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October 5th 2018

Brazil’s great rift

Its politics used to be defined by the Cold War…

Mankind’s troubling new frontiers

Most people, I believe, want to be kind, want to be tolerant, and want, indeed, to follow the Christian precept of “love thy neighbour”…

Mind the pastoral gap

“You dodged it,” I smiled at my priest as the congregation was filing past him after Mass, and he grinned, knowing what I meant…
Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud…
Allan Massie reflects on the life and work of the Orkney poet George Mackay Brown, who saw holiness in the natural world George Mackay Brown was born in Orkney in 1921 and died there in 1996…

A signal to the synod

Rome At the 2015 synod on the family, the assigned Gospel for the opening Sunday Mass was the teaching of Jesus on marriage and divorce, a providential reminder for the synod participants…

Diary: by Harry Mount

Ever since 1984, when I went to Westminster School, I have explored the hidden corners of St James’s Park…

Cartoon: by Kipper Williams

Ivory Coast: An African heresy

The prosperity gospel is infiltrating Catholic churches The prosperity gospel ­– the idea that God will reward people who donate to their church – has long been influential among Pentecostal and charismatic movements in the global south…

Pakistan: Waiting for justice

Asia Bibi’s family are anxiously anticipating the Supreme Court’s verdict Asia Bibi has been on death row for eight years…

Abuse crisis: So farewell then?

Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation has been accepted, but he remains in place Not long ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl was seen as the consummate “insider”…

Popular piety: Say a little prayer

Bishops from Liverpool to London are supporting a revival of the rosary Earlier this month Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool requested that every priest in his archdiocese invite the faithful to revive the practice of reciting the rosary on a regular, if not daily, basis…
The gathering in Rome is intent on keeping up the appearance of debate What are they on about? That is the question a lot of people are asking when it comes to the youth synod…
I have no doubt that Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini currenly enjoys the beatific vision for the very simple reason that I have obtained a humble but endeniable miracle by his intercession…
Under the Wire is a documentary about the war correspondent Marie Colvin…
In the coming weeks there will be no escape from World War I commemorations…
Where will my countrymen find transcendence now, asks Michael Duggan In the middle of the last century, whenever they needed to experience the good, the true, the beautiful, most Irish people would have turned to the Catholic Church as the primary and unquestionable source of all three…
The Year of Thamar’s Book by Lucy Beckett, Gracewing, 520pp, £20 In this ambitious novel of 500 pages Lucy Beckett, whose previous work has been set in the Reformation period and in East Germany before and after the last war, has chosen another unusual setting: France and the Algerian War as the French engaged in a protracted war of attrition against a North African colony that dared to want to be free…
Children and Loss by Sue McDermott, Redemptorist Publications, 65pp, £4.95 This is an excellent booklet, scripted by an author who has more than 25 years’ experience with Rainbows Bereavement Support Group GB…

Treating reality like a playground

David Beer on the new class who have hacked the media The Death of the Gods by Carl Miller, Heinemann, 400pp, £20 It’s tempting to think of power as something that doesn’t really change, that the world might alter but dominance, exploitation and control remain the same…
Michael Duggan steps into a time machine that takes him back to Humanae Vitae The Schism of ‘68 edited by Alana Harris, Palgrave, 400pp, £69 The Schism of ’68 is a European tour of Catholic opinion during the lead up to and aftermath of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical of Paul VI, which ruled against the use of contraception…

Suicide and the soul

More than 50 years ago, the American psychologist James Hillman wrote a book entitled Suicide and the Soul…