Look down in mercy upon England thy Dowry

SOME OF YOU may be old enough to remember a satirical book about English history published originally in 1930 (but reprinted for many years) – 1066 And All That, by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. This is what the book has to say about Richard II, King of

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Unchartered Waters means more Prayer and Greater Faith

From Friday evening public liturgies in the Catholic Church ceased. This decision was made by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in consultation with the Ordinaries of the Dioceses. The reason for this decision is to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19 pandemic and to limit

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Good and Faithful Servant

ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH was Archbishop of Southwark until his retirement last June, having passed the statutory age of 75. As you know it was announced last weekend that he died peacefully. Archbishop Michael Bowen died in the autumn, and had ceased to be our pastor many years ago; but this

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Everyone’s a Somebody

There is a book which has been in my possession and gathering dust on my bookshelf for a good many years entitled  The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith. The book may well be an enjoyable read but it has always struck me as a rather sad

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Come back to me with all your Heart

When we come to Mass on Ash Wednesday among the very first words we hear are these from the book of Joel: ‘Now, now – it is the Lord who speaks – come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.’ The first call to the Christian community

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Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Years ago I watched one of the standout films of my childhood, The Song of Bernadette, based on the book of the same title by Franz Werfel. It is the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a poor girl and her encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto outside her

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THE MESSAGE OF CYRIL AND METHODIUS

IN MY RECENT TALK ABOUT CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING (available here) I mentioned that in a recent newspaper article the journalist Andrew Rawnsley had referred to some of the achievements of the United Kingdom within Europe between joining the EEC in 1973 and the end of last month. One of these

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At the Heart of the Church

Several years ago, during the New Dawn Charismatic Conference at Walsingham, I was asked to visit a travelling community’s campsite just outside the village. There had been some tension between the owner of the field and the visitors. It was thought that if a priest took the time to say

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The Word of God

In the Acts of the Apostles we read how the Apostles and those dedicated to Christ and his teaching, would seek to bring others to the Lord and help them become faithful followers. Through Baptism each generation have been called by God to do the same and bring about his

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