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September 8th 2017

The turbulent times of Cardinal Cormac

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor took on leadership of the English Church amid political and ecclesiastical turmoil

Sir Richard Henriques, the retired High Court judge who is to conduct the review into the allegations about Sir Edward Heath’s conduct, gave an enlightening interview to the BBC last week…
Gabriele Finaldi talks of the National Gallery as if it were a cathedral…
If you were ejected from your home at gunpoint and forced to walk to the safety of another country, what’s the one object that could not be abandoned? I’m told that for refugees fleeing Burma it tends to be the family solar panel…

A cardinal’s unexpected calling

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the day a prominent cardinal archbishop resigned, at the peak of his career, and left his diocese to spend the rest of his life working in a leprosy clinic in Africa…
How does one celebrate a 1,950th anniversary? Not much in the way of precedent for that, and this year’s anniversary of the martyrdom of Peter and Paul was left unmarked…

A lone voice in Burma

For years nobody cared much about Burma…

Why the bishops said no to Cupich

In 2014, Pope Francis moved Bishop Blase Cupich from the Diocese of Spokane (Catholic population: 100,000) to the Archdiocese of Chicago (two million)…
It seems another age but there was a time when the commentariat hailed George Osborne as a political genius…
The Pope rattled lots of cages the other day when he expressed support for Amazonian bishops who will be discussing married clergy at their synod next year…
Writer-director Eliza Hittman had a minor breakthrough in 2013 with It Felt Like Love, an authentic, confrontational drama about a dreamy teenage girl falling in among a pack of older, macho Brooklyn boys…
Classical concerts typically come under fire for being too predictable; and though the criticism tends to come from people who don’t actually go to concerts, it demands consideration…
Suburbicon (★★), 15, 105 mins) entered the autumn release schedule with the hottest roster of talent around – Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, as directed by George Clooney from a Coen brothers script – and it is likely to emerge with the most lukewarm reviews of the year…
Christmas is several weeks away, which in high street years means it’s practically tomorrow night – so the decorations are up, the gifts are on sale and the stores are churning out commercials…
It is an understatement to say that Northern Ireland’s woes have posed a challenge to film-makers…
Praying with the Gospels is a series of four books edited by Fr Peter John Cameron OP for Magnificat Publications…
Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness by Peter Kwasniewski, Angelico, 317pp, £16 Why are Catholic churches becoming empty? I have spent years trying to find an answer…
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry, Penguin, 466pp, £20 It’s not clear who said Stephen Fry was “a stupid person’s idea of a clever person”…
There’s a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of people who had been clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to life…