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LA archdiocese announces reopening plan - Catholic Herald

After California relaxed public health restrictions on churches, the US’s largest diocese announced its plan to resume public Masses. Read full article: LA archdiocese announces reopening plan ...→

Holy water and Super Soakers don't mix, priests say - Catholic Herald

After photos appearing to depict blessings or baptisms by water gun went viral online, several priests cautioned that Catholics should take care to treat sacre [...] Read full article: Holy water and Super Soakers don't mix, ...→

Heather Tomlinson, Author at Catholic Herald

I trod an unconventional path to the Christian faith, via a left-wing secular home, a northern comprehensive education, and a Read full article: Heather Tomlinson, Author at Catholic He...→

Michael Tomko, Author at Catholic Herald

William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday has been highly anticipated in many circles, with plans for rambles, radio broadcasts and readings everywhere Read full article: Michael Tomko, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Fr Julian Large, Author at Catholic Herald

It is often said that you cannot turn the clock back. In a sense, however, the Church does just that... On Easter Sunday, we contemplate with wonder the empty [...] Read full article: Fr Julian Large, Author at Catholic Hera...→

Minnesota bishops: Death of black man in police custody a 'tragedy' - Catholic Herald

“People need to feel safe in their communities and have trust in law enforcement, who should exercise their power in a spirit of service,” the bishops said. Read full article: Minnesota bishops: Death of black man in...→

Australian journalists face court date over Pell trial coverage - Catholic Herald

A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed a trial date to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on [...] Read full article: Australian journalists face court date o...→

California churches can reopen at 25 per cent capacity - Catholic Herald

Churches in California can begin holding services again at a limited capacity, the state announced on Monday Read full article: California churches can reopen at 25 per...→

Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese - Catholic Herald

A record number of people left the Church in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising last year, a local statistical office says Read full article: Record numbers leave Church in Munich ar...→

I was impatient for lockdown to end, but now I’m used to it - Catholic Herald

At the start of what we now call the lockdown, in mid-March (I date it from around St Patrick’s Day, March 17, when all festivities were cancelled) I was incli [...] Read full article: I was impatient for lockdown to end, but...→

Meet the friendliest saint in history - Catholic Herald

Through personal contact and friendship, St Philip Neri contributed to the spiritual renewal in Rome that was essential to the success of the Counter-Reformati [...] Read full article: Meet the friendliest saint in history - ...→

Pope Francis and Catholic shrines to offer rosary for Mary's help during pandemic - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis will pray the rosary in the Vatican Gardens’ Lourdes grotto on Saturday, as Catholic shrines from around the world join via video streaming Read full article: Pope Francis and Catholic shrines to off...→

The Catholic Herald, Author at Catholic Herald

A fitting celebration It will be some time before the coronavirus in Britain is under effective control. But eventually it... About three-quarters of US Cathol [...] Read full article: The Catholic Herald, Author at Catholic ...→

Our convent was alread prepared for lockdown - Catholic Herald

A monastic choir, the saying goes, is never more itself than when it is alone. For my community of apostolic Dominican sisters, the coronavirus pandemic has ce [...] Read full article: Our convent was alread prepared for lock...→

Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens with restrictions - Catholic Herald

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is reopening this weekend, after being closed in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic Read full article: Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens wit...→

Freedom and Connection: A reflection on Laudato si' - Catholic Herald

As Laudato si' week draws to a close, Pater Edmund Waldstein O.Cist. reflects upon Pope Francis' encyclical on care for our common home. Read full article: Freedom and Connection: A reflection on ...→

Blog - Catholic Herald

Bishop Mark Davies suggested the country would have to face “searching questions” in the wake of the crisis... The uncertainty and restrictive measures in plac [...] Read full article: Blog - Catholic Herald...→

In the field of Reformation fiction, two masterpieces stand out - Catholic Herald

The Mirror and The Light, Hilary Mantel’s fictional take on Thomas Cromwell – now in the running for a third Man Booker Prize – is just the latest attempt to … Read full article: In the field of Reformation fiction, two...→

‘People want to see the church beautiful’: A Pugin restoration in London - Catholic Herald

A community in East London is coming together to restore its church to former glory. St Antony of Padua in the Diocese of Brentwood was built in the early 1880 [...] Read full article: ‘People want to see the church beautiful...→

New Templeton Prize winner criticises Dawkins’ 'scientism' - Catholic Herald

Francis Collins, head of the US National Institutes of Health, was named the winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize yesterday. Read full article: New Templeton Prize winner criticises Da...→

Minnesota bishops will reopen public Masses, defy state order - Catholic Herald

The bishops of Minnesota are to defy a statewide order prohibiting religious gatherings exceeding 10 people Read full article: Minnesota bishops will reopen public Mas...→

Vatican expresses concern over potential West Bank annexation - Catholic Herald

As Israel’s new government considers annexing parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief negotiator appealed to the Vatican Secret [...] Read full article: Vatican expresses concern over potential...→

Catholic churches start to reopen in Northern Ireland - Catholic Herald

Catholic churches in Northern Ireland started to open their doors yesterday. Five churches have so far reopened, with more to follow in the coming days.  Read full article: Catholic churches start to reopen in Nor...→

Houston parish closes after three Redemptorists test positive for coronavirus - Catholic Herald

Three members of the Redemptorist community at a Houston parish have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the parish to close after having re-opened earlie [...] Read full article: Houston parish closes after three Redemp...→

Analysis: Why are shops reopening whilst churches remain closed? - Catholic Herald

The Government insists that it is being “led by the science”, but Catholic bishops have started to raise concerns that the new guidelines are ill-advised. Read full article: Analysis: Why are shops reopening whilst...→

Learn from St John Paul, Pope tells young people - Catholic Herald

Young men and women today can learn from the example of St John Paul II, who proved that life's difficulties are not an obstacle to holiness and happiness. Read full article: Learn from St John Paul, Pope tells youn...→

More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed in 2020, new report says - Catholic Herald

Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said. Read full article: More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed...→

Catholics rejoice as public Masses resume in Rome with safety precautions - Catholic Herald

As Rome reopened shops and restaurants on Monday, Catholics rejoiced in being able to attend Mass again for the first time in 10 weeks Read full article: Catholics rejoice as public Masses resum...→

Thousands protest Mass to pray for Croatia's Ustasha - Catholic Herald

Thousands protested on Saturday against a Mass being held to honour Croatia’s Nazi collaborators and civilians killed after the Second World War. Read full article: Thousands protest Mass to pray for Croat...→

Scruton's take on Wagner's Parsifal: redemption without Christianity - Catholic Herald

Wagner was not a Christian believer, but remained fascinated by the rituals of the faith and the way in which it appeared to satisfy our deepest yearnings Read full article: Scruton's take on Wagner's Parsifal: red...→

Fr Edmund Montgomery, Author at Catholic Herald

So the Grand Master of the Order of Malta has forbidden the Extraordinary Form. As of Monday, June 10, we... The Grand Master of the Order of Malta has forbidd [...] Read full article: Fr Edmund Montgomery, Author at Catholic...→

