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April 12, 2021
Our list brings together the brightest and best artistic whizzes, wordsmiths, musicians and players of the last century, whose Catholic faith – or loss of it – has defined their careers. Edited by Olenka Hamilton
April 01, 2021
Adam Dant on travelling in style to the Queen of cities
April 01, 2021
Nun who was abducted by Guatemalan military before becoming a celebrated human rights campaigner dies at 62
March 01, 2021
From fiction to biography, the allure of the Vatican is like no other
March 01, 2021
Where would you go? Twenty years ago, almost by accident, my husband Raymond and I discovered St Winefride’s Well at Holywell. We were driving through North Wales and we saw a sign, so on spec we turned down the road. It is the oldest uninterrupted pilgrim site in the UK; at least 800 years old
March 01, 2021
In our annual survey, we identify Britain’s most influential Catholics from the worlds of business, philanthropy, politics, charity, education and media. These are our Top 75 making a difference today. Introduction by Olenka Hamilton
March 01, 2021
The furore over the poet of The Canterbury Tales being culled from English Literature courses taught at various universities, in an attempt at “decolonising” the syllabus, is the worst sort of cultural censorship. The idea of scrapping medieval literature, and cancelling Geoffrey Chaucer, in favour of “modules on race and sexuality”, is mistaken. The son
March 01, 2021
It has been a long time since American Catholics could expect to see the country’s president attending weekly mass, but it’s happening now. Every Sunday, President Biden goes to mass. He speaks openly about his faith. He paid tribute in his autobiography to the influence of nuns and priests as he was growing up in
March 01, 2021
The one-time butler to Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele, died on 22 November after a long illness. Prompting tabloid cries of “the butler did it”, he was the man at the heart of the Vatileaks scandal in 2012. Over the course of a year, Gabriele leaked hundreds of pontifical documents detailing corruption and mismanagement of Vatican
February 23, 2021
Historian and expert on the Tudors Alison Weir on taking the pilgrim road
September 18, 2020
Where would you go? The world that I would love to visit is The Holy Land. St Jerome said “five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in the books and one you will find in the land they called Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will
August 14, 2020
Learning from the children of Fatima Last week a couple of acquaintances, a brother and sister, were found to be Covid-19 positive, although fortunately asymptomatic thus far. Faced with the sudden possibility of death, people often have a change of outlook, re-evaluate their lives in the light of a realisation of their mortality. My thoughts
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