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Rome official: Retired pope to attend canonizations; spokesman cautious
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi. (Author: 24 April 2014)

Shakespeare at 450: Slaying the Anti-Catholic Dragons
The considerable evidence for the Bard’s Catholicism is rooted in the solid facts of his life and in the theological, philosophical and moral truths to be found in his work (Author: 24 April 2014)

Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and civilly remarried woman she could receive Holy Communion?
According to press accounts, Pope Francis phoned a divorced and remarried woman in Argentina and told her that it’s okay for her to receive Communion and that the subject as a whole is being discussed at the Vatican (Author: 24 April 2014)

Dublin's Archbishop Martin open to married priests,'which could be important in missionary countries
The Archbishop of Dublin has signalled his openness to a discussion on the ordination of married men as priests. (Author: 24 April 2014)

The time when John Paul II bowed before Gandhi
Just a few days ahead of Wojtyla’s canonization, a missionary casts his mind back to John Paul II’s first trip to India, a country the late Polish Pope often entered into dialogue with (Author: 24 April 2014)

Youth fill Rome's cathedral to remember John Paul II, John XXIII
The Basilica of St. John Lateran, cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, was filled Tuesday with thousands of youths who had come to learn more about the two Bishops of Rome who will be canonized Sunday. (Author: 24 April 2014)

Bishop Mark Davies: Assisted Suicide bill threatens vulnerable
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has warned that a British proposal to legalize assisted suicide would change “long-established laws which uphold the sanctity of human life” and put the weakest in society at risk. (Author: 24 April 2014)

The Risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of life, Pope says at Audience
At his weekly general audience April 23, Pope Francis had the tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square repeat the angel's Easter question three times. (Author: 24 April 2014)

Pope’s theologian discusses the distortion of non-negotiable principles
Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, speaks about the “Francis project” in a book-length interview with Vatican correspondent Paolo Rodari (Author: 24 April 2014)

Pope’s telephone call re-opens debate over communion for remarried divorcees
The news from Argentina spread fast but should be handled with great care because one wrong title could have been disastrous for media around the world (Author: 24 April 2014)

The Financial Accounts of the Diocese of Lancaster
Study the accounts here (Author: 24 April 2014)

Celebrate the canonization of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II: free resources for kids
Free electronic resources for kids (Author: 24 April 2014)

SSPX leader decries canonizations of Popes John XXIII, John Paul II
Summarizing his complaints against the two Pontiffs, Bishop Fellay asked “how can it be possible to offer to the whole Church as an example of sanctity the instigator of Vatican Council II and the Pope of Assisi and human rights?” (Author: 24 April 2014)

Logistical facts and figures released ahead of weekend canonisation
Philippa Hitchen reports (Author: 24 April 2014)

Entrusted by the Pope for 2015 Intentions for the Apostleship of Prayer
Here is the English text of the intentions – both universal and for evangelization – that, as is customary, the Pope entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for 2015. (Author: 23 April 2014)

Middle East patriarchs call for peace in Syria
In their Easter messages Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East have appealed for peace in Syria and expressed hope that the region will experience a resurrection. (Author: 23 April 2014)

Taizé prior: 'Pope Francis should become universal shepherd of all Christians'
Christians should come together under one roof with the Pope as their Universal Shepherd, the Prior of the Taizé ecumenical community in France has said. (Author: 23 April 2014)

Marseille archbishop tries to heal divisions in French conference against gay marriage
Marseille Archbishop Georges Pontier, president of the French bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to avoid being “manipulated by social movements” when he opened their spring plenary meeting. (Author: 23 April 2014)

Sinn Féin ‘seriously misrepresents' Irish bishop on abortion
Sinn Féin has been forced to apologise to Bishop John McAreavey after the party was caught misrepresenting the bishop’s position on abortion (Author: 23 April 2014)

John XXIII and John Paul II, the Popes who tore down walls
Without John XXIII, there would not have been a John Paul II. Their concurrent canonizations bear witness to the fact that the Church is a compagnia semper reformanda (an enterprise always to be reformed) as Benedict XVI used to stress (Author: 23 April 2014)

Francis encountering curial opposition, cardinal says
Cardinal Rodríguez said, while Francis is popular among people around the world, he is facing opposition in the Roman Curia. (Author: 23 April 2014)