Analysis: BXVI's letter on St John Paul II has at least one line for Francis - Catholic Herald

It's easy to confuse questions of doctrine with those of governance - there's often a good deal of real-world overlap - which is why it's important to make and [...] Read full article: Analysis: BXVI's letter on St John Paul ...→

How to cope with uncertainty and insecurity - Catholic Herald

I’ve only experienced an earthquake once. I was a seminarian at the English College in Rome. We were in the common room on the second floor and the whole build [...] Read full article: How to cope with uncertainty and insecur...→

The wrong number? Fallout from the bishops’ presidential call - Catholic Herald

In normal times, “US Bishops ask President for Catholic school relief” would not be much of a headline. But these are times of President Donald Trump, with who [...] Read full article: The wrong number? Fallout from the bisho...→

Why we do it: Crowning Our Lady - Catholic Herald

Since the 11th century, when a crescendo of Marian devotion began in the Western Church, there arose the custom of devoting 30 days to Our Lady, a time set asi [...] Read full article: Why we do it: Crowning Our Lady - Cathol...→

Could the coronavirus prompt a religious revival? - Catholic Herald

On the walk to my mother’s house there is a handwritten sign on a gate that reads “Happy Easter! Jesus is risen from the dead!” It doesn’t belong to a … Read full article: Could the coronavirus prompt a religious...→

Online Masses are hugely popular. That creates new dilemmas - Catholic Herald

Shrewsbury Cathedral, where I am associate priest, is like many churches presently offering an online live-streaming of the Mass, devotions, and Eucharistic Ad [...] Read full article: Online Masses are hugely popular. That c...→

To an unseen audience, Bocelli raised his voice in prayer - Catholic Herald

It was time for the singers. And in devastated Italy, post-Pavarotti, that could only mean Andrea Bocelli. Hence the grace-filled moment that took place this E [...] Read full article: To an unseen audience, Bocelli raised hi...→

‘I wonder what we are coming back to’: The future of church music - Catholic Herald

Liturgical musicians need prayers. Many are unable to work during the pandemic – and the nature of their working conditions makes them especially vulnerable. F [...] Read full article: ‘I wonder what we are coming back to’: T...→

Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, Author at Catholic Herald

Since the 11th century, when a crescendo of Marian devotion began in the Western Church, there arose the custom of... Archbishop Bernard Longley ordained two y [...] Read full article: Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, Author at Catholic ...→

Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as 'liberating restorer' of the Church - Catholic Herald

John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict XVI has said in a letter marking the 1 [...] Read full article: Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as 'libe...→

St Peter’s Basilica considers temperature checks when public Masses resume - Catholic Herald

Papal basilicas are considering checking visitors’ temperatures as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus when public Masses resume Read full article: St Peter’s Basilica considers temperatur...→

Pope Francis give $200,000 to Lebanese scholarship fund - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis gives $200,000 in scholarship support to Lebanese students facing treble threat of economic crisis, political turmoil, health emergency Read full article: Pope Francis give $200,000 to Lebanese s...→

Murdered seminarian had courage of a martyr, says bishop - Catholic Herald

Michael Nnadi was killed because he kept asking his kidnappers "to repent and turn their lives around from their evil ways" Read full article: Murdered seminarian had courage of a mar...→

Pope Francis to offer Mass at tomb of John Paul II on saint’s 100th birthday - Catholic Herald

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, Pope Francis will offer his morning Mass at the Polish pope’s tomb in St. … Read full article: Pope Francis to offer Mass at tomb of Jo...→

William Cash, Author at Catholic Herald

A new book on Rene Dreyfus tells a gripping story – but underplays his Catholicism... I hadn’t realised until I began re-reading the Canterbury Tales that Chau [...] Read full article: William Cash, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Laura Ieraci, Author at Catholic Herald

Pontiff delights tens of thousands at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with spontaneous talk on families... Francis met participants of an international conference or [...] Read full article: Laura Ieraci, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Vatican Museums to reopen with temperature checks, mandatory face masks - Catholic Herald

The Vatican Museums are preparing to reopen by reservation only with new health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Read full article: Vatican Museums to reopen with temperatu...→

Churches in Europe gradually re-open - Catholic Herald

With a number of countries in Europe slowly easing restrictions, churches are slowly re-opening, but with restrictions Read full article: Churches in Europe gradually re-open - C...→

Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA, Author at Catholic Herald

A priest must say clearly to a person opting for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia that he is committing a... Despite European Union guidelines and the [...] Read full article: Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA, Author at Catho...→

Bishops: Our Lady of America not 'objective private revelation' - Catholic Herald

Alleged visions and revelations known as “Our Lady of America” cannot be said to be of supernatural origin, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend has s [...] Read full article: Bishops: Our Lady of America not 'object...→

Cronan Yu, Author at Catholic Herald

Bishops hope that state authorities will permit the reopening of Churches, at least for private prayer and Confession Read full article: Cronan Yu, Author at Catholic Herald...→

How to illustrate poetry - Catholic Herald

Why would you illustrate a poem? The answer is, if you are an artist and think visually, that is what you do. Does this enhance the poem or distract from … Read full article: How to illustrate poetry - Catholic Hera...→

Pope Francis to canonize French missionary Bl. Charles de Foucauld - Catholic Herald

De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother who served among the Tuare [...] Read full article: Pope Francis to canonize French missiona...→

‘We can’t simply say the truths’: An interview with Fr Thomas Joseph White - Catholic Herald

In the first of a series of interviews with leading minds, the philosopher Fr Thomas White OP discusses apologetics, the coronavirus and the need for deeper co [...] Read full article: ‘We can’t simply say the truths’: An int...→

Colin Brazier, Author at Catholic Herald

Eighteen months ago I was having lunch with a well-known columnist and contrarian, when conversation turned to predictions. In particular,... Colin Brazier wri [...] Read full article: Colin Brazier, Author at Catholic Herald...→

A refreshing memoir without the cruel nuns or 'Catholic guilt' - Catholic Herald

A Catholic neighbour in our village called on me recently (keeping the appropriate distance, naturally.) She has published a slim memoir of her childhood in an [...] Read full article: A refreshing memoir without the cruel nu...→

Priest says water gun 'baptism' photo meant to be 'funny' - Catholic Herald

The Tennessee priest in a now-viral photograph that seemed to depict a baptism by water gun has told parishioners that the photo was staged, and was meant to b [...] Read full article: Priest says water gun 'baptism' photo me...→

Pope Francis speaks of the enduring importance of his Salesian formation - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis on Sunday, during the midday Regina Coeli, recalled memories from his time as a young student at a Salesian school in Buenos Aires. Read full article: Pope Francis speaks of the enduring impo...→

A Hollywood tragedy of original sin - Catholic Herald

Since Chinatown was released in 1974, admiration of the film has steadily grown. Prompted by a newly published book, Sam Wasson’s The Big Goodbye, critics have [...] Read full article: A Hollywood tragedy of original sin - Ca...→

