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Same-sex marriage in Ireland

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Same-sex marriage in Ireland

The following statement was made by Senator Ronán Mullen, a leader of the campaign against amending the Irish referendum to allow same-sex marriage, following the decisive vote in favour of the amendment by 61 per cent […]

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The morality of nuclear weapons

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The morality of nuclear weapons

I saw the RSC play Oppenheimer this week. It closes today so I’m sorry I can’t encourage you to see it. There were many themes and ‘messages’. For me, the overriding one was how it […]

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Blessed Oscar Romero

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Blessed Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero is beatified today in El Salvador. Five years ago, on the 30th Anniversary of his martyrdom, Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated a Mass in his honour in Westminster Cathedral, and spoke these words. We […]

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Ten Reasons to Use ‘Transformed in Christ’ for your Confirmation Programme (Part 2)

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Ten Reasons to Use ‘Transformed in Christ’ for your Confirmation Programme (Part 2)

(The first part of this post can be found here.) 6. The methodology of each session aims towards conversion. As I’ve written countless times on this blog (just do a search for “methodology”), method is […]

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The lost art of listening

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The lost art of listening

Someone shared this TED talk by Julian Treasure with me at the weekend. It’s three years old but well worth watching. I have been noticing the different ‘channels’ of sound as I walk round the […]

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Who is Jesus Christ?

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Who is Jesus Christ?

The third film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “Who is Jesus Christ?” For information about how to use this film visit here. For more information about […]

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Ten Reasons to Use ‘Transformed in Christ’ for your Confirmation Programme (Part 1)

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Ten Reasons to Use ‘Transformed in Christ’ for your Confirmation Programme (Part 1)

I’ve been asked a lot recently about what I think about other Confirmation programmes on the market, and why a Confirmation group should use Transformed in Christ. Let me first of all say, there are some other […]

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Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Nottingham

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Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Nottingham

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Patrick McKinney, as the tenth Bishop of Nottingham. Monsignor Patrick McKinney was born on 30th April 1954, the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget McKinney, originally from Ireland, and brought […]

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Character: how to overcome fear and let your soul shine like the sun, Fr Stephen Wang

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Character: how to overcome fear and let your soul shine like the sun, Fr Stephen Wang

What is more important: the things you have achieved or the person you have become? A reflection on character and the fears that hold us back, by Fr Stephen Wang.

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Résumé virtues vs eulogy virtues

Filed in Ethics by on May 9, 2015 1 Comment
Résumé virtues vs eulogy virtues

David Brooks reflects on the gulf that can open up between your external career and your inner character: ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can […]

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May, Mary, the Rosary, and the prayers of children

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May, Mary, the Rosary, and the prayers of children

This reflection on Marian prayer within the family comes from Edmund Adamus at the Office of Marriage and Family Life in Westminster Diocese. I was recently introduced to the acronym “KPI” which stands for ‘key […]

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Does God exist? How can we know? What difference would it make?

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Does God exist? How can we know? What difference would it make?

Does God exist? How can we know? What difference would it make? The second film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download. For more information about the programme, and how to […]

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What is happiness? How can we find it?

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What is happiness? How can we find it?

What is happiness? How can we find it? The first film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download. For more information about the programme and how to use the films, visit […]

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Ten Ten updates: touching the lives and faith of young people through school drama and workshops

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Ten Ten updates: touching the lives and faith of young people through school drama and workshops

We often reflect that one of the great blessings of Ten Ten’s work is that everyone involved in the projects is impacted and blessed by the plays, workshops and projects. This includes students, parents, parishioners […]

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Infertility Awareness: A Catholic Perspective

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Infertility Awareness: A Catholic Perspective

This post is copied here, with permission, from the Conceiving Hope blog. It was written as part of the Infertility Awareness Week which took place last week: One in six couples will experience infertility at […]

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse: London retreat this June

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse: London retreat this June

The next UK Grief to Grace retreat takes place from 8 to 13 June at The Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London, SW15 4JA. See their website here for full details. General information about the programme follows here: Grief to Grace is a specialised […]

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Sycamore: a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings

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Sycamore: a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings

The Sycamore website has just been launched, and the first of ten videos uploaded. You can visit the site here. This information is from their WELCOME page: What is Sycamore? Sycamore is a new programme […]

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How to overcome the stress and sheer existential terror of exams and assignment deadlines

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How to overcome the stress and sheer existential terror of exams and assignment deadlines

How to overcome the stress and sheer existential terror of exams and assignment deadlines. A homily by Fr Stephen Wang to encourage students during these last few weeks of the academic year.

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Nuns on the Rise

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Nuns on the Rise

In case you missed this on Thursday: The number of women entering convents in England and Wales has hit a 25 year high.  From a low point of 7 in 2004, the numbers have steadily […]

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The secret of happiness: switching to a standing desk, whatever they might think about you…

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The secret of happiness: switching to a standing desk, whatever they might think about you…

Wake up, World! Sitting all day is killing you. That’s why I switched to a standing desk, and you should, too. I’m paraphrasing Tom O’Donnell, who began his piece, “Wake up, America!” He switched recently, […]

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