Pope Francis has suggested that the current phrasing of the Lord’s Prayer is misleading. A distinguished biblical scholar suggests a more accurate way of reading the ancient text
A former ‘pre-mill’ evangelical explains the cod theology of those American fundamentalist Christians behind President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
While many marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, few have noted the near-loss of a religious sensibility that dominated the culture of the United Kingdom for centuries
The decision to end Sunday shopping is the latest fruit of the growing alliance between Poland’s conservative government and the country’s Catholic bishops. A leading commentator on Polish affairs suggests the benefits to the Church of this collaboration may be short-lived
In the third of our Advent meditations, Benedictine monk Luigi Gioia considers how God’s advent affirms us and embraces our whole being
Keeping the door open: The Tablet's Rome correspondent travelled with the Pope on a sensitive visit to south-east Asia06 December 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
The Tablet’s Rome correspondent travelled with the Pope on a sensitive visit to south-east Asia in which gestures were as important as words
Haunted by the possible disappearance of the priesthood in Ireland, a parish priest ordained in the early 1970s has turned to fiction to try to make some sense of what has happened
The debate – it goes back to the days of the first followers of Jesus
President Buhari was elected in 2015 amid real hope that he would address oil-rich Nigeria’s twin problems of corruption, and religious and tribal division. In fact, as one of the country’s leading Christian intellectuals reports, the country has gone backwards
While covering the general election, a journalist discovered a former church that has become a centre of the sort of unheralded social project going on in parishes throughout the country, often below the radar
Devoted teacher and wise, courageous editor known for his generous spirit and skill as a raconteur
Last week, the Bishops’ Conference announced that in spite of Pope Francis’ instruction that they should have more authority over liturgical translations, Catholics in England and Wales would continue to be restricted to the use of the current, much criticised, Missal
The line of beauty: Evangelist Robert Barron discusses closing the gap between Church and contemporary culture29 November 2017 | by Austen Ivereigh
One of the most successful Catholic evangelists of the digital era, Robert Barron, discusses with a papal biographer and communications expert the different approaches he and Pope Francis take to closing the gap between contemporary culture and the Church
Abigail Frymann Rouch
The first Church of England woman bishop from an ethnic minority background wants to celebrate the diversity of her flock, she tells Abigail Frymann Rouch of her traumatic flight from her native Iran after the Revolution.
As the last major figure to be tried for war crimes committed during the Bosnian war is convicted, the former British ambassador to Belgrade finds that old resentments and hatreds are still festering in the Balkans
In the first of our Advent reflections, Benedictine monk Luigi Gioia reminds us of the delicate balance in the spiritual life between being both restful and alert.
The humiliation of Mugabe: the scale of repression and the role of the Church in resisting injustice22 November 2017 | by James Roberts
The dramatic events in Zimbabwe this week reminded our assistant editor of the scale of repression the people had experienced and of the role of the Church in resisting injustice
Nightmare on Downing Street: an enfeebled government faces political challenges on an unprecedented scale22 November 2017 | by Julia Langdon
Westminster has never experienced anything comparable to the current uncertainty, with an enfeebled government facing political challenges of unprecedented scale
Persecution, cultural assimilation, religious revival and diaspora have been grist to a comic mill that ranges from Kafka to the Marx Brothers. But its roots go back to the Bible
Father and son: Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is more feted on the world stage than he is at home22 November 2017 | by Michael W. Higgins
At just beyond the mid-point in the first term of his government, Canada’s media-savvy, politically astute leader finds himself more feted on the world stage than he is at home
Morocco in moderation: the country has adopted a religious reform programme designed to promote traditional Islam15 November 2017 | by Tom Heneghan
Morocco's religious reform programme is designed to promote traditional Islam.
At the age of 90, the Irish theologian Gabriel Daly looks back at tumultuous change in the Church.
In his autobiography 'My Life, Our Times, published this month, the former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown argues powerfully for a religious conviction “that shapes your life, public as well as private”.
