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The merciful heart of a priest

Filed in Spirituality by on August 25, 2015 1 Comment
The merciful heart of a priest

A beautiful sermon by Fr Francesco Donega, about Christ’s mercy and the merciful heart of one of his priests: Fr Tony Sacré, whose Requiem took place on Monday: Two or three days before his death […]

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Assessing the evidence on assisted suicide

Filed in Ethics by on August 20, 2015 1 Comment
Assessing the evidence on assisted suicide

The debate over assisted suicide frequently generates more heat than light, and arguments are often based on anecdotes or appeal to emotion rather than evidence.  When people do appeal to evidence, they often do so […]

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St Maximillian Kolbe

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St Maximillian Kolbe

So often the saints we read about were men and women of old. Today’s Saint Maximillian Kolbe is a relative modern Saint. Canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II – his life makes fascinating […]

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Francis declares 1 September ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’

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Francis declares 1 September ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’

Pope Francis has agreed with a request from the Orthodox for Catholics to join them in praying for creation on 1 September. The suggestion was made by Metropolitan John of Pergamon, who was part of […]

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Living simply: the contemporary relevance of the virtue of temperance

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Living simply: the contemporary relevance of the virtue of temperance

Laudato Si’ challenges us to live a simpler lifestyle. In this, Pope Francis follows the teaching of his two predecessors. St John Paul II wrote: Simplicity, moderation and discipline, as well as a spirit of […]

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7 Quick Takes on Dorothy Day, poverty, disciple-making, babies and Hillsong

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7 Quick Takes on Dorothy Day, poverty, disciple-making, babies and Hillsong

– 1 – So far this summer, I’ve loved being immersed in the ultra-inspiring autobiography of Dorothy Day. It is entitled, somewhat harrowingly, The Long Loneliness. I must admit, I’d always had a notion of Dorothy […]

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Is there a difference between “suicide” and “assisted dying”?

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Is there a difference between “suicide” and “assisted dying”?

The Assisted Dying Bill that comes before the House of Commons would “enable competent adults who are terminally ill to choose to be provided with medically supervised assistance to end their own life.” This is […]

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Overcoming the fear of commitment

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Overcoming the fear of commitment

It feels as if we are part of an epic biblical scene: Two great tribes have gathered together from the four corners of the continent, at the place where the plain meets the mountains, to […]

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St John-Baptiste-Marie Vianney: the Cure of Ars

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St John-Baptiste-Marie Vianney: the Cure of Ars

If you’ve ever had a child suffer with difficulties at school then St John Vianney is the Saint for you. Born in Dardilly, near Lyon in France on 8th May 1786, John was a child […]

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St Ignatius of Loyola

Filed in Spirituality by on July 31, 2015 0 Comments
St Ignatius of Loyola

The Catholic Church is made up of so many men and women who started out a far cry from God but who then developed a deep passionate love for him. St. Ignatius Loyola was just […]

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Proclaim ’15: A personal perspective

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Proclaim ’15: A personal perspective

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Proclaim ’15 last weekend in Birmingham. Having been recently to the HTB Leadership Conference and having attended evangelical Catholic conferences like the St John Bosco conference in Steubenville, Ohio, I wondered how […]

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The meaning of marriage

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The meaning of marriage

I once saw an elderly couple being interviewed on television. It was the day of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They were sat awkwardly beside each other on a lumpy sofa in their living room. Heavily […]

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Proclaim ’15: Pope Francis praises commitment to evangelisation at once in a generation Birmingham conference

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Proclaim ’15: Pope Francis praises commitment to evangelisation at once in a generation Birmingham conference

Pope Francis sent a special message to around 900 attendees, representing Catholic parishes from across England and Wales, at a ‘once in a generation’ national Catholic evangelisation conference in Birmingham at the weekend. The message […]

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How do I discover the purpose of my life?

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How do I discover the purpose of my life?

The tenth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “How do I discover the purpose of my life?” For information about how to use this film visit here. […]

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The meaning of love

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The meaning of love

The ninth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “The meaning of love”. For information about how to use this film visit here. For more information about […]

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The power of prayer

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The power of prayer

The eighth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “The power of prayer”. For information about how to use this film visit here. For more information about […]

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The gift of faith

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The gift of faith

The seventh film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “The gift of faith”. For information about how to use this film visit here. For more information about […]

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Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?

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Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?

The sixth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?”. For information about how to use this film visit […]

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Why do we need the Church?

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Why do we need the Church?

The fifth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “Why do we need the Church”. For information about how to use this film visit here. For more […]

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An uncertain future for Heythrop College

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An uncertain future for Heythrop College

This news comes from the Heythrop website: Heythrop’s Governing Body met yesterday to discuss the future of the College. This meeting was the culmination of detailed work over the past three years, as Governors, working […]

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