The Catholic Universe – weekly briefing

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, 9th dated  2020:

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  • Pope prays for world to build back better- his new encyclical Fratelli tutti on fraternity and social friendship (a great encyclical and a good read! says Fr Bill) 
  • Amnesty hit by hypocrisy charge over new abortion policy
  • Prayer and Our Lady will defeat virus
  • Focus faithful, and we can beat coronavirus
  • Pro-life anger over biased consultation
  • Churches voice concern as Brexit talks hit critical phase
  • Rees-Mogg backs MP over the return of all abortion safeguards
  • Charity warns of looming palliative care crisis
  • Columbans launch schools essay competition to ‘End Racism’
  • Catholic schoolgirls caught up in spiked sweets horror
  • First Minister offers support for worship security fund
  • Patel in pledge to change Home Office after failings
  • Scotland’s wealth gap exposed in TUC report
  • Mayor backs Rashford goal of ending child food poverty
  • Post-Covid world can banish homelessness
  • Edinburgh families pushed into poverty
  • Service chiefs fear second wave impact
  • BAME families left waiting as councils fail to provide help
  • Church says thanks after Albert Gubay charity’s donation
  • ‘Soldier F’ to be alone at Bloody Sunday trail
  • Loyalists slam lies over ‘sanitised’ IRA
  • Shock as age limit sees abuse of elderly ignored
  • Food access worries fuelled big rise in lockdown anxiety
  • iPad lifeline offered to shielding
  • BBC won’t budge on over-75s’ fees
  • Last chance for betting firms as new rules come in
  • MPs vow to save Parliamentary art
  • 100 up as migrants continue to chance dangerous Channel
  • Church is always there for those in a crisis pregnancy, says bishop
  • Garda investigate Convent fire as possible arson
  • Apologies for historic cases of transporting children overseas
  • Renters left vulnerable by lockdown pressure
  • Duke compares Covid fight with climate change
  • Pandemic legacy will be big toll on mental health
  • Christ stands with you, guards told
  • No return to selfish ‘normal’
  • Authority is serving, not exploiting, others as Church looks for rich harvest of holiness
  • Church fears as Russia plans to ‘re-educate’ foreign-trained clergy
  • Australian wins Ratzinger prize
  • Apostolic letter points the faithful to St Jerome
  • Europe losing virus fight as public reject restrictions
  • New twist in Pell v Becciu shocks Rome
  • WHO admits one-in-10 hit by coronavirus
  • UN warns Haiti on the cusp of social collapse
  • Cardinal fears over Catholic focus on judge
  • Cameroon violence out of hand and needs response – bishops
  • China dominates meeting as Pompeo meets Vatican officials
  • Migrants form new caravan in bid to flee poverty, crime and reach the USA
  • Catholic Times supplement: Pope issues a rallying call to the world
  • Catholic Times supplement: St Francis is inspiration as new encyclical released




  • Matthew Flinders: Boris Johnson needs to be loved too much to tell us the truth about Christmas 2020
  • John Battle: An appeal to end the waste of our time
  • Leon Spence: You can disagree – but it’s important we retain respect
  • Caroline Farrow: IT whizz Carlo was arguably the 21st century’s first saint
  • Fr Shay Cullen: Blood-suckers take life out of victims
  • NJPN Comment: Phil Kerton: Just seeking sanctuary
  • Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: Teaching is a true vocation
  • Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: Vatican offers comprehensive guide for end-of-life care
  • Catholic Times supplement: Questions and answers…with Fr Francis Doyle: A willingness to forgive those who have offended us?
  • Catholic Times supplement: Papal Insight: Mgr Anthony Figueirdo in Rome: The inspiring story of the boy who devoted his life to God




  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Encyclical ends ‘Just War’ theory as pope urges world to unite as one
  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Pope calls for politics to rediscover vocation and the common good
  • Catholic Times supplement: Vatican Letter: We are just custodians of the assets: transparency on finance is our priority
  • Catholic Times supplement: Heart of the Matter: US and Vatican unite on religious freedom
  • Catholic Times supplement: Prisoner of Conscience: India: Christians attacked as ‘cow vigilantism’ continues in rural areas
  • Catholic Times supplement: Sunday Worship: ‘Many are called but few are chosen’
  • Catholic Times supplement: Bookcase: A reflection book based on The Two Popes film
  • Criminal Justice Feature: Caritas Leeds Criminal Justice Inquiry: An opportunity for the diocese
  • Heart of the Matter: Finding your ministry in the midst of a pandemic
  • Faith Alive: Africa is bursting with talent that needs chance to shine, says Didier
  • Grief and faith underpin new story lines for very Catholic thriller writer
  • Sport (SWIFT): Grit: Having a particular goal and the perseverance to see it through


Around the Parishes:


  • Forty means forty in Newtownstewart!
  • Birmingham quartet joins archdiocese
  • SVP members rededicate at online Mass
  • Apostolic Blessing after 60 years of marriage
  • American RSM sisters welcomed to Edinburgh



  • St Francis leavers so proud as their Faith in Action recognised
  • Mrs Parker ‘was always meant to be at St Mary’s’
  • Bus firm issues report threat to pupils over mask wearing
  • Skipathon cheque lands
  • No bonuses, says Williamson




  • Profile: Alastair Campbell: Political fixer lays bare truth about his depression and mental health struggles
  • Health: What is excessive sweating – and how can I treat it?
  • Motoring: Less is more: Modern motors on offer without the top tech features
  • Finance: Renting to investing: Money misconceptions to be wary of
  • Books: Book Review
  • Nick’s Music Picks: Believe by Andrea Bocelli
  • Nick’s TV Picks


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