08Sep 08 Sept (Saturday). The Birthday of Our Blessed Lady

A Most Beautiful Birthday

08Sep American bishop escapes jail

A lawyer slams the freeing of Bishop Finn on a charge of failing to report child abuse (opinion piece first published in the Kansas City Star, submitted here by Paddy Moran, Westland Row).

08Sep Martini and Hume speak from beyond the grave

Brendan Hoban writes of the reforming voices of Cardinals Hume and Martini, both speaking now from beyond the grave

08Sep Texts to welcome visitors

Greetings the presider might use at the start of Mass are given here in the more popular European languages, together with a phoenetic version for ministers not fluent in the languages. The suggested script reads: ‘Dear friends who are holidaying with us, we are delighted to welcome you among us.’