Don't mention the 'R' word: as the Rohingya crisis deepens, the Pope's trip to Myanmar is likely to be the most sensitivity of his papacy15 November 2017 | by Richard Cockett
As the Rohingya crisis deepens, the Pope's trip to Myanmar is likely to be the most sensitivity of his papacy
One hundred years ago this week, the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks in Russia unleashed an unprecedented persecution of the Church. But Christianity not only survived the onslaught, it was revitalised as a living, meaningful and creative force among the people
The British at the heart of Rome: Englishmen and women have become surprisingly influential in the Holy See08 November 2017 | by Catherine Pepinster
Italians, by and large, still run the Catholic Church. But under Francis, Englishmen – and women – have become surprisingly influential in the Holy See
The penalties for saying no: a theologian reflects on her experience in an area where sex and power collide08 November 2017 | by Janet Soskice
The issues of inappropriate behaviour, and worse, that Westminster has spent this week struggling with, affect men and women in all walks of life in Britain today. Here, a leading theologian and academic reflects on her own experience in an area where sex and power collide
Lessons in stone: John Henry Newman was at the heart of the Victorian revolution in church art and architecture08 November 2017 | by William Whyte
The Victorians profoundly changed the ways in which churches were understood and experienced. At the heart of this revolution was the unlikely figure of John Henry Newman, who believed that every aspect of a church building could communicate a message
Divided it falls: the crisis in Catalonia has opened up old wounds that will take generations to heal01 November 2017 | by Jimmy Burns
Catalonia is fractured, not just with Spain, but within itself. Whatever happens now, as an Anglo-Spanish writer who divides his time between London and the Catalonian town of Sitges points out, the crisis has opened up old wounds that will take a generation to heal
The phenomenal rise of Viktor Orbán: Hungary's christian populist prime minister is causing consternation01 November 2017 | by Paul Lendvai
Growing up in a poor rural backwater, Hungary’s increasingly right-wing Christian populist prime minister is causing consternation in Europe by closing his landlocked country’s borders to would-be refugees, calling them a Muslim invasion
While the news agenda moves on, for those who watched the tragedy at Grenfell Tower unfold, the events and their consequences remain a constant, lived experience. A poet and journalist organising a festival of citizenship and literature considers the ethics of giving voice to the pain of others
Our little hills are filled with springs and becks, and fast-running rills.
Zero-sum dream: the causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict will always be contested. But some trace its origins back to the Balfour Declaration25 October 2017 | by William Eichler
The causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict will always be contested. But some trace its origins back to a decision made by the British War Cabinet 100 years ago, with unforeseen consequences that have shaped the modern world
British children are beginning a new school year, but in Lebanon hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees the same age are not getting an education
In the last in our series, a historian disentangles some of the myths surrounding what began with a German friar nailing 95 theses to a church door half a millennium ago, and reminds us that we repeatedly remake history in our own image
This is more than just a list of interesting people doing interesting things. Some are well known for their faith commitment; some wear it more lightly and tentatively. But there are important values held in common, a shared sensibility: a protectiveness towards the dreams of others, and perhaps the understanding that how the cards fall in this life is not all that matters.
It took me a long time to get to grips with baseball. Ever since I was little I’d looked at it longingly, knowing there was something I could love about it if only I could work out what it was.
Scotland is helping to bridge the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils.
Julian Coman recalls how, in the 1980s, performing in the sixth-form play was a rite of passage for pupils doing English A level.
New figures show a sharp rise in depression among teenage girls. Schools have a vital role in coping with problems so often caused by social media and advertising
The head teacher of a leading Catholic school for girls shares her experience of teenage traumas.
Schools that help pupils to carve out time for reflection from their full schedules reap great rewards.
