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There needs, of course, to be a balance

Many of the world’s most interesting islands are also sanctuaries of the Catholic faith

The BBC’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel is thin and shallow

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

Francis Phillips talks to Roger Buck the author of the ‘Gentle Traditionalist’

The thin end of the wedge has proved true in the ex-Catholic country

Praying, offering up our sufferings and doing our best to socialise may help us through

The Pope’s agonising dilemma


This year Francis must make one of the hardest choices any pope has faced for decades. Whatever he decides, there is likely to be great upheaval in the Church

A sneak preview of this week’s magazine