9th March 2012

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Pope Asks Abbey Choir To Sing At St Peter’s

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN POPE BENEDICT XVI has invited Westminster Abbey’s choir to sing at St Peter’s Basilica in June. Following their performance during the Pope’s visit to......

Bishops Turn Up Heat On Cameron Over Gay Marriage

BY ED WEST PARISHIONERS up and down the country will be warned this Sunday about the threat from gay marriage. In a letter to be read at all 2,500 Catholic churches in England......

Lord St John Of Fawsley, Faithful Catholic Statesman,...

BY ED WEST FORMER Catholic Herald columnist and statesman Lord St John of Fawsley has died aged 82. A former Conservative MP and Arts Minister and Leader of the House under......

Catholic Herald Is Shortlisted For Award

BY ED WEST THE CATHOLIC HERALD has been selected as one of the five best Catholic newspapers in the world, according to readers of the American About.com Catholicism website.......

Heart Of Saint Stolen From Dublin Cathedral

BY ED WEST THE PRESERVED heart of St Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin, has been stolen from the city’s Christ Church Cathedral. A burglar broke into the cathedral on......

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Archbishop Appeals For Grandmother On Death Row

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE ARCHBISHOP of Westminster has appealed for clemency on behalf of a British Catholic grandmother who faces execution in Texas. Writing in an editorial......

Priest Blesses Bus Named After Brighton Nun

A PRIEST in Brighton has blessed a bus named in honour of a British nun who sheltered Jews from the Nazis. Fr Ray Blake of St Mary Magdalene church in the Arundel and Brighton......

Sistine Chapel Choir To Sing At Westminster Cathedral

THE SISTINE CHAPEL choir is to perform its first ever concert in Britain at Westminster Cathedral in May. The choir, consisting of 20 men and about 35 boys, is the personal......

Bishops Appoint Two Key Officials

THE BISHOPS ’ conference of England and Wales has appointed an Oratorian and a Dominican as its chief officials for ecumenism and liturgy. Fr Robert Byrne, a prison chaplain......

Shroud Replica On Display

A LIFE - SIZE replica of the Shroud of Turin has been on display at Norwich’s Catholic cathedral this week. The replica is the centrepiece of an exhibition at the Cathedral of......

Bishop Calls For Prayers

AUXILIARY Bishop David McGough of Birmingham has urged Catholics to pray for dementia sufferers. Ahead of the National Week of Prayer for Dementia, the bishop said: “Few of us......

Legal Bill Will Harm Domestic Abuse Victims, Says Archbishop

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE ARCHBISHOP of Southwark has written to the Secretary of State for Justice to say that a proposed Government Bill will seriously harm victims of domestic......

Full Text: English And Welsh Bishops’ Pastoral Letter On...

D ear brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, this week the Coalition Government is expected to present its consultation paper on the proposed change in the legal definition of......

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Midwives Must Manage Staff For Abortions, Court Rules

BY SIMON CALDWELL A SCOTTISH court has ruled that two senior Catholic midwives have no right to conscientiously object to overseeing staff involved in lateterm abortions in a......

Catholic Schools Embrace Gove’s Academy Model

BY MARK GREAVES DOZENS , if not hundreds, of Catholic schools are preparing to convert to academy status, it emerged this week. The news comes after 13 schools, including five......

Pugin’s Parish In Kent Marks 200th Anniversary Of His Birth

A CATHOLIC church in Ramsgate built by architect Augustus Pugin has been awarded £40,000 for urgent restoration work only a few days after celebrating the 200th anniversary of......

Parish Sells Pugin Furniture To Fund L’arche Project

BY ED WEST MORE THAN 100 items of monumental and gothic furniture from the presbytery of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs Church in Preston are to be sold next......

Cardinal: Open Cause Of Murdered Minister

BY JOHN NEWTON CARDINAL Keith O’Brien has called for the Church to consider declaring Shahbaz Bhatti a saint. In a statement on March 2 – the first anniversary of Mr Bhatti’s......

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Bishop Sees Renewed Interest In Confession

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin S ociety is “not deaf” to Lent this year because many people are already being forced to live lives of penance, a Vatican official of a Roman......

Official: Attacks On Middle East Christians Have Tripled

TERRORIST attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia have tripled over a seven-year period, a Vatican official has said. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy......

Archbishop Opens Cause Of Priest

THE CAUSE of an American priest who founded a network of homes for troubled and abandoned youths in Omaha, Nebraska, has been opened. Fr Edward Flanagan, an Irish priest who......

Vatican Puts Secret Archives On Display

BY STAFF REPORTER A LETTER from Members of Parliament asking Pope Clement VII to annul Henry VIII’s marriage is one of many precious documents on display to mark the 400th......

Tornado Destroys Church And Kills 39

A DEADLY tornado that swept through the Midwest of America last week left only a wall and a marble altar still standing at St Joseph’s Catholic church in Ridgeway, Illinois.......

Archbishop Receives Death Threat

ARCHBISHOP Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, has received a death threat just two days after calling for a controversial smelter to meet environmental requirements before......

