Our new Archbishop

ON MONDAY, the ninth anniversary of the installation of Archbishop Peter Smith, it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed Bishop John Wilson to succeed him as Archbishop of Southwark, as Archbishop Peter has passed the statutory retirement age for clergy of 75 years. The present-day Archdiocese of Southwark covers

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On Being Christian

The solemnity of the Pentecost is an opportunity to reflect upon what it means to be a Christian. So often, we take our Christianess for granted and go about our life in such a secular fashion that it could conceal our Christian calling. We could be faithfully fulfilling our religious

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Communications and the Father of Lies

EVERY YEAR in the Catholic Church worldwide we keep the Sunday before Pentecost (which is either the Sunday after Ascension, as it is now again in this country, or Ascension Day itself) as World Communications Day, linked to the Lord’s commandment to his disciples as he left their sight that

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Alpha

Every time I leave the parish hall after an Alpha session on a Tuesday evening I feel a perceptible sense of wellbeing and contentment. This is no exaggeration. As I reflect on this I come to the conclusion as to why I feel this way. In its simplest form, approximately

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Listen to the Holy Father

AS THE EUROPEAN UNION goes to the polls this week (in this country on Thursday) Catholics will want to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit before we vote and heed the teachings of the Church. Three years ago, a few weeks before the EU Referendum, Pope Francis was

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Completely Fallacious

SOMETIMES in our newsletters it is necessary to indicate what a picture represents: however I am sure nearly all of you know that this is Westminster Abbey, one of the most prominent places of worship in London and a major tourist attraction; it sometimes seems to function as a sort

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Out of the Ashes of Sadness and Loss, Joy

The Images on our TV screens early last Monday were painful to watch, as was the sea of disbelieving faces helplessly looking on. Millions of people all over the world witnessed the destruction by fire of the roof and the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. This 855 year-old Paris landmark,

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Night Had Fallen

ONE OF THE FASCINATING FIGURES OF HOLY WEEK is Judas Iscariot, shown here kissing Jesus in the famous painting by Giotto; if you are able to get to Mass in the first part of Holy Week you will notice that on two of the days the narrative of his betrayal

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Them and Us

The world we live in is at times so polarized that we could be compelled to think and act in terms of “I” and “you”, “them” and “us,” instead of “we.” The very existence of the other could, at times, appear or could be projected and perceived as a threat,

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Living the Option for the Poor

ONE OF THE KEY CONCEPTS in Catholic moral teaching about society is what is known as the preferential option for the poor. This is a principle intended to guide and regulate our approach to the world we live in and decisions about public and political issues, based on the teachings

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