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Liberation theology has definitely come in from the cold, if the recent remarks of Cardinal Gerard Ludwig Müller are anything to go by.

The horrific and tragic death of Ann Maguire while she was teaching at Corpus Christi Catholic College Leeds on Monday 28 April stunned the nation, shocked the Catholic community and deeply agitated all those involved in the education and care of young people.

Have you seen the film The Social Network? In the final scene the character of Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg, clearly still enamoured with a former girlfriend, rather than braving to ask her out, sends her an online friend request and the movie finishes with him repeatedly refreshing the webpage he is looking at, waiting for her acceptance.

Popes John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005) will be canonised together today. As a cradle Catholic whose life has spanned the papacies from Popes Pius XII to Francis, I am concerned with the speed of both of these canonisations and the relatively new practice of modern popes proposing the canonisations of their recent predecessors.

So the Good Pope and the Great Pope are going to be canonised together. The raising to the altars of John XXIII and John Paul II on the same day has been engineered by Pope Francis.

24 April 2014 | by Dominique Gelder Smith

Student Cross: bringing the Passion to life

This year I completed my twenty-third Student Cross, the Holy Week and Easter pilgrimage to Walsingham. I am 26.

17 April 2014 | by Dame Catherine Wybourne OSB

Living in religious community you see the devil at work

No pope of recent times has spoken of the devil more often, or with more assurance, than Pope Francis. To some, this is evidence of the pope's naivety.

Rev, the BBC sitcom about a priest struggling in an inner city parish, is arguably one of the best advertisements for the work of the Church of England in recent years.

12 April 2014 | by Alex Walker

A married priesthood would right many wrongs

Pope Francis has indicated he is open to the possibility of allowing married priests, but as The Tablet reports this week, he says it is up to individual bishops’ conferences to reach a consensus on the issue first and then petition Rome.

11 April 2014 | by Fr Tim Buckley

Scripture's not so clear on divorce

The debate about whether those in so-called “irregular marriages” should be readmitted to Holy Communion is a hot topic. People, including some of the cardinals, are weighing in on all sides and if we are not careful, it could become a singularly unedifying spectacle.


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