Mary Kenny, Author at Catholic Herald

It’s surely right that the new emergency field hospital opened in London in the Excel Centre has been called “Nightingale”.... Any crisis or emergency brings o [...] Read full article: Mary Kenny, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Never mind the hippies. Glastonbury has a rich Catholic history - Catholic Herald

Glastonbury! What a wealth of – mostly strange – associations that name conjures up! The little town in the West of England has a cultural significance out of [...] Read full article: Never mind the hippies. Glastonbury has ...→

Pope Francis entrusts China to the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis has entrusted China to the Blessed Virgin Mary and asked people to pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the country Read full article: Pope Francis entrusts China to the Bless...→

Catholics call for public inquiry into UK nursing home deaths - Catholic Herald

Catholics are calling for a public investigation into why so many elderly people have died in British nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis Read full article: Catholics call for public inquiry into U...→

Church prays as Laudato si' week ends and Anniversary Year begins - Catholic Herald

At noon today, parishes around the world are invited to pray for the care of our common home, as Laudato si' week ends and the Anniversary Year begins. Read full article: Church prays as Laudato si' week ends an...→

United States Archives - Catholic Herald

The bishops of Minnesota are to defy a statewide order prohibiting religious gatherings exceeding 10 people... Catholic opponents of the death penalty have cri [...] Read full article: United States Archives - Catholic Herald...→

Persecution to apartheid: A very short history of South African Catholicism - Catholic Herald

The history of Catholics in South Africa dates from the colony’s earliest days. Founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1652, it was intended as a mere mark [...] Read full article: Persecution to apartheid: A very short h...→

How the Church is helping Kenya’s forgotten slums - Catholic Herald

The coronavirus, and the government-imposed lookdowns, pose an especially serious threat in countries where many poor families live in “informal settlements” ( [...] Read full article: How the Church is helping Kenya’s forgot...→

Cardinal calls for ecological conversion ahead of Laudato si' anniversary - Catholic Herald

Cardinal Michael Czerny is urging “ecological conversion” in keeping with Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, Laudato si’, on responsible stewardship of the crea [...] Read full article: Cardinal calls for ecological conversion...→

The Ascension is the start of a new, more glorious phase of Christ's presence - Catholic Herald

“As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.” From a superficial perspective the Ascension might well be desc [...] Read full article: The Ascension is the start of a new, mor...→

Pablo Kay, Author at Catholic Herald

The US Department of Justice is challenging the “unequal treatment of faith communities” in California’s coronavirus reopening plan Read full article: Pablo Kay, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Catholic groups decry first execution carried out amid pandemic - Catholic Herald

Catholic opponents of the death penalty have criticised the execution of a convicted murderer in Missouri, the first execution to happen during the pandemic Read full article: Catholic groups decry first execution ca...→

Pope Francis moves financial records office under Secretariat for Economy - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis has moved the office of the Vatican’s financial records database under the management of the Secretariat for the Economy - reversing a decision he [...] Read full article: Pope Francis moves financial records off...→

The nun tackling human trafficking in lockdown - Catholic Herald

In Jharkhand, a state of eastern India, you might get lost and find yourself in the district of Godda. And in Godda, whilst wandering the dusty tracks and hand [...] Read full article: The nun tackling human trafficking in lo...→

Lebanese Catholic churches provide land access to help amidst pandemic - Catholic Herald

As the country re-emerges from lockdown, the Church in Lebanon announced that it would make its land available to citizens struggling during the pandemic. Read full article: Lebanese Catholic churches provide land ...→

Junno Arocho Esteves, Author at Catholic Herald

Pope Francis established an emergency fund to help communities in the Catholic Church’s mission territories affected by the coronavirus pandemic... ‘A business [...] Read full article: Junno Arocho Esteves, Author at Catholic...→

French state council orders lifting of religious gathering ban - Catholic Herald

The Council ruled that the ban on religious gatherings is disproportionate and ordered the government to lift it within eight days. Read full article: French state council orders lifting of r...→

Katie at the bar - Catholic Herald

My lefty friends, with a few exceptions, don’t see this. Some of them sneer at those who demand the right to save their livelihoods. All of them that fail to s [...] Read full article: Katie at the bar - Catholic Herald...→

In these troubled times, let us become signs of Christ's healing presence - Catholic Herald

Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 8: 5-8 & 14-17; 1 Peter 3: 15-18; John 14: 15-21 “Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people … Read full article: In these troubled times, let us become s...→

With dozens of babies stranded in Ukraine, bishops call for an end to surrogacy - Catholic Herald

At least 100 babies recently born to surrogate mothers are now “stranded” in Ukraine, as coronavirus restrictions prevent them from leaving the country. Read full article: With dozens of babies stranded in Ukrain...→

Matthew Schellhorn, Author at Catholic Herald

Coming soon to a church near you: a sea of backlit mobile phone and tablet screens creating a fittingly reverential... John Rastell’s work affected our liturgi [...] Read full article: Matthew Schellhorn, Author at Catholic H...→

The ‘coughing major’ story was irresistible. But it led to a great injustice - Catholic Herald

“People believe lies,” Malcolm Muggeridge once wrote, “not because they are plausibly presented but because they want to believe them.” I remember very well ho [...] Read full article: The ‘coughing major’ story was irresisti...→

Countless flowers are named in Mary’s honour – with good reason - Catholic Herald

In many a parish, it’s a grand honour for the girl chosen to crown the Blessed Virgin at the May Crowning. In recent years in our parish, we’ve expanded the … Read full article: Countless flowers are named in Mary’s ho...→

The Old Mass survey may be less significant than some fear - Catholic Herald

Catholic Herald readers will probably have heard about a questionnaire sent from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the bishops of the world, re [...] Read full article: The Old Mass survey may be less signific...→

UBI, debt relief and charity: The economics of the pandemic - Catholic Herald

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the very foundations of the global economy – and raised questions about basic moral principles as well as immediate practic [...] Read full article: UBI, debt relief and charity: The econom...→

John Gray, Author at Catholic Herald

Old-fashioned religion is well used to doubt. The Book of Job tells of a struggle with doubt of the most Read full article: John Gray, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Tim Stanley, Author at Catholic Herald

What are Christians to make of Boris Johnson and his spanking new majority? It depends, of course, on your politics.... If we suspect someone is a lost cause, [...] Read full article: Tim Stanley, Author at Catholic Herald...→

From the editor’s desk: Fully engaged since 1888 - Catholic Herald

Only one editor of the Catholic Herald has ever been sent to jail. But Charles Diamond was a major figure in our history: the paper’s founder and, from 1888 to [...] Read full article: From the editor’s desk: Fully engaged si...→

The ‘Catholic vote’ is an elusive thing. Which way will it go? - Catholic Herald

“At this moment, I would like to thank the Evangelical and religious community,” said Donald Trump, accepting his nomination at the Republican National Convent [...] Read full article: The ‘Catholic vote’ is an elusive thing....→

Walks and flowers: May customs worth reviving - Catholic Herald

Most traditional May customs have two key elements, fortunately both still available to enjoy even in lockdown: walks and flowers. Not only the summer festival [...] Read full article: Walks and flowers: May customs worth rev...→

