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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...

Picking up the pieces Premium

23 June 2016 | by Michael Sean Winters
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 Premium

23 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? Premium

23 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

Despite calls for delay by Moscow, and a significant boycott, the historic Pan-Orthodox Council – the first for 1,200 years – started work this week

Voice of the poor Premium

23 June 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
A radical Argentinian lawyer and academic, the Pope’s new Justice and Peace adviser tells Christopher Lamb of the need for a revolution to fight poverty

Much more than optional extras Premium

23 June 2016 | by Susan Gately
Last week a Vatican document reflected on the relationship of charismatic movements to the mainstream Church. Are they a threat to traditional order, or vital to its rejuvenation?

Rocks of ages Premium

23 June 2016 | by Guy Consolmagno
Over the past 30 years the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo has been hosting a biennial summer school, where we invite young scholars from around the world to spend four weeks with us, exploring in depth some topic in astrophysics.

This Thursday is decision day for the UK and Europe. In the first of a special range of articles, we reflect on a remarkable creation of post-war idealism and what leaving it might mean

‘I knew the EU had abandoned subsidiarity’ Premium

16 June 2016 | by Gisela Stuart
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”.

‘Despite our separate identity, we are part of the whole’ Premium

16 June 2016 | by Tom Tugendhat
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 Premium

16 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

The massacre in Florida has thrown a spotlight on several issues – attitudes to the LGBT community, the continuing terrorist threat and America’s debate on gun control

First, do no harm Premium

16 June 2016 | by John Morrish
We thought we knew what “martyr” meant, and then websites and videos started using it to mean “suicide bomber”. How did that happen?

The developing agency Premium

09 June 2016 | by Megan Cornwell
The Catholic aid agency is emerging from a tumultuous time of job losses, structural change and financial reorganisation. Now staff hope to refocus on their core vision

Defender of faith Premium

09 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

Counter-cultural martyr Premium

09 June 2016 | by Philip Crispin
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

Put an end to this throwaway culture Premium

09 June 2016 | by Kevin Hyland
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

The reopening of the inquest into the deaths of the 1974 Birmingham pub-bombing victims is a reminder of the cardinal’s tenacious support for the many who were wronged

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

A recent report suggests that while the Church is relatively successful at keeping those born and raised Catholic, it has a poor record of making converts

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?

An Irish priest falsely accused of sexual abuse calls for the Church to rethink the way it treats clergy who are placed under investigation

Fat chance Premium

02 June 2016 | by Rose Prince
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?

Difficult dialogue Premium

26 May 2016 | by James Roberts
The Vatican’s man promoting Christian unity talks to James Roberts about the challenge of Muslim relations

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

Music of the spheres Premium

26 May 2016 | by Guy Consolmagno
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.

The first cardinal of Burma shares the joys and challenges experienced leading the Church in the newly democratic country...

Pope Francis’ proposal to examine the possibility of women joining the diaconate took people by surprise. But, asks an expert, is it merely a device to fudge an age-old question?

The author of this week’s radical report on prison education talks to Peter Stanford about her ideas

Last week David Cameron was overheard describing Nigeria to the Queen as ‘fantastically corrupt’. A Nigerian businesswoman acknowledges the charge but argues against the hypocrisy that tolerates one rule for the rich West and another for the world’s poorer countries

Christianity in India and the challenges of Hindu extremism Premium

19 May 2016 | by Ulla Gudmundson
Christians and Muslims have been persecuted at the hands of Hindu nationalists associated with the ruling BJP party. But, according to one recent visitor, the tide could be turning

On balance, I’m out Premium

19 May 2016 | by Melanie McDonagh
Although the claims have ranged from threat of world war to the continuation of Hitler’s dream, the serious arguments have significantly raised public awareness. Our columnist has weighed them all, but the question of immigration and border control has finally swayed her

Grammar school Premium

19 May 2016 | by John Morrish
You may have missed the recent micro-controversy concerning Schools Minister Nick Gibb. On BBC Radio 4’s World at One he was asked a grammar question from the Government’s literacy tests for 11-year-olds – and he was caught out.

Where the Spirit moves Premium

12 May 2016 | by Megan Cornwell
This Sunday marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, a festival celebrated with particular fervour by Evangelical Churches. As Churches continue to explore each other’s traditions, Evangelicals are turning increasingly to Catholic spirituality to deepen their faith

The stalling of the release of an audit into the financial affairs of the Holy See is another sign of challenges to Pope Francis’ efforts to reorganise the Vatican

Last week’s election results produced mix cheer for the major political parties. However they are but a prelude to next month’s EU referendum

Screwed up Premium

12 May 2016 | by N. O’Phile
The undeniably convenient screw cap is rapidly replacing natural cork as the preferred closure for wine. Almost 70 per cent of all wine sold now has a screw cap. Though in France it is still hard to sell a screw-top wine, here in Great Britain it is getting harder to find natural cork in the mid-price range.

Activist whose protests against the Vietnam War landed him in jail, but who always found ways to channel his outrage into a form of creativity

Following the recent inflammatory comments from Naz Shah and Ken Livingstone, a former Labour Party minister points out that attitudes towards Israel are part of a wider problem across Europe

The verdict of unlawful killing by the inquest into the deaths of 96 football fans at Hillsborough was a watershed moment for everyone in Liverpool. But forgiveness is another matter

‘Truth will make us free’ Premium

05 May 2016
I watched the Hillsborough service, held at St George’s Hall in Liverpool after the inquest finished, on TV with a friend, writes Kevin T. Kelly. Mobility problems meant I was not able to attend.

On the eve of a two-week visit to the UK by Burma’s first cardinal, Richard Cockett talks to him about hopes for peace in the troubled country

Let’s eat in Premium

05 May 2016 | by Rose Prince
The Brexit campaigners say it’s simple: get out of Europe and the British can take charge of their own agriculture. We pay more in subsidies to the EU than we get out; take that money back and distribute it directly to our own farmers.

Don’t trust the Europhiles Premium

28 April 2016 | by Frank Field
In our continuing series presaging the crucial June vote, a former Labour Minister argues the case to leave the European Union more usually associated with Conservative Party ‘outers’

No place like home Premium

28 April 2016 | by Liz Dodd
Soaring rents and house prices are depriving young families of the chance of a stable home and destroying long-established communities as people are forced to move out of the city

Despite being a leading scientist studying data from the Philae space probe, Monica Grady tells Peter Stanford that she is very much grounded in her faith

Love and laughter Premium

28 April 2016 | by Thomas McDermott
An uneducated, almost certainly illiterate mystic played an important role in Dominican spirituality and was one of the first women made a Doctor of the Church

‘Grounded in reality’ Premium

28 April 2016 | by David Oakley
The Pope’s new apostolic exhortation on the family calls for seminaries to include a wider engagement with marriage and family life in the preparation of candidates for the priesthood. The rector of Oscott welcomes these ideas and considers ways in which they can be put into practice

More’s the pity Premium

28 April 2016 | by John Morrish
Stephen Fry, presenter of Fry’s English Delight, a BBC Radio 4 series about the English language, landed himself in trouble recently with his own choice of words. He was on a US chat show talking about “trigger warnings”.

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