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As dusk falls over Aachen it is met by the rising fumes of mulled wine, the invariable accompaniment to, or perhaps the fuel for, the Christmas markets that are now major tourist attractions in Germany. In my Eurostar train from London to Brussels a group of a dozen or so Australian women had Aachen firmly marked down as a place to have a good time.

On board his plane from Rome to Yangon – formerly known as Rangoon - Pope Francis made light of the 32 degree heat that would greet him in Myanmar. “They say it’s too hot." He might have used the same phrase to describe the political situation on the ground.

Nathan Jeffay, who began covering the Middle East a decade ago, attended the commemoration of the Battle of Beersheba of 1917, and then covered the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. While all this happened, the normal news continued: the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under investigation for corruption, a deputy minister insulting American Jews, and alarm over Syria. Find out what he made of it all.

As far as a free Zimbabwe any time soon is concerned, wait and see. Mugabe said Zanu PF would rule for ever. It hasn’t gone yet. And Emmerson Mnangagwa is in charge.

16 November 2017

Ascending the Scala Sancta Premium

Louise Cowley's journey to Rome led her to the Scala Sancta, otherwise known as ‘The Holy Stairs’ that Christ ascended to be judged by Pontius Pilate, and located near the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano.

Henrietta Cullinan describes her experience with ‘Invitation to Mission’, a programme project run by the Columban Missionaries that send groups of lay people to visit Christian communities abroad, in her case the Columban Fathers Mission Unit in Sindh province, south east Pakistan.

Over the course of the year, millions of people have made the pilgrimage to Fátima. Final figures for 2017 are expected to top the 5.3 million who visited last year.

Dressed in a pristine cream habit, battered shoes and carrying a glinting metal box of communion wafer, the nun emerges from the shadows to greet us with a weary smile. Today is the day of taking communion to the sick and old in her parish and we are going to make it twice as quick, driving her from house to house.

Reconnecting with God on Iona As the ferry pulled away from the tiny Hebridean island of Iona I ran a wistful eye along the retreating coastline.

St Louis’ in Brest celebrates a daily Mass in honour of those who died in the Allied bombing, using a chalice made with jewels once belonging to those who died.


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