Full text: Benedict XVI's letter on St John Paul II's centenary - Catholic Herald

100 years ago, on May 18th, Pope John Paul II was born in the small Polish town of Wadowice. After having been divided for over 100 years by three neighboring [...] Read full article: Full text: Benedict XVI's letter on St J...→

Cardinal Nichols: 'We would like a bit more sensitivity from the government' - Catholic Herald

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged the British government to take plans to re-open churches more seriously after it emerged that religious buildings may not be [...] Read full article: Cardinal Nichols: 'We would like a bit m...→

'Is Jesus' body in space?' And other Ascension questions you didn't know you had - Catholic Herald

Like many mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Ascension seems to raise more questions than it answers. Two theologians answer some burning Ascension-related q [...] Read full article: 'Is Jesus' body in space?' And other Asc...→

Vatican officials donate salaries to pandemic victims - Catholic Herald

A cardinal has praised Vatican officials for their “heartfelt response” to his request for donations to those suffering amid the coronavirus crisis. Read full article: Vatican officials donate salaries to pan...→

Cardinal Renato Corti dies aged 84

Pope Francis has paid tribute to the Italian Cardinal Renato Corti, who died on May 12 aged 84 Read full article: Cardinal Renato Corti dies aged 84...→

Catholic economists urge end to stay-at-home orders in COVID-19 response - Catholic Herald

Ending the widespread stay-at-home orders under the coronavirus pandemic would align with Catholic social teaching and respond to the needs of vulnerable peopl [...] Read full article: Catholic economists urge end to stay-at-...→

News Analysis Archives - Catholic Herald

With states across the country introducing bills to ban gender transitions for children, the issue of transgenderism, or as Church... You may have heard that t [...] Read full article: News Analysis Archives - Catholic Herald...→

Carol Glatz, Author at Catholic Herald

At least 19 people at a Rome pontifical university tested positive for the coronavirus and six have been hospitalised for their symptoms, the rector said... Al [...] Read full article: Carol Glatz, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Viganò accuses Cardinal Sarah of causing him ‘harm’ in row over coronavirus letter - Catholic Herald

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has accused Cardinal Sarah of causing him “serious harm” in a bitter war of words over a controversial open letter regarding the [...] Read full article: Viganò accuses Cardinal Sarah of causing...→

Fatima confirms no pilgrims for May 13 feast day celebrations - Catholic Herald

For the first time in over a century, the annual celebrations at the Fatima shrine will take place without the physical presence of pilgrims Read full article: Fatima confirms no pilgrims for May 13 f...→

Pell 'surprised' by Royal Commission findings - Catholic Herald

Cardinal George Pell has expressed his “surprise” at newly released findings of an Australian investigation, which concluded that the cardinal was aware of sex [...] Read full article: Pell 'surprised' by Royal Commission fin...→

St John Paul II’s parents’ sainthood cause has officially opened - Catholic Herald

A ceremony launching the causes of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II [...] Read full article: St John Paul II’s parents’ sainthood cau...→

Analysis: The US Church is going broke. Here's why, and what it could mean - Catholic Herald

The collapsing global economy will have an enduring and dramatic impact on parishes, chanceries, and other Catholic ministries Read full article: Analysis: The US Church is going broke. ...→

Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order - Catholic Herald

Howard County has prohibited the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of [...] Read full article: Maryland county bans Eucharist in church...→

Knights of Columbus founder Fr Michael McGivney to be beatified - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr Michael McGivney, paving the way for the beatification of the founder of the Knights o [...] Read full article: Knights of Columbus founder Fr Michael M...→

Diary: Do bigger families cope better with the lockdown? - Catholic Herald

It’s a time for long books. I’m halfway through War and Peace. Hilary Mantel’s latest is next, an act of literary devotion which requires that I put aside her [...] Read full article: Diary: Do bigger families cope better wi...→

By rights I should be an atheist. But I feel a pull towards Catholicism - Catholic Herald

I trod an unconventional path to the Christian faith, via a left-wing secular home, a northern comprehensive education, and a few years working in London media [...] Read full article: By rights I should be an atheist. But I ...→

Book calling for Catholic blessing of same-sex couples was requested by Austrian bishops' conference - Catholic Herald

The work includes a liturgical section with suggestions for how a blessing of same-sex unions might be 'celebrated' in Catholic churches Read full article: Book calling for Catholic blessing of sa...→

Chinese bishop who suffered years of forced labour dies at 98 - Catholic Herald

A Chinese underground bishop who was sentenced to 10 years of forced labour in the 1980s for taking Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of [...] Read full article: Chinese bishop who suffered years of for...→

Pope Francis to return to window overlooking St Peter’s Square for Sunday prayer - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis will deliver his Regina Coeli address from the window overlooking St Peter’s Square this Sunday for the first time since coronavirus restrictions [...] Read full article: Pope Francis to return to window overloo...→

How the 20th-century popes faced modernity - Catholic Herald

Anyone who is looking for a short, succinct survey of the men who occupied the papacy during the 20th century, the tasks and challenges they faced and the ways [...] Read full article: How the 20th-century popes faced moderni...→

Wordsworth’s search for the sacred has influenced many Christians - Catholic Herald

William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday has been highly anticipated in many circles, with plans for rambles, radio broadcasts and readings everywhere from Cambridg [...] Read full article: Wordsworth’s search for the sacred has i...→

Sr Carino Hodder, Author at Catholic Herald

A monastic choir, the saying goes, is never more itself than when it is alone. For my community of apostolic Read full article: Sr Carino Hodder, Author at Catholic Her...→

A genius wrote today’s Collect. A translator nearly ruined it

A spiritual safeguard, it reminds us that we must love in concrete terms... Many thousands of articles have been written about the coronavirus. Here are some o [...] Read full article: A genius wrote today’s Collect. A transl...→

Pope Francis remembers 25 years of 'Ut unum sint,' John Paul II's letter on Christian unity - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis on Monday remembered Ut unum sint, St Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, on the 25th anniversary of its publication. Ut unum sint “confi [...] Read full article: Pope Francis remembers 25 years of 'Ut u...→

How Herald friends and contributors are coping with lockdown - Catholic Herald

We asked Catholic Herald friends and contributors what’s getting them through the lockdown Fr Christopher Colven Ministering in central London, I have been use [...] Read full article: How Herald friends and contributors are ...→

Vatican Museums will reopen on June 1 as Italy opens borders to tourists - Catholic Herald

Entrance to the Vatican Museums will only be possible via prior reservation. All visitors will be required to wear a mask. Read full article: Vatican Museums will reopen on June 1 as...→

After Minnesota bishops plan to defy Mass restrictions, governor eases rules - Catholic Herald

The Governor of Minnesota has issued an order allowing for the resumption of limited public worship gatherings, days after the bishops of the state said they w [...] Read full article: After Minnesota bishops plan to defy Mas...→

Increase in prayer and religious devotion in Italy during pandemic, study shows - Catholic Herald

The uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus caused an increase in prayers in Italy, a recent study said. Read full article: Increase in prayer and religious devotio...→

