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  • Clarify the law to help children

    Public outrage at the full extent of child abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is heightened by the knowledge that so far no public official has been called to account over the affair. Once again, institutions with a duty to protect children have given greater priority to protecting themselves.

  • Putin walks a dark and twisted path

    In most armed conflicts in the world, the objectives of each side are reasonably clear. In eastern Ukraine, however, they could not be more confused. In the area of its common frontier, Russia has tried hard to provoke and support an insurrection by so-called separatists. Unlike what happened in Crimea, this does not look like a simple grab for territory.

  • Ties that bind Jonathan Tulloch

    Scots are soon to vote on independence. This week, in the first of two articles examining the implications of the ballot for the two countries, a writer steeped in the cultural and linguistic links between Scotland and England argues that they are indivisible

  • A sanctuary of sorts Gerard Russell

    Iraqi Christians fled their ancestral homes in Mosul and Nineveh in fear of Islamic State. A former diplomat, who has toured their refugee camps in Kurdistan, describes here why he believes the community may yet survive

  • We need to talk Melanie McDonagh

    Is it unreasonable to ask elderly people where they would prefer to die and how? Some individuals think so, judging by the adverse reaction to an initiative from NHS England

  • Supply chain reaction Michael Pollitt

    Pope Francis has chosen slavery as the theme of the forty-eighth World Day of Peace on 1 January 2015. But campaigners say a British anti-slavery bill is missing a vital element

  • Peace and understanding be with you Diana Klein

    The way the sign of peace is observed at Mass has provoked an instruction from Rome on proper practice. This reveals a need for a catechesis that explains the deeper meaning of liturgical gestures

  • The Father Brown stories G.K. Chesterton, reviewed by Raymond Edwards

    Chesterton’s Father Brown holds an unexamined but stubborn place among the Great Detectives; the reissue of the five collections of stories featuring him is a chance to ask the embarrassing question, Is he, are they, any good?

  • Early promise Rick Jones

    Although he has been in the limelight for a decade, the official career of the 22-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor began only when he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music two ­summers ago. He celebrated by opening the BBC Proms that year and has been a frequent, popular guest ever since.