Us Seminarians Win Tense Cup Game Against Rivals

BY CAROL GLATZ SEMINARIANS from the Pontifical North American College won a nail-biting football match against reigning champions Redemptoris Mater after the ball was fumbled......

Gunmen Storm Desert Monastery Near Homs, Syria

BY MICHAEL GUNN MASKED gunmen have stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 50 miles south-west of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its......

Pope: In Dark Times We Need Lord’s Help

BY CINDY WOODEN POPE BENEDICT XVI has said that every follower of Jesus needs a “mountain-top” experience of light and of closeness to the Lord, just like the disciples, to get......

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The Martyr Who Longed For The Beach

he road was a dirt track up the hill to Arcatao, and the man upon his horse was a usual sight. The target of his attention, as he wheeled his horse around, was on my right, just......

‘i Have Got My Life Back’

Rachel Fletcher says that a Christian approach to the elderly works wonders N an Tobin was in a bad way when she arrived at Rushden Park care home. She had been in hospital for......

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‘i’ve Been Shot At Since I Was A Catholic’

Former SAS commander Lord Guthrie tells Luke Coppen why he embraced Catholicism and why Just War theory still matters harles Guthrie had been thinking about crossing the Tiber......

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Don’t Put Your Faith In Alex Salmond

hen the debate on Scottish independence got going seriously last year I promised myself (and others close to me) that I would remain quiet about it until it was all over. My......

How Your Mobile Phone Can Help You Pray

Some think that smartphones are a threat to spiritual life. Nonsense, says Angelo Stagnaro , if they are used properly they can enhance it I s it just me or does anyone else......

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Wrestling With Socrates

C ome down with me from the beautiful heights of the Acropolis, and walk with me in the dust and the bustle of the agora. It is in the late years of the fourth century BC, and......

The Shadow Of The Cross Is Looming

E ach of the three readings laid before us by the Church this Sunday is so rich in food for thought that it can fill a whole Sunday and enrich the week that follows. The......

Prayer

Lord Jesus, cleanse the temple of our hearts from the malpractices which have become ingrained there. Enable us to see what needs to be eradicated, and the courage and......

Suggested Reading

Heaven by Paul Gooder The Shack by William Paul Young...

Tasks For This Week

1) How is the Lenten prayer-resolution getting on? Intensify it a bit. 2) Who is the most neglected member of your family or circle? Do something about it. 3) If you have......

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Archbishop Honours Religious

ARCHBISHOP Bernard Longley was the principal celebrant and preacher at a Mass for Religious of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, held at St Mary’s in Harborne, Birmingham, on......

Bishop Visits Prep School

THE Oratory Prep School opened its doors and its collective heart to Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, on his first visit on Friday 20, January 20. Greeted......

Pupils Go Green For St Patrick

PUPILS at Our Lady of Grace Primary School in Prestwich, Manchester, are going green to celebrate this year’s 2012 Manchester Irish Festival. The school, which already has a......

Joseph Lights Up A Long, Cold Winter

ON a desperately cold evening in February a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat provided a spectacle that gladdened the eye and warmed the heart at St......

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Bishop Appeals For Clarity

BISHOP Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has spoken of the need for teachers to speak with clarity amid the confusion of language and meaning in contemporary society. Speaking at a......

Pupil Runs In Memory Of Friend

JACK WAYWELL has vowed that his best friend Alex Hulme will never be forgotten and just six months after his tragic death is taking part in the BUPA Junior Run to raise money to......

Delia Smith: This Is The Time To Donate To Cafod

CAFOD ambassador Delia Smith has called on the Catholic community to make a special effort to raise money for the Church’s official aid agency after the Government agreed to......

Students Celebrate Book Day

CHERYL MILLER , a teacher at Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Cheshire, might have dressed up as Jekyll and Hyde for World Book Day, but for her there is no dark side to......

Linguist Wins Trip To China

LINGUIST Kathleen McGeough is looking forward to a spending a fortnight in China after coming second in the British Council’s Advanced Mandarin Speaking Competition at the......

Pupil Prepares To Dazzle In Peter Pan

BEATRICE Byrne Hill is to star in a production of Peter Pan at Orwell Park School in Ipswich. The 12-year-old will take the role of Wendy for two afternoons this month. Beatrice......

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A Close-up Look At Islam’s Forbidden City

L ast Saturday, I went on pilgrimage by mistake. It was at the British Museum’s exhibition, Hajj, ourney to the heart of slam , which focuses on the trip to Mecca that Muslims......

Orwell Never Understood Why The Church Matters

The writer of 1984 failed to see that Catholicism liberates the poor of England, says Francis Davis T his week Ed Miliband chose the 75th anniversary of the publication of......

Feminists: Be Grateful For The Empire

Mary Kenny J eremy Paxman’s BBC One Monday night series on the British Empire is pretty enough as a travelogue, and interesting enough as documentary reportage, but like those......

The Poor Greeks May Win Eurovision

F or many years it has been my habit to celebrate the onset of spring by devoting this column to the Eurovision Song Contest, for it is an annual event that always amuses and......