Report calls for reform of Australian Church - Catholic Herald

A report has called for Australia’s bishops to give laypeople a greater say in the running of the Church, open up Church finances to the public and put more wo [...] Read full article: Report calls for reform of Australian Ch...→

Catholics around the world call for livestreamed Papal Masses to continue - Catholic Herald

After the Vatican stopped livestreaming Pope Francis’ daily Masses this week, Catholics from around the world have urged the Pope to resume the broadcast. Read full article: Catholics around the world call for live...→

Bishops respond to England's new 'opt out' organ donation system - Catholic Herald

A new law treating all adults in England as potential organ donors unless they opt out “potentially undermines the concept of donation as a gift,” bishops have [...] Read full article: Bishops respond to England's new 'opt ou...→

Hungary legislates to ban changing sex on official documents - Catholic Herald

A bill passed by the Hungarian Parliament this week stipulates that birth certificates and other identification documents must state individuals’ sex at birth [...] Read full article: Hungary legislates to ban changing sex o...→

Facebook oversight panel prompts questions about free speech, abortion advocacy - Catholic Herald

Facebook says it is responding to long-standing questions about content moderation and censorship by appointing an independent oversight board to help set poli [...] Read full article: Facebook oversight panel prompts questio...→

Catholic schools await clearer guidance ahead of June reopenings - Catholic Herald

Catholic primary schools are scheduled to welcome back pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on June 1, but they await clearer guidance. Read full article: Catholic schools await clearer guidance ...→

Pope Francis adds St Faustina Kowalska's feast day to Roman Calendar - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis has decreed that St Faustina Kowalska’s feast day be added to the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated by all on October 5 Read full article: Pope Francis adds St Faustina Kowalska's...→

As papal basilicas reopen, here's hoping for a better week than the last - Catholic Herald

Last week was a rough one at the Vatican, but there's hope for a turn as papal basilicas reopen to the public and the faithful throughout Italy return to Mass. Read full article: As papal basilicas reopen, here's hoping...→

St Peter’s Basilica sanitised ahead of reopening to public - Catholic Herald

After being closed to visitors and pilgrims for more than two months, the Vatican basilica is preparing to open again, with increased health measures, though t [...] Read full article: St Peter’s Basilica sanitised ahead of r...→

Richard Ingrams, Author at Catholic Herald

“An unpleasant man with a dreadful lifestyle” was how one angry reader of the Oldie described Wilfred De’Ath, who died... I have been told that not so very lon [...] Read full article: Richard Ingrams, Author at Catholic Hera...→

Fr Stephen Wang, Author at Catholic Herald

I’ve only experienced an earthquake once. I was a seminarian at the English College in Rome. We were in the... At last, Newman House university chaplaincy has [...] Read full article: Fr Stephen Wang, Author at Catholic Hera...→

‘Teachers are feeling more respected’: How lockdown could change education - Catholic Herald

When schools and nurseries around the country closed in March, many parents felt as if they’d been thrown in at the deep end, trying to step into the role of … Read full article: ‘Teachers are feeling more respected’: H...→

Obituary: Bruce Dawe, poet with a moral vision - Catholic Herald

Bruce Dawe, who has died in Queensland at the age of 90, was one of Australia’s most popular poets. His reputation was due in part to his prolific output and … Read full article: Obituary: Bruce Dawe, poet with a moral ...→

The Vatican, the lockdown, and a communications crisis - Catholic Herald

The ongoing problems in the Vatican’s communications culture haven’t helped public perception of curial competence. Failures of timeliness and transparency in [...] Read full article: The Vatican, the lockdown, and a communi...→

Sport: The soccer bore’s relief - Catholic Herald

Sport, the “beautiful game” in particular, is no stranger to a grand theory. These tend to come in various colourful guises, belying their platitudinous and co [...] Read full article: Sport: The soccer bore’s relief - Cathol...→

Katie Ascough, Author at Catholic Herald

Training new ‘extraordinary chaplains’ may prove too difficult – but there are more indirect ways to help Read full article: Katie Ascough, Author at Catholic Herald...→

What we mean when we say ‘Mother of God’ - Catholic Herald

When, in 431 AD, the Council of Ephesus proclaimed Mary as Mother of God (Theotokos), it was interested more in defending the truth about Christ than in the se [...] Read full article: What we mean when we say ‘Mother of God’...→

‘It’s the greatest time to evangelise’: A lockdown conversion story - Catholic Herald

“I just think,” says Fr Doug Grandon, “it’s the greatest time right now that we’ve seen in generations to evangelise.” And he has a story to back up what he … Read full article: ‘It’s the greatest time to evangelise’: ...→

Secular faith has no answer to the coronavirus - Catholic Herald

Old-fashioned religion is well used to doubt. The Book of Job tells of a struggle with doubt of the most radical kind, while Christians from at least Augustine [...] Read full article: Secular faith has no answer to the coron...→

Not all officials are saints. That doesn’t mean the Vatican can’t function - Catholic Herald

It happens fairly frequently that I need to explain to intelligent and otherwise well-informed outsiders what the Roman Curia is and is not. Usually, my interl [...] Read full article: Not all officials are saints. That doesn...→

Pope Benedict XVI, Author at Catholic Herald

100 years ago, on May 18th, Pope John Paul II was born in the small Polish town of Wadowice. After... In these extracts from his new book-length interview, the [...] Read full article: Pope Benedict XVI, Author at Catholic He...→

Pope Francis calls people of all religions to pray for end of pandemic - Catholic Herald

The Pope said that this interfaith day of prayer, fasting, and charity is not an expression of “religious relativism,” but “a day of fraternity” and prayer. Read full article: Pope Francis calls people of all religio...→

Vatican, US Church leaders quiet on coronavirus ‘world government’ letter signed by bishops - Catholic Herald

Neither the Vatican nor US bishops have responded to a letter signed by several Catholic bishops, which argues that the coronavirus pandemic has been exploited [...] Read full article: Vatican, US Church leaders quiet on coro...→

At empty shrine, Fatima cardinal says Church is spiritually united with Mary - Catholic Herald

For the first time in its history, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima celebrated the May 13 anniversary of the 1917 Marian apparitions without the presence of th [...] Read full article: At empty shrine, Fatima cardinal says Ch...→

Vatican backs worldwide interfaith day of prayer and fasting - Catholic Herald

On May 14, people of all religious affiliations are called to participate in a day of prayer, fasting, and acts of charity for the end of the coronavirus pande [...] Read full article: Vatican backs worldwide interfaith day o...→

The other reason for Cardinal Tagle’s promotion - Catholic Herald

The elevation of Cardinal Tagle is part a longstanding attempt by the Church to deal with increasing longevity. How to move elderly bishops off stage. Read full article: The other reason for Cardinal Tagle’s pr...→

Bishops criticise UK Government's guidelines on church re-openings - Catholic Herald

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has responded to the UK Government's new plans to ease lockdown restrictions. Read full article: Bishops criticise UK Government's guidel...→

Supreme Court hears case on right of Catholic schools to fire religion teachers - Catholic Herald