The basic moral test of a society and its laws, argues an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Westminster, is its treatment of human life at its most vulnerable. And in Great Britain, this is severely lacking when it comes to unborn life
A pro-life activist for nearly 30 years suggests a change of direction for those campaigning for the abolition of the Abortion Act
In our series looking at the origins of the Protestant Reformation, a leading German Lutheran theologian argues that the laity were already reading the Scriptures before 1517
The latest collaboration between Neil MacGregor, the British Museum and the BBC explores connections between everyday objects, structures of society and those of religious belief
Atrocities such as in Las Vegas reinforce our tendency to divide the world into good and evil. But a leading theologian argues that human desire renders us all susceptible to violence
Charles Spencer, the historian and uncle to Princes William and Harry, talks about the almost forgotten role of English Catholics in saving a Protestant king’s life
In our series looking at the Protestant Reformation, a leading historian argues that Luther’s teaching on justification by faith alone demanded a complete reshaping of Christianity
A former Cabinet Minister who quit during a Labour Party Conference reflects on the various personal and political tensions that colour a decision to leave high office
In a relatively poor and ethnically mixed area of Glasgow there is a community that had been forced to live on the periphery of the periphery. But now a project set up by Vincentian sisters is bearing fruit and helping the ethnic group’s women and children come in from the cold
It seems like a simple dispute over church teaching. In fact what we are witnessing is the clash of two fundamentally different understandings of how to be a faithful Catholic in the contemporary world and two different understandings of what constitutes the Church’s core mission
The former close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, turned champion for those with learning difficulties tells Peter Stanford her real inspiration is Jean Vanier
In the fourth part of our series on the Protestant Reformation, an American historian argues that our secularised and relativist society is the unintended outcome of Luther’s reforms
The man-made famine that killed up to 10 million people in the 1930s is becoming Ukraine’s defining national tragedy. The insistence that Russia deliberately planned the catastrophe makes reconciliation between these neighbouring countries increasingly remote
With a series of recent initiatives, the Pope has rooted his papacy more deeply in the reforms of Vatican II. But as his programme becomes clearer, so has the nature of the opposition to it
Mark Dowd the former Dominican friar suggests that it is often on the uncertain and challenging edges of the Church that the sense of lived faith is greatest
Worth more than a thousand words: experiences that inspired a psychiatrist to create a 'wordless' book27 September 2017 | by Sheila Hollins
Two very different experiences inspired a psychiatrist to create a series of “wordless books” to help those who find pictures easier to understand than words express themselves
There was astonishment when in 1961 the belligerent anti-establishment playwright John Osborne put the Protestant Reformation at the centre of his new play
The nine justices of the Supreme Court wield extraordinary power in America. Now, they are about to meet for a new term that is poised to produce momentous judgments
The centenary of the birth of Oscar Romero is celebrated today in Westminster Abbey with an Ecumenical Evensong. As one of the lawyers who has worked on the case for several years explains, the search for the truth about his murder may be approaching its conclusion
Producers traditionally assumed that theatregoers would be bored by politics. So why are plays about Westminster infighting now enjoying successful runs in the West End?
With separatists determined to go ahead on 1 October with a vote on independence that Madrid brands illegal, Spain is suddenly faced with the real possibility of disintegration
Next month, the 500th anniversary of a Wittenberg friar’s campaign against the sale of plenary indulgences, which sparked the Protestant Reformation, is being marked all over the world. But in the England of 1517, there was barely a hint of the coming storm
Falling applications for vacant headships is spurring renewed spiritual formation of lay Catholic educators, especially those tasked with leading the Church’s schools in these challenging secular times
Realities, Pope Francis says, “are greater than ideas”.
In the first of a series of articles looking at the legacy of Martin Luther, an Anglican writer argues that his message has been misunderstood: honesty, not certainty, is at the centre of Luther’s intended reformation in our understanding of the nature of faith.
A tribute to Vin Garbutt (1947-2017)
What does the funding crisis mean for schools with high numbers of pupils who have special educational needs? Annabel Miller visits a Catholic school in the West Country to find out
I have not one, but two teachers who inspired me, and who were pivotal in helping me to understand and accept who I am.
How has the change to lay leadership affected Britain’s Catholic schools? Sean Whittle describes a new generation of head teachers who draw heavily from the past while steering towards the future
Five years ago, many of the children at a south London secondary school were reluctant pupils. Today all that has changed, after a remarkable turnaround that has seen St Thomas the Apostle College named UK Secondary School of the Year. Lorna Donlon reports
When Pope Francis visited Colombia this month, he found a country recovering from the trauma of 50 years of civil war. One of its victims, Ingrid Betancourt, taken hostage for six years during the conflict, recalls people who inspired and helped sustain her – from an 87-year-old fighter pilot to one of her teenage captors
Isabel de Bertodano
A 160-year-old, venerable Devon secondary school is cleaning up its act.
Grillo thrives on the hot plains and, unlike other grapes, doesn’t become cooked and jammy
The tragic face of ethnic cleansing: Francis will meet Aung San Suu Kyi in November, but action is needed now13 September 2017 | by Richard Cockett
When Pope Francis meets Nobel laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi in November, the plight of the Rohingya people will be high on his agenda. But whatever help he may bring may be too late, as action is needed immediately
A century ago, Russia was convulsed by revolution. Yet the inheritors of the Soviet system and the leaders of the Orthodox Church are doing as little as possible to mark it
An ebullient Benedictine nun and campaigner for Catalan independence tells Joanna Moorhead why she is willing to wait for an end to misogyny in the Church.
