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February 17th 2017

The world's biggest charity

No one helps the poor more than the Church. Here's the evidence

I entered the gift shop with a view to doing a little Christmas shopping, when my eye alighted upon a fetching display right in the centre of the boutique…

Reigns of terror

The House of Tudor began its reign with a supreme act of violence: hacking King Richard III of England to death at Bosworth Field…
In 2015, a blog called Spiritual Friendship, which publishes theological and personal reflections of interest to gay people who accept the Christian sexual ethic, interviewed Kelley Cutler about her work with LGBT homeless youth…

A plan to end the suffering

Following the liberation of Raqqa, the Economist headlined an article “To the victors, the toils”…
With Jacob Rees-Mogg now the bookies’ favourite to be the next Tory leader, 7-1 is too good a price not to have a Christmas bet on Boris Johnson making perhaps his biggest comeback yet, just as many are writing him off…

Poland’s endless argument

John Paul II is everywhere in Poland…

This papal portrait is hard to take

The easily scandalised should avoid The Dictator Pope, a new ebook by the pseudonymous “Marcantonio Colonna” which rose to 4th place on Amazon Kindle’s “religion and spirituality” bestseller list…
Monday morning and Mass at St Edward King and Confessor in Clifford…
Sometimes I look at old family photographs and count how many people are gone…
At Charles Dickens’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1888, the Very Reverend Dean Stanley preached that Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was the finest Christmas sermon in the English language…
The composer Michael Nyman has several claims to fame, some more persuasive than others…
My round-up of the best cinema of 2017 starts right back where my movie-watching year began…
I’ve recently finished working my way through The Vietnam War, Ken Burns’s 10-part documentary that tells the story of that disastrous conflict in mesmerising fashion…
Prince was a deeply religious man, although his beliefs developed throughout his life…
Driving home from the airport on April 2, 2005 after visiting my daughter in Tunis, I learnt of John Paul II’s death on the car radio…
A heady brew of personal reminiscences, geopolitical commentary and insightful cultural analysis was served up by Peter Millar in The Germans and Europe: A Personal Frontline History (Arcadia Books, 460pp, £20)…
God Is Not Nice by Ulrich Lehner, Ave Maria Press, 160pp, £15 Near the middle of his new book, the German philosopher Dr Ulrich Lehner says: “The way previous generations have understood God has been destroyed.” It’s a grim diagnosis of how our modern era has affected the human soul and our capacity to contemplate the eternal things…

The real tragedy of sin

The real tragedy of sin is that often the one who is sinned against eventually becomes a sinner, inflicting on others what was first inflicted upon him or her…