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May 19th 2017

Cardinal Zen: 'It seems the Vatican-China deal is not proceeding. That's good'

Cardinal Joseph Zen says that, in their desperation for a deal, the Pope's advisers seem to want 'success at any cost'

What hope for jobs in the future? Which professions are likely to survive an era when robots and artificial intelligence will be taking over so many tasks? The jobs of doctors, accountants, some engineers and even teachers are under threat from robotisation…
Bishop John MacWilliam, a former British Army officer, is about to take charge of a diocese that is 10 times the size of Great Britain…
President Donald Trump visited the Western Wall this week during his visit to Israel…
The English summer season of weddings, christenings and Royal Ascot is now upon us…
The three main party manifestos tell you surprisingly little about where the parties stand on issues of politics, conscience and faith – there is nothing, for example, on euthanasia…
Michael Fassbender is remembering his days as an altar boy at Prince of Peace Church in Fossa, near Killarney…
In his memoir The Church and I, the Catholic apologist Frank Sheed recalled his part in an unusual conversion story…
In 1845, Charles Dickens witnessed a public execution in Rome…
On a summer’s day in 1981, two teenagers in a Bosnian village reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary, dressed in startling white and carrying a child…
The capital of the United States is a peculiar place…
For years I have been something of a social media junkie, regularly checking my phone for updates on Facebook and Twitter (I’m too old for Snapchat) and posting my wisdom to the world at large…
Canaletto and the Art of Venice Queen’s Gallery, London, until Nov 12 There’s a feast of Canaletto just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, in the Queen’s Gallery – and all of it from the Royal Collection…
The Brighton Festival was once a go-to place for classical music…
From the Disney classics of my childhood to the banal but charming nonsense my two-year-old son likes to gawp at on the telly, I have always been a devotee of cartoons…
Watching Three Girls (BBC One, Tuesdays, 9pm), I kept thinking: “This is how people are.” Not all people, thank God…
The Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins alienated himself from practically all of his English contacts – including his family – by his decision to convert to Catholicism…

Briefly noted

Teresa of Avila edited by Peter Tyler and Edward Howells (Routledge £85)…
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! By Chilton Williamson Jr, Chronicle, £20 If you are a Catholic novelist writing today, how do you suggest a world where faith matters, without being self-conscious or appearing to proselytise? This is the question all Catholic writers must ask themselves…
Move Fast and Break Things By Jonathan Taplin, Macmillan, £18.99 The problem with most books on culture, creativity and media trends is that they’re generally written by authors with a good sense of business (and personal brand management), but no real understanding of what it means to be an artist…
Miłosz: A Biography By Andrzej Franaszek, translated by Aleksandra Parker and Michael Parker,Harvard university press, £30 Near the outset of this new biography of Czeslaw Miłosz, the Polish poet and Nobel Prize-winner, is a beguiling depiction of a time of peace in rural Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire), where Miłosz was born in 1911…
When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead” he added a question: “What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon?” I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there has been an unprecedented decline in the number of people who go to church regularly and, more recently, an equally unprecedented spike in the number of people who claim to have lost their faith and are now classified under a religious category called “None”…