The world is waiting to see how much of the new US President’s rhetoric will be turned into action. There is concern in Catholic social justice circles about his stance on immigration, health care and climate change. Here, Tablet writers consider the prospects for the American economy, relations with Russia, and Donald Trump’s pledge to tighten the abortion laws. Firstly, how is the Church squaring up to the challenges ahead?
Jobs for the boys Premium19 January 2017 | by William Keegan
Trump’s tax policies will make his rich friends richer, but they are not likely to bring back jobs for the working classes, as he promised during the election campaign
Birth of a notion Premium19 January 2017 | by Leonie Caldecott
The president’s somersaults on abortion policy have divided campaigners
Beyond the founding father Premium19 January 2017 | by Jack Valer
This weekend, members of one of the most vibrant and controversial movements in the Church will meet in Rome to choose a new leader. As the first prelate not to have close personal links with the organisation’s founder, he can be expected to usher in a change of direction
A row over the sacking and suspension of the Grand Chancellor of Catholicism’s most venerable chivalric order is ballooning into a full-scale battle with the Vatican
The Church is urging a radical reliance on active non-violence to bring peace to this perennially war-torn country. They have the trust of the people, but will their leaders listen?
An unprecedented number of religious leaders will be participating in the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump in Washington DC next Friday. But who are they – and why have they agreed to take part?
John Buchan was the author of some of the most successful “rattling good yarns” ever published. But, as his granddaughter recalls, both the man and his stories are marked by moral seriousness and purpose
With China launching its first ‘Silk Road’ direct rail-freight service to the UK, it is time we ditched our lopsided view of the past in order to make sense of what is going on around us
The opposition to the attempts by Pope Francis to reinvigorate the reforms that the Second Vatican Council initiated does not come from outside the Church but from some of those closest to him
No more secrets Premium04 January 2017 | by Chris Maunder
This year, Pope Francis will visit Fátima in Portugal, where 100 years ago, Mary appeared to three shepherd children. Chris Maunder explains why such events are unlikely to occur in the same way again
‘The Church sleeps on’ Premium04 January 2017 | by Anthony Egan SJ
The ‘rainbow nation’ is becoming increasingly corrupt and divided, but there seems little prospect of the Churches making a concerted challenge to the state’s mismanagement
One of the world’s most ethnically and religiously diverse regions is being jeopardised by the forces of radical Islam
Some 6,000 people, including children, have died in the first six months of the president’s merciless war on drugs. Is the Church doing enough to stop the extrajudicial killings?
For most New Year revellers nursing a heavy head, the hangover will be enough to put them off booze – at least for a while. But for those ensnared by drink, one of the few ways out of the morass is via the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous – a programme that mirrors much Catholic teaching
The zenith of a food producer’s success is a name, a tag that will be recognised all over the world. Parma is synonymous with ham; Chablis with white wine; Melton Mowbray, pork pies; Roquefort, blue cheese; Puy, lentils; Bresse, chickens – to name but a few, and thanks to EU-backed certification, the people who make these foods or drinks are now well established.
Eight months ago, the Pope made the bold, practical gesture of inviting a dozen Syrian refugees stranded on Lesbos back to Rome. Here they describe their new world...
A practical guide for those wishing to help refugees settle in their area
It heralds Christmas and banishes the darkness for body, mind and soul, it represents truth and hope, and without it we are clumsy awkward creatures. It is the key to life
Hail Mary, mother for us all Premium15 December 2016 | by Sally Read
She is the Madonna of the Streets, the Madonna of the Refugees, the Madonna of the Ghetto. But she is also Our Lady of Carmel, Knock and Walsingham, not to mention Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima. She is in short our maternal guide from the trials of Earth to the everlasting happiness of Heaven
The small Catholic community in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray is learning to live again, after the brutal murder by jihadists of their priest during Mass in July
Two years ago, the first Englishman to join the Sistine Chapel Choir took his place among its choristers in Rome. Here the baritone describes the life of the choir as they prepare with the Pope to celebrate Advent and Christmas
Call that may yet be silenced Premium15 December 2016 | by Michael McCarthy
The robin may be the obvious Christmas bird but the turtle dove has its claim too. As we sing of them again, we should take time to think of how endangered they now are in the UK
In the fourth week of Advent, Sr Patricia Rumsey reflects on the person at the centre of this period of waiting and preparation: Mary, the mother of Jesus
Learning to see Premium15 December 2016 | by Timothy Radcliffe
More than ever before the message of Christmas for the former Master of the Dominicans is about Christ sharing the precariousness of human existence. He records his coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis and what it taught him about mortality – and patience
Paul and the Monk Premium15 December 2016 | by Clare Palmer
On Christmas Eve Harriet’s father always insisted on listening to the Nine Lessons and Carols on the radio. This gave him a good reason to disappear into his study as he had done most days in the past year since her mother died, closing off the rest of the world and shouting at anyone who disturbed him.
Echevarría, who has died in Rome of pneumonia at the age of 84, travelled to every continent during his tenure as prelate to vigorously support the evangelising work carried out by the faithful and the members of Catholic group Opus Dei...
Sarah Mac Donald
Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland in 2018. But what happened on his previous stay there?
A journey together to the Holy Land enabled Catholics and Anglicans to focus on what unites them as Christians as well as what still divides them
In the third week of Advent, Sr Patricia Rumsey reflects on the contrast between the warnings of God’s vengeance by John the Baptist and the warm welcome of a loving, merciful Father described by Jesus
Cuba: a contradictory culture Premium01 December 2016 | by Clare Dixon
A regular visitor over 35 years finds a people ever ready with complaints but also full of pride in their achievements; of devout Catholics and convinced communists
In the second week of Advent, Sr Patricia Rumsey reflects on the tension between the early Christian disdain for ‘temples and altars’ and the reverence we still have for ‘holy places’
Most of our traditional Christmas dishes have remained unchanged for at least a century, roast turkey being the most recent innovation, introduced by the Victorians. In the twenty-first century, however, deviations to seasonal food customs are happening at an alarming rate, arguably more to benefit retailers than consumers.
A conference being held today at Heythrop College reflects on Jesuit education and its vision, just as the Society of Jesus is looking to close its own intellectual powerhouse. That loss comes at a time when the Catholic Church in Britain needs its intellectual input more than ever
A saint in the desert Premium24 November 2016 | by Simon Scott Plummer
He died alone in Algeria 100 years ago, but as an evangelist, Blessed Charles de Foucauld set a contemplative example that was to inspire a flourishing movement of today
During the coming weeks of Advent, Sr Patricia Rumsey will examine some of the great scriptural texts which the lectionary puts before us during the season. She begins with the Book of Isaiah
There is widespread apprehension in Western governments at the potential policies of President-elect Trump, particularly in relation to global organisations such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and Nato. But he might have a beneficial impact on Vladimir Putin
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