What’s inside this week’s magazine?

Christmas gifts…

Don’t flag, keep on celebrating, says Melanie McDonagh

Cardinal Robert Sarah says God draws us to Him through silence

Benedict Rogers looks for signs of peace in a turbulent world

Mother Teresa isn’t the first saint to be sneered at, says Richard Ingrams

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Libby Purves on the hobby which comes alive in Advent

Gabrielle Donnelly talks to Martin Scorsese about his faith and his new film Silence

Are we getting homelessness all wrong? Andrew Cusack reports

Jenny McCartney on Boris, Saudi Arabia and realpolitik

Fr Raymond J de Souza on a genius of religious filmmaking

Mary Kenny shares her grandson’s delight at a Nativity play

Taki recalls the Christmas Day he woke up in a prison cell

Reflection by Bishop Mark Davies

How Matthew Schmitz discovered that Catholics are Christians too

Reflection by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Simon Caldwell visits St Thomas More’s hair shirt at a new shrine

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on Britain after Brexit

David Oldroyd-Bolt recommends Franz Liszt’s sacred music

William Oddie gains an insight into the mind of Benedict XVI

Reflection by Marc Barnes

Christmas in a monastery with Sister Catherine Wybourne

Jill, Duchess of Hamilton on calendrical confusion in Israel

Joseph Shaw says the magic of Christmas isn’t just for children

Ed West on when Merrie England got serious about Christianity

Melissa Kite says ethical giving is a form of exhibitionism

Jane Taylor learns how Cafod finds a way round corruption

Michael Duggan opens the door to Francis Poulenc’s luminous art and simple faith

Charlie Hegarty on the complex story of race in America

Pastor Iuventus goes back in time to the origins of the Christmas crib

Stuart Reid asks how we can best love those on the edges of society

Christmas is not a Cinderella story, says Fr Ronald Rolheiser

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