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Archbishop: receive Holy Communion with more care
BY MADELEINE TEAHAN
THE ARCHBISHOP of Westminster has urged Catholics to deepen their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament in a pastoral letter to members of his archdiocese.
In the letter, read during weekend Masses, Archbishop Vincent Nichols called for a deeper appreciation of the Eucharist.
He urged every parish “to refresh its reverence and love for the Blessed Sacrament and its practice of receiving Holy Communion”.
The archbishop said: “We must always present ourselves for Communion with the utmost reverence and aware of the immensity of what is taking place.”
He also stressed the importance of preparing for Holy Communion.
“It is important that we also prepare well to receive Holy Communion,” he said. “We observe a Eucharistic fast of at least one hour. We seek forgiveness of our sins, through the penitential prayers of the Mass and through the Sacrament of Penance, especially whenever we are conscious of grave sin.”
He appealed to Catholics to “reflect on how you personally present yourself to receive the Lord in Holy Communion. Each way of receiving Holy Communion expresses awe and must be carried out with care.”
The archbishop said that each recipient of Holy Communion is at liberty to receive the Host on the hand or on the tongue.
“When receiving Holy Communion in the hand, we make with our hands the form of both a cross and a throne in
‘It is recommended that the faithful bow in reverence before receiving the Sacrament’
For the latest Church news, visit CatholicHerald.co.uk which to receive our King who sacrificed his life for us,” he said. “With clean, empty hands and with gloves removed, we receive him with utter reverence and consume the Host carefully in the presence of the minister before turning away.
“When we receive Holy Communion on the tongue, we are aware of coming to be fed with the Food of Life, conscious of our utter dependence on the Lord. We know the holiness of the One we receive, beyond our touch.”
The archbishop also said that those who receive Holy Communion were free to kneel or stand. He explained that the practice of standing is “now confirmed as the liturgical norm for England and Wales, just recently approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome”.
The Congregation for Divine Worship has also said that when Catholics in England and Wales receive Holy Communion standing “it is recommended that the faithful bow in reverence before receiving the Sacrament”.
The archbishop said: “When we receive Holy Communion standing we show that we are ready to receive the Lord and to walk and act in His name.” He added that when we receive Communion when kneeling “we present ourselves with humility and reverence, submitting our strength to Him, recognising that He is Lord of all”.
“Receiving Holy Communion, we know that Christ, whole and entire, his body and blood, together with his soul and divinity, is truly, really and substantially present,” he said. Editorial comment: Page 13 Pastoral letter: Page 16
Bishop Michael Evans is mourned
Charity seeks £1m a year for ordinariate
BY MADELEINE TEAHAN
A NEW INITIATIVE to financially support struggling members of the Personal Ordinariate was launched yesterday by its Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton.
The group, the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, was founded after Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, called on Catholics “to assist the new ordinary in the unique mission that has been entrusted to him by the Holy Father not only with your prayers but also with every practical support”.
BISHOP Michael Evans of East Anglia has died of prostate cancer five days after being admitted to hospital in Norwich.
Archbishop Peter Smith of
Southwark, who worked with Bishop Evans at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, led the tributes to the bishop, saying that he “refused to give up” even
During the launch, at the Friary in Victoria, London, Mgr Newton was expected to say that the annual running costs of the ordinariate would reach £1 million and would eventually increase. He was to explain that as the ordinariate contains former Anglican clergy many of them not only have wives but dependent children as well.
In a statement issued ahead of the launch, he said: “These former Anglican priests and religious have sacrificed their homes and livelihoods to become Catholics. A number of them are not only married but have dependent children. Naturally, the Church of England ceased to have financial responsibility for them on their resignation from office.”
when restricted by ill-health. The bishop was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease in 2005. ................................................. Full Story: Page 3
Testimonies were expected to be presented on Thursday by Fr Paul Burch, who has four children, and Fr Jonathan Redvers Harris, who has five. Referring to his family and financial situation Fr Harris said: “We have no savings, no property, our car is on its last legs, and to help things along my wife has prematurely drawn her very modest civil service pension.”
Patrons of the new group include Charles Moore, the Duke of Norfolk and Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Order of Malta. Interview: Page 7
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Otto Herschan, guiding light at the Herald for 50 years, dies aged 84 BY MARK GREAVES
OTTO HERSCHAN, the managing director of The Catholic Herald for nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 84.
Mr Herschan, who described himself as “the best namedropper in the world”, managed the Herald from 1954 to 1998. His work continued until last week, when he wrote the obituary of Archduke Otto von Habsburg.
During his tenure he worked with a remarkable variety of editors, including Gerard Noel, Stuart Reid, Peter Stanford, Cristina Odone, Deborah Jones and William Oddie.
He said he had “always been an expert at persuading personalities to write for a pittance”, and appointed Auberon Waugh as a columnist, though he later sacked him over expensive libel actions.
Born in Vienna in 1927, he fled with his mother to England after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. His father, a convert from Judaism, died of typhus in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. With help from the Committee for Catholic Refugees, he was sent to school at Belmont Abbey, Herefordshire. He later enrolled at RADA to train as an actor, but left because he could not afford the fees.
In 1948 he became the youngest theatre manager in London when he was appointed to Boltons Theatre in Kensington aged 21. He was appointed as a manager at the Herald after meeting the then chairman, Vernor Miles, at a fundraising event even though he had only ever worked in theatre.
His most famous gamble as managing editor was to publish an edition of the Herald headlined “Pius XII RIP” before the pope had died – thus scooping all the other papers when Pope Pius died at 3.52am the next day.
A full obituary will be published next week. Editorial comment: Page 13
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Bishop may buy glass megachurch
BY STAFF REPORTER
THE CATHOLIC Diocese of Orange in California is considering buying Crystal Cathedral, the evangelical megachurch, after it declared bankruptcy last year.
Built in 1970 by the Rev Robert Schuller the church has been rocked by controversy in recent years and last week it was announced that nearby
Chapman University had offered £30 million for the cathedral.
But the Catholic Church, which does not have an adequate cathedral to meet the needs of 1.2 million Catholics in the diocese, is said to be keen to maintain the religious nature of the building.
Many local Christians hope that the landmark church will continue to function.
Seminarians taught to cook healthy meals BY MADELEINE TEAHAN
COOKING LESSONS have been added to the curriculum of Japanese seminarians on the Tokyo campus of Japan’s Catholic Seminary.
The students have only just begun as seminarians and are required to attend cooking workshops as part of their focus on “communal life”.
Their teacher is Akiko
Kojima, a registered dietician and parishioner of Seijo church in Tokyo, who is assisted by Sister Kazumi Ozaki of the Society of Helpers. Through their combined effort, they have taught the young men how to whip up meals such as Chinese sweet and sour pork.
Previously many of the seminarians were surviving simply on noodles and toast.
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