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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

One of the most iconic images of the Troubles is the harrowing photograph of Fr Alec Reid in 1988, bent over one of the two bodies of British Army Royal Signals, delivering the last rites, after an IRA mob attending the funeral in Belfast of the Gibraltar Three had lynched the two corporals.

Konstanz celebrates its good fortune 600 years on When bishops meet in Rome next year for the synod on youth, they might spare a thought for their predecessors at the Council of Constance (1414-18).

To Essex and beyond Premium

31 May 2017
To Essex and beyond While the BBC’s Sky at Night may still be synonymous with the monocled, rapid-talking, late Sir Patrick Moore, its new generation of presenters has filmed an edition at the Vatican Observatory outside Rome.

Thieves steal Blessed Virgin’s crown A golden crown worth €1 million, currently around £850,00, has been stolen from the religious art museum on the Fourvière hill that overlooks Lyon. Known as the Virgin’s Crown and completed in 1899, it is decorated with 1,791 precious stones that local Catholic families donated in gratitude for the way the city in eastern France was spared invasion during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.

Gazumped by a cardinal Premium

18 May 2017
Gazumped by a cardinal There was a time when the Catholic Church was a buyer rather than a seller of properties in central London.

It is 60 years since Christian Aid Week was set up, initially to raise money for people displaced by the Second World War. To mark the anniversary, the charity has released an animated film based on the real-life story of Theodor Davidovic, a Serbian refugee from those dark times.

Pope Francis was delighted by the in-flight entertainment provided on his way to Cairo last Friday. He was presented with last week’s edition of The Tablet by our enterprising Rome correspondent, Christopher Lamb, who was travelling with the Pope on the Alitalia aircraft, nicknamed “Shepherd One”.

All sorts of events have been organised to mark the centenary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fátima in Portugal, but few can have been more unexpected than an inter-religious cricket tournament that included the Vatican’s own club, Saint Peter’s.

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