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  • Marriage is the place for mercy

    Last summer the population of the Philippines reached 100 million. It already had one of the highest birth rates in the world and also suffers an appalling degree of poverty. In December 2012, against the wishes of the Catholic bishops in the Philippines ...

  • The wealthy never had it so good

    This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos kicked off with the striking claim by the charity Oxfam that the richest one per cent of the world’s population owns almost half the world’s total wealth. And its share was growing; inequality was becoming worse.

  • ‘There is no future in isolation’ Jan De Volder

    After two terms as the first full-time president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy retired from front-line politics late last year. In a rare interview, he makes a case for a united Europe for security, peace and prosperity

  • Emerging truths Mary Dejevsky

    Elaborate preparations to mark the seventieth anniversary on Tuesday of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau highlight how Poland has begun to acknowledge its own anti-Semitic past and to recognise that it has a Jewish question, too

  • Fatal danger of unexamined faith John McDade

    As mainstream Muslim leaders seek to distance Islam from the ‘deviancy’ of the jihadist attacks in Paris, a theologian argues that in an increasingly secular world all religions need to harness reason to belief

  • From sea to shining sea Mary Colwell

    America’s national parks owe their existence to John Muir, a conservationist whose ideas about faith and the natural world resonate now more than ever

  • Across the continents James Cutts

    Links between communities from entirely different cultures are not always easy to establish, but when friendships are forged, the mutual benefits can be immense

  • Sapiens: a brief history of humankind Yuval Noah Harari, reviewed byTeresa Morgan

    Sapiens tells the (or rather, one possible) story of human history, arguing that it has been decisively shaped by three revolutions: cognitive, agricultural and scientific.

  • In a political key Rick Jones

    Igor Levit is one of the finest emerging pianists. He does not mince his words about rising intolerance in Western Europe