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  • Frowns do not defend marriage

    Smiling Pope Francis has brought about a vast change in the way the Catholic Church is regarded by its ordinary members. He has made it seem not just fit for human habitation, but warm and welcoming.

  • It’s time for a large dose of solidarity

    If Westminster politicians thought that an earthquake in Scotland would leave the political foundations intact south of the border, they were fooling themselves. They have realised rather late that ties that bind nations are often more tenuous than they appear.

  • The case for mercy Christopher Lamb

    The leading proponent of relaxing the ban on Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics tells Christopher Lamb that the Church too often appears rule-bound

  • Uncomfortable truths Nicholas King

    In the third of our series looking at issues to be discussed at the forthcoming Synod on the Family, a leading biblical scholar suggests that if bishops were to study carefully the scriptural texts on the family, marriage, children and divorce, they might be in for a shock or two

  • Never say never Chris Ryder

    When a towering player in the tragedy afflicting Northern Ireland died last week, he was mourned more by former enemies than by one-time supporters. A seasoned observer of the conflict says this is a legacy of one of the most remarkable political U-turns of recent times

  • What price a life? Rober Fox

    The latest threat by Islamist extremists to murder a captured British aid worker has thrown into sharp relief the ethical dilemma posed by the British and American Governments’ policy of refusing to pay ransoms for their kidnapped citizens

  • On the outside looking in Dee Mansi

    The older we get, the more likely it is that we will lose the sense of belonging and inclusion, perhaps through bereavement, or retirement. St Vincent shows us how to treat the ‘disease’ of loneliness

  • Faith in the light Laura Gascoigne

    In 1846 A respectable couple moved into a riverside cottage on the Thames at Chelsea. Mrs Booth was in her late forties; her other half – dubbed “Admiral Booth” by the local tradespeople – was 20 years older.