Increasing numbers of schools are employing animals to help pupils with a range of issues.

My secondary school years were not littered with inspirational teachers, but there was one who stood out: Mrs Boss.

Religious education in Ireland is changing. With the time available for RE being chipped away, should parishes, rather than schools, take responsibility for sacramental preparation?

With school fees constantly rising, fewer parents than ever can afford to educate their children privately. Bursaries and scholarships can help but you need to understand how they work.

Twenty-two years since the Dayton Accord, interreligious discord continues to simmer in the Balkans. But a handful of Catholic schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina set an example of how religions can coexist harmoniously.

Following a sharply critical Ofsted report this mixed comprehensive is making great progress.

Fresh from his controversial visit to London, the heir to Saudi Arabia's throne is due in the US next week. As experienced analyst David Gardner explains, the success of his attempts to breathe fresh air into his theocratic state is vital for the future of the entire region.

At Christmas, Barbara Jatta went to a curial gathering: 'When the Pope addressed us, he said "brothers and sisters". Everyone turned to look at me, because I was the only sister there.'

Paris has a special place in the Irish imagination and this weekend hosts its first St Patrick's Day parade. It will start at the former Irish College, now an exciting cultural hub. Brendan McCarthy reports.

Grace Abasi came to England from Nigeria as a teenager and In no time at all was abandoned in London and forced to work illegally to survive, she ended up in prison after her first baby was born. The Cardinal Hume Centre helped her cope

14 March 2018 | by N. O’Phile

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Famously, Nelson’s body was preserved in rum for the voyage home, giving rise to the name ‘Nelson’s Blood’

14 March 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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When I walked this way two weeks ago, the beck was frozen over, and the silence of its icebound flow had formed a strange hush.

08 March 2018 | by Rose Prince

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Enthusiasts say they find sourdough easier to digest, and many buy it for the tangy flavour and sturdy texture

08 March 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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We were cut off. Snow roared in from the east, closing schools and silencing roads; snaggle-toothed icicles lengthened under the eaves.

Our Rome correspondent Christopher Lamb looks back over the South American Jesuit Pope’s first five years. Francis’ election marked a decisive moment in the history of contemporary Catholicism; the Church now has a leader with a clear sense of what he is being called to do

07 March 2018 | by Sheilagh Kesting

Hope in troubled times: Francis' courageous leadership Premium

[Pope Francis'] courageous leadership is an inspiration and a reminder to us all, no matter our church tradition, of the core of the Christian Gospel'

The Pope’s approach to sex and gender has been a disappointment to many LGBT Catholics. They claim his thinking is locked in the theology of complementarity

‘Francis’ joy springs from his conviction that the Lord has smiled on him’

What is it about Francis that so deeply disturbs his critics? When one of the Pope’s highest-profile defenders met one of his most trenchant detractors, he tried to find out

07 March 2018 | by Paul Vincent

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In the fourth of our Lenten series of personal stories of how the darkest times in one’s life can be a prelude to a reawakening and rebirth, Paul Vincent describes how conversations with a prison imam showed him a path from despair to hope

Next week, the world’s greatest jump racing meeting will be as popular as ever, despite the certainty of equine death, which, in any other circumstances, would draw condemnation

A deal that would unify Catholics in China is said to be ready for signature. There has been much discussion over whether the proposed agreement over the appointment of bishops will be in the best interests of the Church. But what is in the deal for Beijing?

The position of Turkey’s 3.5 million Syrian ‘guests’ is precarious. Simplistic presumptions about shared cultures are often misplaced and there is a deep climate of mistrust

28 February 2018 | by Joanna Moorhead

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On the eve of a festival he has mentored, the Scottish composer talks about repairing the breach between music and spirituality

The Catholic recognition of the rights of the Jewish people to a land of their own sits uneasily for many with the political state of Israel and its denial of a Palestinian homeland

The extraordinary view that receiving the host in the hands is part of the devil’s attack on the Church simply does not stand up to the analysis of history

Few people in the anglophone world of the mid to late twentieth century will not have heard of him, as he was quite simply one of the most recognised Christians of the time – but some of the subtler aspects of his life and personality have been neglected

In the third in our Lenten series of personal stories of a time spent in the ‘desert’ before finding security and peace, long-term prisoner Robin Page describes how learning to sew and to stitch gave him back his self-esteem and prepared him for life on the outside

28 February 2018 | by Guy Consolmagno

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Some have compared Elon Musk to the James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld without the white cat

28 February 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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The path was slotted with slender hoof marks.

