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April 28th 2017

Egypt's long Good Friday

The Pope is taking a risk by visiting Egypt, but he is going to the right place at the right time

It could be said that there is not a lot of common ground between the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Catholic Church…

‘Somebody has to say this’

Rod Dreher thinks that Christians will soon be a tiny, embattled minority in the West – unless they embrace the radical ‘Benedict Option’…
Not since Dr Benjamin Spock has there been a male expert as influential in the field of parenting as Steve Biddulph…
On the feast of St James – the patron of the greatest walking pilgrimage in the world, the Camino di Santiago – I set off on the newly minted Camino di San Benedetto, 200 miles on foot through the heartland of Italy…
In this year of significant religious anniversaries, the 800 years since St Francis sent the first friars to the Holy Land does not register alongside the Reformation or Fatima…

The rural Catholic crisis

One of British Catholicism’s most significant divides is between urban and rural…
Anyone who has spent time with the Copts will quickly sense their resourceful spirit…

Will Ireland cave in on abortion?

As the campaign for legal abortion gained momentum, a few courageous voices were raised against it…
Along with “people under the age of 18, aliens, prisoners, and persons of unsound minds”, members of the House of Lords will be denied a vote in June’s general election…
In 1801 the Kingdom of Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain…

Film: The Promise

The genocide of Armenians by the Ottomans from 1915 to 1923 claimed the lives of more than 1.5 million men, women and children…
St John’s, Smith Square used to be a venue with a questionable future, with occasionally fewer people in the audience than on the platform…
Most of our encounters with the religious art of Renaissance Italy are made in either churches or galleries…
Doctor Who is showing his age…
Like many Catholics of my age, the “home turf” of my liturgical music taste is of a rather traditional bent…

Briefly noted

Fearless by Sonja Corbitt (Ave Maria Press / Alban Books, £11.99)…
The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard by Ivan Chistyakov, Granta, £14.99 The value of this diary lies in the fact that although there are numerous memoirs of Gulag prisoners, this is a rare first-person testimony of a guard…
God Created Humanism: The Christian Basis of Secular Values By Theo Hobson, SPCK, £16.99 Theo Hobson wants to get a couple of things straight about secular humanism…
Catholic Theology By Tracey Rowland, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, £14.99 Catholic Theology introduces the Catholic tradition by focusing on “foundations, key concepts, eminent thinkers and historical development”…

Becoming a holy beggar

With the exception of Scripture and a few Christian mystics, Christian spirituality, up to now, has been weak in presenting us with a vision for our retirement years…