Cambridge – Madonnas & Miracles

The way in which we look at the Renaissance (French for “rebirth”) is still very much influenced by the interpretation of Modern Age historians, who saw it as a time of cultural and artistic resurgence after the darkness of the Middle Ages. Sharing the same enthusiasm for mankind as their contemporary Humanistic philosophers, many poets…

Shoreditch – The Street Art

Fascinated by the contagious enthusiasm of our friend and Blue Badge Guide Maurizio Patti, we very much enjoyed a sunny Saturday walk through the streets of Shoreditch and the history of street art. Starting as clandestine signatures on walls, being at the same time a mean of self affirmation (like saying: “I exist and was…

Jane Hill meets Caroline Harding

BBC presenter Jane Hill’s father and uncle both lived with Parkinson’s disease and, in the first of two programmes about people from families with inherited genetic disorders, she meets Caroline Harding. Caroline talks about her decision whether or not to have her second and third children tested after her first child was born with the…

How the ‘dubia’ drama will end

Pope Francis has declined to answer four cardinals’ ‘doubts’ about his teaching on marriage. The Church is now in uncharted territory Pognostications are a dangerous pastime for commentators, and in the papacy of Pope Francis the business of making predictions seems a particularly dangerous one. Back in April, when Francis issued a document called Amoris…

The next battlefront for religious freedom

Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populists One reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised.…

Caravaggio – The beauty that conquered England

A bust of Pope Pius IX presided over a packed St Wilfred’s hall at the London Oratory, whilst Professor Maria Cristina Terzaghi, took the audience on a biographical tour of Caravaggio, and his work. This event was very well attended, given the interest in his work on display at the National gallery currently. Professor Terzaghi pointed to Caravaggio’s unique style, developed throughout his apprenticeship in…

National borders are the only sure guardians of democracy. The EU ignores them at its peril

European civilisation has been steadily replacing religion with territory as the source of political unity. The process began in the 17th century, as the call for popular sovereignty and national unity began to be heard above the noise of religious conflict.Following the French Revolution and Napoleon’s failed attempt at a pan-European Empire, Europe emerged as a…