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Euthanasia and Assisted Dying: Lessons from Belgium

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Euthanasia and Assisted Dying: Lessons from Belgium

With Bills to legalise ‘assisted dying’ being considered in the Scottish Parliament and in Westminster, the Anscombe Bioethics Centre convened an international conference to consider the experience of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium. The […]

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Knowing what to do with your gifts

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Knowing what to do with your gifts

What gifts have we been given? How do we know what to do with them? What meaning do they have for us and for others? A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang.

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Religious difference and the responsibility of joy

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Religious difference and the responsibility of joy

Just recently, the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome dedicated a new building to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He wrote an occasional letter entitled “Renunciation of the truth is lethal to faith”. The letter is set […]

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MA in Catholic Applied Theology

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MA in Catholic Applied Theology

Deepen Your Faith and Equip Yourself For The New Evangelisation. Study for a Master of Arts Degree in Catholic Applied Theology at the Home of Blessed John Henry Newman. Maryvale Institute has been a leader […]

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Anselm Kiefer: earth, history, art, transcendence

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Anselm Kiefer: earth, history, art, transcendence

I didn’t really want to see the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Royal Academy. All I knew about him was that his paintings are, generally, brown. Call me shallow, but if I have an hour […]

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How dangerous is the internet?

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How dangerous is the internet?

It’s an intriguing and maybe alarming fact that often the very things that can do most good can also do most harm. Doctors make the best poisoners, and a ‘drug’ can either cure or kill. […]

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The dignity of the human person: history, core ideas, and implications for healthcare

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The dignity of the human person: history, core ideas, and implications for healthcare

A talk about the dignity of the human person by Fr Stephen Wang. It includes four sections: the history of the idea of human dignity; the core philosophical concepts; the Judeo-Christian perspective; and the implications […]

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The importance of our church buildings

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The importance of our church buildings

Today the Church celebrates the dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome. This Church was the first one to be built when the persecution of the Christians came to an end under […]

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Jesus came to bring peace. Or did he?

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Jesus came to bring peace. Or did he?

I was asked to give a talk about ‘inner peace’ to a group this week. In the end I simply did a word study on the different ways that the word ‘peace’ is used in […]

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Young Catholics in healthcare: Hope in Health weekend

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Young Catholics in healthcare: Hope in Health weekend

Are you a Catholic nurse or doctor, student nurse or medical student in your 20s or 30s? Do you ever feel that you need more support in combining your work and your faith? Our Hope […]

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The Dawn from on High: Young Adults Advent Retreat

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The Dawn from on High: Young Adults Advent Retreat

A retreat to enter more deeply into the themes of Advent in preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. The weekend will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine […]

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Launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014

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Launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014

The launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014 was held this afternoon in the House of Lords. This event commenced with an exclusive video address by HRH The Prince of Wales, […]

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Is your Christian faith really a subtle form of atheism?

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Is your Christian faith really a subtle form of atheism?

Very often, without acknowledging it, Christians speak and act in a way that betrays an atheistic world-view. A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang.

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Extraordinary Synod final report: English translation of the relatio synodi

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Extraordinary Synod final report: English translation of the relatio synodi

What follows is the official English translation of the Relatio Synodi, the concluding report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which was voted on by 183 synod fathers at the conclusion of the meeting in […]

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Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve? What is a Christian parent to do…

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Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve? What is a Christian parent to do…

The one thing about October half term is the ever present Halloween parties that seem to hold children in such great sway. Halloween is fast becoming a nightmare for Christians parents who feel it epitomizes […]

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Loneliness, part 4: the experience of Christ

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Loneliness, part 4: the experience of Christ

An acceptance of the “original solitude” of Eden is called, in time, to mature into the loneliness as experienced by Christ in Gethsemane. In Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI writes of this defining event: […]

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Gendercide: the reality of sex-selective abortion in the UK

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Gendercide: the reality of sex-selective abortion in the UK

Having spoken to thousands of students about the issue of abortion, most teenagers usually feel that abortion on the grounds of gender is “well, just wrong, Miss”, an attitude that seems to be shared by […]

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7 Quick Takes on American evangelists, joke-practising, and lazy Sundays

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7 Quick Takes on American evangelists, joke-practising, and lazy Sundays

-1- Such a busy couple of weeks… Just catching my breath! The non-stop busy-ness found a blissful interlude last weekend in an utterly contented Sunday with my sister, brother-in-law, little nephew, and some really good friends. Mass, […]

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The foundations of the spiritual life

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The foundations of the spiritual life

The French philosopher, Rene Descartes, famously tried to find the bedrock of thinking. He wanted the certainty he found in mathematics in all his thinking. He wanted therefore to find something he could not doubt, […]

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Loneliness, part 3: Pope John Paul II and ‘Original Solitude’

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Loneliness, part 3: Pope John Paul II and ‘Original Solitude’

The early chapters of Pope John Paul II’s theological project, The Theology of the Body, develop a philosophical anthropology based on a close reading of the Genesis creation stories. John Paul II contends that the […]

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