Tim Byron

Pope is gifted with knitted jumper
In the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides you will encounter an organic and vibrant church.  Surrounded by a stark beauty and tested by uncompromising weather, the islanders are very close to nature, aware of its power and beauty.  Crofters and Fisherfolk spent the long winter nights by their peat fires mending their nets, knitting their jumpers and telling stories, with a bottle of whisky and a set of rosary beads near at hand.  The famous Eriskay jumpers, a seamless piece of...
Up to a million Koreans attended the Beatification Mass of 124 martyrs in Seoul on Saturday. As Pope Francis made his way towards Gwanghwamun Plaza, where a large altar had been constructed, Koreans in their thousands cheered and waved, straining to record the event on their mobile devices. The papal vehicle stopped occasionally, allowing the Pope, smiling, to kiss the foreheads of small children who were held up to him.Pope Francis delivered his homily in Italian, pausing every minute or two...
Enjoying the experience of directing a long retreat,  30-days of silence, following the Spiritual Exercises, in North Wales.  I am with 6 other ‘youngish’ Jesuits of my generation, so as well as accompanying people through the 4 weeks it is great to discuss the dynamics with them (whilst respecting the confidentiality).  We have just spent a few days with the ‘Principle and Foundation’ a consideration that Ignatius gives us before we enter the retreat....
In a culture that can seem obsessed with celebrity, that even grades them A-List, B-List etc. – the church celebrated on Sunday 29th June two of our foremost saints.  Saints Peter and Paul have been called the indispensable men of the early church: Peter who has the unique authority that Jesus conferred to him, who is given the keys to heaven, Petrus the Rock on which Jesus says "I will build my Church".  And Paul, the great missionary, who first takes the news of the...
Harriet Edwards, a second year student of film-making at Manchester Metropolitan University, has won a dream opportunity to work with a Hollywood production company. She was selected out of students from across the North of England who entered films into a pilot competition mounted by the Insight Film Festival. The festival was co-sponsored by the Jesuit Catholic Chaplaincy of Manchester Universities.Harriet's expenses-paid trip to Hollywood will include a six week internship with...
Students in Northern England are being invited to Hollywood for a six week internship with a film production company in the movie capital of the world – if they can convince a panel of industry professionals that they can portray faith in film in a confident and creative way.The Jesuits of the Catholic Chaplaincy at the Universities of Manchester and the Insight Film Festival have collaborated to create the North of England Student Film Award 2014. The internship is being offered by...