After months of tutoring by a former Anglican who is now a Catholic priest in his diocese, Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock celebrated old rite Mass for his late predecessors last Saturday, 1 November.

Countless Britons have visited the city over the years as pilgrims. What has become noticeable since the start of this century is that increasingly the British are movers and shakers in the Vatican.

Pope Francis outright condemnation of nuclear weapons today marks an evolution in the Catholic position on this topic.

Thought for the Day: is it really 'deeply, deeply boring'

01 November 2017 | by Ted Harrison | Comments: 0
Thirty years ago when working in the Today programme production office I often heard grumblings about Thought for the Day from fellow journalists, with sentiments being expressed that were much the same as those recently shared by John Humphrys and other presenters in a Radio Times interview.

Representing the interests of Donald Trump’s administration to Pope Francis and the Vatican is going to require a considerable feat of diplomatic tightrope walking. Callista Gingrich, the United States President’s choice as his Ambassador to the Holy See, is already getting a taste of the balancing act she’ll be required to carry out should her position be confirmed.

There was no process, no formal hearing and no appraisal. Within one minute of their meeting starting, Pope Francis had informed Cardinal Gerhard Müller he was being relieved of his duties as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

Incidences of women being involved in extremist attacks are occurring abroad. As tactical innovations in extremist groups occur worldwide, the UK is, and will continue to be, impacted writes Rachel Bryson, researcher at think tank, Religion & Geopolitics, into global incidents of violent and non-violent extremism.

Dr Sean Carey, an honorary senior research fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, discusses the wall of virtue after the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday night...

The Pope got more than he bargained for when The Tablet's Rome correspondent thrust a copy of this week's edition into his hands...

Over the weekend, Cardinal Robert Sarah, who runs the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, argued in a message that those promoting a 'modern liturgy' had caused disaster, devastation and schism by trying to reduce the Mass into a 'simple convivial meal'...

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