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24 July 2014

English-born Bishop Richard Williamson, who was expelled from the ultra-traditionalist Society of St Pius X (SSPX) in 2012 for challenging the society’s leaders, has founded a new “Priestly Union of Marcel Lefebvre” in France for priests who leave the SSPX.

24 July 2014

Ahigh-church Anglican vicar has increased by as much as ten-fold his visitor count by opening what is believed to be the first full-time post office in a church. Last month, Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain incurred a formal rebuke from his bishop when he married his partner, Stephen Forshew, a Catholic from Australia.

24 July 2014

It is rare to find evidence of Christianity in Britain prior to AD 306, when Emperor Constantine came to power. Yet a silver ring with a Christian motif has been found at a dig at the Roman fort of Binchester, in County Durham.

24 July 2014

The distinguished journalist Roland Hill, who has died aged 93, began his career on The Tablet after the Second World War. Born in Hamburg the son of a businessman called Rudolf Hess (no relation of Hitler’s deputy), Hill fled Nazi Germany for Austria.

24 July 2014

Competing against choirs from as far afield as China, the Bradford Catholic Girls’ Choir has won two bronze medals at the World Choir Games in the Latvian capital, Riga.

24 July 2014

Amid all the public commemorations that are marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Bishop of the Forces, Richard Moth, is also pondering a poignant personal story connected with the conflict.

Previous issues

17 July 2014

Along with helping the Holy See to elucidate its message more effectively, one of the tasks facing the committee appointed to oversee Vatican communications is to make savings. Indeed, Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, ...

17 July 2014

With their match against the Church of England fast approaching, the Vatican cricket team is garnering support from across the world.

17 July 2014

Congratulations to Tablet columnist Br Guy Consolmagno, who has won the Carl Sagan medal, a prestigious scientific award for those who communicate astronomy to the public.

17 July 2014

While Westminster politicians were due to debate whether assisted suicide should become the law of the land, a group of 1,200 of the sick and dying – many of them elderly – were preparing to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

17 July 2014

The two are close friends having spent the summer commentating on the World Cup in Brazil together after both made the move from BBC to ITV Sport.

17 July 2014

Given the poor state of religious literacy among young people, it is time to think creatively about how to communicate basic tenets of faith.

10 July 2014

The mosaics in Westminster Cathedral look as if they will remain unfinished after the ­project to complete them has been put on hold

10 July 2014

Lord Patten of Barnes was this week appointed president of a committee tasked with reforming Vatican communications.

10 July 2014

When it comes to seeking a celebrity speaker for a parish’s bicentenary dinner, few priests can be as blessed as Mgr Phelim Rowland

10 July 2014

While the upcoming Vatican synod on the family will be dominated by male clerics, another church gathering shows it is possible to achieve the opposite.

10 July 2014

Some 185 hectolitres – that is more than 32,500 pints – of dark beer from St Marienthal, the oldest Cistercian monastery in Germany, is on its way to China.

03 July 2014

In 1996, the year before the general election which saw Labour oust the Conservatives by a massive margin, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales published a radical new policy document, The Common Good and the Catholic Church.

03 July 2014

The BBC is priding itself on sticking closely to the word of author E.F. Benson in its adaptation of his Mapp and Lucia books, set in Tilling, a town based on Rye in East Sussex, where the series is currently filming.

03 July 2014

The local clerical tradition of literally tending a flock of sheep, as disclosed by Bishop Joseph Toal in his Motherwell installation homily, continues in the northerly South Uist parish of St Michael’s in Argyll and the Isles where he once served.

03 July 2014

Among those at the press conference presenting the working document for next October’s synod, the instrumentum laboris, were two lay people who gave testimonies.

03 July 2014

Sir Stephen Wall, a former British Permanent Representative to the European Union, has talked about how he took part in last weekend’s gay pride march in London.

26 June 2014

The Order of Service for the Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Saturday at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock, in Kensington, west London, to mark the 400th anniversary of Heythrop College told the story of the educational institution through a series of pictures.

26 June 2014

It caused Cafod some discomfort when Damian McBride, the aid agency’s communications man, published an account of his time working for the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown that included details of political skulduggery.

26 June 2014

Full visible unity between Catholics and Anglicans might seem distant, but it is in the pews that the most unlikely new relationships are being forged.

26 June 2014

The death at the age of 60 of Gerry Conlon, one of the four people wrongly convicted of the 1974 Guildford pub bombing, has revived unhappy memories of a terrible miscarriage of justice,

26 June 2014

Pope Francis would like priests to have the “smell of the sheep” so he will be pleased to hear that the new Bishop of Motherwell is a shepherd who has literally tended his flock.