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There Is So Much More At Stake Here Than Marriage

T he contrast between the Catholic Church’s approach to same-sex marriage legislation north and south of the border could not be more striking. In a choleric intervention this......

An Appalling Judgment

‘N o person shall be under any duty... to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection [unless it] is necessary to save the life......

Faithful And Flamboyant

W hich English Catholic thinker wrote that the power of belief “hurls the rock back from the tomb, puts the last enemy to flight, and opens the gates of salvation through which......

Catholic Dilemmas A While Ago You Said That If A

priest used the wrong words, the absolution in confession would be invalid. Would God really send someone to hell just because the priest made a mistake? I thought we left that......

The Cardinal’s Robust Attack On Same-sex Marriage May...

From Dr Robert Daniels-Dwyer SIR – Cardinal O’Brien’s interview on Radio 4’s Today programme on March 5 suggests that the Church is already losing the moral high ground in the......

The Abortion Act Will Be Expunged One Day If We Keep On...

From Mr Robin Haig, chairman of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) SIR – It was good to see, with your interview (March 2) with SPUC’s former director......

Heart Of The Matter

From Fr Jon Bielawski SIR – I am sure that I write for many a Catholic priest in this country in expressing dismay and frustration with the fact that the Soho Masses for gay......

Archbishop Nichols Is Wrong To Criticise Israel Over Beit...

From Mr Amir Ofek, press attaché of the Embassy of Israel SIR – I am writing to correct various misinformation currently “doing the rounds” that was unfortunately published in......

A Patriotic Outburst

From Fr Ashley Beck SIR – David Twiston Davies (Charterhouse, March 2) seems slightly surprised that he has been unable to find out what “day schools” are planning to celebrate......

Dying In Prison

From Mr John Gramstadt SIR-On the same day that I read your interview February 24) with Neil Addison I stumbled across this from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago: “This year,......

There Is No Difficulty In Reconciling Evolution With...

From Fr Bryan Storey SIR – Why is there a sudden spate of anxiety concerning Original Sin and evolution (letter, March 2)? I’ve been looking to see what is new about it all and......

Catholic Schools Have Plenty Of Reasons Not To Become...

From Mr Robert Ian Williams SIR – Eric Hester (letter, March 2) wants to know why more Catholic schools in England and Wales have not signed up to academy status. First of all,......

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Picasso Side By Side With Bacon And Moore

FINE ARTS REVIEW Picasso and Modern British Art TATE BRITAIN , UNTIL JULY 15 P icasso was a giant figure in 20th-century art. A superb painter and draughtsman from his youth,......

The Orchestra Assembled By An Oligarch

Borusan Philharmonic ISTANBUL Winterreise LAUDERDALE HOUSE , HIGHGATE N ew CDs by unknown orchestras don’t often hit the headlines; but one did last year, in the music press at......

Coward’s Hastily Written Comedy Fails To Shine

THEATRE REVIEW Hay Fever NOEL COWARD THEATRE , LONDON N oël Coward’s comedy, dashed off in three days, and premiered in 1925 when he was 25, is set in the country home of a......

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Once The Church Was The Nation’s Biggest Employer

John Hinton says Peter Ackroyd grasps the Faith’s key role in early English history Foundation BY PETER ACKROYD MACMILLAN, £25 T he idea for a distinctive new history of......

The Super Elite

Ed West says that Charles Murray’s careful study of America’s growing social divide is disturbing Coming Apart BY CHARLES MURRAY CROWN, £17.99 C harles Murray has produced a......

Scent Of Adventure

Desmond Seward enjoys a globetrotter’s memoirs Still in the Game BYANTONY HORNYOLD KNIGHTLEY PUBLISHING, £16 A fine piece of travel writing, this is at the same time a history......

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The Word This Week

By Bishop David McGough Third Sunday of Lent Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:22-25; Jn 2:13-25 ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf W e can become weary in the midst of our Lenten discipline and the enemy is tirelessly working for our defeat. In the Collect for the Third Sunday of Lent......

Papal Teaching

By John Paul II General audience (1979) ‘S anctify a fast!” (Joel 1:14). They are the words that ‘S anctify a fast!” (Joel 1:14). They are the words that we listened to in the......

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Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela God’s wisdom John 2:13-25 13 It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 There in the Temple he found people selling......

Saint Of The Week

St Gregory of Nyssa (March 9) G regory of Nyssa ( c 335- c 395) was a brother of St Basil ( c 330-379), and a friend of St Gregory of Nazianzus (329-89); together, the three of......

Pastor Iuventus

A retreat with the mighty Dames Diary of a City Priest , by Pastor Iuventus, available from Amazon I have never seen snowdrops growing wild in such proliferation. On the......

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The Day I Floored A Bully

Paul Johnson Charterhouse T he future of our faith in Britain lies in the quality of our Catholic schools. We have some very good ones. An outstanding example is St Joseph’s in......

Conscripted By Baptism

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word W e can lose our freedom for different reasons and, sometimes, for the best of reasons. Imagine this scenario: you are on your way to a......