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18 December 2014

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.

18 December 2014

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

Previous issues

11 December 2014

At the Wednesday audience this week, Pope Francis began a series of highly significant talks on family life, in preparation for next autumn’s synod of bishops. This coincides with the publication of its preliminary documents, the lineamenta; and follows last autumn’s specially convened synod meeting when challenges were made to established Catholic teaching and practice

11 December 2014

There is a serious food crisis in Britain this Christmas, with people going hungry in the world’s sixth-largest economy. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote recently of his shock at discovering cases of poverty in Britain that reminded him of conditions in parts of Africa. It is less than a year since Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, ...

04 December 2014

Slavery and people-trafficking have always been closely linked. This is the logic that impels the British Home Office, responsible for policing the United Kingdom’s borders, and the Catholic Church, present in states from where slaves come as well as to where they are sent, to combine their efforts to stamp out this evil trade.

04 December 2014

Heythrop College, part of the University of London, has traditionally been a centre of intellectual excellence whose demise would be a heavy blow both to the Catholic Church and to English academic life. Largely as a result of falling student enrolments, it has become such a drain on its principal financial supporter, the Society of Jesus,...

27 November 2014

When Pope Francis berated the European Union this week for having lost its vision, he was pushing buttons in all its 28 member states. The EU has become mired in a bureaucratic and technocratic style of governance, giving “a general impression of weariness and ageing, of a Europe that is no longer fertile and vibrant”, he told a special meeting of the European Parliament.

27 November 2014

The shooting dead of a young black man by a white policeman provokes protests and rioting, amid accusations of police racism. In 2011 it happened in London, then spread elsewhere. It has happened this year in Ferguson, Missouri, and protests have spread to other American cities. The latest American outbreak followed a decision not to indict the policeman involved for murder, and the evidence ...

20 November 2014

People cannot make good democratic decisions on the basis of misinformation. This issue has long bedevilled the debate over immigration, where surveys find that the average person grossly over-estimates the number of people living in Britain but born abroad.

20 November 2014

This week, the General Synod of the Church of England has finally made the ordination of women bishops its official policy. The first women bishops can be expected in a matter of months or less. Why is it then that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome ...