The Catholic Universe – weekly briefing

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, dated 7th August 2020:


• Anger as DIY home abortions lead to two deaths
• John Hume, 1937-2020: Tributes paid to a giant of the peace process
• ‘A titan, a giant…without him we would not have had peace’
• Universe columnist and former Labour MP John Battle, who knew John Hume well, pays his own tribute
• Catholics have ‘duty’ to be vaccinated, say bishops
• Medic admits fear over virus second wave
• Three priests mourned
• Scotland hate law could see Bible banned, bishops warn
• Church issues united call for UK to ditch nuclear arsenal
• Caritas plays key role saving trafficked girl
• Historic Eid event at Croke Park
• Armagh anger as archbishop targeted by New IRA poster
• Victims champion voices regret over unfinished work
• Sinn Fein hit by hoax bomb
• At home abortion phone consultations highlighted as sham
• Lawyers say new rules are ‘life threatening’
• Learn care home lessons before the second wave hits, warns MP
• Calls for huge growth in free school meal programme
• Rigid UC fails millions says peers’ report
• Private renters left desperate by lack of social homes
• MP hits out after hacking attempt
• Deal failure risks stoking migrant crisis
• End of free TV is a ‘sad day’ for elderly
• Illness leaves Pope Emeritus extremely frail
• Pope asks Catholics: use virus to reflect on faith
• God likes the sharers not the selfish, pilgrims told
• New secretary for Holy Father
• Festival youth urged to follow Mary as the light of the world
• Pandemic ‘shone light on migrants’ worth
• Jesuit warns religious at risk of abuse
• WHO admits no certainty over beating virus as Latin America becomes worst affected region
• Nicaraguan bishops label cathedral attack as an act of terrorism
• Mother’s hopes dashed as court rules on side of 14-year-old’s ‘husband’
• Supreme Court gives a green light to Trump’s Mexican wall
• Mysterious fate of Chinese bishop a concern
• Catholic Times supplement: Vatican workers who meet public tested for Covid-19 antibodies
• Catholic Times supplement: Vatican official voices support for German abbess who sheltered refugees


• Meghan Tinsley: Do we need a national day of mourning after the pandemic?
• Leon Spence: For all its quirks, House of Lords plays invaluable role
• John Battle: Brazil is burning
• Caroline Farrow: DIY abortions leaving mum to pay ultimate price, too
• Theresa Alessandro: Use this landmark date to demand end to nuclear weapons
• Fr Shay Cullen: Arms race kills thousands
• NJPN Comment: Henrietta Cullinan: At the limits of morality: deterrent
• CAFOD: Oge Chukwudozie: Fighting Covid-19 myths and raising awareness in Nigeria
• Catholic Times supplement: Mystical Theology: David Torkington: From saying prayers to contemplation
• Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: 75 years on…Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
• Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: The laity have a role, but all parishes must be led by priests
• Catholic Times supplement: Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: How the popes would holiday over the years


• Bishopric of the Forces: Fr Ian Evans: Chance meeting opened the door to a wonderful 25-year tour with the Army
• Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Germany’s Catholic bishops divided over Vatican instruction on parishes
• Catholic Times supplement: Bookcase: Book details what the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us about Jesus
• Catholic Times supplement: Felician sisters bear loss of 13 sisters to Covid-19: ‘Our most tragic time’
• Vatican Letter: Pontifical universities prepare for classes in Covid-era
• Heart of the Matter: Catholic-supported co-op in Israel helps asylum-seekers during pandemic
• Religious Art: Healing the wounds of racism through the form of religious art
• World News Feature: Hagia Sophia is first step of Erdogan’s grand plan
• Sport (SWIFT): We can see all the elements of life’s drama through the game of football

Around the Parishes:

• Chrism Mass celebrated at St Mary’s
• Volunteers sought as pro-life vigil looks at autumn restart
• ‘Calm, measured and devout’ head steps down
• Praise for Dominicans as Fr Sam joins priesthood
• Bishop blesses cathedral’s Stations of the Cross as fund launched
• Peter offers glimpse of love in his heart at moving ordination


• School closure impact could last for decades says new report
• Hail ‘Mari-thon’ heroes
• New Hall kept the community spirit alive through pandemic
• Covid sees poor children lose ground on peers


• Profile: Jenni Murray: ‘I went from 24 stone to 14’
• Garden: Late summer blooms to keep your garden glowing
• Home: Home essentials: Spotting the signs of water damage
• Health: Separate the fact from fiction on dieting myths
• Nick’s Music Picks: All Rise by Gregory Porter
• Nick’s TV Picks

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