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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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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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Lead Kindly Light

Patrick Ward writes… I love the music of Boyce and Stanley, otherwise known as CJM.  On Sunday, I went to Mass in a small, village church in the Cotswolds where I’d been to a wedding the day before.  The worship … Continue reading

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Heart speaking to heart

Patrick Ward writes… I was eight years old when Pope John Paul II visited the UK back in 1982. I remember it well. Me and my family went to Speke Airport in Liverpool to see him.  It was a big … Continue reading

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