The confirmation by the education secretary, Damian Hinds, that he would like to see the limit on the percentage of Catholic children attending new free schools abolished has re-opened the politically sensitive debate over faith schools

As its executives made clear to parliament last week, many of Oxfam’s systems for monitoring the actions of its employees were not fit for purpose. However any cut to its funding can only harm the most vulnerable, while we have government with a suspicious electorate to appease

Some councils plan buffer zones around abortion clinics to protect women attending appointments. Our reporter met pro-life and pro-choice campaigners outside a clinic in London

21 February 2018 | by Peter Stanford

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In 1968, Bury Me in My Boots was a publishing sensation. Fifty years on, its author is still making waves, as Peter Stanford discovers in a rare interview

21 February 2018 | by Sue Gaisford

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This former monastic complex and almshouse, now with its first female master and brother, is built on the site of one of the capital’s most notorious episodes

For the second week of Lent, the personal story of a time in the ‘desert’ and the eventual discovery of a place of safety is told by Richard Keegan-Bull, who lives in a L’Arche community in London

21 February 2018 | by Adrian Chiles

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I’ve just checked, and it turns out the business about the Lord moving in mysterious ways isn’t in the Bible

21 February 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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Do you remember the ice flowers? Those strange-shaped bouquets left by cold nights on the inside of your bedroom window.

14 February 2018 | by Brendan Walsh

The shock of the new Premium

One of Pope Francis’ leading allies, Cardinal Blase Cupich, tells Brendan Walsh that the Church must both change how it relates to the family, and not be afraid to discuss its differences openly

A leading Tory peer warns that this ‘dismal enterprise’ of leaving the EU threatens the Good Friday Agreement

Before the Roman Empire made Christianity the state religion, two kingdoms in the Caucasus became the first countries to declare themselves Christian nations. And since the fall of Communism, these two Churches have played a significant and sometimes controversial role

14 February 2018 | by Sophie Vardy

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Out of the wilderness

A celebrated classical pianist reflects on how a tragedy recalled from youth, and his fascination with the idea of the priest as ‘wounded healer’, led to the writing of his first novel

14 February 2018 | by N. O’Phile

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Sherry can only be made in one tiny part of the world, Andalusia

14 February 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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Two-year degree courses could cut costs for students, says the Government. We assesses the benefits and pitfalls, finding mixed feelings about their worth among university leaders

08 February 2018 | by Tom Tugendhat

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One word still echoes from my childhood: “impeccable”. To anyone taught by Mr Hannigan, it meant everything.

Religious education is experiencing a drop in pupil numbers at GCSE. We look at the reasons and asks what the Government should be doing to alleviate the problem

08 February 2018 | by Garrett Berghoff

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In refugee camps across the world, people wait years in a state of limbo, hoping to get their lives back on track. The writer describes his time as a volunteer in one such camp working with refugees on education projects in Malawi

08 February 2018 | by Sean Whittle

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The face of Catholic and Anglican education is changing rapidly. We describe the latest research into the new demographics and the advantages they can bring to faith schools

Muslims in Britain want to ensure that their children have access to the social and economic opportunities offered here.

High levels of staff and pupil motivation have earned this federation an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted result

Books that emphasise Pope Francis’ qualities as master of the dramatic gesture have allowed his critics to suggest that he lacks substance and judgement. But now a new study of his theological formation shows the coherence and depth of his thinking

07 February 2018 | by Joanna Moorhead

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The story of Helen Prejean, the irrepressible nun helping to change American opinion on the death penalty, has been made into an opera. She talks to Joanna Moorhead

The one certainty of next month’s presidental poll is that Vladimir Putin will win. But eventually, after he departs, could Russia become a genuinely democratic country?

07 February 2018 | by Rose Prince

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The notion that animals are “sentient” is philosophical, not strictly based in science, yet now there is a move to enshrine the concept in law.

07 February 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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An icy blast gusted at me. It was what people call a lazy wind – one that doesn’t bother going round you, but cuts straight through.

Catholics in China are divided, often bitterly. As our Rome correspondent explains, to unite them and to restore relations with Beijing is the most complex and sensitive foreign policy challenge facing the Holy See

31 January 2018 | by Paul Vallely

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The Pope has apologised for the hurt caused by his dismissal of claims, made by survivors of abuse, of a cover-up by a Chilean bishop. Now he has asked Archbishop Scicluna to investigate. Why does he find it such a difficult issue to deal with?

