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June 30, 2016
Why has the Pope suddenly parachuted two Italian Franciscan priests into the most prestigious Catholic posts in the Holy Land? Both men are non-Arabic speaking. On May 20, Fr Francesco Patton took over as Custos of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. Last week, the Pope announced that Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who had been
June 09, 2016
Is it time to ditch the 26 Anglican bishops, the Lords Spiritual, in the House of Lords? Or should their numbers just be reduced and replaced by the heads of other faiths? The tenacious hold of the Church of England shows no sign of weakening. Despite the need for the Upper House to reflect the
March 24, 2016
Many visitors who rush to the Paris Louvre to gaze at Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, or La Joconde as the French call her, miss seeing another of the museum’s prize exhibits: one of the most ancient legal codes in the world. Engraved on a tall black basalt obelisk, the Code of Hammurabi takes pride of place
January 07, 2016
As the River Ouse burst its banks and floodwater filled the streets of the city of York over Christmas, rubber boats came to the rescue, desperate residents were evacuated and the population rallied to help. But the doors of the Yorkshire Museum (yorkshiremuseum.org.uk), home to the oldest bust of Constantine “the Great” (272-337), did not
December 22, 2015
Not many people are aware that Christmas Day wasn’t celebrated in Scotland till the mid-20th century. Even after it was declared a public holiday in 1958, some Scots blissfully ignored the event and continued their day-to-day work. One friend remembers coal being delivered on Christmas Day, not because the thrifty Scots were saving resources for
November 19, 2015
Is Putin is trying to pick up from where Tsar Nicholas left off?
October 01, 2015
Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk received death threats when he spoke up for Turkey’s religious minorities. On a visit to London, he explains why he won’t be silenced
July 16, 2015
What matters is not so much the precise spot of Jesus's baptism, but rather the importance of the whole ritual
March 12, 2015
The chronology of earthquakes in the Holy Land from the Bronze Age to the present is alarming
November 28, 2014
The remaining all-Christian villages in the region are picturesque and prosperous and trace their history to the first century
November 13, 2013
In a recent interview with the Herald, Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, who died this week, argues the pen is mightier than the spade
November 05, 2013
Despite some evocative landscapes, the latest RA blockbuster struggles to squeeze two centuries of art from an entire continent into an exhibition of 200 works
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