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January 21, 2016
Alun Evans
Cryptic across 7 I’m French, almost: with time I’ll be one with this society (6) 8 You and I running between hospitals – it’s dogged yuppie positive spirit (6) 9 Saul’s pop is the essence of rakishness (4) 10 Greek devil’s holding a girl by leg (8) 11 Is extreme socialism so redundant − in
January 21, 2016
Michael White
Now Valery Gergiev has left the London Symphony Orchestra (not without sighs of relief from the players: his genius was unreliable), Simon Rattle is doing more than wait in the wings as his heir apparent. He doesn’t officially take charge until 2017, but between acts he’s much in evidence at the Barbican. And he was
January 21, 2016
Robert Tanitch
Guys and Dolls, a landmark in American music theatre, premiered in New York in 1950, when it ran for 1,200 performances. It has first-rate songs by Frank Loesser and a first-rate book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The script, sentimental and witty, is based on Damon Runyon’s The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and
January 21, 2016
Tim Stanley
Poor Germany. All that money, all that power. And yet it doesn’t seem quite at home with itself. Deutschland 83 (Channel 4, Sundays, 9pm) returns us to a time when the country was divided in two. It’s the height of the Cold War and Martin Rauch, a 24-year-old border guard, is sent by the Stasi
January 21, 2016
Jenny McCartney
The Revenant (15, 156 mins), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic story of frozen wastes in the 1820s, is a proudly relentless film, which takes death and discomfort as its starting place, and steadily ratchets up the pain. Fortunately, at least nine-tenths of its protagonist, the frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), appears to be composed of grit.
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
A final defeat for the ‘spirit of Vatican II’ SIR – Ross Douthat describes “visions of an essentially Anglicanised Catholicism” as a pet project of liberal Catholics (Feature, January 15), which indeed it is. Yet ironically, the fact that the Anglican Communion, which like the Catholic Church has seen unprecedented growth in Africa during recent
January 21, 2016
Ed West
No one expected Pope Francis to have soft words for the mafia when he visited Naples last year. But the vehemence of his denunciation was still a surprise, even to veteran Francis watchers. “A corrupt society stinks like a rotting corpse,” he said in Scampia, a stronghold of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. “And a Christian
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
On Sunday Francis became the third pope to visit the Grand Synagogue of Rome. Welcoming the Pontiff, Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni noted that, according to rabbinic tradition, “an act repeated three times becomes chazaqà, a habit”. By following in the footsteps of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Francis has confirmed that it is a
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists, was born in 1567 at the height of the religious conflict in Europe. Despite this he became known for his gentle approach in persuading people back to Catholicism, as well as his insightful writing on spiritual life. Francis was born in Savoy, the son of a nobleman,
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
✣ Cardinal says there is a Vatican ‘gay lobby’ What happened? Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga said there was a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The Honduran newspaper El Heraldo asked the cardinal whether there had been an “infiltration of the gay community in the Vatican”. Cardinal Rodríguez replied: “Not only that, also the Pope said there
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
✣ Highlights from the week online The Googling Pope Pope Francis’s meeting with Google executive Eric Schmidt was “nothing short of extraordinary”, according to Rocco Palmo over at his blog Whispers in the Loggia, as business people normally can only meet the Pope at his general audience or as part of a group being received
January 21, 2016
Staff writers
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has proposed a fixed date for Easter Sunday. Earlier this week, Archbishop Welby announced that Anglican leaders would join talks with other church leaders to fix the date for the first time in 2,000 years. At the moment, Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday following
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