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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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Advice for parents on the feast of St John the Baptist

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Advice for parents on the feast of St John the Baptist

I follow Archbishop William Goh of Singapore in his daily readings. I thought today’s was a particularly good one for parents. Here is the key section. You can read the whole piece here. The future of […]

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Laudato Si': a summary of Pope Francis’s sweeping eco-encyclical

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Laudato Si': a summary of Pope Francis’s sweeping eco-encyclical

Pope Francis’s encyclical Praised Be You: On the Care of Our Common Home is available in full here. A brief, ’10 things you need to know’ video by Fr James Martin is here. Humanum has produced a […]

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Laudato Si’ – the new Encyclical from Pope Francis: a landmark in modern church teaching that will shape a new future

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Laudato Si’ – the new Encyclical from Pope Francis: a landmark in modern church teaching that will shape a new future

When it appears tomorrow, Laudato Si’ — “Praised Be You” — will captivate and divide the world by issuing the most robust challenge to the contemporary myth of progress in recent times. Any other document […]

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A new Catholic catechism from the CTS

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A new Catholic catechism from the CTS

I’ve just written a catechism! It started life as a series of short articles about the Catholic faith, and gradually morphed into a more systematic presentation within a traditional catechetical structure. The full title is The […]

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Summer events for young Catholics

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Summer events for young Catholics

A few random summer events for young Catholics in the UK. Please add any other ideas into the comments below. EVANGELIUM CONFERENCE, 30 July to 2 August Set in the beautiful grounds of the Oratory […]

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Why we all need to think deeply about chastity

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Why we all need to think deeply about chastity

Last week, we had the great joy of having Dawn Eden speak on “Living to Love: Why Chastity is Key” (see her speaking above in Basingstoke). I hadn’t read her book, The Thrill of the […]

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part 3: ‘The Gospel of the Family’

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part 3: ‘The Gospel of the Family’

[The third in a series by Elizabeth Howard considering the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the Synod of Bishops in October. The previous posts are here and here.] Part II of the […]

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Birmingham/Youth 2000 Retreat: 5-7 June

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Birmingham/Youth 2000 Retreat: 5-7 June

This retreat is a great place to gather together with friends and to meet new people while drawing closer to Jesus. There will be inspirational talks, live worship, a chance for discussion, workshops to suit […]

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Scotland rejects assisted suicide

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Scotland rejects assisted suicide

Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted down the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill for a second time by 82 votes to 36. In what amounts to a clear rejection of the principles of the Bill, first […]

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Spirit in the City, 10-13 June, central London

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Spirit in the City, 10-13 June, central London

Spirit in the City is a celebration of Christian faith in the heart of London, hosted by the Catholic churches in the West End.  Visit the website here. The annual festival aims to share the […]

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Lord Patten proposes massive shake-up of Vatican communications

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Lord Patten proposes massive shake-up of Vatican communications

I was at the CCN World Communications Day lecture at St Patrick’s Soho Square last night. Lord Patten outlined the recommendations his committee has made to a Vatican commission about the reform of the Vatican […]

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The power of the Holy Spirit in our lives

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The power of the Holy Spirit in our lives

The fourth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic “The Holy Spirit in our lives”. For information about how to use this film visit here. For more […]

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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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