The Day for the Unemployed

THIS PICTURE is of St Cajetan, an early sixteenth century Italian priest and religious reformer who is venerated as the patron saint of those who are unemployed – because of what he did to help poor people who were being exploited by greedy banks. The Sunday before Lent has been

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St Peter Damian Today!

LAST THURSDAY was the (optional) feast day of St Peter Damian, shown here. He was a Benedictine monk active in Italy in the 11th century, about the time of the Battle of Hastings; somewhat reluctantly he was made a bishop and a cardinal. He was renowned as one who tried

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Justice for all Workers

THERE IS CONSIDERABLE EVIDENCE that the rise in popular nationalism all over the world has given some people space to express racist views in ways which until recently would have been unacceptable. Politicians and others who promote such divisiveness in society capitalise on poverty and economic uncertainty: when people find

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Reflections on the Holy Father’s Visit to the UAE

The Holy Father’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, which was the first by any Pope has drawn a lot of attention from people across the world. It was much anticipated and the world was eagerly waiting to hear what the Holy Father would say, or would not say.

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Light in the Midst of Darkness

SOME OF YOU may have seen this picture, Bellini’s Presentation of Christ in the Temple, in the recent and stunning Mantegna and Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery. This Saturday, at the morning Masses, we kept the feast which commemorates this event, known in England for centuries as Candlemas. St

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Peace Sunday

LAST WEEKEND’S edition of the Catholic newspaper The Tablet included an interview with Pat Gaffney, who for 29 years has been Secretary General of Pax Christi and is about to retire from this post at Easter. In this time Pat has done a great deal to raise the profile of

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The Baptism of the Lord

Today when we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, we are offered an opportunity to reflect upon the grace/s of our baptism. The Baptism of Our Lord is the beginning of his public ministry. While, Christmas could be perceived as the revelation of Jesus to the Jews, Epiphany could be

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The Meaning of the Epiphany

In many parts of the world it is the custom today, the feast of the Epiphany, for adults and children to dress up as the Magi (the photo in our Newsletter shows an Epiphany procession in Poland). The rich symbolism of the story in Matthew’s gospel of the coming of

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Christmas Peace at Every Level and Everyday

Isn’t it ridiculous how we can allow events to irritate us and get right under our skin? I came across a story in a national newspaper last week about a shopping centre in Stirling, Scotland which declined the request of the Legion of Mary to display a traditional crib on

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In Advent with Merton

LAST MONDAY was the fiftieth anniversary of the death of one of the most remarkable spiritual figures and writers of the twentieth century, the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. He was born in France but brought up in his early life in America, where his mother died when he was very

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