Arts, Events & Exhibitions

Nuns to open pop-up restaurant in east London

The Daughters of Divine Charity are planning to open 'NUNdos', at the White Rabbit in Shoreditch, from 17th – 19th October. Diners will be invited to break bread and reflect on modern life over a hot lunch cooked and served by sisters from their Swaffham and Chesterfield convents. The restaurant is opening in response to an influx of research studies that show that people under the...

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Paris: 'Christians of the East' exhibition

A groundbreaking exhibition: 'Christians of the Middle East' has opened in Paris at the Institute of the Arab World, in partnership with l'Oeuvre d'Orient.

The show includes several rare exhibits brought to Europe for the first time - frescoes, icons, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs and film and sound recordings from the 2,000-year history of Christians in the Middle East – a herita...

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Song for Feast of St Francis

Morning St Francis by Assumption of the BVM Province Fr Brendan Wroblewski, OFM.

The US-based Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity sent us this song, Nani Chinek, by Franciscan Friar Fr Tansi Ibisi, CFR, sung in the Ibo and Yoruba languages. The video shows scenes from the Mary's Meals documentary film, Generation Hope. Funds raised from the song are going towards Mary's Meals, a charity thats provides a school meal to more than one million children around the world ...

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Believing in poetry in a secular age

If we live in a secular age, you wouldn't know it from our poetry. Not only are some of the greatest poets of recent years overtly Christian, such as Geoffrey Hill and Les Murray, but many who are not remain drawn to and fascinated by "the soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage." Michael Symmons Roberts is one of the leading English poets writing today, his work having won the For...

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Romero—Play: Heartbeat of El Salvador

Dangerous confrontation

The production opened and closed with a gunshot ringing through the air—the assassination of Blessed Oscar Romero. The rapid scene changes seemed to emphasise the urgency of help needed by the huge peasant population in El Salvador during the 1960—1980s. Oppressed by the extreme right wing government the poor lived in impossibly harsh conditions, constantly surrounded by extreme violence. T...

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Catholic artists in prestigious watercolour exhibition

Alice Robertson

Two artists, Alice Robertson and Elizabeth McCarten, based at St Patricks Studios in Wapping, have work exhibited in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition in The Mall Galleries this week. Elizabeth McCarten won the Jackson's Young Artists prize for her painting in the competition.

Now in its 30th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestig...

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Play: 'Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador'

'Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador' is a new play by RISE Theatre in association with The Archbishop Romero Trust, looking at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice. There will be a special performance on Saturday, 23 September 2017 at 12pm at St Stephen's with St John, Rochester Row, London SW1P 1LE.

The true story of Blessed ...

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London: Creativity and Spirituality Day Retreats

A new series of day retreats and a workshop will be taking place at DeMazenod House near Tower Bridge this autumn, focussing on themes of Discerning Dreams, Healing with Divine Love and Colour Therapy.

Day Retreats

30 September Discerning Dreams: Some dreams are profound. They remain with us. Why? ...

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Play Review: Driving Miss Daisy

Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths

Driving Miss Daisy, a comedy drama by Alfred Uhry opened at the Richmond Theatre with Sian Phillips as Miss Daisy, Derek Griffiths as Hoke, her chauffeur, and Teddy Kempner as her son Boolie. The play is set in Atlanta, Georgia in 1948 and explores the twenty five year long relationship between an ageing, Southern Jewish widow and her African American driver. Despite her ...

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Art the Arms Fair

Civilian Drone Strike -

Art the Arms Fair is a unique art exhibition that has been set up in opposition to the Defence & Security Equipment International 2017 (DSEI), one of the biggest arms fairs in the world.

Open for this week only at SET Space, 7th Floor, Capstan House, Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BA the exhibition will bring together the work of artists, including Guerrilla Girls, Peter Kennard, Darren...

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Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael at National Gallery

Michelangelo Virgin & Child with Infant St John the Baptist -'Taddei Tondo', Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

This autumn there is unique opportunity to explore the complex relationship between three giants of Renaissance art in a special display at the National Gallery.

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael around 1500 brings together eight works by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), and Raffaello Santi, or Raphael (1483–1520); three artists who were keenly aware...

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London: Praying with Art at Tate Britain

Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton from Mount Street Jesuit Centre will be leading Praying with Art at Tate Britain this Saturday, 2nd September from 11am-4pm. They say: "Our day at Tate Britain will provide opportunities to 'stand and stare', to allow a painting or sculpture to speak to our deepest selves and allow God to speak to us through that process of pondering."

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Play: A Monk’s Tale: Relics, Reform and Revolution

Luther, the mad monk… “No, he wasn’t mad.” “Well, he was very angry!”

Confused/bemused about Luther? Good for us/bad for us? A cultural disaster? A reform which went wrong – or went right?

You will certainly not go wrong if you spend an hour at 'A Monk’s Tale: Relics, Reform and Revolution' touring the UK now after a near sell-out three weeks in Edinburgh.

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New 'Slow TV' series visits three Benedictine monasteries

Pluscarden Abbey

Three Benedictine monasteries: Pluscarden, Downside and Belmont feature in a new three part TV documentary series due to be shown on BBC Four in October.

According to an entry on the Pluscarden website, the genre of this documentary is ‘Slow TV’. Following the model of ‘Into Great Silence’ about La Grande Chartreuse, “the idea is to invite viewers into a world where prayer, medi...

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