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11 September 2014 by Johan Bonny

In the second in our series looking forward to the forthcoming Synod on the Family, the Bishop of Antwerp argues that the Church must take some bold initiatives if it is to restore its credibility

11 September 2014 by Kevin McDonald

Bishop Bonny writes with great passion and deep concern. He speaks very directly out of his pastoral experience, arguing that there needs to be real collegial discussion of the controversial issues relating to marriage and sexuality.

11 September 2014 by Liz Dodd

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is to create a new monastic community at his London residence of Lambeth Palace. Like many experiments with innovative models of religious life, it will combine aspects ancient and modern

11 September 2014 by Riccardo Larini

Enzo Bianchi is the founder of an ecumenical community in Italy who was recently appointed by Pope Francis to play a formal role in the Holy See’s discussions with other Churches. Here, a former member of the Bose community looks at Bianchi’s life and work

11 September 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

Personal engagement is high on the agenda of the woman charged by the Government with turning around the lives of Britain’s most dysfunctional families. A cradle Catholic, she tells Joanna Moorhead of the inspiration of Cardinal Basil Hume and the importance to her of the Church’s social teaching

11 September 2014 by Jim Gallagher

Next Thursday, Scots will decide whether they want their country to leave the UK. Polls have shown the two sides neck and neck, and the votes of Scotland’s Catholics could make the difference. Here, a Scottish academic looks back at the campaign

11 September 2014 by Joe Wheat

‘Crossing the Threshold’ is a project initiated by the bishops of England and Wales that evangelises by the straightforward means of giving people easier access to the established treasures of church life

11 September 2014

The Labour MP and pro-life activist espoused causes from equality to an elected House of Lords, and fostered a sense of a Catholic community at Westminster

Previous issues

04 September 2014 by Duncan MacLaren

With less than two weeks to go before Scots vote to decide whether their country should leave the UK, a charity worker and academic explains how Catholic Social Teaching underpins his hopes for the emergence of a new independent Scotland

04 September 2014 by Denis MacShane

Police, prosecutors and local officials all failed in their duty to protect 1,400 girls and young women from Asian abusers. Nor are politicians free from blame, admits one of the town’s MPs during the 16 years of denial

04 September 2014 by John Armitage

This month, East Enders remember the London Dock Strike, which ended 125 years ago. The unlikely figure at the centre of the negotiations between the dock companies and the strikers’ leaders was a frail 81-year-old cardinal

04 September 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Last weekend, the Pope sent a special blessing to the people of Castel Gandolfo to mark the festival celebrating their Madonna. But the town is suffering because Francis does not stay at his summer residence, and livelihoods are at risk

04 September 2014 by John W. O’Malley

The first in a series of articles looking at the issues to be discussed at the forthcoming synod argues that what is decided will be less important than how the decisions are made. It will be the key test for Pope Francis’ vision of the Church

04 September 2014 by Dominic Asquith

As both the militant Palestinian group Hamas and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerge weakened following the truce in Gaza, a former leading British diplomat in the region assesses the prospects for a lasting peace

04 September 2014 by Rose Prince

Shuffling into a railway arch by one of London’s busiest road intersections is a queue of hungry people. But this is no Vauxhall soup kitchen. Instead the crowd is an eclectic mix. There is a barrister, loudly discussing his latest case, a few people in bike gear, a group who have just emerged from the Tea House Theatre and a young man – my son in fact – who is on a quest to find the best burger in town.

28 August 2014 by Jonathan Tulloch

Scots are soon to vote on independence. This week, in the first of two articles examining the implications of the ballot for the two countries, a writer steeped in the cultural and linguistic links between Scotland and England argues that they are indivisible

28 August 2014 by Gerard Russell

Iraqi Christians fled their ancestral homes in Mosul and Nineveh in fear of Islamic State. A former diplomat, who has toured their refugee camps in Kurdistan, describes here why he believes the community may yet survive

28 August 2014 by Melanie McDonagh

Is it unreasonable to ask elderly people where they would prefer to die and how? Some individuals think so, judging by the adverse reaction to an initiative from NHS England

