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There has long been an ambivalence about the man who was both the ultimate betrayer and the means by which God’s plan was fulfilled. The author of a new book visits the lonely place where the renegade apostle took his own life
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There was a conference at the Vatican last week about women's cultures. Where does it leave us women? The sessions took place behind closed doors and the only action point that emerged from it was Pope Francis saying vaguely that women need more “incisive” roles.
“It’s Francis, it’s Francis!” exclaimed the watchman at the gate to the car parking space by San Salvador’s cathedral. “He’s the one who’s done it: he couldn’t bear to wait any longer.”
In 2015 public figures, especially politicians, don’t attack gays. They don’t diss the disabled and they don’t have a go at ethnic minorities. Quite right too.
On Tuesday the House of Commons approved regulations on what is euphemistically called "mitochondrial donation".
Pope Francis approved a decree stating that Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in "hatred of the faith", paving the way for his beatification. The Salvadoran prelate was gunned down by a right-wing death squad linked to the Government of the day.
The Pontifical Council for Culture is meeting from 4-7 February to discuss women’s cultures: equality and difference.
On Monday, Candlemas, Revd Philip North will be consecrated as the Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Burnley, a week after the consecration of the Revd Libby Lane as Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, both in York Minster.
All of us will know someone with a mental health problem. We don’t always know which of our friends, family or colleagues has a mental health problem, but that doesn’t change the fact someone we know will be suffering – and probably in silence.
Quite why flags in this country should have flown at half mast for the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Friday has perplexed many and enraged not a few.
In November last year Pope Francis delivered a speech to the European parliament that caught many off guard. Though Francis introduced his words as “a message of hope and encouragement to all the citizens of Europe” the headlines and those listening were more taken with an unexpectedly critical description of Europe as a “‘grandmother’, no longer fertile and vibrant.”