Issue: 30 November 2013
30 November 2013
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  • Joy of evangelisation

    The plan that Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to follow has been emerging piece by piece since his election in March, but now he has set it out in detail.

  • How to be happy Alban McCoy

    Many lay Catholics taking part in the Vatican’s survey will have struggled with the questions concerning natural law and sex and relationships. Here, a theologian explains Aquinas’ thinking and dismisses some myths in the process

  • Just like wine and cricket Abigail Frymann Rouch

    That’s how senior judge Sir Paul Coleridge sees the best marriages and why he wants to promote the institution. And as he told Abigail Frymann the emotional and financial cost of family break-up is too high a price to pay for both the people involved and society, too

  • Where the Mob rules Ivor Roberts

    Victims of injustice and the poor have found a champion in Pope Francis, who has spoken out against corruption in all its forms. But in doing so, he has made powerful enemies and, according to a seasoned observer, would be wise to adopt sensible precautions

  • Doors that are always open Pope Francis

    From joy and hope to despair; from the role of the parish to the economy: Pope Francis’ first crafted papal document was released this week, and is as wide-ranging as predicted. Here we publish extracts from his apostolic exhortation

  • Treasures old and new Joseph O’Hanlon

    The three-yearly cycle of the lectionary begins again this Sunday with a return to the gospel of Matthew, who from the Nativity narrative to the Resurrection reveals a Messiah and a teacher

  • Closing chords Rick Jones

    In the spirit of doing different, vocal quartet the Hilliard Ensemble named itself 40 years ago after the Elizabethan miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, painter of exquisite, finely detailed, passport-sized portraits of wealthy clients, courtiers and nobles.