bike ride challenge in aid of the British Legion. Money collected from the......

Arts Group Celebrates Centenary

The Catholic Association of of Performing Arts (CaAPA) has held its centenary dinner, writes Amanda C Dickie . The guests of honour were Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the writer......

Students Raise Funds For Poor

STUDENTS in the sixth form at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, embraced the spirit of the Advent season by organising a collection for Oxfam. The students wanted......

Gymnast Wins Five Medals

RHYTHMIC gymnast Helena Stiles has brought home five gold medals from the North-West Championships and will now go on to defend her British title. The 13-year-old Loreto......

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Loreto Lead In Lacrosse

FREE - SCORING lacrosse star Lucy Ford has helped the North of England under-18 team to lift the national title. The Loreto Grammar School sixth-form student from Timperley,......

Russian Trip Stuns Students

THIRTY students and four staff from St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, enjoyed the trip of a lifetime to Moscow and St Petersburg during six days of the holiday. An......

Choristers Reach Semi-finals Of Bbc Competition

THE pupils of St Martin’s Ampleforth School are celebrating reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year Competition 2012. The school......

Musician To Play At Olympics

MUSIC scholar Harry Castle will perform at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London after being invited to join the prestigious National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Great......

Pupils Learn How To Fight Fire

JUNIOR firefighters from St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire, learned there was no smoke without fire as they passed their firefighting course at Sandyford Fire......

Students Impress In Fancy Dress

ST MARY ’ S Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, recently held a very successful sixth form fancy dress day. Over 250 students and staff arrived for lessons in......

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The Arts Put Colour Into The Grey Old Capital

Will Heaven Notebook I ’ve been living in London for two years now, but I still don’t feel at home. Near my house in East Finchley, the locals seem to stare. “That’s no......

Christopher Hitchens Set A Challenge For Catholics

We must answer the charges that the late polemicist brought against religion, says John Haldane O ne can learn much about the current state of religious and secular opinion, and......

Let’s Give Thanks For ‘catholic Guilt’

Mary Kenny A s another year begins, and you’re a year older, you begin to understand that the values your elders once tried to din into your giddy head represented their......

Why The Heroic Loner Is So Alluring

Nick Thomas S tanding on a Tube platform while on a trip to London, just before Christmas, I found myself facing a huge poster advertising the services of a company that zaps......

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The Catholic Herald

Ten stories that are likely to define the coming year or many British Catholics, the last 12 months were a time of quiet renewal. The new missal deepened our participation in......

Letters To The Editor

Catholics don’t lapse simply because they received poor catechesis From Mrs Dominie Stemp SIR – With reference to Fr David Forrester’s article (Feature, December 16) on......

An Odd Conclusion

From Fr John McIntyre SIR – It is difficult to see how Dermot McAtamney (Letter, December 2) can say correctly that homo and homines refer to human beings of both genders, and......

Give Us The Faith

From Mr Seán Wright SIR – In response to the letter of J B Griffin (December 9), I am confident that I speak for many of the gang of young Catholics I am honoured to call......

It Is Our Responsibility To Pass The Faith On To The Next...

From Mr Alan Pontet-Piccolomini SIR – I take issue with your leading article (December 9) in which you interpret remarks made by the Bishop of Shrewsbury as suggesting that......

Priests Need To Support One Another In Difficult Times...

From Mr David O’Neill SIR – I find it very disconcerting that Michael Knowles (Letter, December 9) feels it necessary to castigate those of our priests who are aligning......

No Reservations

From Mr Mervyn Maciel SIR – “We don’t do God” was an oftheard mantra during the Tony Blair years at Downing Street, and how refreshing it now is to hear David Cameron......

The Bishop’s Pyjamas

From Mr Kevin Heneghan SIR – Stuart Reid’s traditionalist friend (Charterhouse, December 16), who finds that lace-trimmed albs put him in mind of the nighties of “ femmes......

The Atheism Of Christopher Hitchens Was Bombastic And...

From Mr John Symes SIR – Like many, I found Christopher Hitchens’s atheistic outpourings illogical – relying as they did on circulus in demonstrando , argumentum ad......

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Streep Catches Maggie Beautifully

FILM REVIEW The Iron Lady 12 A , 104 MINS D riving through Grantham recently, it was rather shocking to discover that the once-thriving little Lincolnshire market town was now......

Colin Davis Just Isn’t Right For Nielsen

LSO BARBICAN , LONDON Trondheim Soloists ST MARTIN - IN - THE - FIELDS Tenebrae ST BARTHOLEMEW THE GREAT S lowly, over a protracted period of time, the veteran conductor......

Master Farceur Beats Off The London Competition

THEATRE REVIEW Noises Off OLD VIC , LONDON I haven’t laughed so much for a long time; not since I last saw Michael Frayn’s farce. Premiered in 1982 and regularly revived,......

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The Revolutionaries Who Lived On Their Suitcases

The upheaval of 1917 led to decades of chaos in Russia and the West, says John Hinton Spies and Commissars BY ROBERT SERVICE MACMILLAN, £25 I n the turbulent years following......

Spiritual Books Francis Phillips

Father Allan by Roger Hutchinson, Birlinn, £9.99 Fr Allan MacDonald seems to exemplify what the priestly life is about. He was humble, hard-working and devoted to his......

The Benedict Code

Charlie Hegarty winces at an anti-papal polemic The Pope’s War BY MATTHEW FOX STERLING ETHOS, £14.99 S ome books are born to be binned. So what is the point of giving this......

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The Word This Week

By Bishop David McGough The Epiphany of the Lord Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 ‘A rise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come, though night still covers......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf I n the ancient Western Church and in the East, Epiphany was more important than the relative latecomer Christmas. Epiphany is from the Greek word for a......

Prayers Of The Week Prayer For The New Year O

sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers on behalf of our holy Father the Pope, our bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, we beseech Thee,......

The Week Ahead Ordiinary Form Divine Office Week I Sunday,

January 8: The Epiphany of the Lord Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 Monday, January 9: The Baptism of the Lord Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Mk 1:7-11 Tuesday, January 10:......

Papal Teaching

By John Paul II Homily (2003) Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near – Is 55:6 hese words from the second part of the Book of Isaiah ring out on......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI Angelus (2008) D ear brothers and sisters, With today’s feast of Jesus’s Baptism the liturgical Season of Christmas concludes. The Child, who the Magi from......

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Pastor Iuventus

Don’t bang like a wasp on a window M ost newspapers seem to have been filling their columns with predictions for 2012. I will venture one, based on hope rather than any skill......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela God Reveals His Son Mark 1:7-11 7 He announced to the people: “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to......

Daily Mass Guide Monday, January 9 Jesus Joins The People

going out to John the Baptist in the gesture of repentance, not because there is sin in him, but in order to model for us the only authentic way to approach the Father. He goes......

Saint Of The Week

St Genevieve Torres Morales (January 5) G enevieve Torres Morales (1870-1956) wrote of the importance of achieving “freedom of the heart”. In her own life this idea bore......

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It’s Mind Over Matter

James Le Fanu Charterhouse T he obituaries of those one knows, or knows of, can have the dramatic intensity of the closing pages of a great novel. It is almost as if one needs......

Books That Have Found Me

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word S ince time is always at a premium I try to be selective in what I read. As well, I like to keep my diet wide, reading novels, books on......