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June 16th 2017

The war we’re not fighting against ISIS

Islamic extremists recruit their fighters with slick propaganda about Christian history. Exposing the lies should be part of our strategy

Well, quelle surprise! There are powerful older men in Hollywood who solicit the sexual favours of younger women and promise to advance their movie careers in exchange for such favours…

A Muslim’s journey to Christ

Derya Little has a disarming smile and a slight glow…
In our family we do not have the Book of Kells, but we do have a Book of Kelso…
The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which took place exactly a century ago, on October 13, 1917, was one of the most stupendous, if not the most stupendous event of the 20th century…
October 13 – the centenary of the final Fatima apparition in 1917 and the Miracle of the Sun – will mark a second highpoint to the anniversary celebrations, the first of which was the canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco on May 13 in Fatima itself…

The Mormons’ age-old problem

The twice yearly general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is not usually an eventful occasion…

Can Catholics keep Spain united?

If you were a Western leader, whose help would you seek in negotiating a major political crisis? Asking a bishop and an abbot might sound like something straight out of medieval Europe, yet that’s exactly what the Catalan president has done…
It is a sad fact that clergy are well-informed about crematoria…
At 8.20am on Friday September 15 my wife and seven-year-old daughter were part of what ISIS later called “a gathering of crusaders”…
It was only last year that the stage director Phelim McDermott gave ENO his take on Ancient Egypt in a glamorous production of Akhnaten that did what stagings of Philip Glass need to do: camouflaging the vacuity of the score with dazzling visual effects…
When we ask why the Sixties happened – the riots, the drugs, nuns marrying monks – one of the answers is Vietnam…
Degas: A Passion for Perfection marks the centenary of Degas’s death on September 27, 1917…
Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Mother! has certainly stirred up a storm, and no wonder…

An apologist for the YouTube age

How Can You Still Be Catholic? by Christopher Sparks, Marian Press, £11 Christopher Sparks, an American blogger, asked his Facebook friends to finish the question: “How can you be a Catholic when … ?” The replies came thick and fast, Sparks set to work on his answers, and this book is the end result…
In the centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady to three Portuguese shepherd children in 1917, author Barry Pearlman has produced, as the subtitle of his new book puts it, “The Complete Story from Visionaries to Saints”…
A Rebel in the Ranks by Brad Gregory, Harperone, £18.99 A few years ago, a Lutheran friend sent me a link to her favourite website: Lutheran Satire…
Thirty years ago the American educator Allan Bloom wrote a book entitled The Closing of the American Mind…