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  • Shameful apathy over Christians’ plight

    David Cameron caused consternation among the secular intelligentsia in 2011 when he declared, in a speech to a church audience, “We are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so.” The evidence that was subsequently much argued over related almost wholly to domestic policy and the state of public opinion in Britain.

  • A monster that Putin cannot control

    Few things could be more civilised than life aboard a long-haul airliner: entertainment on tap, food when required, attentive cabin staff, the latest technology to ensure safety and comfort, and all amid the beauty of the sun-split clouds. It is this that makes the sudden disintegration of an aircraft such as MH17, in an instant of extreme violence and bloodshed, ...

  • Hard man the West cannot fathom Mary Dejevsky

    The destruction of a Malaysian Airlines aircraft by rebels in eastern Ukraine is more than just a loss of innocent lives. The incident and the response to it illustrate the gulf between Russia and the West, and the conflicting views of Vladimir Putin

  • Sentenced by sound bite James Woodward

    A senior Anglican priest was the only member of Lord Falconer’s commission to challenge its conclusion that the law should be changed so that terminally ill people can be helped to end their lives. Here, he argues that time is needed for a richer and more nuanced consideration of the issues

  • ‘The scars will last a lifetime’ Ameen Sabbagh

    A political war of words has begun at the United Nations over the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinians which has left hundreds dead in Gaza. But behind the rhetoric is a story of human suffering, described here by Caritas’ Jerusalem Gaza coordinator

  • Wanted: a shepherd for the Windy City Michael Sean Winters

    One of the most important sees in the United States, Chicago, has to be filled, after Cardinal Francis George declared his wish to resign on the grounds of age and ill-health

  • High and sacred calling Anne Inman

    Marriage preparation classes have followed a broadly similar format for many decades. Yet couples’ circumstances and expectations have changed and classes need to take account of this

  • Hard Choices Hillary Rodham Clinton

    A second President Clinton would probably be more accomplished at managing Washington politics than President Obama. But the speeches wouldn’t be as good

  • Witnesses to destruction Laura Gascoigne

    It’s a sad fact that, 100 years on, the thousands of monuments to the First World War in Britain are more often used for orientation – “Turn left at the war memorial” – than remembrance. Simply by becoming part of the landscape, monumental sculptures become easy to ignore. Pictures, on the other hand, are harder to walk past – and it was pictures, mainly, that the British War Memorials Committee collected for its planned Hall of Remembrance in 1918.