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16 August 2017

Unholy Father

Pope Alexander VI (1431-1503) is remembered for fathering several children by his mistresses, but he was also responsible for commissioning some of the Vatican’s best-known artworks.

10 August 2017 | by James MacMillan, Toni Williamson,

Babs the Builder

An ancient tradition is being kept alive under the streets of Glasgow. Visitors to a multimillion-pound waste-water project on the city’s south side have noticed tunnellers nodding to a small statue in a niche at the site entrance.

Lisa Makas (in the white strip), the striker who scored a goal for Austria in the match against France in the women’s European championship finals, once helped to prepare a meal for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

A permanent exhibition aims to ease Durham Cathedral's money worries.

19 July 2017

Who stares wins

John Maine RA is an abstract artist, so his new stained-glass memorial to the Special Air Service in Hereford Cathedral was never going to depict “a soldier in uniform crashing through the window with shards flying in all directions”.

12 July 2017

Scots pride


06 July 2017

Walking the walk

“The telling of stories is an act of profound hospitality,” says Ali Smith, Man Booker prizewinner and patron of a “walking arts festival” called Refugee Tales that calls for the end of indefinite detention for immigrants.

29 June 2017

Like a pope to water

When Pope Francis addressed top swimmers in Rome for the prestigious Sette Colli championships, he offered them a meditation on water, and his blessing.

A 24ft Ark will be weighing anchor today (Saturday) in Trinity Square, Hull, when the City of Culture 2017 resurrects a proud medieval tradition of putting on a Noah pageant.

A 24ft Ark will be weighing anchor today (Saturday) in Trinity Square, Hull, when the City of Culture 2017 resurrects a proud medieval tradition of putting on a Noah pageant

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