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Next year, 2020, will see the re-dedication of the faithful people of England and Wales to Mary.
 
Scotland was thus dedicated in 2017 in a powerful ceremony at the Marian grotto in Carfin. Now it is England’s turn.
 
This dedication has a notable history. Back in 1381 in the reign of Richard II, following a time of social unrest, the king presented England to Mary as her “dowry”. The event was recorded in a finely detailed painting which has become known as the Wilton Dyptych: it shows the monarch, flanked by St John Baptist, St Edward the Confessor and St Edmund of East Anglia, kneeling before Mary who holds out the Christ-child wrapped in cloth of gold and is surrounded by flower-crowned angels with soaring wings pointed Heavenwards.
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A mystic from Lancashire, and devotion to Divine wisdom

A mystic from Lancashire, and devotion to Divine wisdom

Mark Higgins explores the message of Teresa Higginson

Teresa Higginson, until very recently, was described on Wikipedia as a “famous Welsh Catholic”, but this was hardly the case at all. By providence or chance Teresa’s birth in 1844 did happen to occur during a family pilgrimage to the Shrine of Holywell in North Wales, but to two very English parents, her father, from a Lancashire family with recusant roots, and her mother, of personal conversion.
 
Teresa grew up, as it were, on the frontiers of the expanding English Catholic mission, with her family home acting as a lodging house for travelling clergy and even as a chapel for Mass in the days before the building of her local parish church in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Visitors to the Higginson household included prominent figures of the period including Fathers Ignatius Spencer, Fredrick Faber and Dominic Barberi.
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Obituary: Philip Trower

Obituary: Philip Trower
 
Philip Trower, Catholic writer, died earlier this year. His books on theology and history attracted considerable interest from a younger generation of Catholics, shaped by Pope John Paul II. A warm admirer of John Paul, he saw the years that immediately followed the Second Vatican Council as a time of turmoil that emerged into greater confidence and unity through the efforts of the Polish Pope.
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Poetry and belief

Poetry and belief
Not many serious magazines publish poetry today. FAITH magazine makes the occasional contribution in that department. And the other, better known, magazine that does it rather well is the Spectator.
 
Who are the poets whose work enhances those pages? One of them sits opposite me in the pub near Westminster Cathedral: Richard Ormrod, who is also a biographer and a book reviewer, including for FAITH magazine.
 
We are meeting to discuss his latest biography - of poet and Anglican clergyman Andrew Young, whose work was much admired by CS Lewis. Ormrod sees him as a sadly neglected figure, whose love of nature and concern for what is today called “the environment” make him relevant today and with a message that needs to be heard. “Young’s deeply observant, unsentimental nature poetry challenges us. It’s important, and it speaks to a generation that is becoming aware of its own lack of link with the natural world.”
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Meditations by Blessed John Henry Newman on the Mysteries of the Rosary

Meditations by Blessed John Henry Newman on the Mysteries of the Rosary

To celebrate the forthcoming canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman, we reprint these Meditations on the Rosary, compiled from his writings by a Benedictine Sister at St Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde. In this May issue we offer the Joyful Mysteries: subsequent issues of FAITH will offer the Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.

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SEX, LOVE AND THE CATHOLIC CHALLENGE TO HEDONISM
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Fr Holloway’s 100th Birthday

Last Saturday was the 100th anniversary of Agnes Holloway giving birth to Edward.He was born just as Lenin’s revolution began. This was the beginning of changing the poor, Christian country of Russia into the powerful Marxist one. It was predicted by Our Lady of Fatima over the previous six...
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Weinstein and Modern Judgmentalism

Weinstein and Modern Judgmentalism
The Harvey Weinstein affair has unleashed a can of worms. There has been a series of exposures concerning sexual offences or inappropriate sexual behaviour of MPs, celebrities and others. There is no doubt that sexual harassment, carried out mostly by men, deserves condemnation and certainly ther...
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Islam and Terrorism

Islam and Terrorism
We are all aware of the horror of the terrorist attacks in recent years and of the senseless attack outside the mosque in Finsbury Park, London. It is inspiring how brave those who work in the emergency services are and how strong the community support has been in all these cases. As Christians, ...
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