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A champion of the poor or someone mixed up in politics? A man who died for the faith or because he was a political inconvenience? Archbishop Oscar Romero’s beatification today confirms his stature and illuminates his model of holiness
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The Casina Pio IV, the villa begun by Pope Pius IV, is a Renaissance jewel in the midst of the lush greenery of the Vatican Gardens.
There’s a button somewhere inside me that I press when I want to spring into action. I’m most aware of this button when I’m relaxed, maybe lying in bed, stretched out in front of the telly, enjoying a hot shower.
“One law for the rich, no law for the poor” may seem to be an alarming statement when used to describe our own legal system.
Why is it that some Catholics still regard action on climate change, and other environmental issues, as a sideshow to the main business of being Catholic?
The news pages of The Tablet this week present an interesting and in some ways puzzling juxtaposition of stories. Next to the News from Britain and Ireland leading story, “Receptions hit a six-year low”, is another, also about figures.
Being single in the Catholic Church is not a fun. I have to agree with the French bishop reported in The Tablet this week, Hervé Giraud of Soissons, who said single Catholics felt “forgotten, even devalued, by the Church.”
David Cameron this week announced a consultation that could lead to custodial sentences for those in the public sector who fail to protect vulnerable children and young people.
There has been a great wave of protest globally concerning the imminent executions by the Indonesian government of Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – and justifiably so. Life is sacred – even the lives of drug traffickers.
Lent is a time of reflection when Christians seek to reconcile themselves with God and their neighbours. This year it has also taken on a special meaning for thousands of Muslims around the world who are taking part in a solidarity initiative to fast alongside Christians.
Pope Francis has made clear that the question of married priests is open for discussion. Priestly celibacy is a discipline rather than a doctrine.