As Pope Francis prepares to meet Muslim leaders in Cairo at the weekend, a leading scholar of interfaith relations writes in The Tablet about the complex relationship between religion and conflict...
Pope in Egypt 2017: The struggle for religious independence at Cairo's prestigious Al-Azhar University Premium27 April 2017 | by Adnane Mokrani
As a leading Muslim scholar explains, Al-Azhar faces its own challenges and responsibilities
They trace their origins back to the age of the Apostles, yet still the Copts are treated as second-class citizens in their own country..
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Determining any apparition's veracity lies with the local bishop according to the norms established by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...
She said it would never happen. She said it would be “destabilising”. But the temptation for Theresa May to increase her parliamentary majority proved irresistible
Vladimir Putin is not known for showing restraint when under attack. Yet with Washington seized by anti-Russia frenzy, the often irascible Russian leader seems determined to stay cool
Desert fathers: The biggest church parish in the world is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In Dubai... Premium20 April 2017 | by Elena Curti
What is thought to be the biggest Catholic parish in the world is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary next week. It is in Dubai, now a glittering city in the desert built by foreign workers...
This is the centenary year of the birth of the German novelist Heinrich Böll, who found inspiration and peace after the Second World War in rural Ireland. Next week a group of writers and old friends are gathering at his cottage on Achill Island off the coast of County Mayo to discuss his work
We believe in things we cannot see – God, say, or black holes – because we observe their effects on the things that we can see. Still, there is a little bit of Doubting Thomas in all of us. It would be nice to have a direct image of what a black hole actually looks like!
Language and words alone will never be enough to enable us to understand the mystery of Christ’s brutal death and Resurrection. Only if we explore its symbolism will we recognise the Cross as a symbol of mercy, wisdom, life and liberation
As she prepares for the celebration of Easter, a debut novelist describes how characters from literature mingle in her imagination with scenes from the Gospels
In her final meditation, Theodora Hawksley reflects on a paradox of Easter: suffering and death, Resurrection and Ascension, need not be experienced in sequence, but as one event, one mystery
The decision to launch a missile attack on a Syrian Government-controlled airfield represented a complete U-turn in the isolationist policy advocated by Donald Trump when vying for the presidency. As a former senior British diplomat explains, a week is a long time in geopolitics...
The crisis long bubbling inside the African National Congress now threatens to boil over into widespread violence throughout the country. Faith leaders have a vital part to play in finding a peaceful solution to the growing political problems
A Scottish philosopher recalls a period in which the Society of Jesus was at the heart of an English Catholic intellectual and cultural renaissance, and describes the singular contribution of Frederick Copleston, the first principal of Heythrop College
As we limp, sprint, idle or crawl to the end of the football season, our opinions on players have hardened into stone-cold certainties. Some players we’ll judge to be excellent, others merely competent. Then there’ll be those – probably the majority – deemed to be just plain useless.
Spirit of surrealism: Despite rejecting childhood faith, visionary painter Leonora Carrington's works are suffused with Catholic imagery Premium06 April 2017 | by Joanna Moorhead
The visionary painter Leonora Carrington was born a hundred years ago this week. Although she rejected her childhood faith, her works are suffused with Catholic imagery
Twelve months of unprecedented uncertainty and controversy have followed the publication of Pope Francis’ exhortation on the family. What lies behind the confusion and anxiety?
Days after Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Robert Sarah as the new head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I received a reply to an email I had sent to a Jesuit from Ivory Coast who knew the cardinal.
All-conquering cabernet Premium06 April 2017
Cabernet sauvignon is the all-time celebrity of viniculture. It is the most planted wine grape in the world, covering approximately 720,000 acres of the planet’s surface – only merlot comes anywhere near it.
It’s almost midsummer weekend, which is bigger than New Year here, writes Kate Sotejeff-Wilson. The country is shutting down, everyone is fleeing to the woods to light bonfires, jump from their saunas into the lake, and drink rather too much.
Brexit, it ain’t necessarily so: The myth of an inevitable Brexit must be confronted and challenged Premium30 March 2017 | by Sir Tom Devine
Despite Lib Dem dissent and doubts in the liberal media, there appears to be a virtual consensus among England’s political establishment that the result of the withdrawal process is not in doubt. Scotland’s leading historian believes this is a myth that must be punctured
For the French, Brexit means less than Donald Trump’s election and much, much less than the prospect of a Le Pen victory
Our brutal decade: The first Muslim woman Cabinet minister shares her concern about rising Islamophobia Premium30 March 2017 | by Lorna Donlon
The first Muslim woman Cabinet Minister shares her concern about rising Islamophobia with Lorna Donlon
I am not a great lover of nettles, but it is distressing to hear them called “thugs”. A recent report by the charity Plantlife warns that rampant weeds such as nettles, which thrive on soil made rich by nitrogen pollution from diesel emissions, are overpowering more delicate wild flowers such as harebells and wild orchids.
