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'The lack of thorough training in church music has led directly to the current serious situation' (CNS)

Congregations are tired of being patronised by dull music, but we must not hark back to a supposed ‘golden age’


Print Edition 13.9.13

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald read our exclusive interview with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; RJ Stove reveals the complicated truth of new Australian PM Tony Abbott’s Catholicism; David V Barrett on the cult of death displacing devotion to Our Lady in Mexico; Benedict Rogers says religious intolerance is becoming part of life […]

Pope Francis embraces Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (Mazur)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor reveals Pope was keen to “assert his respect for the Queen”

Fr Blake wrote that 'the poor challenge our complacency' (PA)

Bishop Conry says Fr Ray Blake’s comments ‘make sense’

Peter Jennings with Archbishop Vincent Nichols

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster says ‘Peter will be sorely missed’

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas with Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Communications/

Archbishop Nichols says Church ‘promotes a just peace for all in the Holy Land’

Civilians displaced by recent fighting between the Congolese army and M23 rebels carry their belongings as they walk along a road in Kibati village near Goma (CNS)

Fighting between government and rebels has left many ‘suffering from lack of food, shelter and clothes’, says Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngengele

Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, celebrates a Mass for a peace in Syria at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS)

Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt urges a “cessation, not an escalation of violence” in war-torn country

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin says Pope Francis has created “diplomatic momentum”

Pope Francis greets the crowd after praying the Angelus (CNS)

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to say “no’ to violence