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Scandinavian stories

The other day somebody mentioned a book by the Swedish Cardinal Anders Arborelius OCD entitled Carmelite Spirituality. Then I noticed in the news that the Nobel Prize for literature had been awarded to Norwegian Catholic writer Jon Fosse. In a recent conversation I was reminded of a Finn I met a few years ago who is now an Oratorian. Each Monday I receive a blog by Norwegian Bishop Erik Varden of Trondheim, who was Abbot of Mount St Bernard's Abbey in Leicestershire until 2019. Particularly interesting is the fact that all four are converts, and they are a reminder that the Catholic Church has been quietly growing (from small beginnings) in Scandinavia. And our St Therese is at work there - Cardinal Arborelius decided he wanted to become a Carmelite after reading Story of a Soul.

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