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'Catholic News' is a podcast carrying interviews with a diverse range of people - lay people, religious and clergy - involved on the front line of the Catholic Church's work in England and Wales.

    Reflection on India's first lay Catholic Saint

    Reflection on India's first lay Catholic Saint

    Bishop Thomas Neylon, Lead Bishop for Asia for the Bishops' Conference, has recorded a short reflection on Blessed Lazarus, also called Devasahayam, an 18th-century Indian martyr. He was a married Hindu man who converted to Catholicism and suffered much persecution for his faith.



    A Catholic for only seven years, he was shot dead in the Aralvaimozhy forest on January 14, 1752.



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    Statue of Devasahayam Pillai, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Kottar, Nagercoil
    Kumbalam on Wikimedia Commons
    CC BY-SA 3.0

    • 1 min
    Psalm 121 Reflection

    Psalm 121 Reflection

    As an important part of our resources for the Day of Prayer for the Survivors of Abuse, we have produced an audio reflection on Psalm 121. We listen to an introduction before hearing a reading of the Psalm. Then a survivor offers her personal reflection on the psalm before we offer prayers for survivors of abuse, their families, friends and communities.



    Introduction



    Psalm 121, I lift up my eyes to the mountains, is given the title of ‘A song of Ascent to Jerusalem’. The psalmist looks at the journey ahead of him, through mountains and hills, and seeks God to help him.



    Survivors of Abuse are, unwillingly, thrust into to this journey, that for every moment of life after abuse, will always be mountainous at times, sometimes steady and more settled and also near on impossible at others.



    The survivor journey can often feel lonely and isolated, and whilst always trying to move forwards, that sense of loneliness, of feeling fragmented, facing that steeply impossible mountain is often accompanied by a silent cry of ‘Who will help me?’



    This question is often left unanswered, as the very nature of abuse can make it impossible to trust anyone to have your best interests at heart, to want to help you with your heavy load. Life lived in a paradox of needing help, but not being able to trust enough to accept it. This paradox means that the psychological impact continues to be perpetuated long after abuse ends.

    • 7 min
    A Reflection on Charles de Foucauld

    A Reflection on Charles de Foucauld

    Bishop Paul Swarbrick, Bishop of Lancaster, introduces us to Charles de Foucauld, a former soldier and Trappist who will be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday 15 May 2022.



    Photo © Jean-Louis Zimmermann (CC BY 2.0)

    • 4 min
    Titus Brandsma

    Titus Brandsma

    Titus Brandsma was a Carmelite friar who was killed in the Dachau concentration camp on 26 July 1942.



    The Nazi invasion of Holland took place on 10 May 1940. Their persecution of the Jews is well known. Titus defended the Jewish people - especially Jewish children who attended Catholic schools. He said: "the Church in carrying out her mission makes no distinction between sex, race or people."



    In late 1941, Dutch Catholic media outlets were ordered to carry Nazi Party advertisements. The Catholic hierarchy asked Titus to intervene, which he did with great courage, writing to all editors of Catholic publications and pleading with them to defy the order. He was betrayed to the Nazi authorities.



    He was arrested on 19 January 1942 and spent seven weeks at the prison in Scheveningen, before being transferred with a hundred other prisoners to Amersfoot concentration camp.



    He spent nearly two months there, before being sent back to Scheveningen for further questioning. The head of the secret police called Titus "that dangerous little friar". When it became clear that Titus would not go against his conscience and give in to the demands of the Nazi party, he was sent to Dachau.



    He was taken to the camp 'hospital', in reality an experimental laboratory, where he suffered more degrading treatment. Finally, on 26 July 1942, an SS nurse administered the injection that would kill him.



    Titus Brandsma was beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II on 3 November 1985 and was canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday 15 May 2022.



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    This audiobook, produced in collaboration with the Catholic Truth Society (CTS), was written by Hugh Clarke and is read by Pierpaolo Finaldi.



    It is taken from a collection of texts, published by CTS in ebook form, titled: Edith Stein, Marcel Callo, Titus Brandsma: Victims of the Nazis.

    • 58 min
    Cardinal looks back on the Bishops' visit to Wales

    Cardinal looks back on the Bishops' visit to Wales

    Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke to journalists, remotely, about the Bishops' first plenary meeting in Wales for 18 years.



    The Cardinal, President of the Bishops' Conference, looked back on the five-day meeting and talked about their discussions.



    The meeting took place in Cardiff from 2 - 6 May 2022. Cardinal Nichols gave a briefing on the deliberations of the bishops, including Ukraine and refugees, the synodal process and challenges following the pandemic.

    • 13 min
    Archbishop: We must say no to war, we must say yes to peace and we must pray

    Archbishop: We must say no to war, we must say yes to peace and we must pray

    The Most Reverend John Wilson spoke passionately to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic community in the UK about the disastrous consequences that war has brought to Ukraine.



    The Archbishop of Southwark was invited to preach at the Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in central London on Sunday 27 February.



    He spoke to us afterwards:



    "The gospel today in the Ukrainian liturgy is the gospel of the Last Judgment. Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do it to me, said the Lord Jesus. We must hear these words. They must cut into our hearts.



    "They're not just words for Christians, they're words for any decent person, that what we're doing to others, we're doing to Christ. We are misusing the gifts that we have to build up for peace by destroying through war. And so this must cease.



    "This is the message of Christ, this is the message of every right thinking person - every right thinking nation. We must say no to war, we must say yes to peace and we must pray. We can feel powerless when we look on. We can give material support. We need to do that individually and as nations and governments, but as believers, as disciples of Christ. We must pray."

    • 5 min

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