Supreme Court justices on Monday heard arguments for and against extending the Civil Rights Act’s “ministerial exception” to Catholic schools when they fire te [...] Read full article: Supreme Court hears case on right of Cat...→

Belgian Brothers of Charity fight for their name after CDF decision - Catholic Herald

After the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the hospitals of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium can no longer be considered as Catholic, th [...] Read full article: Belgian Brothers of Charity fight for th...→

‘Dial-a-Mass’ service is a godsend for Catholics without internet - Catholic Herald

A new “dial-a-Mass” service enabling Catholics with no internet connection to listen to Sunday Masses is proving a success, an English bishop has said. Read full article: ‘Dial-a-Mass’ service is a godsend for C...→

Cardinal Sarah says he did not sign letter claiming coronavirus exploited for one-world government - Catholic Herald

Hours after the publication of a controversial open letter regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the prefect of the Church’s dicastery for liturgy and sacraments [...] Read full article: Cardinal Sarah says he did not sign lett...→

Public Masses to resume in Italy from May 18 - Catholic Herald

Dioceses in Italy can resume the celebration of public Masses beginning on Monday, May 18, under conditions issued on Thursday by the head of Italy’s bishops a [...] Read full article: Public Masses to resume in Italy from Ma...→

For Australia's Catholics, a resumption of normality might just be on the horizon - Catholic Herald

“It’s strange and just depressing,” lamented the sacristan of Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral as he stood on the sanctuary, gazing into the empty nave. On any giv [...] Read full article: For Australia's Catholics, a resumption ...→

LA archdiocese announces reopening plan - Catholic Herald

After California relaxed public health restrictions on churches, the US’s largest diocese announced its plan to resume public Masses. Read full article: LA archdiocese announces reopening plan ...→

Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order - Catholic Herald

Howard County has prohibited the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of [...] Read full article: Maryland county bans Eucharist in church...→

Pope Francis to canonize French missionary Bl. Charles de Foucauld - Catholic Herald

De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother who served among the Tuare [...] Read full article: Pope Francis to canonize French missiona...→

Heather Tomlinson, Author at Catholic Herald

I trod an unconventional path to the Christian faith, via a left-wing secular home, a northern comprehensive education, and a Read full article: Heather Tomlinson, Author at Catholic He...→

Diary: Do bigger families cope better with the lockdown? - Catholic Herald

It’s a time for long books. I’m halfway through War and Peace. Hilary Mantel’s latest is next, an act of literary devotion which requires that I put aside her [...] Read full article: Diary: Do bigger families cope better wi...→

Colin Brazier, Author at Catholic Herald

Eighteen months ago I was having lunch with a well-known columnist and contrarian, when conversation turned to predictions. In particular,... Colin Brazier wri [...] Read full article: Colin Brazier, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Fr Julian Large, Author at Catholic Herald

It is often said that you cannot turn the clock back. In a sense, however, the Church does just that... On Easter Sunday, we contemplate with wonder the empty [...] Read full article: Fr Julian Large, Author at Catholic Hera...→

Book calling for Catholic blessing of same-sex couples was requested by Austrian bishops' conference - Catholic Herald

The work includes a liturgical section with suggestions for how a blessing of same-sex unions might be 'celebrated' in Catholic churches Read full article: Book calling for Catholic blessing of sa...→

Priest says water gun 'baptism' photo meant to be 'funny' - Catholic Herald

The Tennessee priest in a now-viral photograph that seemed to depict a baptism by water gun has told parishioners that the photo was staged, and was meant to b [...] Read full article: Priest says water gun 'baptism' photo me...→

Australian journalists face court date over Pell trial coverage - Catholic Herald

A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed a trial date to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on [...] Read full article: Australian journalists face court date o...→

Pope Francis to return to window overlooking St Peter’s Square for Sunday prayer - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis will deliver his Regina Coeli address from the window overlooking St Peter’s Square this Sunday for the first time since coronavirus restrictions [...] Read full article: Pope Francis to return to window overloo...→

Pope Francis speaks of the enduring importance of his Salesian formation - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis on Sunday, during the midday Regina Coeli, recalled memories from his time as a young student at a Salesian school in Buenos Aires. Read full article: Pope Francis speaks of the enduring impo...→

Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese - Catholic Herald

A record number of people left the Church in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising last year, a local statistical office says Read full article: Record numbers leave Church in Munich ar...→

Wordsworth’s search for the sacred has influenced many Christians - Catholic Herald

William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday has been highly anticipated in many circles, with plans for rambles, radio broadcasts and readings everywhere from Cambridg [...] Read full article: Wordsworth’s search for the sacred has i...→

Mary Kenny, Author at Catholic Herald

It’s surely right that the new emergency field hospital opened in London in the Excel Centre has been called “Nightingale”.... Any crisis or emergency brings o [...] Read full article: Mary Kenny, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Meet the friendliest saint in history - Catholic Herald

Through personal contact and friendship, St Philip Neri contributed to the spiritual renewal in Rome that was essential to the success of the Counter-Reformati [...] Read full article: Meet the friendliest saint in history - ...→

A genius wrote today’s Collect. A translator nearly ruined it

A spiritual safeguard, it reminds us that we must love in concrete terms... Many thousands of articles have been written about the coronavirus. Here are some o [...] Read full article: A genius wrote today’s Collect. A transl...→

The Catholic Herald, Author at Catholic Herald

A fitting celebration It will be some time before the coronavirus in Britain is under effective control. But eventually it... About three-quarters of US Cathol [...] Read full article: The Catholic Herald, Author at Catholic ...→

How Herald friends and contributors are coping with lockdown - Catholic Herald

We asked Catholic Herald friends and contributors what’s getting them through the lockdown Fr Christopher Colven Ministering in central London, I have been use [...] Read full article: How Herald friends and contributors are ...→

Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens with restrictions - Catholic Herald

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is reopening this weekend, after being closed in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic Read full article: Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens wit...→

After Minnesota bishops plan to defy Mass restrictions, governor eases rules - Catholic Herald

The Governor of Minnesota has issued an order allowing for the resumption of limited public worship gatherings, days after the bishops of the state said they w [...] Read full article: After Minnesota bishops plan to defy Mas...→

Catholics call for public inquiry into UK nursing home deaths - Catholic Herald

Catholics are calling for a public investigation into why so many elderly people have died in British nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis Read full article: Catholics call for public inquiry into U...→

Freedom and Connection: A reflection on Laudato si' - Catholic Herald

As Laudato si' week draws to a close, Pater Edmund Waldstein O.Cist. reflects upon Pope Francis' encyclical on care for our common home. Read full article: Freedom and Connection: A reflection on ...→

United States Archives - Catholic Herald

The bishops of Minnesota are to defy a statewide order prohibiting religious gatherings exceeding 10 people... Catholic opponents of the death penalty have cri [...] Read full article: United States Archives - Catholic Herald...→

Blog - Catholic Herald

Bishop Mark Davies suggested the country would have to face “searching questions” in the wake of the crisis... The uncertainty and restrictive measures in plac [...] Read full article: Blog - Catholic Herald...→

