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  • Shelter migrants from the storm

    The political response to what is undoubtedly the biggest European refugee crisis since the Second World War has been lamentable. Only Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, with France’s François Hollande somewhat hesitantly by her side, has shown a real grasp of the issues.

  • Heythrop college can still be saved

    Following the announcement in June that Heythrop College was to be closed in three years’ time, the view has started to crystallise that it is too important an institution to be allowed to go without a fight, and a rescue operation needs to be attempted.

  • The great persuader Paul Vallely

    Francis settled into the role of Pope with remarkable ease after his election in 2013. He has combined clarity of expression with political shrewdness, qualities that will be to the fore in the two great challenges he faces in the coming months

  • ‘Do you hear the cry of the poor?’ Sarah Teather

    The fate of millions of people in this war-ravaged corner of East Africa depends on an uncertain peace agreement signed this week. A former British government minister, just back from visiting refugee projects in the area, assesses the country’s prospects

  • Healing spirit Jonathan Tulloch

    The poet-priest tells Jonathan Tulloch how his work honours the lives of stroke and dementia patients

  • Caring for our common home Alex Muyebe and Peter Henriot

    he message of Francis’ encyclical resonates most keenly in poor countries. As Christians prepare for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Tuesday, we look at initiatives in Malawi to address the effects of climate change

  • Reach out with no fear Stephen Wang

    It only takes two or three committed and prayerful people to start putting evangelisation ‘theory’ to work in a parish. A university chaplain explains how the Sycamore programme can be a launch pad

  • Headscarves and Hymens: why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution Mona Eltahawy, reviewed by Jane O’Grady

    What might be called “Enlighten­ment universalism” – the notion that we can, by means of reason, establish and extend freedom, rights, good government and just ways of living – is often disparaged. The trumpeted “we”, it is said, turns out to be “he”, the complacent white, Western, middle-class male;

  • Beyond the Fringe Brian Morton

    At its best, the Edinburgh Fringe offers more opportunities for bad behaviour than an Open University summer school. At its worst, it can be deadly serious. This year’s pop-up theme of mental health – and it’s remarkable how consensual Fringe programming can seem even in social media times