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  • George Osborne the social democrat

    The convention is that a newly-elected Government sets out its broad policy directions for the next five years in its first Spending Review. This year’s post-election ritual, performed in the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday, was supposed to produce an earthquake or two.

  • Vatican should not prosecute journalists

    As Pope Francis tours Africa he is bound to point out that one of the major scourges afflicting people across the continent, alongside disease, poverty and war, is corruption. And if he knows what he is talking about, as he surely does, he will be aware that an energetic free press is an invaluable ally in combating this pernicious blight.

  • Voices from the spiritual front line of hospital care

    Winter is always the most difficult time of the year for the NHS as hospitals struggle to cope with extra patients, especially the elderly, affected by flu and chest infections. But this year there may be strikes – possibly starting as early as Tuesday - by junior doctors too, protesting against new contracts.

  • Who will inherit the earth? Michael McCarthy

    World leaders meet in Paris on Monday for the latest round of talks on reducing carbon emissions. Differences between rich and poor countries threaten the search for solutions

  • Protect and change our common home Graham Gordon

    As delegates gather for the Paris summit, it is clear that the Catholic Church, and the spirit of Laudato si’, have become significant influences in the global movement

  • Advent meditation / Waiting for God Paula Gooder

    In the first of this year’s Advent Meditations, Paula Gooder looks at the Gospel of Luke and Christ’s admonition to wait – a transformative experience that requires alertness at all times, especially as it seems to fly in the face of our ‘have it now’ society

  • The questions that only children have the ability to ask, deserved to be heard Lauren Nicholson-Ward

    One of my colleagues has a coffee cup that says “Keep calm and pretend it’s on the lesson plan”. Now, I’ve always liked a subversive mug, but I must say that this one doesn’t resonate with me. The notion of scripting what should happen in a religious education lesson is like suggesting that you will arrange sports day for next Wednesday because you have planned that it won’t rain.

  • Money matters John Deehan

    Parishes are responsible for substantial maintenance costs and they rely to a considerable extent on the generosity of their congregations. But they can also be resourceful in making-up shortfalls

  • Martin Luther: visionary reformer Scott H. Hendrix, reviewed by Peter Marshall

    Martin Luther has a big birthday on the horizon. In 2017 it will be 500 years since the rebel Augustinian friar nailed his Ninety-Five Theses against indulgences to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, and thus inaugurated the Protestant Reformation.

  • The free spirits of sacred art Laura Gascoigne

    In 1932, at the inauguration of the new Vatican Pinacoteca, Pope Pius XI made a speech contrasting the historic masterpieces in the papal collections with “certain other so-called sacred works of art, which do not seem to evoke and present the sacred other than to disfigure it to the extent of caricature, often going as far as true and actual profanation”.