News Analysis

The week in quotations


“She will be leaving in weeks”
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Asia Bibi
BBC interview

“The sign of peace, reduced in Catholic Masses to a brief, irritated and icy shake of the hand, gave way to interminable warm hugs and kisses”

Novelist Michel Houellebecq on Pentecostal churches
First Things

“A new way … calls for the commitment not to sin again”
Pope Francis on the Gospel of the woman caught in adultery
Angelus address

Statistic of the week


The number of active church buildings in Britain (compared to 39,000 pubs)
Source: National Churches Trust