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New Directions congratulates all those who have been elected to serve on the General Synod in the recent elections. It will not surprise readers, however, that we offer our loudest cheers for those who will constitute the Catholic Group when [...]

touching place

ST MARY THE VIRGIN AND ALL SAINTS, FOTHERINGHAY, NORTHANTS To view Fotheringhay church from the south-east is to witness a tranquil scene, not wholly at one with its past. Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded in 1587 at the now-vanished [...]


The Press Information folded into my programme for La Bohème with English National Opera at the London Coliseum opened with a sentence that no critic needs to see or could warm to: ‘Opera’s greatest love story comes to the London [...]

Book of the month

Ian McCormack welcomes a new study of an important bishop JR: THE LIFE & MINISTRY OF JOHN RICHARDS, FIRST BISHOP OF EBBSFLEET John Fairweather Additional Curates Society, 112pp, pbk 978 0993393006, £10 At a time when Catholics in the Church [...]

the way we live now

Christopher Smith considers the recent excitement about the possibility of life on Mars There was a great deal of excitement at Michaelmas this year, generated by a press release from NASA claiming that there is running water – that is [...]


Arthur Middleton In a sermon (edited below) preached in the Grosvenor Chapel, London, in Lent 1921, Bishop Charles Gore spoke of the ethical character of the Kingdom of God in the Beatitudes. Among these are three great paradoxes. People are [...]


Arthur Middleton on Thomas Ken's Exposition of the Church Catechism (1685) Thomas Ken set the education of the young as one of his priorities and showed his zeal for this in his Manual of Prayers. What dismayed him was finding [...]

Autumn Diary

‘Thurifer’ enjoys the season, laments the young, and proposes a return to active ministry Gentleman’s Relish Autumn is my favourite season. In my garden the leaves on the trees have turned from dull green to flaming orange or bronze; while [...]

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