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A meditation on Holy Week and the Passion of Christ – in a UK shopping centre

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A meditation on Holy Week and the Passion of Christ – in a UK shopping centre

In 2013, Ten Ten Theatre – the Catholic professional theatre company – staged a Passion Play based on the Stations of the Cross involving over 250 people from the local churches and schools in Runcorn and […]

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The foetal body-burning scandal: facing the truth of a throwaway culture

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The foetal body-burning scandal: facing the truth of a throwaway culture

  An investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches has revealed that the bodies of thousands of miscarried and aborted babies have been incinerated as chemical waste, with some used to heat hospitals in a waste-to-energy scheme. The programme can be […]

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Two powerful plays for young people about relationships, choices and the pressure to conform

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Two powerful plays for young people about relationships, choices and the pressure to conform

We are delighted to announce Ten Ten’s latest production at The Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden on Saturday 26 April. Babies and Chased are two short plays which explore the lives of teenagers as […]

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Mitochondrial transfer: science that crosses lines for no good purpose

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Mitochondrial transfer: science that crosses lines for no good purpose

Three-parent embryos are the most  high-profile recent development in reproductive technology, and an area where the UK is striving to take a leading role — hence the  government consultation on new rules to allow it. Scientists, […]

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From Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar to a spiritual awakening in San Antonio many years ago

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From Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar to a spiritual awakening in San Antonio many years ago

[Guest post by Katy Whisenant] Seeing all the publicity surrounding Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar has been a bit of a surreal experience, as not only did we grow up in the same small town near the […]

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Geocaching and the search for God

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Geocaching and the search for God

A few days ago a gang of us from the Pure in Heart London prayer group took advantage of the good weather and went for a ramble in the beautiful Surrey countryside. There really is […]

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The Scent of Lemons: the non-neutrality of new media and emerging technologies

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The Scent of Lemons: the non-neutrality of new media and emerging technologies

In the last 20 years or so, the revolution in communications technology has radically changed the lives of billions of ordinary people. In many ways, this technology has made our lives easier: communication is speedier, […]

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Soldier to Saint: London performance in April

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Soldier to Saint: London performance in April

RISE THEATRE is delighted to be returning with their second national tour of the ground-breaking play ‘Soldier to Saint’, to be performed across 21 venues. This includes a one-off London performance @St Aloysius Church Hall, Euston […]

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Can you love someone with words alone? From Walt Disney to God’s touch in the sacraments

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Can you love someone with words alone? From Walt Disney to God’s touch in the sacraments

I have just seen two great films in twenty four hours: Her, a dystopian sci-fi vision of a very near future, and Disney’s Frozen, which goes into my top three films of the year. Very […]

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‘A Tale of Two Sausages’ – a talk by Simone Lia

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‘A Tale of Two Sausages’ – a talk by Simone Lia

‘A Tale of Two Sausages’ – 7pm Thursday 20th February A talk by Catholic comic book artist and illustrator Simone Lia – author of “Please God, Find Me a Husband!”  Be inspired, feel motivated and have […]

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What if the person you love doesn’t have a body?

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What if the person you love doesn’t have a body?

Her, the new film by Spike Jonze, is a beautiful meditation on love, friendship, artificial intelligence, regret, virtual reality, surrogacy, time, gaming, grief, embodiment, self-creation, community, and the only half-acknowledged weirdness of falling in love […]

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The role of the media in constructing distorted views of ‘ideal’ beauty

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The role of the media in constructing distorted views of ‘ideal’ beauty

Following on from yesterday’s post about beauty, a reader recommended this ‘Killing Us Softly’ video featuring Jean Kilbourne, about the way the media manipulates images of women and presents a distorted and actually destructive picture […]

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Are you beautiful? How do you know? Who makes the rules? Who tells the truth?

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Are you beautiful? How do you know? Who makes the rules? Who tells the truth?

I heard a talk on Saturday about the biblical idea of beauty, and how distorted our own ideas of beauty have become within the prevailing culture. As an introduction, the speaker showed this ‘Onslaught’ video […]

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The creative energy that is released through the dialogue of actually making art

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The creative energy that is released through the dialogue of actually making art

John Berger, the art critic, wrote a brilliant article called ‘A Professional Secret’ (collected in his ‘Selected Essays’). It is a reflection, amongst other things, on the spiritual experience of painting. In it, he raises […]

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Facebook on its 10th birthday

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Facebook on its 10th birthday

Jemima Kiss reports on the first ten years of Facebook, which was launched from Mark Zuckerberg’s student digs on 4 February 2004. By the end of 2013, Facebook was being used by 1.23 billion users […]

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A weekend for young Catholic nurses and doctors to reflect on issues of healthcare and faith

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A weekend for young Catholic nurses and doctors to reflect on issues of healthcare and faith

Are you a Catholic nurse or doctor in your 20s or 30s? Would you like to share ideas about living your faith at work, in the context of prayer and friendship? Then join the Hope […]

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The Experience of God

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The Experience of God

The new book by David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God, is a fantastic read. Not only does it successfully offer several coherent points of departure for discussion of what ‘God’ means, it is also full […]

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The dignity of the person as a foundation for healthcare ethics

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The dignity of the person as a foundation for healthcare ethics

A talk given by Prof David Jones from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre at Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy, the first in a series about healthcare ethics.

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Two plays for the whole family by Catholic theatre company Ten Ten, Sat 8 Feb, London

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Two plays for the whole family by Catholic theatre company Ten Ten, Sat 8 Feb, London

Following the huge success of “Kolbe’s Gift” in the West End last October, Ten Ten Theatre is presenting a double-bill of plays for the whole family at The Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden on […]

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White Elephant: the Christian presence in the violent slums of Argentina in the 1970s

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White Elephant: the Christian presence in the violent slums of Argentina in the 1970s

Much has been made of Pope Francis’ work in the Argentinian slums before being elected Pontiff.  An interesting point of reference is the 2012 feature film “White Elephant”, a subtitled movie set in the villa […]

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