The Catholic Church

When Francis Was Still Jorge

Cardinal Bergoglio's road to the Vatican

Pietro Lavini

The Capuchin friar single-handedly returned a medieval church in Italy’s Appenine mountains to its former glory

The Pagan Problem In Western Thought

"By all means, let the wicked fry in Hell—but why should they find themselves frying alongside innocent and virtuous pagans?"

Unturbulent Priest

The memoirs of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Ushaw College

Richard III's robe and St Cuthbert's ring are just two of the treasure of this former Catholic seminary

Is There Such A Thing As A Religious Vote In The UK?

The voting patterns of religious voters in Britain are more complicated than they first appear. Politicians should stop treating faiths as bloc votes

Protestant Power Games

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, superbly adapted for television, is brilliant because it defies easy definition

Saintly Networkers

Kate Cooper’s pacy tale of heroines, virgins and martyrs recounts the largely unknown role of women in shaping the early Church

How Jesuitical is the Pope?

Mealy-mouthed and equivocal or just shy? Two new books help us to understand the motives and beliefs of the enigmatic Pope Francis

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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