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  • Beware the traps of the Jihadists

    A mass murder of schoolchildren in Peshawar, northern Pakistan, has shocked and stunned a country already too familiar with terrorist atrocities. It has sent a warning round the world that jihadism, violence falsely justified in the name of Islam, is now the greatest single threat to world peace.

  • A truce in the culture wars

    The Vatican’s mainly favourable report on the state of female religious orders in the United States suggests a significant change of tack under the influence of Pope Francis. The American Catholic Church has sometimes displayed itself as a house divided – between those working for social justice

  • Mountain to climb Catherine Pepinster

    In August this year, The Tablet’s editor embarked on a break from the paper to undertake a period of study, but scarcely had her sabbatical started than her plans were overtaken by a shocking diagnosis

  • Out of this world Louis Jebb

    As a headmaster, Dom Philip Jebb inspired the loyalty and respect of his pupils but they also sensed that he was possessed of unusual gifts – gifts that kept him one step ahead

  • Growing in faith Jane Kilpatrick

    Our parks and gardens are full of much-loved flowers from China. We owe their presence to a group of men who devoted their lives, and sometimes sacrificed them, to saving souls but also delighted in discovering a wealth of ornamental plants

  • 630 went over the top … 60 came back Roy Hattersley

    Private Bert Hattersley was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. For his nephew, the letters and primitive diary found in the dugout where Bert spent his last night are a poignant memorial of the brief lives snuffed out by the First World War

  • I’m honest enough to suspect I’m not cut out to risk martyrdom Peter Stanford

    One of my childhood Christmas Day rituals was morning Mass, clad in whatever awful anorak or jumper Santa had left under the tree. Each time the church door would creak open, I’d peep over my shoulders during a chorus of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” to see which of my friends had just come in, trussed up in their new togs, and evaluate at a glance how terrible (or cool) they were.

  • Newborn in the village Richard Hewitt

    Since the Second Vatican Council, the sacred liturgy has been made more accessible across the world by incorporating local traditions. This celebration of the Feast of the Nativity in Malawi is a moving example

  • Unbelievable: why we believe and why we don’t Graham Ward, reciewed by Rowan Williams

    Not many serious books about culture and epistemology begin with a ghost story from a Cambridge college – a narrative exemplary in both atmosphere and inconclusiveness. But the point of this unorthodox opening is not to make us wonder whether ghosts exist so much as to wonder what makes such a story believable.

  • They’ve got a little list Robert Thicknesse

    There I was getting ready to write about the “Gilbert and Sullivan revival” when the obvious truth dawned that they have never gone away. Even if traditional purveyors like the D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa opera companies fell on lean times, a million amateur, university and school performances have gone on as ever