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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Peace as a Journey of Hope

The picture in our Newsletter  shows Pope Francis celebrating Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on 1 January, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Since the late 1960s the Catholic Church has kept New Year’s Day also as the Day of Prayer for Peace in the World. In England

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The Christmas Crib

Most of us think, probably accurately, that popes tend to write letters or special messages about important theological topics or world events. But this Advent Pope Francis has written a special message about something very simple and straightforward – the Christmas Crib. This letter, known by its Latin title Admirabile

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Inspirational People and the Sea Bass Moment

As many of you will know by now, Time Magazine has named Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist, as its person of the year. This would seem to me well deserved and a great boost, not only for those who seek to draw our attention to saving our planet

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