31 January 2018 | by Peter Stanford

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The outspoken Canadian university professor at the centre of a media furore says he is misunderstood by both opponents and supporters

31 January 2018 | by Michael Axworthy

A revolution waiting to happen? Premium

The demonstrations in Tehran and other big cities at the end of last year have died away but the Islamic Republic may yet fall victim to the power of dissent

31 January 2018 | by Guy Consolmagno

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They protect life on Earth from cosmic radiation, and make the auroras that we call the Northern Lights

31 January 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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The Pope’s visit to Chile and Peru has been overshadowed by the furious reaction of the survivors of clerical sex abuse to his dismissal of their allegations of a cover up.

One hundred years after the birth of Muriel Spark, her biographer, Martin Stannard, REMEMBERS his always delicate and often difficult relationship with his subject.

As many countries mark Holocaust Memorial Day, a leading Jewish scholar considers Pope Francis’ well-intentioned but occasionally dated understanding of Judaism

A bishop back from speaking with young people on both sides of the divide in the Holy Land finds they have much in common in their hopes and ideals for the future.

25 January 2018 | by Luigi Gioia

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Talking quietly and respectfully and trying to avoid all unnecessary noise is at the core of monastic life, creating a space of welcome and self-awareness

25 January 2018 | by Anthony Weaver

Monks killed in Algeria to be remembered Premium

A retreat later this year will remember the seven Trappist monks murdered by Islamist extremists in Algeria, and seek to reinforce the ties between Christianity and Islam

25 January 2018 | by Adrian Chiles

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Cyrille Regis was arguably the first British black footballer to take a real chunk out of the wall of prejudice

25 January 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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“Private Property. Trespassers will be prosecuted.” I sighed.

Ireland's politicians and the bishops are gearing up for a vote that could repeal a constitutional amendment and trigger the relaxation of some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in Europe

The annual period of reflection, which began on Thursday 18 January, is a moment to focus on unity. Here, one family speaks about its experience of ecumenism in action

It is 12 months since Donald Trump became president of the United States, with the support of many Catholics. Some remain loyal, but for most his record has been disappointing at best and horrific at worst

Ahead of an exhibition that will include some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s most personal writings, his biographer explains that there is darkness as well as charm in these manuscripts

Imports of second-hand clothes have badly damaged Tanzania’s textile industry. Now the government has a plan to revive local production - with the help of some savvy Salesians

Roughly only one in 75 bottles is off, but this Christmas it arrived on our table for lunch.

18 January 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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If I were an artist how could I ever tire of painting this oak?

Peter D. Sutherland, international businessman, UN Special Representative and former Attorney General of Ireland, born 25 April 1946, Dublin; died 7 January 2018, Dublin.

11 January 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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A raw afternoon; frost gripping the blackthorn.

11 January 2018 | by Rose Prince

The Ethical Kitchen Premium

It seems we have a craze that keeps on giving, with big business licking its lips

After 30 years’ experience, a palliative care specialist remembers her first encounters as a medical student and as a newly-qualified doctor, learning that it is in listening to the dying and the bereaved that we come to see life as precious

Iraqi Christians are beginning to return to the plains of Nineveh after the defeat of Islamic State but, as a recently returned visitor reports, the air still is tense and ambivalent

Just as in the Christian tradition, fasting and self-denial are associated with holiness, so contemporary culture emphasises that being thin is ‘better’. But it is important to remember – especially in January – that ‘goodness’ does not come from going on a diet

Orwell was dismissive of popular Christian apologists such as C.S. Lewis and Hilaire Belloc in his printed work but, as one of his biographers points out, his views on religion were nuanced and ambivalent

The challenge of producing a new translation of some of the Bible’s most sacred texts brought to life the diverse figures of the Gospel writers – ordinary men driven to proclaim a message that was, for them, absolutely and consumingly urgent

As the fifth anniversary of his pontificate approaches, the Pope can look back on some impressive reforms. But to consolidate them, he must win the civil war within the Church

The Chief Rabbi talks about his hopes for unity, the challenge of anti-Semitism, Jerusalem and Pope Francis’ fondness for home-made biscuits

The emergence of machines that will emulate and perhaps supersede human cognition and imagination urgently needs a deeply considered response

03 January 2018 | by Peter Stanford

Model mystic: Bronwen Astor Premium

A former model who was besmirched by the Profumo affair, founded an ecumenical community and trained as a psychotherapist is remembered by her biographer as among the most thoughtful characters in modern English Catholicism

03 January 2018 | by Michael Sean Winters

Cardinal Bernard Law Premium

He was a prince of the American Church brought low by an apparent instinctual sympathy for the perpetrators rather than the victims of clerical sexual abuse

03 January 2018 | by Guy Consolmagno

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Looking deeper into the sky, I also think about the science behind what I see

