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Witnessing to Truth

Patrick Ward writes… So… seven days have now passed since The Holy Father left these shores following his historic visit to the UK.  Life quickly returned to normal.  By Monday the blanket news coverage had virtually stopped, by Tuesday the … Continue reading

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What’s so good about being a Catholic? (Part Two)

Patrick Ward writes… Over a week ago, I wrote a post called “What’s so good about being a Catholic?”   You can read it here. As you will see, lots of people responded with comments and thoughts.  Here, in alphabetical order, … Continue reading

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

Patrick Ward writes… I am a 36-year-old bloke from Liverpool.  I don’t consider myself to be particularly sentimental and I’m not necessarily prone to great bouts of gushing emotion.  And yet, over the course of the four-day visit of Pope … Continue reading

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Photos from a cold, wet and glorious morning in Cofton Park

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Real Prayer

Patrick Ward writes… The smile on Pope Benedict’s face grew and grew as he walked towards the great doors at the front of Westminster Cathedral. It was the end of a solemn and dignified celebration of Mass.  As he started … Continue reading

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What’s so good about being Catholic? (Part One)

Patrick Ward writes… “The trouble we have at the moment,” said an old friend of mine I bumped into at St Mary’s in Twickenham today, “is that not enough people are saying what is so good about being a Catholic … Continue reading

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Living Life to the Full

Patrick Ward writes… So Pope Benedict has spoken to the children and young people of England, Scotland and Wales in what one observer called “the most beautiful speech I’ve ever heard him give.”  The theme of The Big Assembly was … Continue reading

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London Calling

Patrick Ward writes… Yesterday, I took a walk through the centre of London along part of the route that the Popemobile will travel and preparations were well underway.  Barriers in place, podiums for the world’s press set up and an … Continue reading

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Memorable Journeys

Patrick Ward writes… My top five most memorable journeys: 1. 1985.  At the age of 11, walking to secondary school for the first time through the most terrifying housing estate in my home-town. 2. 1991. On a coach to Poland for World … Continue reading

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“Peacefulness radiates from him”

Patrick Ward writes… In contrast to the picture painted of Pope Benedict XVI by Peter Tatchell in his Channel Four documentary this evening, I’ve recently been hearing very different impressions from people who have actually met the man.  Earlier this … Continue reading

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