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Notebook

20 November 2014

It has now been almost three months since it was announced that Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Vatican’s department for liturgy, would return home to Spain as Archbishop of Valencia.

20 November 2014

Are beards now the fashion for senior clerics?

20 November 2014

Dame Judi Dench has revealed that her acting debut at 16 was as an angel in the York Mystery Plays when they were first revived in 1951 – but at the time, her ambition was to be a designer.

20 November 2014

There have sometimes been murmurings of VIP receptions for bishops at installations, while the rest of us have to make do with warm white wine and sausage rolls.

20 November 2014

An openly gay man has appeared in a film distributed online by the Holy See this week, in what is probably a first.

Previous issues

13 November 2014

An arty snippet from the 2012 Cultural Olympiad reveals that, for some within the Establishment, the Church remains unpalatable. As part of the preparations for the London Olympics, major regional art galleries were invited to hang the best of their collections in 10 Downing Street for the duration of the games.

13 November 2014

Last week the Prince of Wales helped launch the annual report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. This week he has awarded the Prince of Wales Medal to a Catholic, John Studzinski, for his work in arts philanthropy. Studzinski, a financier, is now the first individual to hold both that and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award.

13 November 2014

While Pope Francis appears to favour English priests, following his appointment of one as his Foreign Minister, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban has expressed his concern about how much England has changed since the days of Catholic persecution.

13 November 2014

A life-size sculpture, Jesus the Homeless, has found a permanent home outside the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster after an appeal in The Tablet last month.

13 November 2014

He is an Argentinian cleric working and residing in Rome who renounces extravagance and lives the simple life. No, not Pope Francis but Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, who has been in the Eternal City since 1971.

13 November 2014

A new cookbook should prove a boon for those abstaining from meat on Fridays. Pauline Curran’s Friday Suppers features 40 meat-free dishes including mushroom risotto and “the ultimate bruschetta”.

06 November 2014

Kieran Conry’s resignation as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton comes at a time when the diocese is preparing for a major celebration.

06 November 2014

In the new film The Vatican Museums in 3D, to be shown in simultaneous screenings in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 18 November, viewers can admire – through special goggles

06 November 2014

Where would the Church in England and Wales be without former Anglicans?

06 November 2014

Oscar Romero’s sanctity has already been recognised by the Anglican Church, so it is fitting that a former Archbishop of Canterbury is to deliver the annual Romero Lecture on 12 December.

06 November 2014

A French church confessional was going, going and almost gone on an online auction site when the local bishop discovered the proposed sale and insisted the object be withdrawn.

06 November 2014

Art dealer and broadcaster Philip Mould reflected on his unsuccessful time as an altar boy this week.

30 October 2014

He is bishop of what one newspaper has described as “the most gossiped-about diocese in Italy”, with Pope Francis expected to send an apostolic administrator to resolve the problems.

30 October 2014

It is now possible to eat like a Pope, thanks to a new recipe book by 24-year-old TV chef turned Swiss Guard David Geisser.

30 October 2014

POPE FRANCIS has talked of the “God of surprises” several times recently. But where does the phrase come from?

30 October 2014

They were a community of Carmelite nuns in the 1950s with no chapel and no funds to pay builders.

30 October 2014

It scandalised Catholics, and led to the resignation of the “bishop of bling”, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.

30 October 2014

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the first post-Reformation Mass in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was celebrated.

23 October 2014

Any visitor to the Vatican is likely to see the odd bishop sweeping through St Peter’s square dressed in cassock, pectoral cross and a flash of purple. During a synod – attended by prelates from across the world – this is even more common as bishops each day make their way to the Paul VI audience hall or aula.

23 October 2014

There was an English presence at the beatification of Paul VI on Sunday. Among the choirs singing at the Mass was one from More House, an independent Catholic girls school in London.

23 October 2014

Pope Francis says the Church needs to accompany couples and families in a variety of pastoral situations. It could be the unmarried, divorced or those simply struggling. This, however, can require patience and a sense of humour, as Cardinal Vincent Nichols recalled this week.

23 October 2014

The work of hospital chaplains usually takes place quietly, behind the scenes. Now, a new BBC documentary series will give an insight into this key ministry at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

23 October 2014

The pop singer Madonna was condemned by the Vatican when she performed a mock crucifixion in Rome during a concert in the city.