The Nice attack has changed the mood in France. Public confidence in the government is wavering, and the gulf between Muslims and the secular majority grows apace
The sharp rise in racist incidents since the EU referendum has put fear into the hearts of Britain’s migrant communities. With years of negotiations ahead, their uncertainty is likely to get worse
It’s a small world: Jupiter may be a giant planet but it is a very small community that studies it Premium21 July 2016 | by Guy Consolmagno
On 4 July, the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around Jupiter, beginning its mission to probe the interior of our solar system’s largest planet. It has only just started collecting data and the first results are not expected until September; undoubtedly it will be years before we really know what we have found there.
Which way does God face? Premium14 July 2016 | by Mark Francis
The Vatican’s most senior liturgist recommends that the priest celebrating Mass should face east. But there are powerful theological and pastoral reasons why he should not
On Tuesday, the governors of the eminent Jesuit higher education institution meet to decide whether they can agree on a plan to save their college. If they fail, a series of missed opportunities and misunderstandings could signal the end of 400 years of the order’s teaching
Britain’s outgoing man at the Vatican discloses the highs and lows of his five years in the job to Christopher Lamb
No end of a lesson Premium14 July 2016 | by Jonathan Shaw
The obsessive control exercised over policy by Tony Blair and his inner circle was a key reason why bad decisions on Iraq went unchallenged. Without reform, they will be repeated
Theresa May’s appointment as Conservative leader and Prime Minister invites comparisons with Margaret Thatcher. But there is another politician with whom better parallels can be drawn
This has been an extraordinary few weeks for our two biggest political parties, with passions running high and language struggling to keep pace. On the Tory side, we have had accusations of “treachery”, “treason” and “betrayal” by a prominent “back stabber”.
It is 50 years this autumn since Catholic scholars produced the first translation of the Bible into modern English. Now there are whispers of a revised edition...
The Chilcot Report into the Iraq War was finally due to be published this week. Tony Blair’s powerful religious beliefs were key to Britain’s involvement in the conflict
Peering over the edge Premium06 July 2016 | by Ulla Gudmundson
The shock waves of the British referendum result are spreading uncertainty far and wide. What concepts in Catholic thought can we cling to in this most uncertain of times?
What lies beneath Premium06 July 2016 | by Melanie McDonagh
A cardinal virtue – the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason – turns out to be an inspiration for confronting one’s sins as well as clearing the house
According to the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, “Facts, like telescopes and wigs for gentlemen, were a seventeenth-century invention.” Few uncontested “facts” were in evidence during the debate over whether to leave or remain in the EU, although before the vote the UK’s wine trade body was in no doubt.
Tablet interview with Elizabeth Prodromou: one of a 'thimbleful of women' at the Orthodox Council speaks to Tom Heneghan Premium05 July 2016 | by Tom Heneghan
In the sea of long black robes and white beards at the recent Orthodox Council in Crete, there was “a thimbleful of women” present to remind the male delegates there of the real world outside their closed-door conference. There were only three of them among the 290 participants and two were nuns (from Greece and Albania)...
Welcomed by Russia, China and far-Right leaders across Europe, the referendum result threatens the prosperity of the City, our trade with the US and the wider world, and our relations with the Commonwealth. At least the Holy See will continue to have regard for Britain
The UK referendum and the forthcoming US presidential elections herald a world in flux. Next week’s Nato summit in Warsaw will show the alliance has tensions of its own
The first Pan-Orthodox Council for 1,200 years ended with hopes for the future
The result of the referendum is an emphatic British rejection of the free movement of labour, which is at the heart of the EU single market, by white working class workers who felt squeeze by massive error of judgment by political wonks...
This weekend, politicians at Westminster begin the painful task of recovering from the referendum, seeking to restore some sense of party unity after months of name-calling and insult. To judge from US experience, they may find it easier once they identify a common enemy
What Jo gave us Premium23 June 2016 | by David Bulmer
The tragedy of the events surrounding the killing of the Labour MP Jo Cox on the streets of her constituency has revealed the unity of the community in Birstall. That is part of her legacy
Who are they with whom we weep? Premium23 June 2016 | by Sarah Teather
Tributes to the refugees’ champion Jo Cox coincided with the start of Refugee Week. Her example of joined-up thinking is vital, says the Jesuit Refugee Service UK director
When, in the early 1990s, I was studying law, a particular series of lectures that I can still remember examined the principle of “subsidiarity”.
One of the driving forces of the initial impetus for European integration was to establish enduring peace in Europe. The founding fathers, predominantly Catholics, sought to make war among their countries “materially impossible”.
The Catholic Church values stability because it allows families and communities to grow. It is not just an economic good but one that strengthens society and alleviates suffering.
On the move Premium16 June 2016 | by Mark Hayes
Free movement of citizens within its borders is a mark of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. This in turn has its roots in the dignity and freedom of the individual
Defender of faith Premium09 June 2016 | by Ian Bradley
One of the highlights of Elizabeth II’s birthday celebrations this year is the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, due to take place yesterday. While many of her subjects are non-believers or followers of other religions, her Christian faith remains central to her life
The pilgrimage of St Thomas Becket’s relics to Canterbury Cathedral last month occasioned a remarkable symposium at Lambeth Palace. Leading church figures and scholars met to celebrate the reconciliation of Catholics and Anglicans in the spirit of the murdered archbishop
In the spirit of Pope Francis’ commitment to combating modern slavery, judges and lawyers gathered at the Vatican last week to share experiences and commit themselves to fighting a scourge inextricably linked to the profit-seeking society
In June 1975, in the week before the UK was due to vote on its future in the European Common Market, Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth - whose influence in the Vatican extended to being the first woman ever to address a synod of Roman Catholic bishops - embraced the zeitgeist of the time which was an overwhelming desire to stay in Europe
What will your legacy be? Liz Dodd investigates an increasingly popular way to support charities Premium02 June 2016 | by Liz Dodd
An increasingly popular way to support the charity of your choice is to leave a bequest in your will. But with its intimations of mortality, the gesture can be a delicate subject to raise
An exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the brutal First World War encounter between the British and German navies, throws new light on the role of Catholic priests at sea. They shared the sailors’ suffering and were never quite treated as officers
As the referendum campaign enters its closing weeks, one issue rarely being discussed is that of the European Union as an alternative to the concept of the nation state. But in years to come could the EU act as a counterbalance to the commercial clout of global business?
In the decades during which nutritional health experts have been telling us to avoid saturated fats, an obesity epidemic has risen, spread and endured. If those authorities were right – and just about every doctor, scientist and diet expert agreed that saturated fat was bad – how and why has this happened?
Citizens UK has launched a national enquiry into Muslim participation in civic life and social mobility. In Birmingham, it heard good news of progress and bad news of financial cuts
The British Government is building on links with the Church forged over tackling human trafficking to combat sexual violence in conflict, as the Minister responsible reports
Monday’s bank holiday marks the start of the summer season, nowhere more so than in Brighton, where the fun and frolic hides a richly religious history
When Pope Francis issued his groundbreaking encyclical last year, Laudato Si’, the Italian publishing house Elledici took the moment to reissue a book written in the 1960s by the Italian scientist Enrico Medi, Cantico di Frate Sole, a meditation on the Franciscan poem that gave Pope Francis his title.
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