- Who will inherit the earth?
World leaders meet in Paris on Monday for the latest round of talks on reducing carbon emissions. Differences between rich and poor countries threaten the search for solutions
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Pope in Africa: Corruption is present in all parts of life 'including the Vatican', Francis tells young people
- Francis arrives in war zone of Central African Republic as "pilgrim of peace"
- Pope praises “ecumenism of blood” of Anglican and Catholic martyrs in Uganda
- Francis arrives in Uganda calling for transparent governance
- Pope in Africa: Francis' trip to Africa the most profound of messages to climate change conference in Paris Christopher Lamb in Nairobi
- Any peace plan for Syria must involve a secular society - and that means Assad is an option John Eibner
- Depriving Isis of a home is key to victory, but the West must avoid humiliating Muslims in defeat Clifford Longley
London’s two Catholic higher education institutions have announced they have begun talks to discuss forming a "strategic partnership".
Both the governing bodies of Heythrop College, in Kensington, West London and St Mary's University, in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, have given the go-ahead for the discussions.
"Heythrop and St Mary’s have much in common – they share a strong Catholic tradition, identity and ethos and are both London-based," Fr Michael Holman, the Principal of the Jesuit-run Heythrop College, said.
"They have a long and rich history of serving the Church and wider society, at home and abroad, and over the years have collaborated on a number of projects."
The outgoing vice-chancellor of St Mary's, Dr Arthur Naylor, said in a separate statement that a report was being drawn up on a possible partnership. The report would be examined at meetings in September.
St Mary's, a former teacher training college, was awarded full university status earlier this year and has appointed a former British Ambassador to the Holy See as its new vice-chancellor. Francis Campbell assumes office on 1 August.
Heythrop College, a specialist theology and philosophy college, is part of the University of London and recently celebrated its 400th anniversary.
Heythrop employs eminent academics including Professors John Cottingham and Keith Ward, althought with 800 students it is much smaller that St Mary's, which has 6,000 undergraduates and postgraduates.
To read an in-depth report into the partnership talks, see this week's Tablet.