Notebook

When Buon Appetito was originally published a year or so ago in German, it gave its readers an intriguing insight into day-to-day life in the Holy See. French and Italian translations quickly followed and now a new version of the Swiss Guard cookbook is being released in North America.

The iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome, where lovers Marcello and Sylvia cavort in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita, is to be dyed red for an evening for the first time in history as part of a stunt to draw attention to the murder of Christians in the Middle East.

As archipelagos go, the Philippines and the Shetland Islands couldn’t be further apart, both geographically and in climate. But neither is a stranger to extreme conditions. When one young Filipino fisherman found himself at the pointy end of northern weather last month, he also became the beneficiary of a charity that knows no earthly boundaries.

Baroness Patricia Scotland, who was welcomed as the new Commonwealth Secretary-General at a ceremony in London on Monday, will have come away inspired.

Scotland’s worst mining disaster has been commemorated in a pair of stained glass windows at St Joseph’s Church in Blantyre. On the morning of October 22 1877, an explosion caused by firedamp, a build-up of inflammable gases, killed more than 200 miners,...

The Scots College in Rome commemorated the spiritual legacy of Scotland’s St John Ogilvie last week, the culmination of a year of events recalling the four-hundredth anniversary of his martyrdom in 1615.

The history of the Mill Hill Missionaries – which celebrates its 150th anniversary with a Mass at Westminster Cathedral today – is closely intertwined with that of The Tablet.

Historic ecumenical liturgical moments in London are becoming like its buses: none for ages, then several come along at once.

Frank Kelly, the Irish actor who died last week aged 77, is best known for his role as a foul-mouthed, alcoholic priest in the sitcom Father Ted.

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