Posts Tagged ‘London’

COVID hits UK Catholic parishes hard

Thursday, July 1st, 2021
UK Catholic parishes

June 21 was supposed to be England’s “Freedom Day.” Back in February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a weary populace that, all being well, the country could look forward to the end of a nationwide lockdown on June 21. But all wasn’t well. With the third wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country, Johnson announced Read more

Diocese cuts funds for abuse victims

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Canada’s London, Ontario Diocese has cut funds earmarked for victims of clerical abuse wanting proof of evidence-based counselling from their psychological sessions. At least 21 priests have been convicted, charged or sued for sexual offences in the diocese. The diocese has paid counselling bills for years because, when it first started settling lawsuits against its Read more

New UK Catholic university to teach canon of western thought

Friday, March 13th, 2015

A new Catholic university is to open in London next year, backed by philosophers Roger Scruton and Anthony O’Hear. Students will spend the first term on a grand tour of Italy and will learn the “canon of western thought” at the university. The institution, named Benedictus after St Benedict of Nursia, will charge students NZ$25,000 Read more

A nun in the brothels

Friday, December 5th, 2014

It’s Saturday afternoon and in an unmarked police car in central London a burly policeman is accompanied by a tiny, bird-like nun. A raid is about to take place on a brothel whose inhabitants, the police believe, include women who have been trafficked into Britain from eastern Europe. The nun is an integral part of Read more

Catholic faith helped mother confront UK terrorists

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A mother of two who calmly confronted the men who hacked to death a British soldier in London has attributed her courage to her Catholic faith. Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, who formerly lived in Auckland, told the Daily Telegraph: “I live my life as a Christian. I believe in thinking about others and loving thy neighbour. We Read more

Contemplative tradition persists on Lindisfarne

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

In central London, a stone’s throw from St. Pancras rail station, is one of the world’s largest libraries, container of national treasures including the Lindisfarne Gospels, begun about the year 700. Recently another Anglo-Saxon Christian treasure, which predates the legendary Lindisfarne Gospels, has been added to the famed British Library’s trove, the St. Cuthbert Gospel Read more

Boris Johnson bans ‘gay cure’ bus adverts

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

London’s transport chiefs stepped in on the Mayor’s orders to block the posters, faced with a the prospect of the argument being played on the streets of the capital next week with rival advertisments. Two Christian groups announced on Thursday that they had booked advertising space promoting the idea that people can become “post-gay” through Read more

Market economy has lost moral foundations

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

According to former top banker, Ken Costs, the market economy had lost “its moral foundations with disastrous consequences.” Costa, a former chairman of UBS Europe and Lazard International, spoke out after being appointed by Bishop of London Richard Chartres to lead an initiative aimed at “reconnecting the financial with the ethical.” Writing in the Sunday Read more

Heaven’s a fairy story for those afraid of the dark

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Heaven’s a fairy story for people afraid of the dark, physicist Stephen Hawking said earlier this week. There is nothing beyond when the brain flickers for the final time. Hawking, diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease at 21, is now aged 69. “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 Read more

Fair pay for Royal cleaners

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Visitors outside the gate at Buckingham Palace were asked to support the call to give “disgracefully low-paid” royal cleaners a living wage. Amidst high security for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Public and Commercial and Services union was outside the gates of Buckingham Palace from 12 noon to 2pm on 28 April Read more