Category Archives: Westminster Cathedral

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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Our wonderful Catholic Youth

As I write I have just been talking to one of the young people who was in the Piazza this morning at Westminster. She, and hundreds (well, 2000) of others are all having a picnic in Hyde Park before they … 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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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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“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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A Gift to be Discovered

Patrick Ward writes… Andrew Marr interviewed Archbishop Vincent Nichols on his BBC Sunday morning programme this week.  Soon after watching this, I took myself off to Westminster Cathedral for Mass at 10.30am – for me, a rare treat – which was … Continue reading

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