Increase in prayer and religious devotion in Italy during pandemic, study shows - Catholic Herald

The uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus caused an increase in prayers in Italy, a recent study said. Read full article: Increase in prayer and religious devotio...→

Persecution to apartheid: A very short history of South African Catholicism - Catholic Herald

The history of Catholics in South Africa dates from the colony’s earliest days. Founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1652, it was intended as a mere mark [...] Read full article: Persecution to apartheid: A very short h...→

‘People want to see the church beautiful’: A Pugin restoration in London - Catholic Herald

A community in East London is coming together to restore its church to former glory. St Antony of Padua in the Diocese of Brentwood was built in the early 1880 [...] Read full article: ‘People want to see the church beautiful...→

Report calls for reform of Australian Church - Catholic Herald

A report has called for Australia’s bishops to give laypeople a greater say in the running of the Church, open up Church finances to the public and put more wo [...] Read full article: Report calls for reform of Australian Ch...→

Cardinal calls for ecological conversion ahead of Laudato si' anniversary - Catholic Herald

Cardinal Michael Czerny is urging “ecological conversion” in keeping with Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, Laudato si’, on responsible stewardship of the crea [...] Read full article: Cardinal calls for ecological conversion...→

New Templeton Prize winner criticises Dawkins’ 'scientism' - Catholic Herald

Francis Collins, head of the US National Institutes of Health, was named the winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize yesterday. Read full article: New Templeton Prize winner criticises Da...→

Bishops respond to England's new 'opt out' organ donation system - Catholic Herald

A new law treating all adults in England as potential organ donors unless they opt out “potentially undermines the concept of donation as a gift,” bishops have [...] Read full article: Bishops respond to England's new 'opt ou...→

Pablo Kay, Author at Catholic Herald

The US Department of Justice is challenging the “unequal treatment of faith communities” in California’s coronavirus reopening plan Read full article: Pablo Kay, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Vatican expresses concern over potential West Bank annexation - Catholic Herald

As Israel’s new government considers annexing parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief negotiator appealed to the Vatican Secret [...] Read full article: Vatican expresses concern over potential...→

Facebook oversight panel prompts questions about free speech, abortion advocacy - Catholic Herald

Facebook says it is responding to long-standing questions about content moderation and censorship by appointing an independent oversight board to help set poli [...] Read full article: Facebook oversight panel prompts questio...→

Pope Francis moves financial records office under Secretariat for Economy - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis has moved the office of the Vatican’s financial records database under the management of the Secretariat for the Economy - reversing a decision he [...] Read full article: Pope Francis moves financial records off...→

Catholic schools await clearer guidance ahead of June reopenings - Catholic Herald

Catholic primary schools are scheduled to welcome back pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on June 1, but they await clearer guidance. Read full article: Catholic schools await clearer guidance ...→

Lebanese Catholic churches provide land access to help amidst pandemic - Catholic Herald

As the country re-emerges from lockdown, the Church in Lebanon announced that it would make its land available to citizens struggling during the pandemic. Read full article: Lebanese Catholic churches provide land ...→

Analysis: Why are shops reopening whilst churches remain closed? - Catholic Herald

The Government insists that it is being “led by the science”, but Catholic bishops have started to raise concerns that the new guidelines are ill-advised. Read full article: Analysis: Why are shops reopening whilst...→

Junno Arocho Esteves, Author at Catholic Herald

Pope Francis established an emergency fund to help communities in the Catholic Church’s mission territories affected by the coronavirus pandemic... ‘A business [...] Read full article: Junno Arocho Esteves, Author at Catholic...→

More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed in 2020, new report says - Catholic Herald

Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said. Read full article: More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed...→

Katie at the bar - Catholic Herald

My lefty friends, with a few exceptions, don’t see this. Some of them sneer at those who demand the right to save their livelihoods. All of them that fail to s [...] Read full article: Katie at the bar - Catholic Herald...→

Thousands protest Mass to pray for Croatia's Ustasha - Catholic Herald

Thousands protested on Saturday against a Mass being held to honour Croatia’s Nazi collaborators and civilians killed after the Second World War. Read full article: Thousands protest Mass to pray for Croat...→

As papal basilicas reopen, here's hoping for a better week than the last - Catholic Herald

Last week was a rough one at the Vatican, but there's hope for a turn as papal basilicas reopen to the public and the faithful throughout Italy return to Mass. Read full article: As papal basilicas reopen, here's hoping...→

In these troubled times, let us become signs of Christ's healing presence - Catholic Herald

Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 8: 5-8 & 14-17; 1 Peter 3: 15-18; John 14: 15-21 “Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people … Read full article: In these troubled times, let us become s...→

Scruton's take on Wagner's Parsifal: redemption without Christianity - Catholic Herald

Wagner was not a Christian believer, but remained fascinated by the rituals of the faith and the way in which it appeared to satisfy our deepest yearnings Read full article: Scruton's take on Wagner's Parsifal: red...→

Richard Ingrams, Author at Catholic Herald

“An unpleasant man with a dreadful lifestyle” was how one angry reader of the Oldie described Wilfred De’Ath, who died... I have been told that not so very lon [...] Read full article: Richard Ingrams, Author at Catholic Hera...→

Matthew Schellhorn, Author at Catholic Herald

Coming soon to a church near you: a sea of backlit mobile phone and tablet screens creating a fittingly reverential... John Rastell’s work affected our liturgi [...] Read full article: Matthew Schellhorn, Author at Catholic H...→

Analysis: BXVI's letter on St John Paul II has at least one line for Francis - Catholic Herald

It's easy to confuse questions of doctrine with those of governance - there's often a good deal of real-world overlap - which is why it's important to make and [...] Read full article: Analysis: BXVI's letter on St John Paul ...→

‘Teachers are feeling more respected’: How lockdown could change education - Catholic Herald

When schools and nurseries around the country closed in March, many parents felt as if they’d been thrown in at the deep end, trying to step into the role of … Read full article: ‘Teachers are feeling more respected’: H...→

Countless flowers are named in Mary’s honour – with good reason - Catholic Herald

In many a parish, it’s a grand honour for the girl chosen to crown the Blessed Virgin at the May Crowning. In recent years in our parish, we’ve expanded the … Read full article: Countless flowers are named in Mary’s ho...→

The wrong number? Fallout from the bishops’ presidential call - Catholic Herald

In normal times, “US Bishops ask President for Catholic school relief” would not be much of a headline. But these are times of President Donald Trump, with who [...] Read full article: The wrong number? Fallout from the bisho...→

The Vatican, the lockdown, and a communications crisis - Catholic Herald

The ongoing problems in the Vatican’s communications culture haven’t helped public perception of curial competence. Failures of timeliness and transparency in [...] Read full article: The Vatican, the lockdown, and a communi...→

UBI, debt relief and charity: The economics of the pandemic - Catholic Herald

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the very foundations of the global economy – and raised questions about basic moral principles as well as immediate practic [...] Read full article: UBI, debt relief and charity: The econom...→