With the death of the former Archbishop of Westminster, we have lost a man of exuberant faith who steered the Church in England and Wales through a time of turbulent change
Friend and fellow student at the English College in Rome Anthony Kenny remembers the rollicking cameraderie of the Venerabile
‘The Church reaped the benefit of his skills as a political operator’: the Cardinal's response to the sex abuse crisis06 September 2017 | by Richard Scorer
The lawyer representing the victims of paedophile priest Michael Hill assesses the cardinal’s response to the sex abuse crisis and his forcing through of safeguarding changes in the domestic Church
Cardinal Cormac worked hard to get to know his clergy and, in a homily of compelling humility following the media onslaught over the Hill case, he regained their trust, respect and affection
For me, and my siblings and our families, Cardinal Cormac was always “Uncle Cormac”, writes James Murphy-O’Connor.
One of our finest living poets describes the never-ending work of carving shapes and forms that are truthful and real from words: a process that is a form of exploration and a form of prayer
Charles Darwin’s religious beliefs have long been in dispute. He carefully avoided asserting that his theory of evolution was incompatible with Christianity, but his latest biographer is in no doubt that he deliberately concealed the loss of his faith
Within the next 15 years there will be more Christians in China than in Brazil, Mexico or the United States. Hopes are high in the Vatican of a rapprochement between the Holy See and Beijing – but a veteran China-watcher believes that an imminent deal is unlikely
Is there still a ‘Catholic vote’ in Scotland? As MSPs return to Holyrood next week after the summer recess, the editor of the country’s leading Catholic newspaper argues that it could be the key to whether the Scottish National Party will retain power at the next election
Ways to say goodbye: the gap widens between family expectations and what the church is able to deliver30 August 2017 | by Elena Curti
Funerals are changing, and the gap is widening between the expectations of many bereaved families and what the Church is able to deliver
When a charismatic, Kafka-quoting teacher took an altar boy under his wing, his working-class parents were delighted. The man was a Catholic priest, and it was the 1970s, so they knew that their son would be in safe hands.
Overhead, bright stars and planets appeared. Amazingly, the sun was replaced by a jet-black spot ringed with fire
Had I left the garden to its own devices for too long?
Can a country that came into existence 70 years ago primarily as a tolerant homeland for Muslims of the former British Raj hold on to the secular principles of its founding father?
In the summer of 1997 I was – like many people at the time – more than a little intrigued by Princess Diana … What most struck me, though, was her genius for empathy. She never wore gloves and always warmly touched those she met, unlike other gloved, formal royals …
Surprised by joy: when Jean Vanier invited two men with handicaps to share his life, it transformed the former naval officer16 August 2017 | by Maggie Fergusson
In 1964, a tall, handsome, ex-naval officer, Jean Vanier, was invited to Trosly to visit an asylum for men with mental handicaps. “It was a horrific place,” he says, “full of screaming and violence; and yet it filled me with a sense of wonderment." … He visited other asylums, equally dismal, and then decided to act.
True sportsmanship touches the soul and great sporting events can be festivals both of God and of humanity.
His characters try to hide their sins and weaknesses (alcoholism, adultery, drug-addiction, murder) from the world and from themselves. ‘I am full of fears,’ he said. Is the Catholicism of his upbringing the key to understanding the films of Alfred Hitchcock?
The publication in 2014 of Martin Heidegger’s ‘Black Notebooks’, laced with anti-Semitic passages, caused an outcry. But what the Notebooks reveal is that the philosopher’s most virulent quarrel was not with the Jewish people. It was with the Catholic Church.
The pool is extraordinary. Not so much the pool itself: that’s just a pleasant version of the usual type found near holiday homes: twelve metres by five, steps into the shallow water, sunbathing areas at each end. A more subtle shade of blue, perhaps, than most, with no colour distinction to mark the place about a third of the way down its length where the bottom suddenly drops steeply to form deeper water
In overall student experience, post-graduation employability and academic standards, UK Catholic universities compare well with the competition and merit close consideration by university applicants
Irish teenagers just don't 'do religion': Will Pope's Dublin visit bring renewal of faith to young catholics10 August 2017 | by Sarah Mac Donald
The buzzword in Irish pastoral circles these days is “renewal”. If you were to take Mass attendance as the criterion by which to measure the health of the Church in Ireland, anyone seeking to renew Irish Catholicism faces an uphill struggle.
