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This week’s paper is dominated by the announcement of the Anglican Ordinariate. Here’s our main news report, leading article and commentary by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

Elsewhere, we report on the mismatched debate between Christopher Hitchens and Nigerian Archbishop John Onaiyekan. Stuart Reid, who watched the debate, says it’s been a vintage year for Catholic bashing.

Westminster auxiliary Bishop John Arnold explains how the visit of St Thérèse reconciled him to the notion of relics and how we can keep the spirit of the visit alive. A letter writer tells a poignant story about the power of the saint’s presence.

We report on Archbishop Nichols’s visit to the major new London exhibition, The Sacred Made Real, and Alan Caine explains why the sacred sculpture is almost too realistic.

Anna Arco catches up with Rocco Palmo, one of the world’s leading Catholic bloggers, in New York. Fr John Pungente SJ explores why going to the cinema sometimes feels like a religious experience. And Fr Michael Seed reveals that Archbishop-elect Bernard Longley is known affectionately to his friends as “Paddington Bear”.

Only a small proportion of our articles are online. Paper-only articles include Fr Tim Finigan’s thoughts about whether Catholics should celebrate Halloween, Jonathan Wright reviews a book that is so brilliant he threw it at a wall, Fr Robin Burgess explains how we can all pray without words, Hugh David wonders why educationalists are so obsessed with Scandinavia and our Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, says the Vatican was surprised by the generally positive reaction to the Anglican Ordinariate.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 23, 2009 at 10:00 am

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