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This week’s issue is something of a first for us: for the first time in our history we’ve produced a magazine-sized supplement. This 20-page addition to the paper contains articles for Advent by Pastor Iuventus, Fr Rupert McHardy, Fr Tim Gardner, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith and Alan Bancroft (who translated the poems of St Thérèse of Lisieux into English). The magazine isn’t available online, so if you live in Britain or Ireland you may like to pick up a copy at the back of your local Catholic church or subscribe to the paper.

Meanwhile, the rest of the paper is teeming with news, features and comment. We report on the latest developments in the plans for Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain, on a searing speech on contemporary arts by Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow and the clash over assisted suicide between the Bishops of England and Wales and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Freddy Gray profiles the liberal American nuns who have convoked “Vatican III”. The novelist Rachel Billington explains why she’s following in the footsteps of her father, the prison reformer Lord Longford. Gerard Carruthers shows that the poet Robert Burns was friendly towards Catholics. Sophie Caledcott explains why girls around the world are swooning over Edward Cullen, the chaste hero of the Twilight series. Andrew McKie applauds Vatican astronomers for discussing the possibility of alien life and Jonathan Wright gives a B+ to a new study of St Thomas Aquinas.

This is just a taster. For the full experience, visit your local church or click here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 27, 2009 at 9:01 am

In the paper this week

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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.

If you would like to read all this, and more, you can subscribe to the paper here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 23, 2009 at 10:00 am

In the paper this week

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In this week’s issue we report on the conclusion of the stunningly successful visit of St Thérèse’s relics to England and Wales, explain why Polish Catholics are up in arms about the comedian Stephen Fry, publish a Muslim critique of Hans Küng and Tony Blair and preview the Archbishop of Canterbury’s audience with Pope Benedict.

Broadcaster Michael Coren marvels at the transformation of the Canadian Church. Will Heaven visits a thriving traditional religious community in France and Quentin de la Bédoyère reflects on the stupidity of crowds.

Mary Kenny says the Royal Mail needs a Cardinal Manning, Patrick West marks the 30th anniversary of Life of Brian, Nick Thomas is riveted by BBC Four’s Electric Dreams, and Philip Booth wonders why the Pope’s recent encyclical praised pawnbroking.

Andrew M Brown enters Terry Gilliam’s imaginarium, Francis Phillips praises Catholic resistance to Nazism and Christian de Lisle applauds an inspiring collection of essays on the priesthood.

Finally, Stuart Reid venerates the relics of St Thérèse with a “nice, non-Catholic woman” and Fr Ronald Rolheiser says we shouldn’t play safe in our spiritual lives.

Only a small proportion of these articles appears online, so you may want to subscribe to the paper to get the full range.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm

From our archives

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Archbishopsthisone

The Catholic Herald has an archive containing thousands of photographs of Catholic life over the past century. I just dipped into it and found this: a picture of three Archbishops of Westminster with Pope John Paul II in December 1993.

From left: Bishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor of Arundel and Brighton, Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster, Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia and Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

In this week’s issue

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I’m pretty pleased with this week’s issue. We have Dr Dermot Grenham explaining why it’s illogical to promote contraception as a means of tackling climate change, Anna Arco on the magnificent progress of the relics of St Thérèse, the Latin Patriarch on why Christians are fleeing the Holy Land, John Hinton on what it was like to warm up for the Beatles at the cavern club and Quentin de la Bédoyère on how scientists discovered that faith is good for you.

The paper is available for £1.20 in many Catholic churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. You may also like to take out a subscription.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 25, 2009 at 8:47 am