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August 10th 2018

In 1905, one Miss Agnew sat at her desk in Carlisle and sketched out the “scheme of instruction” for the poor Catholic boys and girls of St Cuthbert’s school…
One of the most striking photographs of the week was that showing the young Thai boys – so courageously rescued from that perilous cave – attired as novice Buddhist monks, with shaved heads and in saffron robes…
The Benedictine asked his abbot for permission to smoke while he was praying…

‘She will always be 20’

For Des McLindon, August 1968 is “just a haze”…
The bestest character in Narcos (Netflix) is Judy Moncada, the wife of a drug kingpin…
August 6th is probably the most common date of secular significance put to homiletic use…

How Walsingham began

England’s greatest shrine of Our Lady, one among almost 100 in medieval times when devotion to Our Lady was at its height, began in 1061 as a wooden chapel in the Norfolk countryside…

Diary: by Petroc Trelawny

It’s 50 years this month since the Soviet Union abruptly ended the Prague Spring…
Last week, when Pope Francis made his much-discussed change to the Catechism entry on the death penalty, I happened to be reading a journalist’s memoir about Death Row…
Did you know that Pope Francis is the head of a global humanitarian organisation dedicated principally to saving “Mother Earth”? This is the impression given by the documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (★, PG, 96 minutes), produced, co-written and directed by Wim Wenders, and released this week…
Gala concerts can be self-indulgent, over-long, and a complete dog’s dinner when it comes to repertoire…
Joyce Kilmer is known best as the author of a wildly popular poem – frequently mocked by the literati – called “Trees”, which contains the famous lines: “I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree”…
As is the case for much of the 19th century’s best art and architecture, the works of the Pre-Raphaelites can seem to be motivated by a desire for rigid adherence to a particular tradition…
Martin Scorsese’s Divine Comedy by Catherine O’Brien, Bloomsbury, 224pp, £50 Of all living film directors whose work lends itself to a theological reading, four in particular immediately come to mind: Bruno Dumont, Terrence Malick, Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese…
The Tragedy of Property by Maxim Trudolyubov, Polity, 226pp, £17.99 In the mid 1990s I did a stint in the BBC’s Moscow bureau…

Why I believe in God

Some of my favourite authors are agnostics, men and women who face life honestly and courageously without faith in a personal God…