Catholic sites in the United Kingdom: England, Scotland Wales : Waslingham, Canterbury Cathedral


Christianity came here in the First Century and spread throughout the country over the ensuing centuries. The Church and the Crown became closely inter-related. Henry VIII was once a defender of the Faith, but after the Pope refused his request for a divorce he became one of the Church's greatest enemies. 

The faith was brutally repressed for over 250 years, producing many martyrs and severely punishing and executing Catholics, but the faithful did persevere. 

To learn more we recommend the book shown below. Today, of course, that persecution has disappeared (or perhaps we should say it now extends in a milder form not only to Catholic Christians but protestants as well, both here and in other Western countries as well). In the United Kingdom some important sites include the following:

Aylesford: The Brown Scapular & Shrine of Saint Simon Stock

Canterbury:  Canterbury Cathedral & the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket

Faversham:  National Shrine of Saint Jude

Glastonbury (coming soon)

Isle of Wight:  Quarr Abbey

Ramsgate:  Shrine of Saint Augustine

Walsingham:  Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham & the Slipper Chapel 

York Minster:  Cathedral and Tomb of Saint William of York

Northern Ireland

Belfast:  Clonard Monastery

Motherwell:  The Carfin Grotto (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Cardigan:  Our Lady of the Taper

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