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

The teacher who inspired me Premium

19 October 2017 | by Julian Coman
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.

Pernicious peer pressure Premium

19 October 2017 | by Rosemary Keenan
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

When things don't quite work out as expected Premium

19 October 2017 | by Antonia Beary
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.

School Report Premium

19 October 2017 | by Isabel de Bertodano
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

Alsatian fixation Premium

18 October 2017 | by N. O’Phile
Grape sugars are fully fermented into alcohol, making for much fuller-bodied, drier and more alcoholic wines

Glimpses of Eden Premium

18 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
It felt as though I had stepped into the Amazon forest.

Ill-starred by Michelin Premium

12 October 2017 | by Rose Prince
I honestly prefer places where the food's perfection is measured by its simplicity

Glimpses of Eden Premium

12 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
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

Diamond girls and geezers Premium

11 October 2017 | by Annabel Miller
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

Is the Pope a Catholic? Premium

04 October 2017 | by Richard R. Gaillardetz
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

Sins against the Earth Premium

04 October 2017 | by Guy Consolmagno
Sins against the Earth Floods and earthquakes were seen as God’s judgement on sinful people. We know that this is terribly naive

Glimpses of Eden Premium

04 October 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
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

The Tablet poem Premium

27 September 2017
Full English

Strictly roots Premium

27 September 2017 | by John Morrish
A ‘black’ person in medieval or early modern times was usually someone with dark hair or eyes

Glimpses of Eden Premium

27 September 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
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?

On a cliff edge in Catalonia: crisis over referendum Premium

20 September 2017 | by David Gardner
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

For heads and hearts Premium

20 September 2017 | by Raymond Friel
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

View from Rome Premium

20 September 2017
Realities, Pope Francis says, “are greater than ideas”.

Man of the people Premium

20 September 2017 | by Adrian Chiles
Les James came into the world with next to no one looking out for him. He left with hundreds surrounding him

Glimpses of Eden Premium

20 September 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
I walked beneath the long avenue of English limes.

Francis’ visit to a conflict-ravaged part of Latin America last week showed again that he is willing to take risks to build bridges and consolidate reconciliation

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

The teacher who inspired me Premium

14 September 2017 | by Ruth Hunt
I have not one, but two teachers who inspired me, and who were pivotal in helping me to understand and accept who I am.

Following religious orders Premium

14 September 2017 | by Sean Whittle
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

From ‘awful’ to awesome Premium

14 September 2017 | by Lorna Donlon
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

Voices resonating throughout life Premium

14 September 2017
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

A 160-year-old, venerable Devon secondary school is cleaning up its act.

Glimpses of Eden Premium

14 September 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
September always saves some of the year’s most scintillatingly vivid sights for itself.

Hot grillo Premium

14 September 2017
Grillo thrives on the hot plains and, unlike other grapes, doesn’t become cooked and jammy

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

The Ethical Kitchen Premium

07 September 2017 | by Rose Prince
What will happen to West Country producers and their hard-earned appellations following Brexit, no one knows

Glimpses of Eden Premium

07 September 2017 | by Jonathan Tulloch
What can be more beautiful than a plum tree’s bridal white blossom?

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

‘A delightful companion’ Premium

06 September 2017 | by Sir Anthony Kenny
Friend and fellow student at the English College in Rome Anthony Kenny remembers the rollicking cameraderie of the Venerabile

I saw at first hand his empathy’ Premium

06 September 2017 | by Sheila Hollins
A leading psychiatrist recalls her work with the cardinal during his Visitation to the Irish Church in 2011

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

Great grand-uncle Cormac, the family man Premium

06 September 2017 | by James Murphy-O'Connor
For me, and my siblings and our families, Cardinal Cormac was always “Uncle Cormac”, writes James Murphy-O’Connor.

The making of a poem: resurrection in verse Premium

06 September 2017 | by Michael Symmons Roberts
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

Funerals are changing, and the gap is widening between the expectations of many bereaved families and what the Church is able to deliver

The men who hid behind school gates: a survivor's story Premium

30 August 2017 | by Graham Caveney
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.

Total eclipse of the soul Premium

30 August 2017
Overhead, bright stars and planets appeared. Amazingly, the sun was replaced by a jet-black spot ringed with fire

Glimpses of Eden Premium

30 August 2017
Had I left the garden to its own devices for too long?

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