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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'

Until last October, when the BBC surprisingly and erroneously gave him a prominent role in the Gunpowder Plot, few people had heard of Fr John Gerard SJ…
The events of May 1968 in France – when young Left-wingers brought the country to a standstill and nearly toppled General de Gaulle – are now regarded as a legendary aspect of modern history…

Why the Met got away with it

I am in two minds about the Catholic theme at the Met Gala, which has so offended some Catholics but seemingly amused others…

A day in unsettled Ireland

It’s a supreme test of objectivity to be here in Ireland writing about the abortion referendum…
The story begins with violence: in the summer of 1780 London was the scene of the worst riots the city had ever experienced, and which were to prove the “largest, deadliest and most protracted urban riots in British history”…
The cry of the prophet is not the usual mode of contemporary preaching, including that of papal rhetoric…

The stars come out for Repeal

Celebrity is a form of power and a kind of currency, a means of exchange…

Diary: by Cristina Odone

The Catholic aesthetic is beguiling to even the most implacable atheists…
When the Boer War began in 1899 Britain’s imperial forces fielded six officially commissioned Catholic chaplains, who were increased to 12 by the surrender in 1902…
Is cinema becoming more Christian? It’s easy to dismiss that one as a Qwtain (a question to which the answer is no) straight off the bat, what with the cinematic universe being so dominated by superheroes and Star Wars…
Two different orchestras breezed into London recently: one slick and glamorous, the other staid and venerable…
“While he was with us, we were given a chance to serve and comfort Christ in him.” In the final chapter of Caryll Houselander’s 1947 novel The Dry Wood, the priest of Riverside, a poor docklands parish in London, consoles his listeners for the loss of their terminally ill child, Willie Jewel…
The Scrappy Evangelist by Fr Paul Rowan, St Benedict, 656pp, £19 Christian apologetics in the early 21st century is a tough gig…
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson, Picador, 207pp, £14.99 “It’s plain to you that at the time I write this, I’m not dead…
The Devil’s Music by Randall Stephens, Harvard, 344pp, £22 Catholic priests emerge with honour from Randall Stephens’s new book, subtitled “How Christians Inspired, Condemned and Embraced Rock and Roll”…
Waiting for the Last Bus by Richard Holloway, Canongate, £15.99 Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church…
Dreaming is sometimes the most realistic thing we can do…