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18 September 2014

When visiting the Pope it is a good idea to carefully observe Vatican protocol. But when Stanley Johnson, pictured right, was received in an audience with John Paul II his decision to break the rules paid off rather well for him.

18 September 2014

Lord Bannside, as the Revd Ian Paisley became, was not known as the “Big Man” of Irish politics for nothing. At 6ft 5in, and weighing around 20 stone, he literally towered over friend and foe alike.

18 September 2014

Bristol’s Anglican Cathedral was the unlikely setting for a fashion show this week, not for the latest styles in clerical black or prelate purple, but for the creations of iconic designers such as Stella McCartney, Gucci and Christian Louboutin.

18 September 2014

They are used to first-class treatment but next month executives from companies such as Facebook, Aviva and PwC (Pricewaterhouse­Coopers) are swapping their comfy beds for a night sleeping rough.

18 September 2014

Catholic Women’s Ordination will be discussing female deacons when they meet in Bristol on Saturday, 4 October.

18 September 2014

Their most famous fan is the Bishop of Rome. So when San Lorenzo de Almagro football club were considering what name to give their new football stadium they looked no further than Pope Francis.

Previous issues

11 September 2014

With Pope Francis’ emphasis on simplicity and the Bishop of Limburg (aka the Bishop of Bling) scandal still ...

11 September 2014

Last week, we reported on Cardinal Henry Manning’s role as the mediator of the Great London Dock Strike of 1889 ...

11 September 2014

Just days before the cricket match between the Vatican and the Church of England in Canterbury ...

11 September 2014

Last Sunday, Christopher Lamb of The Tablet was interviewed by 10 BBC regional radio stations ...

11 September 2014

Before she trained for ordination, the Revd Miranda Threlfall-Holmes briefly worked ...

11 September 2014

Benedictine monasteries produce everything from beer to ...

04 September 2014

While it is a long way from being the poor Church that Pope Francis would like, it appears the Vatican is not as wealthy as many like to assume.

04 September 2014

Catholic humour topped this year’s Edinburgh Fringe bill, with Bridget Christie (above), 2013 holder of the festival’s Oscar equivalent – the Foster’s prize – handing it on to this year’s winner, fellow Catholic John Kearns.

04 September 2014

Former Tory MP Lord Tebbit, 83, is to make his debut speech in a Catholic parish.

04 September 2014

The Bishop of Limburg, nicknamed the “Bishop of Bling” for extravagant spending on his house, has not just scandalised the faithful but also appears to have traumatised them.

04 September 2014

Now that Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera is returning to Spain, thoughts are turning to who might succeed him as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

04 September 2014

How many pennies are needed to scale the London skyscraper known as the Shard (pictured), one of the tallest buildings in Europe?

28 August 2014

The word “conservative” hardly does justice to Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, who has died at the age of 99. He was a firm believer in the Divine Right of Kings, the cause for the canonisation of Marie Antoinette, and, of course, the Tridentine Rite.

28 August 2014

Another religious order in Britain is planning to downsize.

28 August 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy wandered along the famous pilgrimage route for five miles together last Sunday towards the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

28 August 2014

The environmental faith group Christian Ecology Link is revamping its profile for the twenty-first century, starting with a name change to Green Christian.

28 August 2014

The caricature of a beaky, querulous John Henry Newman that appeared in Vanity Fair magazine in 1877 is rarely chosen for book covers or prayer cards.

21 August 2014

Lord (Roy) Hattersley is a self-proclaimed atheist, but has a personal connection with the Church: his father, before marrying his mother, had been a Catholic priest.

21 August 2014

With Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi’s departure, the Government has lost an outspoken proponent for religious freedom.

21 August 2014

As a Catholic place of worship that survived the Reformation period, and is still in regular use today, the chapel at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire, is used to being under the radar.

21 August 2014

An architect of Vatican II, a bridge-builder between East and West and open to dialogue with the world: it is likely that Cardinal Franz König would have approved of Pope Francis.

21 August 2014

He was commissioned to paint a portrait of Scottish martyr St John Ogilvie for the refurbished St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow.

21 August 2014

Academic institutions are usually buildings rather than people, but at 106 Margaret Wileman was a near permanent fixture in Cambridge.