Who are the wise virgins? by Stephen Pittman

The confusion continues. We won’t need Covid passports for Mass – even in a large building which is bursting at the seams. And we won’t need them for the coffee that follows – unless there’s more than 500 people.


Politicians continue to argue about extending restrictions while some of our European neighbours will no longer allow Brits to fly in.


Businesses are already noticing a slump in trade as many of us have started a voluntary lockdown. Of course, without a Government mandate, there will be no furlough payout.


One is reminded of those bridesmaids, foolish and wise. It is possible that the scientists and medics are the ones who have trimmed their lamps


Cardinal Vincent Nichols recommends the Covid vaccine as “real protection, for yourself and for others.” And many of us will agree. The cardinal has added his voices to those of Pope Frances and “favourite football manager”. Jurgen Klopp. “Get vaccinated,” says. “Get boosted.”


Spare a thought for the Poor Clares of Nottingham, formerly of Hawarden. The sisters have been separated into three diocesan houses while their new monastery is being built. But, they say, while they are temporarily homeless, there are thousands around the world who are displaced because of war or disaster. So The Grapveine is pleased to back CAFOD’s appeal for Afghanistan.


Parliamentarians form both houses, across the political spectrum and all Christian denominations have come together to share the hope of Christmas. In the now-familiar lockdown conference style, they share the prophecy of Isaiah 9:


“For there is a child born for us,

a son given to us

and dominion is laid on his shoulders;

and this is the name they give him:

Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God,

Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.”


A spokesman for Christians in Parliament said: “Every now and then you find a politician who is described as possessing Messiah-like qualities and yet none come close to Jesus Christ who was the ‘Wonderful Counsellor’.

Stephen P