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Eleanor Margetts, pictured, a volunteer with Wellspring Community in Brighton, East Sussex, won a competition to travel to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and present her ideas on how the Church is getting young Catholics to take a lead on providing solutions to global problems to a joint Vatican-UN symposium at the end of October. Here she shares her experience with thetablet.co.uk

On Saturday Pope Francis placed red hats on the heads of seventeen new cardinals, inducting them into the world’s most exclusive club where members are typically known as Princes of the Church. But Francis has repeatedly stressed that being a cardinal is not about status but service and has now made it his mission to give red hats to the unambitious, pastorally minded, serving in some of the most far-flung, and dangerous, parts of the world...

A former Harvard professor argues that 'The Donald' could win next week because behind the misogynistic, bombastic stench of Trump is the sweet smell of freedom from a corrupt establishment represented by Hillary Clinton

Author and campaigner Tim Gee guides us through the Calais refugee camp - dubbed 'the Jungle' - as French authorities go through the process of dismantling it and moving refugees to alternative accommodation - some to the south of France and others across northern France and a few across the Channel to Britain...

The protection of women against sexual harassment and worse needs more than our prayers and the words of comfort from Pope Francis - we need boots on the ground to cut the increasing number of reported cases in the US and throughout the western world...

Pope Francis named a new batch of cardinals today meaning he has chosen almost 40 per cent of the men who will elect his successor...

When the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joins Pope Francis in Assisi next week to mark the 30th anniversary of the first World Day of Prayer the similarities between the two religious leaders will be brought into sharp focus. They are both conflict resolvers who prefer to roll up their sleeves rather than talk theology. And both were surprise choices when selected for their roles, which they started within a week of each other...

Hundreds of thousands of the 2.5 million expected visitors to the World Youth Day in Krakow this week have already made their way to the southern Polish city. Among them are The Tablet’s bloggers who will be giving us an insight into their experiences over the next week. Here is a chance to meet them...

The Universal Basic Income is an exciting idea whose time has come. The growing currency of the idea was witnessed in June when the Swiss held a referendum on creating a UBI of £20,000 a year, regardless of work or wealth. The call was defeated but the seed had been planted that an idea that has often been touted as crazy was close to having its day in the spotlight...

When it comes to those he disagrees with, Pope Francis’s approach is to avoid direct confrontation preferring instead to ignore them and get on with his job. But in the case of Cardinal Robert Sarah he has made an exception. Last week the 71-year-old Guinean prelate unilaterally announced that priests should start to turn their backs on the congregation and face east to say Mass - something which liturgical traditionalists often call for given it is how the priest celebrates the Old Rite Latin liturgy...

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