08 June 2017
A simple stone set just to the side of the main door into Canterbury Cathedral marks the start of the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim pathway which stretches through East Kent heading towards the coast, and then onwards to Rome.
St Augustine’s was built by Augustus Pugin, arguably England’s greatest Catholic architect, to honour St Augustine, the Apostle of the English, who landed near Ramsgate in AD 597.
02 June 2017
Rose Gamble from Gorkha region, Nepal On a flat section of riverbank a temporary village has been erected. A series of blue plastic tarpaulins have been stretched between poles to form roofs. Sheets of corrugated iron, glinting sadly in the sun, form haphazard walls and doors. Mules have ploughed the section of empty ground running through the centre of the village into mud. A little girl, calf-deep in cloggy earth, is picking her way across it.
31 May 2017
I feel the profound heartbreak of knowing that St Mary's Cathedral, Marawi City, in the heart of Mindanao, in the Southern Philippines has been burned by Islamist terrorists. On 23 May 2017, the eve of the Fiesta of the cathedral’s patron, “Our Lady Help of Christians", armed men entered the cathedral while the Vicar General of Marawi, Fr Teresito “Chito” Suganob and a group of Catholic worshippers were celebrating the last Novena Mass.
26 May 2017
The year began with an attack on the working class: in 2017, for the first time in 15 years Brazilian workers had no real increase in the minimum wage: it went from R$880 to R$937, less than the R$945.80 envisaged in the budget...
19 May 2017
Donald Trump wanted the focus of his first foreign Presidential trip to be the religious sites he will visit. But in the Holy Land, the spying saga has elbowed sacred sites right off the agenda.
12 May 2017
The first few months of the presidency of Donald Trump are a strange mixture of the familiar and the new. He receives heads of state at the White House, poses for the photo-ops in the Oval Office, then they hold a press conference with the flags of the U.S. and the country from which the visitor hales behind the podiums. That much is familiar.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a dash to New York City on 4 May for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump - and a chance to heal any rifts after their infamous telephone call soon after the 45th US President took office in January.
06 May 2017
Spain’s traditionally conservative Church is alive and kicking. It is evident as soon as you go into Madrid’s La Almudena cathedral, where there is a side chapel devoted to San Josemaría.
In a tiny candle-lit corridor, barely wide enough for two people, a young man in a black t-shirt and jeans pushes past me, crossing himself rapidly. He holds in his right hand, as do all of the many people down here, a candle, which makes the underground cinerarium glow with orange light.
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