In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald there is an extensive preview of Pope Francis’s trip the Holy Land. There are also reports on how attacks on Christians in Europe are on the rise and on the appointment of Bishop Ralph Heskett as the new Bishop of Hallam. Elsewhere in the paper, Catholic writer Piers Paul Read discusses his formative years as a Marxist in an interview by Luke O’Sullivan, while Sophie Caldecott explains how a group of Hollywood superheroes have helped her family. Julius Boniface Okuni says Pope Francis is perplexing the African faithful and Ryan Service offers a guide to the good and bad points of parish fetes. And Nigel Pickford looks back on a 17th century row between journalists that sparked some of the largest anti-Catholic protests London has ever seen. In arts and books, Will Gore reviews Fading Gigolo, a new film starring Woody Allen, and John Hinton considers the young Winston Churchill in his review of Jonathan Rose’s book, The Literary Churchill. To receive six issues for just £6 click here.
In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald there is an extensive report on the announcement that Paul VI will be beatified in October. There is also news on the first Oratorian to be ordained bishop in 140 years and Pope Francis urging the UN to resist ‘the culture of death’ in reference to abortion. Elsewhere in the paper we have an extract from a new book by Roger Scruton that asks whether Darwin can tell us anything more than Freud can about faith and Tim Stanley reports back from Israel ahead of the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land. There is also a look ahead to the Champions League Final as DJ Kearney assesses the influence of the English Church on football in Madrid and in our Comment section Nina Shea says action is being taken to help Christians in the Middle East. In arts and books, Quentin Falk reviews the new blockbuster version of Godzilla while Jonathan Wright casts his critical eye over Terry Eagleton’s Culture and the Death of God. To receive six issues for just £6 click here.
As controversy rages over Catholic blogs we ask five incisive writers what role blogging should really be playing in the Church’s life
United Nations bureaucracy tends to regard religious traditions as an obstacle to the international enforcement of human rights
This week we bring you a unique commentary and analysis on the lives of the papal saints. Cardinal Turkson writes on John XXIII’s landmark encyclical, Pacem in Terris while Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor writes about the first time he ever saw the papal saint. Meanwhile, Rabbi Cooper and Rabbi Adlerstein explain why the Jewish people give thanks for John XXIII and John Paul II. William Oddie explains why John Paul II was John Paul the Great, Mgr J Bransfield writes on the late pope’s Theology of the Body and George Weigel explains why he was the ‘unbloody revolutionary.’ We also have all the coverage of Pope Francis’s second Easter in Rome, the latest details on the canonisation ceremony and how you can tune in from the UK and an exclusive interview with the woman taking on Enda Kennedy, Ireland’s prime minister .
This week we bring you an exclusive report on the threat to freedom of expression for pro-life students in Cardiff, the diocese that is converting all of its schools to academies and how a beloved church in Preston has been rescued from closure. We also report on the death of US Navy captain, Jeremiah Denton, who survived his seven-year Vietnam War imprisonment by praying the rosary, and we have original analysis from our Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, of the Queen’s historic visit to the Vatican. Soho’s gutsy parish priest Fr Alexander Sherbrooke tells Mark Greaves what Mother Teresa taught him through peeling an orange and four experts reveal what they think is wrong with Catholic education. Will Gore reviews the ‘jet black comedy’ Calvary and Brendan O’Neill explains why John Locke must be spinning in his grave following the ousting of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich.
Revelations that hospitals incinerated the remains of unborn children have generated international revulsion but the reaction in the UK has been muted
The emergence of the Catholic blogosphere is one of the most significant developments in the 21st-century Church