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11 September 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

THE newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, who also becomes Primate of All Ireland, says he wants to see a “humble renewal” of the Irish Church led from the bottom up by the laity.

11 September 2014 by Christopher Lamb

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would require its own nuncio, it emerged this week, writes Christopher Lamb.

11 September 2014 by Liz Dodd

INCONVENIENT Mass timings are putting off non-practising Catholic parents from returning to church, according to new research published on Thursday, writes Liz Dodd.

11 September 2014 by Paul Wilkinson

JONATHAN RUFFER, the City investment adviser and philanthropist, says he was inspired to bankroll the £60 million re­development of the former palace of the Bishop of Durham during an Ignatian retreat at St Beuno’s College in North Wales four years ago, writes Paul Wilkinson.

11 September 2014 by Paul Wilkinson

CARDINAL Vincent Nichols has attacked the extremist group Islamic State (IS), describing the depth and scale of the barbarity it perpetrates as “unconscionable”

11 September 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

LETTERS WRITTEN by the wife of assassinated United States President John Kennedy to an Irish priest and held by the Vincentians have been returned to her family, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Previous issues

04 September 2014 by Liz Dodd

Cuts to subsidised faith-school transport revealed by The Tablet last week mean poorer Catholics are no longer able to afford to send their children to church schools, according to parents and MPs.

04 September 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

Schools may be failing in their obligations to teach religious studies after the numbers taking exams in the subject at GCSE level dramatically declined, writes Joanna Moorhead.

04 September 2014 by Christopher Lamb

Scotland’s archbishops have urged Catholics to vote in the country’s forthcoming independence referendum while stressing their own neutral position on the vote, writes Brian Morton and Christopher Lamb.

04 September 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

Chemin Neuf, the ecumenical Christian community, has moved in to the former Carmelite monastery at Sclerder Abbey in Cornwall.

04 September 2014 by Christopher Lamb

The Catholic shrine at Walsing­­ham is looking for a new director after the Marist Fathers announced they were leaving after almost 50 years, writes Christopher Lamb.

04 September 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

The introduction of the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Killaloe has been met with opposition from some women who reject the idea of another male-only ministry.

04 September 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

Ireland’s first new Catholic secondary school in 30 years opened its doors this week in a west Dublin suburb, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

04 September 2014 by Joanna Moorhead

Cardinal George Pell will be in Britain next week to mark the official opening of a centre of new evangelisation, writes Joanna Moorhead.

28 August 2014 by Katherine Backler

FREE TRANSPORT to and from faith schools has effectively been scrapped in England’s countryside, according to an investigation by The Tablet.

28 August 2014 by Brian Morton, Liz Dodd

LEADING ACADEMICS have backed Professor Sir Tom Devine’s call for a “yes” vote in the upcoming Scottish referendum.

28 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

FALLING NUMBERS of vocations could see ancient parishes wiped out, according to the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests this week.

28 August 2014 by Liz Dodd

FOUR WOMEN of the Year have been chosen by representatives of Catholic women’s organisa­tions and lay movements, writes Liz Dodd.

28 August 2014 by Brian Morton

MORE THAN 1,000 people attended a charismatic-style “healing mission” at a Catholic cathedral in Aberdeen last weekend, writes Brian Morton.

28 August 2014 by Paul Wilkinson

BRITONS WHO join extremist Islamic groups in the Middle East should have their passports revoked, a former Archbishop of Canterbury suggested this week, while the current Archbishop of York condemned the Government’s response to those fleeing persecution in Iraq.

28 August 2014 by Brian Morton

THE BISHOP of Paisley has offered “prayerful support” to families and communities affected by the closure of the last surviving shipyard on the Lower Clyde and the only yard still building merchant vessels, writes Brian Morton.

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

Leading theologians have criticised the closure of a university’s postgraduate theology and ministry programme as “deeply regrettable”.

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The number of students taking religious studies at A level in England has almost doubled in a decade, according to new figures, writes Ruth Gledhill.

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Chief Executive of the Catholic charity Marriage Care welcomed the Government’s greater commitment to supporting marriage pledged by the Prime Minister in a ringing endorsement of family life in London this week.

21 August 2014 by Christopher Lamb

A major survey hoping to garner examples of how religious faith is treated in the workplace in Britain has been launched, writes Christopher Lamb.

21 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Catholic Union has criticised the decision by Travelodge to remove Bibles from its hotel rooms, writes Ruth Gledhill.

21 August 2014 by Brian Morton

A leading Catholic aid charity has called on governments to challenge businesses that exploit the poor and the environment.

21 August 2014 by Brian Morton

The Bishop of Motherwell has told a sheriff court that a priest “booby-trapped” a church house following attempts to evict him, writes Brian Morton.

21 August 2014 by Brian Morton

A leading Catholic historian has lent his weight to the pro-independence movement by announcing that he will vote “Yes” in the forthcoming Scottish referendum, writes Brian Morton.

21 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

Ireland’s new abortion law’s first test case has seen a rape victim denied an abortion, then her baby delivered by Caesarean section at 25 weeks, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

14 August 2014 by Christopher Lamb

A senior English Benedictine house is considering its future after the retirement of its abbot and the decision not to immediately appoint a successor.

14 August 2014 by Brian Morton

St Mary’s Cathedral in Aberdeen is to host a three-day “healing mission” run by a group offering the charismatic-style ­laying-on of hands, writes Brian Morton.

14 August 2014 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi called for David Cameron to “seriously consider” authorising targeted military action to save the lives of religious minorities driven from their homes by jihadists in northern Iraq.

14 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The 77-year-old nun who twice arranged for a provocative black Islamic flag to be removed from the gate of the Will Crooks Estate in Poplar, east London, has called for extra funding to help with training and employment for the area’s young men.

14 August 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Church of England has made its largest single property sale, writes Ruth Gledhill.

14 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

The leader of the Anglican Church in Ireland has rejected the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey’s stance on assisted dying, describing it as “perplexing”.

14 August 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

The Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, has submitted his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh as he today reaches the episcopal retirement age of 75, writes Sarah Mac Donald.