03 January 2018 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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Glimpses of Eden

Leaving her home in London and her job as a Tablet journalist for the ultimate cycling adventure provided an exhilarating challenge - but the greatest test proved to be not physical but spiritual

The irrepressible head of the Cardinal Hume Centre tells Peter Stanford what has inspired a lifetime spent working with the poor and vulnerable

In Bethlehem there is a unique school where a traditional – and these days rarely seen – form of devotional painting is taught

Two years ago, a distinguished social theorist decided she would put her principles into action, founding a small charity to help in the resettlement of victims of human trafficking

20 December 2017 | by Bernadette Kehoe

A lonely life on the ocean waves Premium

Bernadette Kehoe meets the Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplain to Southampton, as he brings hope to seafarers – as well as sim cards, presents and a bit of help with the Christmas lunch

How the Camino de Santiago helped one British army veteran to finally come to terms with the legacy of his military service in Iraq and Afghanistan

20 December 2017 | by Luigi Gioia

The coming of Jesus Premium

In the fourth and final of our Advent Meditations, Benedictine monk Luigi Gioia reflects on a story of salvation with a homeless refugee family at its centre

Behind the excitement, majesty and amiable traditions of National Hunt racing, there is an industry characterised by barbarism, greed and addiction

20 December 2017

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Christmas messages from Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Leo Cushley

20 December 2017 | by Adrian Chiles

Devoted for life Premium

Less than a dozen stamps on your card and a priestly bouncer would turn you away

While the Church’s response to historic abuse has often seemed to be severely lacking in compassion, one pastoral organisation has been providing the support survivors so desperately need

An Australian archbishop asks if parts of the church hierarchy will resist some of the Royal Commission’s recommendations and sees the forthcoming Plenary Council in Sydney as an opportunity to begin the reform and renewal of the Church

The Tablet has seen the letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship that has been interpreted by the bishops of England and Wales as ruling out an alternative to the current, highly controversial Missal. But might they have far more room for manoeuvre than they think?

Pope Francis was 81 on 17 December. In the early 1980s he was the rector of the Colegio Máximo in the province of Buenos Aires. This reflection is part of a cycle of talks he gave to the Jesuit community. It has never before been published in English

One of America’s most popular Catholic bloggers, author of some 15 books on apologetics and spirituality, considers the provenance of what some dismiss as a Christmas myth

The qualities that we ascribe to the nation’s favourite red-breast tell us more about ourselves than they do about the creature itself

The Tablet’s lobby correspondent has been rooting through her bookshelves and old diaries in a fruitless search for a prime minister able to relax over the festive holiday

Christmas is a magical thread that is woven through English literature from medieval mystery plays and the poetry of Milton to the work of Joyce, Yeats and Eliot

14 December 2017 | by Nicholas King

Put to the test: a more accurate reading of the lord's prayer? Premium

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

14 December 2017 | by N. O’Phile

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The Augustinian Canons of Klosterneuburg, just north of Vienna, have been producing wine since 1114

14 December 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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A giant tractor ploughed this field in September.

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

13 December 2017 | by Luigi Gioia

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In the third of our Advent meditations, Benedictine monk Luigi Gioia considers how God’s advent affirms us and embraces our whole being

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

06 December 2017 | by Christopher Lamb

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There was a subtext to Pope Francis’ visit last week to South Asia and it can be summed up in one word: “China”.

06 December 2017 | by Rose Prince

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The commercialisation of Christmas releases antibodies in my spending habits. I have so far bought just two presents.

06 December 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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They built our house in 1976. Having laid the last brick, they planted an ornamental cherry tree.

30 November 2017 | by Patrick Hannon

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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

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

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

29 November 2017 | by Luigi Gioia

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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.

29 November 2017 | by Guy Consolmagno

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This body emitted no visible gases at all, even as it fell to within a quarter of Earth’s distance to the sun

29 November 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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At the moment, wrens seem to be everywhere. I was in the garden, watching a light smoke of winter gnats simmering in the weak sun, when a small ball of brown feathers darted into the redcurrant bush.

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

22 November 2017 | by Janice McLaughlin

He could have been a hero… Premium

In spite of the uncertainty over the future of Zimbabwe, a Maryknoll religious sister who has lived and worked in the country for one year less than the 37 Robert Mugabe has served as the country’s leader, remains hopeful

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

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

22 November 2017 | by Adrian Chiles

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On Boxing Day 2012, I had a terribly bad experience at Queens Park Rangers.

