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Whitchurch, Bristol - St Bernadette

A 1960s church of highly distinctive construction and design, with a double hyperbolic paraboloid roof evoking the form of a tent. This was (until the opening of Clifton Cathedral) the most striking demonstration in the diocese of the Catholic Church’s post-Vatican II embrace of modernity. It is a landmark on one of the southern approached to Bristol. 

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Bootle - St Monica

One of the major churches of the 20th  century. Opened in 1936 to the design of the Liverpool architect Francis Xavier Velarde, Pevsner described St Monica’s as ‘an epoch-making church for England’. A powerful design, much influenced by the Modern Movement of continental Europe, particularly the work of Dominikus Bohm in Germany. The massive tower has external sculpture by Herbert Tyson Smith. The interior has much bare brickwork, relieved by a more decorative sanctuary with a fine reredos with carved angels and a floating canopy. Velarde’s attention to detail can be seen in the design of the chrome altar rails, the fluted holy water stoups, the font, and even the chrome mantles over the recessed radiators in the aisles.

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Coughton - Ss Peter and Paul and Elizabeth

The Throckmorton family has been at Coughton Court since the fifteenth century, and the house was a Catholic recusant centre from the 1570s. In 1851-3 the family built this substantial church and presbytery on the edge of the estate, from designs by Charles Hansom. The Gothic exterior has a curious thin tower, possibly inspired by Irish models. The interior has been little altered since the 1850s.

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28/11/2017 4:30 pm

Pope Francis addresses Myanmar's leaders

Pope Francis addressed Myanmar's government authorities, civil societies, and the diplomatic corps in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, while on his Apostolic Visit to Myanmar, Tuesday 28 November.

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30/11/2017 3:34 pm

Bishops call on UK Government to help Calais migrants

Ahead of Advent, Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Asylum and Migration for England and Wales and his counterpart in Scotland, Bishop William Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland, have written a joint statement calling on the UK government to help Calais migrants.

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01/12/2017 11:00 am

Surviving Winter - Top Tips

With winter weather rapidly descending on us, Professor Jim McManus, a public health specialist, gives a Christian take on surviving winter and helping an NHS already under considerable strain. There is every sign this winter is going to be much, much tougher for the NHS for many reasons.

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Woodchester - The Annunciation

A magnificent church of the 1840s, by a major Catholic architect and a testament to the deep faith of its founder. There is a fine collection of fittings and furnishings, and the building is little altered. It was the centrepiece of a complex of priory buildings, sadly mostly demolished in 1970. On the approach to the church a wayside cross of 1917 is an early example of a permanent memorial to the dead of the Great War. The church occupies a commanding position overlooking the main road.  

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Rt Rev Tom Williams

The Right Reverend Tom Williams is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Born in Liverpool in February 1948, Bishop Williams was ordained to the priesthood in May 1972.

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