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Notebook

24 April 2014

Is Alastair Campbell more interested in faith than he appears?

24 April 2014

It is not only bishops’ living arrangements that are being examined afresh under Francis’ pontificate, following his decision to live in a Vatican guesthouse rather than the apostolic palace.

24 April 2014

Speaking of living arrangements, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone appears to have gone off-message with his.

24 April 2014

He may be a lapsed Catholic, but Neil Tennant, of the pop duo Pet Shop Boys, has worked religious references into his music over the years.

24 April 2014

It was the spot where Catholics were hanged, drawn and quartered for their faith during the Reformation

24 April 2014

Eagle-eyed observers will have noted that three out of the four most recent episcopal appointments in England and Wales have come from religious orders.

Previous issues

16 April 2014

Nadine Dorries once described the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, as “two arrogant posh boys”, in contrast to the picture painted in her novel, The Four Streets, based on her upbringing in a working-class Irish-Catholic neighbourhood in Liverpool.

16 April 2014

Pope Francis was due to leave the Vatican on Maundy Thursday to wash the feet of those on the margins of society.

16 April 2014

Masses for gay and lesbian Catholics in Soho, central London, may have ended but the community they served continues to grow.

16 April 2014

Last week we reported on the pressure on bishops to downsize from large residences. In Scotland, the newly installed Bishop of Paisley, John Keenan, is leading by example by choosing to live in the Clydesdale town of Greenock, described by the novelist and screenwriter Alan Sharp as a “cemetery with two lamp posts

16 April 2014

Following the untimely death of Paul Goggins MP, the Cardinal Hume Centre is looking for a new chairman of its trustees.

16 April 2014

An unlikely witness appeared last week for the defence in the long-running News of the World phone-hacking trial at the Central Criminal Court in London.

10 April 2014

When Pope Francis was first shown those spacious papal apartments (the ones he rejected for a modest Vatican guest house), he is reported to have exclaimed, “But there is room here for 300 people.”

10 April 2014

FOR 35 YEARS, the car used by Pope John Paul II while he was Archbishop of Krakow was left rusting in a barn in Poland with mice nesting in its upholstery. But new life has been breathed into the 60-year-old vehicle and on Monday it is due to start a journey to Rome to attend the late Pope’s canonisation.

10 April 2014

LAST MONTH we reported that Stations of the Cross would be on display on the London Underground thanks to the public art enterprise Art Below. Now Transport for London (TfL) has deemed eight of the images unsuitable to be shown on billboards at Tube stations.

10 April 2014

“Football for men. Gossip for women. Religion for all.” This is the Irish-Catholic world that Nadine Dorries describes in her debut novel, published this week. The Conservative MP, who is proudly working-class and once described David Cameron and George Osborne as “two arrogant posh boys”

10 April 2014

One question on the agenda of this year’s Synod on Marriage and the Family will be how to pass on the faith to the children of gay couples. Fr Edmund Montgomery, 29, an assistant priest at the Church of Our Lady and St Christopher in Stockport, has signalled a special interest in the topic by announcing on Twitter ...

10 April 2014

OUR COVER this week depicts a detail of a crucifix by the late artist Steven Sykes. Sixteen feet high and made of concrete, it is looking for a home in a Catholic church.

03 April 2014

JEROME KERVIEL was a high-flying trader at a Paris bank who juggled huge sums on international markets until he lost €4.9 billion (£4.1bn) in 2008 and was convicted of fraud and forgery.

03 April 2014

WHEN BISHOP Malcolm McMahon packs up his bags to move to Liverpool in the coming weeks, one of the boxes marked “valuable” is likely to contain his owls.

03 April 2014

RUSSELL CROWE’s charm offensive to religious leaders as he promotes his film of the Noah Bible story appears to be paying off.

03 April 2014

DERMOT O’LEARY is openly Catholic but equally open about the struggles with his faith. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pope Francis has been a breath of fresh air for the presenter of ITV’s pop music talent show, The X Factor.

03 April 2014

THIS WEEK’S debate between CND veteran Bruce Kent and former Conservative Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind about the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent had both men scrambling for the moral high ground.

03 April 2014

THE QUESTION is not just why the Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, spent €31 million (£26m) of church funds on his residence, but how he managed to spend so much.

03 April 2014

HERE’S A CHALLENGE to Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff who, as we reported last week, is going to learn Welsh.

27 March 2014

WHEN LONDONER George Stack was appointed Archbishop of Cardiff, there were several commentators – including the editor of The Tablet – who called on him to learn Welsh. At the time, he said he was open to this “legitimate request”, although he made no commitment.

27 March 2014

FRANCE’S SOCIALIST leaders are slowly getting better – or at least quicker – at denouncing radical protests against the Catholic Church.

27 March 2014

READERS OF John Campbell’s new biography of Roy Jenkins might be surprised by the revelation that the architect of the permissive society and bon vivant devoted “a month reading little except books by and about [Cardinal] Newman” in 1990.

27 March 2014

LIKE MOST junior seminaries of its time, the regime at Mark Cross, in Rotherfield, East Sussex, was extremely strict. The ultimate sanction was expulsion, though at least one student who was shown the door for smoking did proceed to ordination.

27 March 2014

IT’S USUALLY football managers who own up to employing “robust tactics” for big matches. But that was the term used by Catholic composer James MacMillan about his role in an ongoing “stooshie” (a word frequently used in connection with Scottish football games)

27 March 2014

A CLEVER NEW internet innovation in Ireland will allow family members unable to attend the funerals of loved ones to watch proceedings online.