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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is to create a new monastic community at his London residence of Lambeth Palace. Like many experiments with innovative models of religious life, it will combine aspects ancient and modern
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- World faces greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II – Caritas president
- Bishops’ general secretary, Mgr Marcus Stock, to lead cash-strapped diocese of Leeds
- Egan: don’t assume Synod on the Family will radically change church teaching
- Cohabitees, divorcee and single parent among brides and grooms married by Pope in Vatican ceremony
- If there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, why not ordain women to the diaconate? Michael Phelan
- Christians and Yazidis in Iraq: unwanted guests in their own country John Eibner, Christian Solidarity International
- Church should rethink its attitude to adoption Katherine Backler
There is only a matter of days for Catholics to communicate to the Vatican their views on sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce, and gay marriage.
What makes good liturgy? The Prophet Micah poses the same question: What worship does God require? And the answer has no solutions for the liturgy or music committee. No recipe. Only this: do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
Thousands of Palestinians attended the funerals on Wednesday of three men killed the previous day by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron.
So finally here it is – Pope Francis’ first major document since his election. Swooping from the role of the papacy to the detail of parish life, Evangelii Gaudium covers a broad horizon of points – some insights, some observations, some criticisms.
Several days ago in his blog on The Telegraph website, the composer James MacMillan said he would no longer write congregational music for the Catholic Church. His principal reason was the need to reassert “Gregorian plainsong as the very sound of Catholicism”
Have you noticed how often women are the central figures in Jesus’ life?
Two contrasting images stuck fast in my mind last week. The first was a young Filipina girl on the evening news shown rammed against an iron gate pleading for water, the other, two boys in the playground of the school where I am headmaster, squirting water at each other.
Once a month, as I drive from Plymouth to serve the Divine Liturgy – the Mass – in Torquay, I turn on Radio 4 to listen to the Sunday Service. After ten minutes or so I suffer from information overload.
In 1996, flanked by 20 or so fellow Catholic justice and peace activists, I stood outside the World Bank and prayed for the poor people who – I was told – were exploited by the institution. Looking down at my Birkenstocks, I wondered, "What does the World Bank do, anyway?" I was 21.
I can remember from about the age of 16 wondering if the priesthood was for me. I was brought up a Catholic, alter-served from a young age and went on to be a Eucharistic Minister.