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Arts
October 22, 2021
Michael White
Concerts are finally back after 18 months, with those institutions that took creative risks during the pandemic continuing to shine
October 22, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Hilary Mantel’s decision to ignore the central role religion played in Tudor life turns her books into 21st-century fantasy
October 14, 2021
Melanie McDonagh
The acclaimed English composer Will Todd is a self-described ‘ambassador for liturgy’ whose passion for sacred music informs his life and work, he tells Melanie McDonagh
October 14, 2021
Jonathan Gaisman
Of the first-rank composers within the generally accepted pantheon, three took holy orders in the Roman Catholic Church: Monteverdi, Vivaldi and – more incongruously perhaps – Franz Liszt, the 210th anniversary of whose birth falls this October. Celebrated as a young man for his brilliant technique and showmanship at piano recitals (a form of concert
October 13, 2021
Adam Dant
Adam Dant on the EU's art collection
October 07, 2021
Archie Hill
You might think poets make natural martyrs. Passionate, idealistic, enraptured by visions of artistic immortality; throughout history, barricades and prisons have been crammed full of poetic talent. But the best poets are, by necessity, listeners and observers, detached from the action where martyrs are found. When they strive for heroic death, more often than not
August 29, 2021
Lucien de Guise
Two definitive art exhibitions in London have been largely overlooked. Is this the new iconoclasm when it comes to Catholic culture?
August 05, 2021
Richard Ingrams
Richard Ingrams on the truth about the conflicted 
GK Chesterton – and his brush with sainthood
August 05, 2021
Rosemary Hill
Before the Emancipation Act of 1829, historic fiction played an important role in softening anti-Catholic prejudice
August 05, 2021
David V Barrett
On the centenary of a remarkable Catholic Arts Guild, how should we treat the work of the controversial sculptor at its heart?
August 04, 2021
Arabella Byrne
Arabella Byrne reviews Rebel Hearts
July 01, 2021
Lucien de Guise
The British Museum’s handsome Nero show burnishes his legacy but glosses over his treatment of Christians.
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