With a large majority of the French electorate declaring themselves to be Catholic, their influence could be crucial in the first round of the presidential election next month
Last week the death was announced of the former Bishop of Galway, who resigned in disgrace 25 years ago after it emerged that he was the father of a teenage boy. A colleague and friend recalls a complex man of great energy and charm
Thinking out of the box: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi says the church should offer discussion not ready-made answers Premium23 March 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
The Vatican’s blue-skies sage tells Christopher Lamb that the role of the Church is not to offer ready-made answers but to stimulate discussion and debate
What do you tell a room of bright high-school science students? That has been my challenge recently, visiting Jesuit high schools across North America. Pope Leo XIII wanted the Vatican Observatory to show the world how the Church supports science; while the other Jesuits have been doing the science, I’ve been “showing the world”.
EXCLUSIVE: The former Irish president shares her concerns with Lorna Donlon about Brexit and Europe’s refugee crisis and the need to rebuild many of the bridges knocked down by recent political turmoil
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Last week Pope Francis said he was open to the possibility of the ordination of married men. But the crisis in the priesthood is about more than a dramatic fall in numbers. A fresh model of ministry is required and in the life and work of Henri Nouwen we see what it might look like...
Once a Catholic: Many of Martin Luther's demands have come to pass in the 500 years since he published his demands Premium16 March 2017 | by Peter Stanford
Luther has gone down in history as the man who shattered the unity of Western Christendom. But he was reluctant to leave the Catholic Church, and if he returned today he would find that many of the reforms he proposed have come to pass
In the third of her meditations, Theodora Hawksley is reminded by an everyday encounter that the Lord is ready for us long before we are ready for him
A week after the election of Pope Francis four years ago, the Anglicans installed Justin Welby as their new spiritual leader. His crisp, business-like approach contrasted with that of his predecessor, Rowan Williams, but recent events suggest there may be limits to its effectiveness
So much to do, so little time: four years into his papacy Pope Francis may be looking to increase the pace of change Premium09 March 2017 | by Paul Vallely
It is four years on Monday since the election of a radical Argentinian bishop to the throne of St Peter. How far have his reforms progressed and what more does he hope to achieve?
Anger in the south: why Wilders' populist Freedom Party will gain votes from disillusioned Catholics Premium09 March 2017 | by Helen Grady
Dutch voters go the polls on Wednesday in an election that could see significant gains for Geert Wilders’ populist Freedom Party. He will owe his success to disillusioned Catholics
Despite being derided as a pointless hangover of our long-gone imperial past, some still believe the Commonwealth can find a new role for itself as Britain prepares to quit the EU
Whether you think it’s a global myth or an impending catastrophe, climate change is already having a direct impact on both the production and the character of wine in many parts of the world. Irrigation problems, vine diseases and soil erosion are just some of the production problems associated with climate change.
'You can have the best guidelines in the world but if you don't implement them they are not worth the paper they are written'05 March 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Marie Collins, a victim of clerical abuse as a 13-year-old, became the last remaining abuse survivor to leave the commission set up by Pope Francis to tackle the issue last week. An expert in child protection, Collins spoke to Christopher Lamb about her reasons for walking away from the Vatican...
A revolution at the centre: What does the rise of 'nativism' in mainland Europe mean for the future of the continent? Premium02 March 2017 | by Mary Dejevsky
Brexit and Donald Trump have led us to anticipate a surge in right-wing populism across Europe this year. Closer analysis suggests there may be life in the moderates yet...
Outside in: English have always viewed Catholics as 'different', Labour Party stalwart Roy Hattersley tells The Tablet02 March 2017 | by Peter Stanford
The English think Catholics are ‘different’, the former deputy leader of the Labour Party tells Peter Stanford
No historical writing can entirely shake off the prejudices of its author – something that applies to Catholic as much as to Protestant accounts of the Reformation
Wrong man for the job: The media-shy academic who became a scapegoat for all the ills of the church in Dublin Premium02 March 2017 | by Bruce Bradley
A media-shy academic appointed to lead the archdiocese of Dublin in 1988 became a scapegoat for his predecessors’ failures to respond to the revelations about clerical sexual abuse
In the first of her meditations, Theodora Hawksley, a novice serving in South America, reflects on how living hand-to-mouth can help us to overcome our fear of depending on others
The dismissal of Claudio Ranieri by Leicester City’s owners underscored the truth that there is no room for sentiment in sport. But when a Spanish club banished their chaplain from the dressing room they underestimated the importance some felt of having God on their side
Michael Novak Premium02 March 2017 | by Samuel Gregg
Prolific writer and theologian whose arguments for the non-economic foundations of capitalism were embraced by Left and Right
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