Issue: 16 November 2013
16 November 2013
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  • Storm of corruption

    The world has responded with its usual generosity to the catastrophic typhoon, followed by widespread flooding from the resulting storm surge, that has devastated parts of the Philippines.

  • Church’s new faithful

    Any church programme designed to enliven the faith of the Catholic laity has to face an uncomfortable reality check. The great majority of lay Catholics in Britain are not anything like they are supposed to be.

  • Kennedy: the man who led Catholics to a new frontier Kenneth L. Woodward

    The election of John F. Kennedy as the thirty-fifth President of the United States was a watershed for that country’s Catholics, but 50 years after his assassination, America is a very different place, with very different political battles fought over Catholicism

  • The long, hard struggle begins Elena Curti

    Once the dead have been buried and survivors’ immediate needs met, thoughts turn to restoring communities shattered by the most powerful typhoon on record that tore indiscriminately through town and country on the fragile islands of the Philippine archipelago

  • Could climate change have caused Haiyan? Elena Curti

    Yeb Sano had a simple message for fellow participants at a United Nations summit three days after Typhoon Haiyan struck his home in the central Philippines, writes Elena Curti.

  • The other victims of crime Paul Donovan

    Prisons Week and Prisoners’ Sunday focus attention on those given custodial sentences. This year, the aim is also to highlight the plight of the children of those in custody – children whose welfare is often neglected by the courts

  • Boldly into mission mode John Mulligan

    When parishes pool their resources to engage in outreach, the advantages multiply and the danger of fatigue is minimised. But key to its success is planning

  • Penelope Fitzgerald: a life Hermione Lee

    In 1939 Joseph Goebbels issued an edict banning “intellectual wit” in Germany. An anonymous writer in The Times Literary Supplement responded that this would deal another blow to “those minor arts already on their deathbed – epigram and repartee”, adding, “one cannot help pitying the Germans …

  • The deeper instinct Polly Chiapetta

    For an artist who is held in universal respect and esteem for decades by museum visitors, collectors and art historians, Georges Braque seems to be very little loved.