The poet, pacifist and founder and editor of the poetry magazine Aquarius tells Peter Stanford that he is a Catholic who finds it difficult to believe in God
Brendan Walsh , Jacques Dupuis
The integrity of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, comes under scrutiny in the memoir of a distinguished theologian published this week. / By Jacques Dupuis. / Introduced by Brendan Walsh
The Premier League season begins in earnest today. One club is playing in the top tier of English football for the first time in 45 years. A lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town can barely believe his luck / By Richard Harries
Christians and Yezidis are slowly returning to their homes now that an alliance of Kurds and Iraqi Arabs has driven the jihadists of Islamic State out of Mosul. But their relief may be short-lived, as their liberators seem locked on a collision course
A leading American spiritual writer reflects on his Evangelical past and the changes that brought two formerly very distinct religious groups closer together
Fifty years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the legal persecution of LGBT people continues across the world. It is time for the Churches to take a lead in ensuring that people can live in dignity, freedom and peace, whatever their sexual orientation
Surprised by Hull: Larkin reaches his most lyrically romantic in poetry depicting his adopted hometown02 August 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
Five years ago, the Tablet’s popular nature writer discovered that the poet Philip Larkin felt more much tenderly towards his adopted home town of Hull than is usually thought
For an English writer who has made her home in South America, an uncomfortable Holy Week followed by a period of being repatriated and incapacitated brought some unexpected blessings
The death of Charlie Gard in a hospice last week following a protracted legal battle has raised several complex ethical issues. It has also highlighted the vital importance of the relationship between doctor and the patient, especially in end-of-life cases
The Pope, the bishops and the Chavistas: does the Catholic Church hold the key to peace in Venezuela?26 July 2017 | by Guillermo Aveledo
President Nicolás Maduro is attempting to consolidate his hold on power as tensions continue to rise in the face of escalating street protests. Here, a leading Venezuelan social scientist suggests the Catholic Church might hold the key to a peaceful resolution to the deadlock
On 1 August 1917, the leader of the Catholic Church made a dramatic entry into the world of international diplomacy, setting out a finely detailed plan to end the First World War
English Catholic leaders were largely hostile to Pope Benedict’s intervention, as church historian Ashley Beck explains
Oxford flyer: as debate over the glass ceiling intensifies a catholic woman is appointed master of Balliol College26 July 2017 | by Catherine Pepinster
In the midst of a debate over the perceived persistence of a glass ceiling in the British workplace, a former editor of The Tablet offers an appreciation of the Catholic woman who this week was appointed master of one of Oxford’s oldest colleges
The bitter dispute in Nigeria’s Ahiara diocese over the appointment of a new bishop is about more than tribal politics, as a local theologian explains. It reveals much about the growing pains of the Church in Africa
Alasdair MacIntyre is perhaps the most widely discussed living philosopher. A fellow Scots philosopher explores the character and achievements of the enigmatic author of After Virtue
According to the Telegraph’s website recently, the Government has descended into “all-out war”. And the weapon of choice in that war is “briefing”.
Come back soon: growing frustration in Pope's native Argentina about his apparent reluctance to make home visit19 July 2017 | by Jimmy Burns
In his native Argentina, most of his countrymen and women still celebrate Pope Francis, but some feel a growing frustration about his apparent reluctance to make a return visit home
The author of His Dark Materials angered many with what was seen as a scathing attack on the Church establishment. With his latest book due out soon, has he tempered his views?
As President Trump considers some ‘pretty severe things’ in response to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch, an ethicist asks if the traditional principles of a ‘Just War’ are still relevant in the age of nuclear weapons?
He is one of Britain’s greatest war poets. But Siegfried Sassoon’s niece, who was to follow him into the Catholic Church, and eventually become a nun, thinks his work can also be understood as a lifelong quest for God
Ten years ago Pope Benedict XVI relaxed restrictions on the celebration of the liturgy in its pre-conciliar form. A leading liturgist argues that it is now time for a new way forward
Catholic schools are renowned for their educational excellence, but they also have a higher purpose in the promotion of the faith in their young people – a purpose challenged today by the ethics of the marketplace
Three years ago one diocese in the north-east of England decided to take the collapse in clergy numbers as an opportunity for renewal rather than as the herald of inevitable decline. It was the beginning of an often surprising journey, as the director of the programme explains
France’s new philosopher-king: Macron sets a new leadership style, inviting parallels with de Gaulle12 July 2017 | by Mary Dejevsky
Since assuming the presidency, Emmanuel Macron has very deliberately and self-consciously set a new leadership style – inviting parallels with the wartime leader in exile and first President of the Fifth Republic Charles de Gaulle and his “certain idea of France”
A love of paradox and contradiction was at the heart of Jane Austen’s impulse to write and, as her work shows, she was both attracted to roguish charm and repelled by it
Catholic ethicists have been tugged in different directions by a complicated medical dilemma
When I arrive to interview him about his newly opened community kitchen in Earls Court, west London, the fashionable Italian chef and current darling of the international restaurant scene has disappeared.