28 August 2014 by Michael Pollitt

Pope Francis has chosen slavery as the theme of the forty-eighth World Day of Peace on 1 January 2015. But campaigners say a British anti-slavery bill is missing a vital element

28 August 2014 by Philippa Hitchen

Catholic and Evangelical Christians will be meeting in Germany next week. Francis is leading the way with a new approach based on empathy and a shared vision of evangelisation

28 August 2014 by Austen Ivereigh

The close collaboration between Bishop Tony Palmer and Pope Francis was ended abruptly earlier this year by the bishop’s sudden death. Back in May he spoke to the Pope’s biographer about their shared goal of unity

28 August 2014 by Rose Prince

ON SUNDAY in a rural Andalusian village, all the shops should be shut. Except there is one stall, set outside a busy local bar, breaking the normally strictly observed trading principles. A woman, probably in her mid-thirties, is selling produce from her garden: boxes of sweet-flavoured grapes, figs, eggs, jams and honey.

21 August 2014 by Damian Howard

The jihadist group now calling itself the Islamic State, which has terrorised religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, has declared its intention to restore the caliphate. Yet the extremists’ aims are remote from those of earlier Islamic rulers

21 August 2014 by Brendan Walsh

In Kenya earlier this month, a unique gathering met to discuss the Church in Africa and how it can contribute to the future of a continent poised at a critical juncture

21 August 2014 by Michael Sean Winters

The Archbishop of St Louis celebrated a Mass for peace and justice this week after police shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the suburb of Ferguson. The death of Michael Brown and the heavy-handed police response to street protests is a reminder of America’s stark racial divide

21 August 2014 by Kevin Rafferty

The Pope’s overarching message during his visit to Korea was one of reconciliation between North and South – and between the Vatican and the regional superpower, China

21 August 2014 by Noel O’Neill

Since 1976, Fr John Oh Wooing-jin has built Kkottongnae – the “Flower Village” – into South Korea’s largest social welfare organisation, caring for almost 4,000 homeless people, intellectually and physically disabled folk, alcoholics, elderly people and abandoned babies, writes Noel O’Neill.

21 August 2014 by Alberto Melloni

Pope Francis has suggested that Benedict XVI has paved the way for future popes to stand down and that he too may one day do so. Here, a Vatican historian says Francis’ view is correct and that those who claim otherwise are not disinterested observers

21 August 2014 by Daniel O’Leary

Darwin’s seminal work is still seen in some quarters as incompatible with Christianity. But Catholic theologians and scientists have come to see it as evidence of God’s creative dynamism

21 August 2014 by Terry Prendergast

Clinical psychiatrist and writer who transformed Catholics’ understanding and appreciation of the value of marriage

21 August 2014 by Guy Consolmagno

The european Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 6 August. Launched more than 10 years ago, it has now taken up an orbit around the Sun that parallels the comet’s path, to keep the comet in its cameras from a distance of only a few tens of kilometres.

14 August 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

The potential pitfalls of commercial surrogacy have emerged in the case of a Down’s syndrome baby born to a Thai woman. Yet there may be circumstances in which the Church’s ethical opposition to surrogate motherhood could be challenged

14 August 2014 by Mark R. Francis

Reactions to the Vatican’s new guidelines on the appropriate way of offering the sign of peace during Mass suggest that the real significance of the document has been misunderstood

14 August 2014 by John Pollard

When the cardinals met to elect a new pope in September 1914, Europe was at war. But the grim international situation was not the only factor that would influence the outcome

14 August 2014 by Helen Gosh

A decade of work by volunteers is uncovering an Elizabethan Northamptonshire garden rich in Catholic symbolism, which is testament to the beliefs of an English recusant

14 August 2014 by John Morrish

BITTER EXCHANGES are taking place every day on the subject of the conflict in Gaza. Some have accused the Israelis of genocide. The word has been applied more widely to the conflict in Iraq.

14 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

“Nun tears down Jihadi flag after it appeared at gates of Tower Hamlets estate,” wrote one newspaper after Sr Christine Frost, a Faithful Companion of Jesus, arranged for a provocative black Islamic flag to be removed from the gate of the Will Crooks estate in Poplar, east London.