Category Archive: News

Who are the Jesuits?

If you’re interested in learning more about Jesuits then its worth reading this piece I wrote back in September (replete with a picture I took of the Duomo, in Florence, in 2007). It… Continue reading

Real ale and monks

One for the real ale loving friends of mine: When bottles of Ampleforth Abbey Beer went on sale in the summer of 2012, monks from Britain’s largest Benedictine community in Britain found themselves… Continue reading

Why are there seven days in a week?

A week made up of seven days is part of our modern global culture, but its origins date back to ancient civilisation. The Greeks gave us democracy, the Romans bridges and roads but… Continue reading

Io Saturnalia!

Is how we celebrate Christmas down to the Romans? It could well be… Did the Romans invent Christmas? “Io Saturnalia!” Two thousand years ago this was the seasonal greeting which would have chimed… Continue reading

Analysis: Witches and pagans

The words ‘pagan’ and ‘witch’ have meant different things to different people throughout history. Pagan is a catch-all term for pre-Christian religions. Modern Paganism is based on a revival of some of these.… Continue reading

Pagan beliefs: nature, druids and witches

Thousands of pagans travel to Stonehenge every year to celebrate the Summer and Winter solstices   Almost 57,000 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Pagan, according to the 2011 census, making… Continue reading

Women bishops – a century of struggle

Jayne on women bishops: Women Bishops: a century long struggle for recognition The rejection of women bishops by the general synod of the Church of England is the latest twist in a long… Continue reading

How the Church of England is engaging with social media

Faced with falling congregations, the Church of England is finding digital engagement via Twitter, Facebook and blogging sites a powerful and important part of its ministry and mission. Sister Elizabeth Pio based in… Continue reading

Analysis: DNR orders and Islam

Many devout Muslims believe that DNR orders represent a soft form of euthanasia which is strictly forbidden in Islam. According to the Koran, Muslims cannot kill, or be complicit in the killing of… Continue reading

Who will the next Archbishop of Canterbury be?

When Dr Rowan Williams announced his intention to stand down as Archbishop of Canterbury in March, the long process of finding his replacement began. The end is now almost in sight, with a… Continue reading