Notebook

Family man

04 February 2016
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who delivered Pause for Thought on the last ever episode of Sir Terry Wogan’s breakfast show Wake up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 in 2009, has spoken of the late presenter’s generosity and kindness.

I’m Gonna Be …

04 February 2016
Monks from Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland are to re-enact a pilgrimage that first took place eight centuries ago.

Bish bash bosch

04 February 2016
Pope Francis has talked over green issues with cardinals, politicians and CEOs.

Pleasure and pain

04 February 2016
A new independent opera company plans to open its first season with performances of a work by the French Catholic writer and poet Francis Jammes, with music by his compatriot, composer Darius Milhaud.

Sr Mary’s tag

04 February 2016
When Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, a lecturer at Heythrop College in London, visited Lambeth Palace during Christian Unity week last month, she had some fences to mend.

Happy Hindus

04 February 2016
Hindus are the happiest people of faith, according to a survey on happiness produced by the Office for National Statistics.

A worthy replacement

28 January 2016
An official announcement of the next British Ambassador to the Holy See is expected very soon.

Splitting hairs

28 January 2016
What can clergy in majority-Muslim areas do to better integrate with their neighbours? Grow beards, according to the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres (left), in the Church Times.

Pugnacious pugin

28 January 2016
Work has begun to restore a Marian shrine at St Mary’s Church in Derby, one of the first churches Augustus Pugin designed after becoming a Catholic.

Not forgotten

28 January 2016
During an interview with the real-life journalists whose story is told in the film Spotlight (scene above), Newsnight presenter Evan Davis claimed that The Boston Globe exposed the scandal of paedophile Catholic priests in the US.

Faith concerns

28 January 2016
Do you worry about whether the gas is switched off, avoid walking under ladders and refuse to stay in hotel rooms with unlucky numbers?

Record breaker

28 January 2016
Libby Lane, the Bishop of Stockport, made history when she became the first woman bishop in the Church of England exactly a year ago.

One direction

21 January 2016
They may still be miles apart on issues such as the ordination of women, but when it comes to spirituality and liturgy the Catholic Church and the Church of England are drawing closer.

Quiz queen

21 January 2016
Which English queen took, for gout, laudanum on toast floating in brandy? Which medieval bishop of Bath collapsed and died after his Christmas dinner?

Slipper Chapel

21 January 2016
A 55-foot glass church in the shape of a high-heeled shoe has been built in Taiwan in an apparent bid to attract more women.

Good for the environment

21 January 2016
A few weeks ago we noted that the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales omitted any mention of Laudato si’, the Pope’s encyclical, in the environment section of its website.

Take a bow(ie)

21 January 2016
Organ scholar Nicholas Freestone has become an internet sensation after his tribute to the singer David Bowie was viewed by almost three million people around the world.

Feet of endurance

21 January 2016
Turtle soup and fricassee of pigs feet and ears are among the concoctions featured in a recipe book, dating from 1793, discovered by monks in Downside Abbey library.

Catholic double first

14 January 2016
The installation of Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor this week has made for a Catholic double at the top of the university, little more than a century after Catholics were first readmitted to the institution.

Not to be

14 January 2016
As the Vatican prepares to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the first ever full-length performance of one of his plays, the Globe Theatre’s Hamlet

Window on the past

14 January 2016
A mosaic window commemorating Scotland’s worst mining disaster of the twentieth century has been installed at St Barbara’s Church in Muirhead

Estate in order

14 January 2016
Billionaire Swiss financier Urs Schwarzenbach, who helps fund renovations at the English College in Rome, has opened a new chapel on his 650-acre estate near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

In the chair

14 January 2016
Shelagh Fogarty, the former BBC Radio 5 live presenter who covered Pope Francis’ election, won Celebrity Mastermind last Saturday with a round on her special topic, John Paul II.

Open court

07 January 2016
Cherubs in King Henry VIII’s chapel at Hampton Court may well be blowing their trumpets as Catholic Vespers is to be celebrated there for the first time since the Reformation.

In God she trusts

07 January 2016
The Queen’s Christian faith is explored in a book published to mark her ninetieth birthday on 21 April.

Fleeing boat

07 January 2016
An overturned rubber dingy and three life jackets hanging from the ceiling of St James’s church in Piccadilly is highlighting the plight of refugees fleeing war and persecution.

