Cuba: a contradictory culture Premium01 December 2016 | by Clare Dixon
A regular visitor over 35 years finds a people ever ready with complaints but also full of pride in their achievements; of devout Catholics and convinced communists
In the second week of Advent, Sr Patricia Rumsey reflects on the tension between the early Christian disdain for ‘temples and altars’ and the reverence we still have for ‘holy places’
Most of our traditional Christmas dishes have remained unchanged for at least a century, roast turkey being the most recent innovation, introduced by the Victorians. In the twenty-first century, however, deviations to seasonal food customs are happening at an alarming rate, arguably more to benefit retailers than consumers.
A conference being held today at Heythrop College reflects on Jesuit education and its vision, just as the Society of Jesus is looking to close its own intellectual powerhouse. That loss comes at a time when the Catholic Church in Britain needs its intellectual input more than ever
A saint in the desert Premium24 November 2016 | by Simon Scott Plummer
He died alone in Algeria 100 years ago, but as an evangelist, Blessed Charles de Foucauld set a contemplative example that was to inspire a flourishing movement of today
During the coming weeks of Advent, Sr Patricia Rumsey will examine some of the great scriptural texts which the lectionary puts before us during the season. She begins with the Book of Isaiah
There is widespread apprehension in Western governments at the potential policies of President-elect Trump, particularly in relation to global organisations such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and Nato. But he might have a beneficial impact on Vladimir Putin
Early polling analysis suggests that Donald Trump attracted the support of the majority of both Catholics and Protestants. Now, even those Christians who could not bear to back him are hopeful that his presidency will give voice to their growing moral conservatism
As the United States enters a period of unprecedented uncertainty, the canonisation of a radical peace activist who was imprisoned several times is becoming increasingly likely
Out on the stump Donald Trump spoke several times about his hero Norman Vincent Peale, the New York pastor who influenced his early life, officiated at his first marriage, and was a lodestar for his Republican predecessors, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan
Today the Pope will hand red hats to 17 new cardinals. Four are aged over 80; the other 13 are eligible to vote for his successor in a conclave...
There was an interesting exchange on the panel game Pointless recently. For those who do not know it, the object of the show is for the panellist to answer questions correctly but with answers that 100 members of the public do not know. The more obscure the correct answer, the lower the number of points, the object being to amass as few points as possible.
Era of harsh morality: how much was Catholic Church's policy of forcing adoptions on marriage-less mothers dictated by the mores of the times? Premium10 November 2016 | by Terry Philpot
This week the Church apologised for the way it handled adoptions 50 years ago. But how much was it to blame, and how much was the policy dictated by the mores of the times?
The Tablet Interview: Former Justice Secretary and Anglican Michael Gove in conversation ahead of the Longford lecture Premium10 November 2016 | by Peter Stanford
The former Justice Secretary tells Peter Stanford of his prison reform plans and the fallout from his Brexit role
2016 Election: The US presidential circus has highlighted the fact that no one knows what the two main parties stand for anymore Premium10 November 2016 | by Charles C. Camosy
For many years, a simple choice between two alternatives dominated the US political agenda. But the 2016 presidential campaign marked a turning point, especially in the loyalties of pro-lifers. Their new support and new thinking means no party can take them for granted any more
You’re hired!: Can the Catholic Church learn about choosing parish clergy from the Church of England? Premium10 November 2016 | by Gerry Lynch
Ecumenical Catholic leaders have been considering whether they could learn from the Church of England about lay involvement in choosing parish clergy
A Salford priest found an original way to promote the Pope’s special year of prayer and bring a breath of fresh air back into the sacrament of Confession
After attending the Santa Marta Group conference in Rome last week, Cardinal Vincent Nichols shares his thoughts on the scourge of human trafficking and says the issue is now a priority at all levels in the Church...
Pope Francis' trip to Sweden shows the Church is 'willing to go over to the other side', writes Christopher Lamb Premium03 November 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
By making bold gestures of reconciliation and encouraging Churches to work together for social justice, Pope Francis appears to be taking a fresh course towards healing divisions
In a book published this week, Pope Emeritus Benedict emerges as an enigmatic and intriguing personality, steeped in tradition yet a very modern figure. In this extract, he reflects on the future of Christianity with warmth and confidence
Understanding Vladimir: Mary Dejevsky argues the importance of discerning the Russian viewpoint Premium03 November 2016 | by Mary Dejevsky
Last week’s meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, an international gathering of Russia-watchers, revealed subtly different attitudes from Europe and the US to Vladimir Putin’s pronouncements. Could they contain the seeds of a less confrontational approach
The body in question Premium03 November 2016 | by David Albert Jones
The Vatican has declared that Catholics should not scatter the ashes of loved ones or keep them at home. The belief that human remains be treated reverently is fundamental
A week ago I was enjoying a bowl of soupe de poissons with a friend. It was not fresh, but came out of a can. Agreeing with her that the saffron-and-anise-scented fish soup from Provence is one of the best ready meals you can buy, I told her about my stash of canned Breton lobster bisque, bought last year on a trip to St Malo.
From conflict to commemoration Premium26 October 2016 | by Thomas Bruch
On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Sweden and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a leading figure in the UK Lutheran community considers the state of Lutheranism worldwide
When Pope Francis arrives in the city of Lund on Monday, he will find Swedish Lutherans focused on much that concerns him, not least the need to cherish the planet. Working together for the future of God’s creation could help reconcile Catholics and Lutherans...
Our secular culture may have little place for religion, but it is surprisingly comfortable with some aspects of the supernatural, particularly with the ghostly forms that traditionally emerge at this time of year. Even the Catholic attitude to ghosts is, at best, ambivalent..
The nun and nurse tells Elena Curti how her work in palliative care has helped to shape a supportive website
The Seti Institute in California uses an array of radio telescopes to look for signals from intelligent extraterrestrials. Meeting as part of its science advisory board last month, I heard director Jill Tarter insist that its work was based on rational science, not “faith”. I disagreed. “You can’t prove yet that alien life exists,” I explained.
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Bob Dylan - who was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature this week - will always be associated with his assertion that the times were changing but, now that it is possible to look back from his 76th year, it is clear that the man himself has changed as much as the times themselves..
Why unity matters Premium12 October 2016 | by Julie Etchingham
Justin Welby talked to Julie Etchingham during his latest visit to Rome about what links and what divides the Catholic Church and the Anglican Community
With the end of the party conference season, MPs and their attendant pundits return to the bearpit of Parliament with little clear idea of what the future holds for the United Kingdom. What is certain is that the old order is overturned both in Westminster and out in the constituencies
What Is the appropriate way to refer to those who have lived through traumatic events, illnesses and crimes? Take, for instance, the ill-starred Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. On the front page of its website it declares: “We will support victims and survivors to share their experience of sexual abuse.” Victims and survivors: are those two separate things? No: it all depends on your standpoint.
Rome has a special place in the hearts of the members of the Society of Jesus who are meeting there to elect a new leader and consider the state of the order and its work. They are praying, pondering and debating in a city full of the tangible fabric of their history
The Government’s inquiry into sexual abuse of children – initiated by the Prime Minister when she was Home Secretary – is in yet more disarray after the loss of its leading counsel. Here, an expert urges those in charge to learn from the Church’s more practical action
We Brits have always been better known for our wine consumption than wine production. As long ago as the ninth century, popes were complaining about alcohol-fuelled Anglo-Saxon pilgrims causing trouble in the Saxon quarter around St Peter’s. Statistics for last year show us ranking sixth in the world for overall wine consumption.
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