Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
My mother taught me many things. One was this: that a mother can never forget her child, even if that child is no longer in her presence and care. The bond between them endures. It is written into he...Read more
Given at Midnight Mass of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas 2016, at Westminster Cathedral.
Midnight Mass is full of light and darkness. We gather in the dead of night. We are referred to as a people 'that walked in darkness'. Yet we rejoice ...Read more
Christmas reflection 2016.
Towards the end our pilgrimage to the Holy Land this year, we visited the village of Bethany and the site of the tomb of Lazarus. Deep underground, now beneath a mosque, we saw the cave which served as the tomb. Stand...Read more
My dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your very warm welcome and for this opportunity to be with you here in the Parish of the Holy Family today.
My journey from London has been very easy and I have come here to bring you the love and the...Read more
As a society we have an obsession with death. We have seen this so clearly in the ways in which Halloween has been marked in the last few days. We are filled with fascination, confusion and dread when it comes to matters of death and life after de...Read more
The contrasts between Victoria Street and Westminster Cathedral are many, and obvious. The glass and concrete of the buildings, the constant rush of people and machines, the endless noise are of the street are as different as can be imagined from ...Read more
22 October 2016.
In the 1960s, a Jesuit priest came regularly to the English College in Rome to speak with the young seminarians, among whom I was one. He gave many spiritual conferences, but I can remember clearly only one of them.
On t...Read more
‘I must ask myself where I came from… the memory of my people, the memory of my family, the memory of my history. The memory of a path that has already been trodden’. Pope Francis spoke these words a few months ago in Krakow to the pilgrims ...Read more
Just outside this oasis of prayer and peace, there are some of the most complicated road junctions in London. They are littered with signs: some giving information about directions to be taken, some telling you what you must do, some telling you w...Read more
Today we gather for this celebration of Mass for deacons in the great Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Let us listen again to the words of Pope Francis as he invited the Church is observe this year:
'How much I desire that this year will be steeped in m...Read more
Given at the International Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 18 September
The Scriptures we have heard this evening are very down to earth. The first reading (Amos 8.4-7) is all about a corrupt economy. Some would say that all economies ...Read more
Given at St Mary’s Church, Hampstead, at the Mass celebrating the 200th anniversary of the church on 11 September 2016.
During August, I visited two places which left a lasting impression on me. The first was Krakow, where World Youth Day too...Read more
Given at the Mass for volunteer workers of charity for the Year of Mercy at Westminster Cathedral on 10 September 2016.
I thank you all for coming together this afternoon to celebrate this Holy Mass and to renew your dedication to the work...Read more
8 September 2016.
A powerful prayer stands at the heart of this ceremony of the ordination of Mgr Carmelo Zammit to the Order of Bishops. We pray to God as 'Father of mercies and God of all consolations' to 'pour out upon this chosen one th...Read more
We have just heard from St Paul some words that I would really like you to keep in mind and that I would really like to explore with you this evening in quite a serious way.
St Paul invites us to understand the depths he sees in the mystery of Ch...Read more
In a few minutes, in the Eucharistic Prayer of our Mass today, we shall say 'You are indeed Holy, O Lord and you never cease to gather a people to yourself'. Well the Lord has certainly done so today! What a gathering we are! What a joyful gathe...Read more