Today this joy of anticipation is enriched by the opening of our Door of Mercy and the beginning of the Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis.
The reading from his Papal Bull, which we have just heard, spells out so clearly the inte...Read more
In the mid 1990s, George Stack, Administrator of Westminster Cathedral, invited Fr Augustine Hoey to live and work at the Cathedral. Later, as Archbishop, he wrote:
'This was one of the wisest decisions of my time as Administrator. A delightful...Read more
This evening we come to make an irrevocable act, the consecration of this stone, making it holy, setting it apart for ever. This is done, by the work of the Holy Spirit, at the request of the Church made through the mouth of Jesus, himself.
It is my great joy, as St Edmund’s College Patron and Visitor, to join you in prayer at this Solemn Vespers initiating celebrations for the centenary of the Chapel, unique among contemporary Cambridge college chapels in being the only Catholic f...Read more
Given at the Chapel of the Chelsea Pensioners on Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2015.
One hundred years ago, not today but at the beginning of May, John McCrae stood in the field of the second battle of Ypres, looking at the place where his fri...Read more
Last Sunday I joined thousands of people in St Peter's Square waiting to receive the blessing of Pope Francis. I was surrounded by families: babies asleep in prams, young children crawling on the cobbles, older children entertaining each other, te...Read more
Given at the Red Mass on 1 October 2015 at Westminster Cathedral.
‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.’
The fulfilment of this promi...Read more
Today we leave Galilee and go to Jerusalem. That is fitting for this Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of Jesus. We shall celebrate Vespers of the Feast in the very place were his death took place. We will be able to go to Golgotha. It is from ...Read more
Mgr Walter Drumm died peacefully and quietly, on 17 August. Today we gather to commend his soul to our Heavenly Father, seeking gracious mercy for him, through the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate in this funeral Ma...Read more
Every now and then, in my mind's eye or on TV, there appears the image of Stanbrook Abbey, in Worcestershire, of course. The sweeping drive, the majestic chapel, the forbidding parlours, the sun-kissed gardens and apparently endless central heatin...Read more
Today we are so glad and honoured to be together at this wonderful shrine of Our Blessed Lady. Here we touch something that runs deep in the Catholic veins of this country. Here we can sense why we refer to England as Mary's Dowry. And, of course,...Read more
My brothers and sisters, at this International Mass we come from many different places and speak many different languages. But there are some important words which we all understand and treasure.
The first is the word 'Jesus'. Each of us know...Read more
It was on 9th January 1844 that Bernadette was baptised and, as Bishop Nicholas told us, the baptismal font in which that baptism took place is now in this church at the back. It was a very special family occasion, as baptisms always are. It was t...Read more
Welcome everybody to this pilgrimage. Perhaps your journey here has been easy. Perhaps not. But we are here in this precious place. There are many more to join us. Soon we will be all together.
In this Mass we are almost at the start of our pilgr...Read more
The Church of St Peter-in-Chains in Rome is a great tourist attraction because it contains Michelangelo’s magnificent statue of Moses. But the visitor can also find there the double set of chains believed to be those from which St Peter was free...Read more
This is a most remarkable, celebration: different Christian communities, united in one voice to praise and thank God for the foundation of a Catholic monastery 600 years ago, Syon Abbey! It’s a marvellous testimony to how you, the Christians...Read more