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Stephen Hawking Meets God

Stephen Hawking Meets God

There is plenty of debate whether Stephen Hawking believed in God or not. He used the word ‘God’ and spoke about explaining the universe as glimpsing ‘the mind of God’. But he didn’t use the word ‘God’ in the sense of a ‘guy in the sky’ – which is the way a lot of religious… Continue Reading

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pope’s stole makes point

pope’s stole makes point

Thanks to regular reader David for pointing to this story. Well-known conservative Roman Catholic internet presence Fr John Zuhlsdorf (Fr Z) was watching the Televised broadcast of the Pope in Westminster Abbey when he just about sprayed his coffee on the screen when the commentator mentioned the stole the Pope was wearing. The Pope’s stole… Continue Reading

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Pope Benedict XVI visits the UK

Pope Benedict XVI visits the UK

Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the UK  from 16 to 19 September. This is the first papal visit there since that of John Paul II in 1982. His tour is not without controversy. I understand more Latin will be used in the liturgy than previously. You can download the service planned in Westminster Abbey from… Continue Reading

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Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian Kolbe

In 1998 statues of ten modern martyrs were unveiled on the West of the (Anglican) Westminster Abbey. Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast day is today (August 14), is one of them. He grew up in Poland at the end of the nineteenth century. He decided to become a Franciscan. Fr. Kolbe set up what he called… Continue Reading

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Elizabeth I & Mary I

Elizabeth I & Mary I

In this week in which we celebrate 450 years since the death of Queen Mary I, and of Queen Elizabeth I ascending the throne (November 17), it is worth remembering the inscription on their shared tomb in Westminster Abbey: Partners in throne and grave, here we sleep, Elizabeth and Mary, sisters, in hope of the… Continue Reading

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