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Why western liberal adulation risks distorting the truth about Pope Francis

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Why western liberal adulation risks distorting the truth about Pope Francis

‘Pope idol’ is the headline above the Sunday Times‘ informative profile of the ‘Francis effect’ — the term the media are using to sum up the invigorating, renewing effect of his papacy. The headline captures his […]

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The Creed as a summary of the Holy Scriptures and a mustard seed of faith

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The Creed as a summary of the Holy Scriptures and a mustard seed of faith

Following on from Fr Martin Boland’s recent post about the Creed, see this beautiful text from St Cyril of Jerusalem about how ‘this brief statement of the faith keeps in its heart, as it were, […]

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This Saturday 9 Nov: a day with the new ecclesial movements and communities, ‘Many Streams – One River’

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This Saturday 9 Nov: a day with the new ecclesial movements and communities, ‘Many Streams – One River’

This Saturday 9 Nov: a day with the new ecclesial movements and communities, ‘Many Streams – One River’. Taking place in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London. See the website here. For booking info see here. […]

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The extraordinary power hidden within the Creed we profess each Sunday

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The extraordinary power hidden within the Creed we profess each Sunday

Millions of Catholics do it every Sunday. In the middle of Mass, we profess our faith in the Creed. Now, maybe it’s just Brentwood Cathedral, but when I look out at my congregation reciting the […]

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Quick takes on catechesis

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Quick takes on catechesis

~1~ I love what Mgr. Charles Pope has written in this article on the plan he’s made for children’s catechesis in his parish. What I love most is his realisation that: It became clear to me in […]

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World Youth Day Krakow 2016, Westminster Diocese pilgrimage teaser

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World Youth Day Krakow 2016, Westminster Diocese pilgrimage teaser

Westminster Diocese is very quick off the mark in the race to coordinate a diocesan youth pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016. This is their ‘teaser’ poster. What do you think? They […]

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New DVD resource: Faith of our Fathers, In Search of the English Martyrs

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New DVD resource: Faith of our Fathers, In Search of the English Martyrs

This DVD is just out from St Anthony Communications: Faith of our Fathers, In Search of the English Martyrs. You can order it from the St Anthony website here. It looks as thought it will be […]

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Pope Francis hits ‘reset’ — but not the way some imagine

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Pope Francis hits ‘reset’ — but not the way some imagine

It is clear, six months into the heart-warming, unsettling whirlwind that is his papacy, that Francis is pressing the ‘reset’ button on the Church’s engagement with the world. It is an ambitious ‘reframe’, one allows […]

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Catholic Basics: ‘A’ is for Angels

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Catholic Basics: ‘A’ is for Angels

The created universe is much more interesting than we normally think. God’s intelligence and creativity have no limits. We can only see the physical world around us, but this does not mean that ‘materialism’ is […]

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The New Evangelisation: What it is and how to do it

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The New Evangelisation: What it is and how to do it

I’ve just had a new booklet published by the Catholic Truth Society called The New Evangelisation: What it is and how to do it. They tapped into the World Youth Day Rio fervour by putting a […]

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Sacramental service station?

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Sacramental service station?

A little shout-out to all the parishes out there… Come on now, be honest Is your parish a sacramental service station? What do I mean by this? A service station is somewhere we pass through, on the […]

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Are you a robot when you recite the creed?

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Using the YouCat

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Using the YouCat

I gave a talk about the YouCat recently. It was not so much about the history or content of the book, but more about Pope Benedict’s short letter to young Catholics that’s printed at the […]

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“Full Sweep” Youth Catechesis

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It was refreshing to read Archbishop Vincent Nichols’ words about catechesis for young people. He said we need to transmit to them the “full sweep” of the Catholic Faith. Thank you Archbishop – I couldn’t agree more. When […]

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“Those who desire comforts have dialled the wrong number”

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  This may be one of my favourite EVER quotations from Pope Benedict XVI. It just makes me smile. He’s bang on! Anyone who tells us that Christianity is easy, that we can go on […]

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Peer Ministry

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One thing I have learnt through my involvement with Youth 2000 is that nothing works better than young people evangelising young people. This was how my own conversion happened. My parents could have told me […]

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Top Ten RCIA Traps

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Recently a number of conversations with different people have highlighted for me that in many parish RCIA processes there are still some fairly dismal practices going on. RCIA, in my view, is one of the […]

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