An Appeal from Bishop Michael Campbell OSA
An appeal for help from the Bishop of Lancaster (Author: 23 April 2014)

Cardinal Kasper’s new approach to the remarried has shaky historical foundations: moral philosopher
The cardinal’s case is based on a doubtful interpretation of a tiny number of texts (Author: 23 April 2014)

Reforming the LCWR: Where Does It Stand?
To date, there are no signs of any reforms taking place; rather, a just-released book by the LCWR repeats its criticism of the mandate and presents a defense of the organization (Author: 23 April 2014)

Documentary captures sisters' responses to doctrinal assessment of LCWR
The Holy Spirit is making mischief," Sr. Simone Campbell says near the end of the forthcoming documentary "Radical Grace." (Author: 23 April 2014)

The Bishop's Blog: Journeying through the Triduum and a Blessed Easter 
The latest Bishop's Blog post is here (Author: 23 April 2014)

John XXIII in the midst of war: “We could scream louder but it would only bring more trouble”
In one of his diary entries the Vatican diplomat-turned Pope shows he understood the Holy See’s attitude. Marco Roncalli has published a new essay discussing this (Author: 23 April 2014)

“Martini was not against Wojtyla becoming a saint”
The Postulator of John Paul II’s cause confirmed this during the course of a conference on the upcoming double papal canonization: “his speech was about the opportunity of proclaiming Popes saints” (Author: 23 April 2014)

Cardinal Collins criticizes Catholic teachers’ union over gay pride parade participation
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association is sending a delegation to participate in the WorldPride 2014 Parade in Toronto—prompting criticism from Cardinal Thomas Collins. (Author: 23 April 2014)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols warns against 'alarmist' language on immigration
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, visits Giuseppe Conlon House in north London where refugees and asylum-seekers are given help and hospitality (Author: 22 April 2014)

Furious debate after David Cameron claims we are a Christian country
David Cameron’s assertion that we are a Christian country has ignited a furious debate about the place of the Church in our national life and cultural identity (Author: 22 April 2014)

Pope Francis on Easter Monday: Let the joy of the Risen Lord be imprinted in our hearts and lives
Pope Francis began his Regina Coeli address on Monday by saying Happy Easter !Christ is risen! He is truly risen ." (Author: 22 April 2014)

Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' Message of Pope Francis - full text and video
Read and listen to the Holy Father's Easter Message here (Author: 22 April 2014)

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years
The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America (Author: 22 April 2014)

Syria's Assad visits recaptured Christian village
Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said (Author: 22 April 2014)

Shrewsbury Diocese is offering the way forward out of the vocations crisis
Let us hope other dioceses open their own houses of discernment (Author: 22 April 2014)

Why can't my son receive the Eucharist? 
Communion and children (Author: 22 April 2014)

With same-sex marriage should churches, synagogues, and mosques stop performing civil marriages?
With the legal affirmation of same-sex marriage in some states, should churches, synagogues, and mosques stop performing civil marriages? (Author: 22 April 2014)

Supporting the Christians of the Holy Land
Check out these pages (Author: 22 April 2014)

Bishop Michael Campbell's Homily for the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster 
Read the Bishop's Homily here (Author: 21 April 2014)

Easter Vigil Homily of Pope Francis  
Read the Holy Father's homily here (Author: 21 April 2014)

Rome prepares for influx ahead of canonizations
Just under a week before Pope Francis canonizes two of his predecessors in a ceremony in St. Peter's Square, Romans are bracing for the arrival of as many as 3 million outsiders (Author: 21 April 2014)

Vatican rehabilitates writings of controversial Italian priest
After nearly half a century, the Vatican has dropped its veto on the writings of a popular Italian priest, and his role in the church is being re-evaluated, said the archbishop of Florence. (Author: 21 April 2014)

Ordinariate's Mgr Keith Newton complains 1,500-member group's growth is too slow
The leader of the ordinariate has lamented the lack of growth of the group, set up in 2011 to allow former Anglicans to enter Communion with the Catholic Church. (Author: 21 April 2014)

Canonisation Mass: Broadcast to UK Cinemas Live in 3D on 27 April - details here
Get the details here (Author: 21 April 2014)

A Summary of Appointments recently made by the Bishop of Lancaster 
Read the Summary here (Author: 21 April 2014)

