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Remembrance Diary

This year saw the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. The main commemoration in Portsmouth saw two particularly touching moments: HM The Queen’s simple ‘thank you’ to all who served and gave their lives, and a letter read by President [...]

2019-12-12T15:47:06+00:00 November 2019 Articles|

Secular Liturgies

Tom Sutcliffe on the critics   My first encounter with a real critic was in my first Lent Term at Hurstpierpoint College in the Remove Form. I entered the Weston Speech Prize competition, which was judged by a teacher from [...]

2019-12-12T15:46:07+00:00 November 2019 Articles|

The way we live now

Christopher Smith reflects on our true homeland   November is a month during which we reflect particularly on the Holy Souls, and we are hoping that you will get your New Directions this month on All Saints or All Souls [...]

2019-12-12T15:44:48+00:00 November 2019 Articles|


HRH The Prince of Wales summed up the sentiments of many around the world when he said of the canonization of John Henry Newman: ‘Those who seek to define and defend Christianity find themselves grateful for the way he reconciled [...]

2019-12-12T15:44:18+00:00 November 2019 Articles|


Scattered around western France, in the area roughly defined by Limoges, Poitiers and S. Jean d’Angely, are small mediaeval stone towers with an opening at the top once used to display a light at night, and with a hollow interior [...]

2019-12-12T15:43:12+00:00 November 2019 Articles|

Catholic Compassion

Nicolas Stebbing reminds us of the importance of helping others A few days ago, I returned from Zimbabwe and someone asked me: ‘What was the highlight of your trip?’ I thought for a while: was it the blue skies and [...]

2019-12-12T15:42:35+00:00 November 2019 Articles|

Death of a Dictator

Nicolas Stebbing considers the legacy of Robert Mugabe   I arrived in Harare on 5 September to find Robert Mugabe had died in Singapore. Next day the TV and newspapers were full of this with long reports and interviews. What [...]

2019-12-12T15:41:57+00:00 November 2019 Articles|