Eldest Daughter of the Church

Sometimes you still hear France referred to as ‘the eldest daughter of the Church.’ I am not sure how old the phrase is but it is thought to refer to the fact that Clovis, King of the Franks, accepted Christianity with his followers as early as the 6th century; as the precursor

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Life in the Spirit

In my three previous parishes in Orpington, Ashford and Walderslade I have been aware of a great desire and even dare I say hunger from many parishioners to know more about the Faith and to find ways of building up and nurturing their own faith. One of the resources that

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Becoming an Apostle of Divine Mercy

Although the year of mercy has ended the works of mercy have not: the doors of mercy were closed in our basilicas and dioceses last year but the living doors of mercy are opened 24 hours a day. Jesus’ gate of mercy has no lock, his mercy flows like a

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Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

THIS YEAR, unusually, we celebrate Easter day on the same day as Christians of the Eastern churches. As we celebrate the victory of the risen Christ over death, this coincidence enables us to think about how much we share with other Christians in all other parts of the world as

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The Triumph of Good over Evil

A BIG PART of our Lent programme of talks this year, about discerning the ‘signs of the times’, has been concerned with trying to recognise the presence of evil in the world, the personification we traditionally call Satan. For the first time this year we had the talks in the

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The Holy Father’s Vision for Europe

I WROTE LAST WEEK of the need to show strong loyalty to the pope as the successor of St Peter and the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, the same loyalty as Catholics were bound to show to his predecessors. Loyalty to the pope is a distinguishing mark of Catholics

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Loyalty to the Holy Father

EARLIER THIS MONTH we celebrated the fourth anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis – he is shown here on the visit he made, not long after his election, to celebrate Mass on the island of Lampedusa with refugees encamped and those caring for them, praying

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Lent talks, Session 3: Discerning Good

The following is the text of the third in our Lent programme of talks. It was delivered by Father Ashley in Church on 21 March 2017, and a recording is available on our Webcam page. You can also download or print a copy. While much of our sessions so far has been

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