Serving the Church through a “Second Vocation”
Ordained in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, these men offer a unique pastoral perspective to their flocks. (Author: 21 April 2014)

 The ‘new’ argument against contraception 
The ‘new’ argument against contraception Instead of pretending this argument doesn’t exist, people need to come to grips with it Russell Shaw (Author: 21 April 2014)

Bishop Mark Davies announces House of Discernment in Chrism Mass homily
Bishop Davies makes an announcement for priestly vocations in the Diocese of Shrewsbury (Author: 21 April 2014)

Pope, at Easter Vigil, urges Christians “to return to our first love” - Report
Francis baptized 10 people from 6 countries at the Easter vigil, and urged Christians to rediscover the source of their faith by “returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all (Author: 20 April 2014)

This Easter, Ukrainians ‘Have Nothing but Faith’
One family celebrates the Triduum amid hopes and fears for their country’s future. (Author: 20 April 2014)

Bishop Campbell's Homily for Good Friday 
Read the Bishop's homily here (Author: 20 April 2014)

Pope Francis: In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man and greatness of God's mercy
Immigrants, the unemployed, the sick, the elderly and prisoners: these were the focus of thousands of pilgrims prayers Friday evening as they gathered in the darkness around the ancient amphitheater, behind a simple wooden Cross. (Author: 20 April 2014)

Papal preacher slams curse of money-driven corruption at Good Friday Liturgy
In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin. (Author: 19 April 2014)

Bishop Mark Davies to issue warning on assisted suicide in Easter Vigil Homily
The Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, will use his homily on Easter Sunday to attack the Assisted Suicide Bill, saying it would change laws "which uphold the sanctity of human life and protecting some of the weakest in society". (Author: 19 April 2014)

Read Bishop Campbell's Chrism Mass Homily here
Read the Bishop's Homily here (Author: 19 April 2014)

Anointed with the oil of gladness – Pope Francis’ Homily for the Chrism Mass
Here, please find the full text of Pope Francis homily for the Chrism Mass 2014 (Author: 19 April 2014)

 The Holy Saturday Experience
Fr Dermot Power writes on the Holy Saturday experience (Author: 19 April 2014)

Pope Francis' Homily for the Mass of the Lord's Supper is here
Here is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections on the Lord’s loving act of service, an act which the Pope himself imitated later in the Mass, kneeling down to wash the feet of twelve patients of the centre. (Author: 19 April 2014)

Bishop Campbell's Homily for the Mass of the Lord's Supper 
Access the homily here (Author: 19 April 2014)

Global war on Christianity is violent and real says by John L Allen
Also: Bioethics; Venezuela; Synod of Bishops; and a little friendly slang to greet the pope (Author: 19 April 2013)

The Exsultet in English: Practice Video
Get ahead of the game and start practicing! (Author: 19 April 2014)

Pope celebrates Mass of the Lord's Supper at Centre for Disabled
Francis washed the feet of 8 men and 4 women at a center for disabled people in Rome on Holy Thursday, as he led the celebration commemorating Jesus’ Last Supper (Author: 18 April 2014)

Vatican texts here of Good Friday Meditations for Way of the Cross at Colosseum
Read the texts here (Author: 18 April 2014)

Carrying the Cross with Simon of Cyrene
We can be sure that Jesus was grateful to Simon for providing some relief during the Passion, but also for helping him reach his goal of redeeming humanity (see Jn 12:27 and Acts 2:23) by his suffering and death. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday
After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Coptic priest becomes Pope's second personal secretary
After Mgr. Xuereb’s promotion to Secretary for the Economy, Francis has now chosen Secretary of State official Yoannis Lahzi Gaid to replace him (Author: 18 April 2014)

Cardinal Bertone: John Paul II was like a flag-bearer to us, when we were young
In the time before John Paul II named him a cardinal, Tarcisio Bertone worked alongside future Pope Benedict XVI. The Church's leader at the time was a charismatic Polish man that he admired greatly. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Norway's first Catholic ordination at Protestant national shrine
The first Catholic priest since the Reformation has been ordained at the Protestant Church of Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Nigerian church condemns bombing that claimed at least 71 lives
The Catholic church in Nigeria condemned the morning rush-hour bombing of a bus station near the capital of Abuja that killed at least 71 people and injured dozens more Monday. (Author: 18 April 2014)

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