World without end?

07 January 2016
Catholics in England and Wales inspired by Laudato Si’ to be more green in 2016 will be disappointed if they look to their bishops’ website for guidance;

Star turn

07 January 2016
Listeners who tuned in to Today on BBC Radio 4 last week to hear the edition guest edited by Miriam González (above) might have been surprised to hear a new, Catholic contributor to Thought for the Day.

Papal blessing

07 January 2016
Argentinian football team San Lorenzo de Almagro is to name its new stadium, due for completion in 2019, in Buenos Aires after one of its most famous fans – Pope Francis, who once said the club was part of his cultural identity.

Fans of The West Wing, the US television drama series about the White House, loved its take on politics, from getting difficult appointments accepted, to leaks about policy, dramas on the foreign front, and negotiating with Congress.

study in scarlet

29 December 2015
The distinctive scarlet worn by cardinals signifies the blood of the martyrs. But it was not a cardinal who wore red at a meeting between the Prince of Wales and Syrian refugees this month.

Journey of faith

29 December 2015
The stories of thousands of people from across Birmingham, of all faiths and none, are suspended in a shimmering flotilla of golden boats as part of an art installation in the city’s newly refurbished Anglican cathedral.

Good hope

29 December 2015
A south-east London cafe that is instrumental to the work of the charity, For Jimmy, established after the murder of 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen, is raising funds needed to restore and re-open after it was badly damaged by a flood in September.

Leaving the gang

29 December 2015
Catholic Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, one of the “Gang of Four” rebel MPs to abandon Labour and form the Social Democratic Party in 1981, will step down from the House of Lords in the New Year after 50 years in politics.

Burslem’s New Deal Free

17 December 2015
A church built by unemployed men in the Potteries during the Great Depression was this week awarded a grant of £40,000 from the National Churches Trust to restore and protect its remarkable interior.

Poor saints for poor Church Free

17 December 2015
A Rome lawyer, Andrea Ambrosi, has made a good living since John Paul II allowed laity to become postulators for causes of saints in 1983. His successes include Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification ...

Strictly party Free

17 December 2015
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was sandwiched between TV’s Bake Off judge Mary Berry, Strictly Come Dancing finalist Katie Derham and her dancing partner Anton Du Beke when he delivered a Christmas reflection on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 this week ...

L’Arche spirit Free

17 December 2015
Christmas cards from high-profile figures are renowned for being staged self-portraiture. Not so for the Archbishop of Canterbury ...

Mercy in the Mall Free

17 December 2015
There was a surprise in store for people doing their Christmas shopping at a mall in the West of Ireland this year ...

Raising the Flag Free

17 December 2015
The papal flag was raised aboard a British naval vessel for probably the first time this month to mark the official visit of ...

Between the lines Free

10 December 2015
Adult colouring is this year’s vogue hobby, with colouring-in books making up a quarter of Amazon UK’s current top 20 best-sellers. So it was only a matter of time before Christian publishers jumped on the bandwagon.

Jesuit education Free

10 December 2015
Argentine diplomat Rogelio Pfirter likes to invite four local clergy, including two Jesuits, to lunch wherever he is serving. As ambassador in London, from 1995-2000, his quartet included George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, and Canon Daniel Cronin, both then serving at Westminster Cathedral.

Lambeth work Free

10 December 2015
Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to get its first new building for 180 years: a modern library to house its religious treasures.

Pious pilferer Free

10 December 2015
A 45-year-old French fan of liturgical art has been arrested in Toulouse after police found almost 80 paintings, statues, relics and other items stolen from local churches on display in several rooms at his home.

Pointed answer Free

10 December 2015
Has television host Alexander Armstrong (right) revealed himself to be a Tablet fan? During an episode of the BBC quiz show Pointless – in which contestants have to correctly answer a question with an answer nobody else has guessed

Wisdom from watching Free

10 December 2015
It was chiefly for his work as editor of The Tablet for 21 years (1982-2003) that John Wilkins was made a Doctor of Divinity by Heythrop College on Wednesday.

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