22 November 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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Thirty years ago I visited this city for the first time. Eighteen years old and looking for the university, I lost my way. Ending up at the wrong end of town, I sat on a bench under a tree by the city walls and watched the tourists go by.

16 November 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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Growing in the streams and ditches of Britain and Ireland, watercress became so essential to the diet of impoverished Victorian families that it was known as Poor Man’s Bread.

16 November 2017 | by N. O’Phile

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One of the key reasons why the wines of Bordeaux have been so prized is their ageing potential.

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”.

As the Rohingya crisis deepens, the Pope's trip to Myanmar is likely to be the most sensitivity of his papacy

Wrong-footing fans with her latest novel, the author of several classic feminist novels tells Peter Stanford she has always been happy to go against the crowd

08 November 2017 | by Dominic Erdozain

God’s counter-revolution: faith in the Soviet Union Premium

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

Italians, by and large, still run the Catholic Church. But under Francis, Englishmen – and women – have become surprisingly influential in the Holy See

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

We should deal firmly with serious cases but beware of the impact of a media feeding frenzy

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

The trauma for a child whose family have been evicted from their home is hard to imagine – especially when life changes can be brutal – and help depends more on personal acts of kindness than official concern

08 November 2017 | by Rose Prince

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On a high meat-and-cereal diet British people are well fed – a bit too well fed, in fact – yet are undernourished

08 November 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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It was a dreich day. Cloud wreathed the hills, and the leafless oaks bordering our path were beaded with droplets.

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

Liverpool’s enduring bard, who turns 80 next week, talks about the Mersey Sound of the 1960s and the sustaining place of Catholicism in his life

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

01 November 2017 | by Michael W. Higgins

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Theologian and teacher who helped draft Nostra Aetate, then became a prominent champion of progressive causes

01 November 2017 | by Guy Consolmagno

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‘Normal’ or ‘exotic’ has as much meaning in the greater universe as ‘up’ and ‘down’

01 November 2017

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Our little hills are filled with springs and becks, and fast-running rills.

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.

25 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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The first sign of the winds that would ravage Ireland and Britain’s west coast was a bewildered butterfly …

Scotland is helping to bridge the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils.

19 October 2017 | by Julian Coman

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Julian Coman recalls how, in the 1980s, performing in the sixth-form play was a rite of passage for pupils doing English A level.

From Scripture courses in prisons to degrees in canon law, the world of online RE is opening up.

19 October 2017 | by Rosemary Keenan

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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

19 October 2017 | by Antonia Beary

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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.

19 October 2017 | by Isabel de Bertodano

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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Battersea, south-west London: A ‘good’ primary whose ‘well-taught’ diverse pupils enjoy working, playing and praying together.

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

18 October 2017 | by N. O’Phile

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Grape sugars are fully fermented into alcohol, making for much fuller-bodied, drier and more alcoholic wines

18 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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It felt as though I had stepped into the Amazon forest.

12 October 2017 | by Rose Prince

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I honestly prefer places where the food's perfection is measured by its simplicity

12 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

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Hats off to the farmer who works his few acres along Moor Lane.

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

11 October 2017 | by Annabel Miller

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The question of whether girls and boys perform better in single-sex or co-educational settings has not been resolved conclusively, but head teachers nevertheless have a wealth of experience they can share

04 October 2017 | by Richard R. Gaillardetz

Is the Pope a Catholic? Premium

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

The medicines may be getting better, but there is still stigma surrounding HIV. A resource is being launched that breaks down myths and misunderstanding and will be a pastoral support for Christians living with HIV

04 October 2017 | by Guy Consolmagno

Sins against the Earth Premium

Sins against the Earth Floods and earthquakes were seen as God’s judgement on sinful people. We know that this is terribly naive

04 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

Glimpses of Eden Premium

Whenever I see a field full of thistles, my heart rises.

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

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

27 September 2017

The Tablet poem Premium

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27 September 2017 | by John Morrish

Strictly roots Premium

A ‘black’ person in medieval or early modern times was usually someone with dark hair or eyes

27 September 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

Glimpses of Eden Premium

This year we had a fifth (and unofficial) season in the north of England.

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?

20 September 2017 | by David Gardner

On a cliff edge in Catalonia: crisis over referendum Premium

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

20 September 2017 | by Raymond Friel

For heads and hearts Premium

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

20 September 2017

View from Rome Premium

Realities, Pope Francis says, “are greater than ideas”.

20 September 2017 | by Adrian Chiles

Man of the people Premium

Les James came into the world with next to no one looking out for him. He left with hundreds surrounding him

20 September 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch

Glimpses of Eden Premium

I walked beneath the long avenue of English limes.


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