The result of the referendum is an emphatic British rejection of the free movement of labour, which is at the heart of the EU single market, by white working class workers who felt squeeze by massive error of judgment by political wonks...
This weekend, politicians at Westminster begin the painful task of recovering from the referendum, seeking to restore some sense of party unity after months of name-calling and insult. To judge from US experience, they may find it easier once they identify a common enemy
What Jo gave us Premium23 June 2016 | by David Bulmer
The tragedy of the events surrounding the killing of the Labour MP Jo Cox on the streets of her constituency has revealed the unity of the community in Birstall. That is part of her legacy
Who are they with whom we weep? Premium23 June 2016 | by Sarah Teather
Tributes to the refugees’ champion Jo Cox coincided with the start of Refugee Week. Her example of joined-up thinking is vital, says the Jesuit Refugee Service UK director
When, in the early 1990s, I was studying law, a particular series of lectures that I can still remember examined the principle of “subsidiarity”.
One of the driving forces of the initial impetus for European integration was to establish enduring peace in Europe. The founding fathers, predominantly Catholics, sought to make war among their countries “materially impossible”.
The Catholic Church values stability because it allows families and communities to grow. It is not just an economic good but one that strengthens society and alleviates suffering.
On the move Premium16 June 2016 | by Mark Hayes
Free movement of citizens within its borders is a mark of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. This in turn has its roots in the dignity and freedom of the individual
Defender of faith Premium09 June 2016 | by Ian Bradley
One of the highlights of Elizabeth II’s birthday celebrations this year is the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, due to take place yesterday. While many of her subjects are non-believers or followers of other religions, her Christian faith remains central to her life
The pilgrimage of St Thomas Becket’s relics to Canterbury Cathedral last month occasioned a remarkable symposium at Lambeth Palace. Leading church figures and scholars met to celebrate the reconciliation of Catholics and Anglicans in the spirit of the murdered archbishop
In the spirit of Pope Francis’ commitment to combating modern slavery, judges and lawyers gathered at the Vatican last week to share experiences and commit themselves to fighting a scourge inextricably linked to the profit-seeking society
In June 1975, in the week before the UK was due to vote on its future in the European Common Market, Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth - whose influence in the Vatican extended to being the first woman ever to address a synod of Roman Catholic bishops - embraced the zeitgeist of the time which was an overwhelming desire to stay in Europe
What will your legacy be? Liz Dodd investigates an increasingly popular way to support charities Premium02 June 2016 | by Liz Dodd
An increasingly popular way to support the charity of your choice is to leave a bequest in your will. But with its intimations of mortality, the gesture can be a delicate subject to raise
An exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the brutal First World War encounter between the British and German navies, throws new light on the role of Catholic priests at sea. They shared the sailors’ suffering and were never quite treated as officers
As the referendum campaign enters its closing weeks, one issue rarely being discussed is that of the European Union as an alternative to the concept of the nation state. But in years to come could the EU act as a counterbalance to the commercial clout of global business?
In the decades during which nutritional health experts have been telling us to avoid saturated fats, an obesity epidemic has risen, spread and endured. If those authorities were right – and just about every doctor, scientist and diet expert agreed that saturated fat was bad – how and why has this happened?
Citizens UK has launched a national enquiry into Muslim participation in civic life and social mobility. In Birmingham, it heard good news of progress and bad news of financial cuts
The British Government is building on links with the Church forged over tackling human trafficking to combat sexual violence in conflict, as the Minister responsible reports
Monday’s bank holiday marks the start of the summer season, nowhere more so than in Brighton, where the fun and frolic hides a richly religious history
When Pope Francis issued his groundbreaking encyclical last year, Laudato Si’, the Italian publishing house Elledici took the moment to reissue a book written in the 1960s by the Italian scientist Enrico Medi, Cantico di Frate Sole, a meditation on the Franciscan poem that gave Pope Francis his title.
The first cardinal of Burma shares the joys and challenges experienced leading the Church in the newly democratic country...
Pope Francis’ proposal to examine the possibility of women joining the diaconate took people by surprise. But, asks an expert, is it merely a device to fudge an age-old question?
Prison reform: 'I've never met someone who didn't have a little bit of something good in them' Premium19 May 2016 | by Peter Stanford
The author of this week’s radical report on prison education talks to Peter Stanford about her ideas
Last week David Cameron was overheard describing Nigeria to the Queen as ‘fantastically corrupt’. A Nigerian businesswoman acknowledges the charge but argues against the hypocrisy that tolerates one rule for the rich West and another for the world’s poorer countries
Christians and Muslims have been persecuted at the hands of Hindu nationalists associated with the ruling BJP party. But, according to one recent visitor, the tide could be turning
On balance, I’m out Premium19 May 2016 | by Melanie McDonagh
Although the claims have ranged from threat of world war to the continuation of Hitler’s dream, the serious arguments have significantly raised public awareness. Our columnist has weighed them all, but the question of immigration and border control has finally swayed her
This Sunday marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, a festival celebrated with particular fervour by Evangelical Churches. As Churches continue to explore each other’s traditions, Evangelicals are turning increasingly to Catholic spirituality to deepen their faith
It’s inside the Vatican, and among a number of fellow bishops, that Francis faces his biggest critics, says Christopher Lamb Premium12 May 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
The stalling of the release of an audit into the financial affairs of the Holy See is another sign of challenges to Pope Francis’ efforts to reorganise the Vatican
Today's political landscape is unlike any set of circumstances I have known in 45 years of reporting, says Julia Langdon Premium12 May 2016 | by Julia Langdon
Last week’s election results produced mix cheer for the major political parties. However they are but a prelude to next month’s EU referendum
The undeniably convenient screw cap is rapidly replacing natural cork as the preferred closure for wine. Almost 70 per cent of all wine sold now has a screw cap. Though in France it is still hard to sell a screw-top wine, here in Great Britain it is getting harder to find natural cork in the mid-price range.
Activist whose protests against the Vietnam War landed him in jail, but who always found ways to channel his outrage into a form of creativity
The verdict of unlawful killing by the inquest into the deaths of 96 football fans at Hillsborough was a watershed moment for everyone in Liverpool. But forgiveness is another matter
‘Truth will make us free’ Premium05 May 2016
I watched the Hillsborough service, held at St George’s Hall in Liverpool after the inquest finished, on TV with a friend, writes Kevin T. Kelly. Mobility problems meant I was not able to attend.
The Pope’s new apostolic exhortation on the family calls for seminaries to include a wider engagement with marriage and family life in the preparation of candidates for the priesthood. The rector of Oscott welcomes these ideas and considers ways in which they can be put into practice
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