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A pair of saints to be proud of

Published 22-04-2014
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A pair of saints to be proud of As I write this, the city of Rome is gearing up for the canonisations, this coming Sunday, of two of its former bishops, the Blessed Pope John XXIII, and the Blessed Pope John Paul II. Now seems the time to share a few anecdotes about the late […]

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Russia’s patriarch has a lot to lose in Crimea

Published 22-04-2014

Russia’s patriarch has a lot to lose in Crimea As newly released Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko made her historic speech in Kiev on February 22, I was astonished to notice a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the podium beside her. Its presence attracted little comment at the time, but to me it […]

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Full text: Pope Francis’s Palm Sunday Mass homily

Published 14-04-2014

Full text: Pope Francis’s Palm Sunday Mass homily This week begins with the festive procession with olive branches: the entire populace welcomes Jesus. The children and young people sing , praising Jesus. But this week continues in the mystery of Jesus’s death and his resurrection. We have just listened to the Passion of our Lord. […]

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John Paul II: Things I have to thank him for

Published 14-04-2014

John Paul II: Things I have to thank him for John Paul II, along with John XXIII, is to be canonised on April 27, the feast of Divine Mercy. I have just read an article about him that has inspired me to add my own thoughts to it: Ten Things I did Differently This Week […]

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Francis: I ask forgiveness for damage caused by abusers

Published 11-04-2014

Francis: I ask forgiveness for damage caused by abusers “I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests – large in number, but not in proportion to the total – have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they’ve done with the sexual abuse of children,” Pope Francis has said. “The […]

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Should Pope Francis have abandoned the trappings of his office? The media image now is of a pontiff rejecting the traditions of the Church

Published 11-04-2014

Should Pope Francis have abandoned the trappings of his office? The media image now is of a pontiff rejecting the traditions of the Church Father Longenecker has an amusing blog this week, headlined “archbishops should live in palaces”. “I think the Pope should live in the Apostolic Palace”, he says, “and I think Archbishop Wilton […]

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The saint who lived in the ruins of the Colosseum

Published 10-04-2014

The saint who lived in the ruins of the Colosseum St Benedict Joseph Labre was born in 1748 in the village of Amettes in northern France. He was the eldest of 15 children, the son of a shopkeeper and his wife. Benedict’s uncle was a priest and at the age of 16 he approached him […]

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Daily Readings: April 13-19

Published 10-04-2014

Daily Readings: April 13-19 Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mt 21:1-11; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14 – Mt 27:66 or Mt 27:11-54 Monday, April 14: Monday of Holy Week Is 42:1-7; Ps 27; Jn 12:1-11 Tuesday, April 15: Tuesday of […]

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Students outraged as union votes to ban pro-life rallies

Published 10-04-2014

Students outraged as union votes to ban pro-life rallies Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians and pro-abortion students have joined forces to oppose moves to stop pro-life students from demonstrating or protesting on the Cardiff University campus. Presidents of the Islamic Society, the Catholic Society and the Pro-Life Society attended a student senate meeting last week to […]

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Print edition: 11/4/2014

Published 10-04-2014

Print edition: 11/4/2014 This week we bring you an exclusive report on the threat to freedom of expression for pro-life students in Cardiff, the diocese that is converting all of its schools to academies and how a beloved church in Preston has been rescued from closure. We also report on the death of US navy […]

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