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16 October 2014

“Homeless young people today stand before a cliff that is higher and steeper than ever before,” Cathy Corcoran of the Cardinal Hume Centre told 90 chief executives as they prepared to sleep out in Wembley Stadium on Monday.

16 October 2014

World Homeless Day was also marked with a reception in the House of Lords last week, where the former presenter of BBC’s Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman, was among the guests.

16 October 2014

Prominent Catholics seem to be at the forefront of the battle to restore the reputation of bankers, after a string of scandals that have eaten away at the public’s trust.

16 October 2014

A Christian festival for young people, with singing and prayer, has just ended in Ankawa, a Christian suburb of the Iraqi city of Erbil.

16 October 2014

The Synod on the Family is keen that we do not to rush to judge those failing to live up to church teaching.

16 October 2014

For many years, Cardinal George Pell had a lively column in Australia’s biggest-selling weekly, The Sunday Telegraph. Now he has encouraged other clerics to write for the newspapers.

16 October 2014

When Pope Francis urged participants at the synod to speak their minds, he used the Greek word parrhesia, meaning to speak candidly.

Previous issues

09 October 2014

The Indian Government might have declared Mother Teresa as a “Bharat Ratna” (“Jewel of India”) in her lifetime, but it has decided that it does not have sufficient resources to sponsor the university chair it instituted in her memory.

09 October 2014

Exhibitions, talks, study days, retreats and conferences are among the events taking place to mark the fifth centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila.

09 October 2014

The director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, has announced that a public appeal to raise £85,000 to keep a seventeenth-century carving of the Mater Dolorosa, the Virgin of Sorrows, in Cambridge has been successful.

09 October 2014

With the problems the Church of England has in attracting vocations from ethnic minorities, you might imagine that St Paul’s Cathedral would have been keener to hold on to its succentor

09 October 2014

The food at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives and eats alongside everyone else, is unlikely, say those who have sampled it, to receive a Michelin star.

09 October 2014

No one doubts Pope Francis’ commitment to collegiality. But it seems he has not forgotten how to exercise papal primacy.

09 October 2014

This synod is not the first to discuss the family.

02 October 2014

Resignations, scandals, pressure on numbers: it might be easy to get disheartened about the Church in England and Wales.

02 October 2014

Fresh moves announced at this year’s Conservative Party conference to cut welfare payments have sparked further criticism by the Church of government policy.

02 October 2014

Inspecting women’s stiletto shoes is not a task you might expect of a priest secretary at Archbishop’s House, Westminster.

02 October 2014

The hunt is on for a London home for the famous bronze depiction of Christ as a homeless person.

02 October 2014

When Malta’s newly elected president, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, met the Pope in Rome on Monday, she may well have raised a hot topic currently exercising opinion on the traditionally Catholic island

02 October 2014

Gino Bartali is best known for winning the Tour de France twice, becoming one of the best-known cyclists of the 1930s and 1940s.

25 September 2014

It is almost unheard of for a director of news at the BBC to present one of his own programmes, but James Harding is stepping out from the shadows of management to present a Radio 4 documentary on Pope Francis.

25 September 2014

No one should be surprised if we find life elsewhere in the universe, according to Vatican astronomer and Tablet columnist Br Guy Consolmagno.

25 September 2014

Maintaining neutrality throughout the Scottish referendum debate has required a delicate balancing act by the hierarchy in Scotland.

25 September 2014

The first baby baptised by a former leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has had his baptism “reaffirmed”, but this time by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

25 September 2014

A Catholic pioneer aviator is to be remembered in a church window in the village where he crashed and died (design above).

25 September 2014

The Duke of Cambridge attended Mass for the first time in a public capacity last weekend on a visit to Malta.

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.