A day in Calais

14 December 2017 | by Paul McAleenan | Comments: 0
"Calais" - for many travelling from England the name means the beginning of a holiday as their vehicles rattle off the ferry onto a spacious, perfectly surfaced French motorway and speed them south into the Gallic countryside. For others Calais means a stopping place after a long and often treacherous journey from their homeland. For them Calais means everything and nothing.

What our postbag indicates is considerable surprise that anyone would interpret the motu proprio or canon law in a manner that effectively neuters a motu proprio understood to have been intended by Pope Francis to restore control over liturgical translations to bishops' conferences.

Johnny Hallyday: 'Into the Light'

12 December 2017 | by Kirsty Jane Falconer | Comments: 0
Kirsty Falconer thinks she cannot be the only one who watched Johnny Hallyday's memorial service half-expecting him to burst out of the white rose-adorned coffin, all leather and eyeliner and massive silver crucifix, giving another rendition of Allumer le feu.

Are the Catholic bishops of England and Wales aware of the fact that the current translation of the Catholic Mass into English, which they recently endorsed, promotes heresy? And why has the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Rome, the official watchdog of doctrinal orthodoxy, failed in its duty to correct it?

'Faith Summit' looking at how to mitigate the rising tide of hate crime, how to combat homelessness, what contribution people of faith could make to building a more inclusive economy and how to unlock new generations of leaders who by age, gender, ethnicity, religion or absence of disabilities look less like the diversity of the city region than seems just

Why Taylor Swift's new album 'reputation' is an often-sublime examination and celebration of the human condition in all its messy preciousness.

The British policy of doing all we can to keep these people out of our country demeans our own humanity and the humanity of those in need.

When St Columban stood against the powers that be, he spoke fearlessly, with great courage. He paid dearly for his stance. He had to endure the heartbreak of being expelled from his beloved companions and his earliest three monasteries in France. Columban missionaries, over the past 100 years have shared something of his experience.

Russian Patriarch and Archbishop of Canterbury: 'In many countries of the Middle East and Africa there is persecution of Christians, manifested in mass killings, the barbaric destruction of churches, the desecration of holy sites and the expulsion of millions of people from their homes.'

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