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Anna Arco

Anna Arco

Anna Arco is chief feature writer for the Catholic Herald.

Authorities in China tighten grip on bishops

Chinese Catholics at a vigil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (Photo: CNS)

Bishops loyal to the Pope forced to take part in state-run assembly while others go into hiding to avoid arrest

Daily Readings December 5 to December 11

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Bishops seek to ‘revitalise’ Lent as season of penitence

A woman receives the mark of ashes at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (Photo: CNS)

General secretary of the English and Welsh bishops’ conference is charged with finding ways of re-emphasising Lent as penitential season

English mystic Julian of Norwich understood that God is love, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in Paul VI Hall (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In his weekly catechesis Pope Benedict held up the medieval mystic as a woman who understood that divine love is at the heart of spiritual life

Pope’s election took US diplomats by surprise

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger prepares for communion at the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican before the papal conclave (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/ File)
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Pope Benedict’s election caught American diplomats by surprise, Wikileaks documents from Rome have revealed

Dublin archbishop calls for solidarity in face of financial crisis

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin delivers his homily during Ash Wednesday Mass at University College Dublin (PA Wire)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called for the Christian community to be a model of solidarity in order to face the challenges presented by the bleak economic situation

Pope’s visit made Britain more open to spiritual life

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols watches as Pope Benedict XVI leads a prayer vigil at Hyde Park (Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said Pope Benedict’s September visit brought a sense of the spiritual dimension back to Britain

Humanae Vitae was ‘prophetically right’, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI is given a copy of Light of the World by its author Peter Seewald  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

In interview with Peter Seewald the Pope strongly affirms 1968 encyclical that ruled against use of contraception

Daily Readings November 29 to December 4

Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Monday, November 29: Weekday of Advent Is 4:2-6; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday, November 30: St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19; Mt 4:18-22 Wednesday, December 1: Weekday of Advent Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37 Thursday, December 2: Weekday of Advent Is 26:1-6; Ps 118; […]

The Church in Britain is strong, says retiring nuncio

Queen Elizabeth II receives the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, who presented his Letter of Credence

Archbishop Sainz Muñoz, nuncio to Great Britain, says the Pope’s visit showed the vitality of the British Church