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December 22nd 2017

‘The road of belief has many surprises’

The opera singer Andrea Bocelli talks about his childhood blindness, singing for Pope Francis - and why's he's careful about his wine intake

My much younger Italian wife, Carla, mother of our six small children, is a Catholic fundamentalist…
Staying last weekend in the St Omer region of the Pas-de-Calais (as part of a friendly “twinning” arrangement with Deal in Kent), I had the opportunity to attend a monastery Mass…
Norman Tebbit, the former Tory cabinet minister who was injured in the Brighton bombing while his wife was left permanently paralysed, has clashed with the Anglican Bishop of Leeds after the latter linked the IRA with Christianity…

A subversive poet at No 10

I am in love with people I never knew, and one of them is Mary Wilson…
The Northern Ireland minister Lord Duncan of Springbank recently remarked that the province’s insistence that the only lawful justification for abortion should be a threat to the mother’s life was “Victorian”…
Relations between the largest of the eastern Catholic Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), and the Holy See have been frayed in recent years, as the former has found the latter’s support lacking in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine in general and the UGCC in particular…
Lionel Messi, Argentina The greatest player of his generation is a committed Catholic…

Diary by Joanna Bogle

To Southend for a delightful evening organised by the ordinariate group at St Peter’s, Eastwood…
The 1984 dance film Breakin’ 2 – Electric Boogaloo turned out to be a turkey and its subtitle has become a byword for iffy sequels…
A rare thing happened this week…
I doubt if many music lovers, Catholic or otherwise, would know who composed the official anthem of Vatican City State; and if they did, they probably wouldn’t be over-excited to learn that this month marks the bicentenary of his birth…
There is Catholic guilt, and then there is Protestant dread…
Asperger’s Children by Edith Sheffer, Norton, 320pp, £20 The historian Michael Burleigh’s book Death and Deliverance, a detailed indictment of the Nazi euthanasia programme, known as T-4 from its Berlin address, provides the background to this new work by Edith Sheffer…
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport, Public Affairs, 320pp, £18 On Friday April 13, 2029, according to Nasa’s apocalyptically named Planetary Defense Coordination Office, an asteroid the size of a football stadium will pass between Earth and the DirecTV orbiting satellite…
Seven Ways of Looking at Religion by Benjamin Schewel, Yale, 248pp, £35 Like many of us, I suspect, I have not spent much time considering religion, its history and development from a purely intellectual standpoint…
The Gospel of John presents us with a very powerful and rather earthy mystical image…