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  • Christian qualities are blind to gender

    With the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity just past, it is timely to rejoice that relations between the two major denominations in Britain have never been better, marked at the top by the sincere friendship between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Europe must show solidarity with Greece

    The situation in Greece was likened in the Financial Times to someone being held in a Victorian debtors’ prison and detained until they paid their debts, with no way of earning enough to do so. The Greek public has finally rebelled against this unkind fate, ...

  • More or less Eamon Duffy

    The television version of Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall is the latest account to challenge St Thomas More’s reputation as a courageous defender of the rights of conscience. Was he, in truth, a liberal icon, a religious fanatic or something in between?

  • ‘If there were no terrorism, no one would even be talking about Islam at all’  Joanna Moorhead

    The academic and broadcaster Mona Siddiqui talks to Joanna Moorhead about growing up with Yorkshire Britishness and her family’s Islamic traditions

  • Enduring voice of the world’s monk Michael W. Higgins

    Celebrating the birth of the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, a Canadian biographer and scholar examines the lasting significance of a writer steeped in the spiritual and intellectual richness of 1960s Catholicism

  • From strangers to neighbours John Eade

    In the 175 years since this paper first appeared, the Church in England and Wales has been continuously refreshed and renewed by the arrival of Catholics from overseas – from Ireland, the Commonwealth, Europe and the wider world

  • 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

  • Quite a Good Time to Be Born: a memoir 1935-1975 David Lodge, reviewed by Martin Stannard

    This is a hair-shirt autobiography, punitively self-critical. One of our finest literary satirists and critics marks his eightieth birthday by tracing his life from humble beginnings to his first major success, aged 40, with Changing Places in 1975.

  • Man of the moment Mark Lawson

    The playwright Jonathan Moore’s very contemporary reimagining of the founder of the Jesuits It is possibly unusual to compare St Ignatius of Loyola’s selection of the first Jesuits to “putting a great band together, like the Sex Pistols or the Clash”. But then Jonathan Moore has never been drawn to the usual.