Gin genie: 'The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire'06 July 2017 | by N. O’Phile
Gin … is enjoying a remarkable and sustained revival at the moment and the bandwagon shows no signs of stalling.
The impending departure from Rome of two cardinals with controversial records in the handling of abuse cases – George Pell and Gerhard Müller – leaves the Francis papacy at a crossroads. The investigative journalist who was one of the first to reveal the extent of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests argues that now is the time for Francis to create an independent judiciary at the Vatican to deal with negligent bishops
Whether one supports the traditionalist theology and conservative politics of Cardinal George Pell, or questions his character and judgement, he must have a fair trial
Summer lightning strikes in Rome: the storm surrounding the departure of two senior prelates casts doubts over Francis’ agenda for Vatican reform05 July 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
The storm surrounding the departure of two senior prelates has cast doubts over Pope Francis’ agenda for Vatican reform, which now needs some serious institutional support
To many who know him, Cardinal George Pell, is a warm and kind-hearted man – if you are on his side of the fence. But for those in the ‘darkness’ of the other side he evokes a different reaction, with one parent of daughters abused by their priest saying he had a ‘sociopathic lack of empathy’
Cardinal Pell, charged by Australian police on 29 June with multiple ‘historical sexual assault offences’, has never gone out of his way to court popularity
After more than three decades of domination by German theologians, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith may be led by a Spanish Jesuit from theology’s middle ground
The latest plan to bring the Church of England and the Methodist Church back into “full communion” by 2020 should be welcomed by Catholics
Proud to be Catholic, and faithfully Conservative, the last British governor of Hong Kong is also moderate, flexible and undogmatic
It is hard to remember a time when the political life of the UK has been conducted at such a high-pitched level. Amid the divisions, schools have a responsibility to encourage informed and responsible debate
Card trick at the House of Saud: Why Trump's Saudi Arabia claim makes little sense to christians and muslims28 June 2017 | by Charles Glass
President Trump’s claim that Saudi Arabia is a valuable ally in the war against global jihadism makes little sense to a Lebanon-based correspondent’s Christian and Muslim friends
The Conservative Government’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party is meant to bring stability to Westminster, but is fraught with political risk both there and especially at Stormont
Fr Martin Royackers, a defiant Canadian Jesuit priest, was shot dead in his dilapidated coastal parish on 20 June 2001. Sixteen years later, the motive for his killing remains a mystery, though some believe what led to his death was his defence of the rights of the poor
Both Pope Francis and St Pope John Paul II write of nature and childhood as two sacred places where the divine presence breaks into our everyday world
The biggest crowd at the Durham Miners’ Gala since the heyday of the pits is expected next Saturday, 8 July. They will be drawn by a man who, to the surprise of many commentators, is challenging the consensus that has dominated British politics for nearly 40 years
The month of June marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – and also of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Visiting Chicago this month, on my way to buy the Sgt. Pepper reissue, I found myself driving past Fermilab.
The shock and horror of last week’s fire in a London tower block illustrate some of the defining features of the modern city, where anonymity and co-dependence exist side by side / By Ben Quash
The Church is often experienced as an unwelcome, even hostile, place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. One of the most respected voices in the American Church suggests that an emotional and intellectual conversion is needed – on both sides / By James Martin
Next week, Pope Francis will create five new cardinals. The appointments he has made to the electoral college that will decide his successor reveal his vision for the future..
Is it no longer possible for a committed Christian to lead a political party? The resignation of Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron fails to answer the question one way or another / By Nick Spencer
A Catholic priest on the eastern coast of Canada has turned his parish into a powerhouse of renewal and mission. James Mallon explains the secret
Indonesia and Malaysia have been known as role models of Muslim-majority democracies that are moderate and pluralistic. But the politicisation of religion in recent years has led to religious minorities in both countries feeling increasingly threatened / By Benedict Rogers
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