Could the coronavirus prompt a religious revival? - Catholic Herald

On the walk to my mother’s house there is a handwritten sign on a gate that reads “Happy Easter! Jesus is risen from the dead!” It doesn’t belong to a … Read full article: Could the coronavirus prompt a religious...→

Katie Ascough, Author at Catholic Herald

Training new ‘extraordinary chaplains’ may prove too difficult – but there are more indirect ways to help Read full article: Katie Ascough, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Tim Stanley, Author at Catholic Herald

What are Christians to make of Boris Johnson and his spanking new majority? It depends, of course, on your politics.... If we suspect someone is a lost cause, [...] Read full article: Tim Stanley, Author at Catholic Herald...→

To an unseen audience, Bocelli raised his voice in prayer - Catholic Herald

It was time for the singers. And in devastated Italy, post-Pavarotti, that could only mean Andrea Bocelli. Hence the grace-filled moment that took place this E [...] Read full article: To an unseen audience, Bocelli raised hi...→

‘It’s the greatest time to evangelise’: A lockdown conversion story - Catholic Herald

“I just think,” says Fr Doug Grandon, “it’s the greatest time right now that we’ve seen in generations to evangelise.” And he has a story to back up what he … Read full article: ‘It’s the greatest time to evangelise’: ...→

The ‘Catholic vote’ is an elusive thing. Which way will it go? - Catholic Herald

“At this moment, I would like to thank the Evangelical and religious community,” said Donald Trump, accepting his nomination at the Republican National Convent [...] Read full article: The ‘Catholic vote’ is an elusive thing....→

Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, Author at Catholic Herald

Since the 11th century, when a crescendo of Marian devotion began in the Western Church, there arose the custom of... Archbishop Bernard Longley ordained two y [...] Read full article: Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, Author at Catholic ...→

Not all officials are saints. That doesn’t mean the Vatican can’t function - Catholic Herald

It happens fairly frequently that I need to explain to intelligent and otherwise well-informed outsiders what the Roman Curia is and is not. Usually, my interl [...] Read full article: Not all officials are saints. That doesn...→

Full text: Benedict XVI's letter on St John Paul II's centenary - Catholic Herald

100 years ago, on May 18th, Pope John Paul II was born in the small Polish town of Wadowice. After having been divided for over 100 years by three neighboring [...] Read full article: Full text: Benedict XVI's letter on St J...→

St Peter’s Basilica considers temperature checks when public Masses resume - Catholic Herald

Papal basilicas are considering checking visitors’ temperatures as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus when public Masses resume Read full article: St Peter’s Basilica considers temperatur...→

Pope Francis calls people of all religions to pray for end of pandemic - Catholic Herald

The Pope said that this interfaith day of prayer, fasting, and charity is not an expression of “religious relativism,” but “a day of fraternity” and prayer. Read full article: Pope Francis calls people of all religio...→

'Is Jesus' body in space?' And other Ascension questions you didn't know you had - Catholic Herald

Like many mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Ascension seems to raise more questions than it answers. Two theologians answer some burning Ascension-related q [...] Read full article: 'Is Jesus' body in space?' And other Asc...→

Murdered seminarian had courage of a martyr, says bishop - Catholic Herald

Michael Nnadi was killed because he kept asking his kidnappers "to repent and turn their lives around from their evil ways" Read full article: Murdered seminarian had courage of a mar...→

At empty shrine, Fatima cardinal says Church is spiritually united with Mary - Catholic Herald

For the first time in its history, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima celebrated the May 13 anniversary of the 1917 Marian apparitions without the presence of th [...] Read full article: At empty shrine, Fatima cardinal says Ch...→

Pope Francis to offer Mass at tomb of John Paul II on saint’s 100th birthday - Catholic Herald

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, Pope Francis will offer his morning Mass at the Polish pope’s tomb in St. … Read full article: Pope Francis to offer Mass at tomb of Jo...→

The other reason for Cardinal Tagle’s promotion - Catholic Herald

The elevation of Cardinal Tagle is part a longstanding attempt by the Church to deal with increasing longevity. How to move elderly bishops off stage. Read full article: The other reason for Cardinal Tagle’s pr...→

Laura Ieraci, Author at Catholic Herald

Pontiff delights tens of thousands at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with spontaneous talk on families... Francis met participants of an international conference or [...] Read full article: Laura Ieraci, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Supreme Court hears case on right of Catholic schools to fire religion teachers - Catholic Herald

Supreme Court justices on Monday heard arguments for and against extending the Civil Rights Act’s “ministerial exception” to Catholic schools when they fire te [...] Read full article: Supreme Court hears case on right of Cat...→

Carol Glatz, Author at Catholic Herald

At least 19 people at a Rome pontifical university tested positive for the coronavirus and six have been hospitalised for their symptoms, the rector said... Al [...] Read full article: Carol Glatz, Author at Catholic Herald...→

Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA, Author at Catholic Herald

A priest must say clearly to a person opting for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia that he is committing a... Despite European Union guidelines and the [...] Read full article: Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA, Author at Catho...→

‘Dial-a-Mass’ service is a godsend for Catholics without internet - Catholic Herald

A new “dial-a-Mass” service enabling Catholics with no internet connection to listen to Sunday Masses is proving a success, an English bishop has said. Read full article: ‘Dial-a-Mass’ service is a godsend for C...→

Fatima confirms no pilgrims for May 13 feast day celebrations - Catholic Herald

For the first time in over a century, the annual celebrations at the Fatima shrine will take place without the physical presence of pilgrims Read full article: Fatima confirms no pilgrims for May 13 f...→

Bishops: Our Lady of America not 'objective private revelation' - Catholic Herald

Alleged visions and revelations known as “Our Lady of America” cannot be said to be of supernatural origin, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend has s [...] Read full article: Bishops: Our Lady of America not 'object...→

Public Masses to resume in Italy from May 18 - Catholic Herald

Dioceses in Italy can resume the celebration of public Masses beginning on Monday, May 18, under conditions issued on Thursday by the head of Italy’s bishops a [...] Read full article: Public Masses to resume in Italy from Ma...→

St John Paul II’s parents’ sainthood cause has officially opened - Catholic Herald

A ceremony launching the causes of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II [...] Read full article: St John Paul II’s parents’ sainthood cau...→

Cronan Yu, Author at Catholic Herald

Bishops hope that state authorities will permit the reopening of Churches, at least for private prayer and Confession Read full article: Cronan Yu, Author at Catholic Herald...→

How to illustrate poetry - Catholic Herald

Why would you illustrate a poem? The answer is, if you are an artist and think visually, that is what you do. Does this enhance the poem or distract from … Read full article: How to illustrate poetry - Catholic Hera...→

Holy water and Super Soakers don't mix, priests say - Catholic Herald

After photos appearing to depict blessings or baptisms by water gun went viral online, several priests cautioned that Catholics should take care to treat sacre [...] Read full article: Holy water and Super Soakers don't mix, ...→

Knights of Columbus founder Fr Michael McGivney to be beatified - Catholic Herald

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr Michael McGivney, paving the way for the beatification of the founder of the Knights o [...] Read full article: Knights of Columbus founder Fr Michael M...→