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  • Pope Francis mobilises the laity

    At the Wednesday audience this week, Pope Francis began a series of highly significant talks on family life, in preparation for next autumn’s synod of bishops. This coincides with the publication of its preliminary documents, the lineamenta; and follows last autumn’s specially convened synod meeting when challenges were made to established Catholic teaching and practice

  • A human face turned towards the hungry

    There is a serious food crisis in Britain this Christmas, with people going hungry in the world’s sixth-largest economy. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote recently of his shock at discovering cases of poverty in Britain that reminded him of conditions in parts of Africa. It is less than a year since Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, ...

  • Carbon: problem … and solution Paul Younger

    Although the latest UN Climate Change Conference in Lima this week has been working towards an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a church-supported campaign that urges industry to reject fossil fuels is unrealistic, according to a senior energy engineer

  • Bound by hidden shackles Joanna Moorhead

    Bishops and police chiefs around the world gathered in London last weekend for a second meeting of the Santa Marta Group, which marks a new era of cooperation between the Church and the statutory authorities to combat human trafficking

  • Where tolerance is at home Jayson Casper

    In a region once rich in Christian tradition, many churches fear for their very existence as sectarian strife rages in countries such as Iraq and Syria. But there is one interfaith initiative between Muslims, Copts, Catholics and Anglicans that is bucking the trend for religious hatred

  • Right candidate? Michael McGough

    Jeb Bush is emerging as a serious contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 American presidential election. How will his Catholicism, his rapport with Hispanic voters and his moderate views on immigration and education play with the party’s conservative majority?

  • Foretaste of the heavenly banquet David Clemens

    The Lord gave many of his most powerful illustrations of divine love when dining with people from all walks of life. Food is central to God’s plan for the faithful, and it is fitting to build the Christian life around it

  • The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical Pope Austen Ivereigh, reviewed by Michael Walsh

    At the back of this substantial volume there is a list of biographies of Pope Francis. Nine are mentioned, five by Argentinian journalists. Also named are other recollections of Francis, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan’s reminiscences of the 2013 conclave and one, by a fellow novice of the Pope’s, intriguingly entitled Bergoglio and Me: lives almost in parallel.

  • Free spirit Laura Gascoigne

    The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics would not have been complete without a performance of “Jerusalem”. The solo voice of 11-year-old Humphrey Keeper soaring over the stadium’s reconstruction of “England’s green and pleasant land” struck that special chord of mystical patriotism that only the poetry of William Blake can touch.