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May 19th 2017

Cardinal Zen: 'It seems the Vatican-China deal is not proceeding. That's good'

Cardinal Joseph Zen says that, in their desperation for a deal, the Pope's advisers seem to want 'success at any cost'

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who identifies as a Catholic (as they say in the transgender movement), has told pro-life groups that they are “not in line with society”…

How do busy people pray?

As Catholics, we are called to a life of prayer…
Last week Hollywood stars made global headlines with a protest against men who make unwanted approaches to women…
The United States has a strange love-hate relationship with the British monarchy…

Mums’ net worth

Our friend, let’s call her Winifred, came to lunch last week…
In 2014, ISIS began to establish its “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq…

I’ve seen vigils save lives

Thousands of children are alive today in Britain thanks to prayer vigils outside abortion centres…
You’ve probably read about my colleague Toby Young…

The minister who could lift the cap

Damian Hinds, Britain’s new Education Secretary, has gained an unfair reputation for being boringly reliable…
“The Devil is more intelligent than mere mortals,” Pope Francis told us recently…
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 Imperial War Museum, London, until May 28 “When I watch the towers fall … it cannot be denied … that as a spectacle it is a realisation of the mind” – the dolorous vocals play, primal and slowed down, over dubstep artist Shackleton’s eerie Blood on my Hands track…
A half-hour song cycle by Harrison Birtwistle? I can see you making for the door (should you have turned up in the first place): it’s not everybody’s idea of a great night out…
Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 21 Last chance The Courtauld is missing the point…
Amedeo Modigliani has suffered from being turned into the classic one-trick pony of 20th-century art…
The BBC’s Father Brown is an admirable addition to the proud tradition of British crime dramas…
Perseverance Through Faith by Fr W Aedan McGrath, Xlibris, 216pp, £21.99 The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff in Dublin on September 7, 1921, and spread throughout the world during the 20th century…
Faith in Poetry by Michael D Hurley, Bloomsbury, 240pp, £70 When GK Chesterton wrote a biography of William Blake for the Men of Letters series in 1910, he opened it with the following paradox: “All the biggest events of Blake’s life would have happened before he was born.” Going a step further, he said that Blake would have agreed…
Where We Are by Roger Scruton, Bloomsbury, 237pp, £16.99 In his overview of where Britain finds itself in the wake of the Brexit vote, Roger Scruton sets out to answer what will unify the country, “as a single people subject to a single law”, now that it has disenthralled itself from the European Union…
There’s a line in the writings of Julian of Norwich, the 14th-century mystic and perhaps the first theologian to write in English, which is endlessly quoted by preachers, poets and writers: “But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” It’s her signature teaching…