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February 9th 2018

Against all odds, pro-lifers could still win Ireland's referendum

The Irish establishment wants to sweep away pro-life laws. But the battle will not be so easily won

Council of confusion

Australian Catholics are preparing for a ‘plenary council’…

Will voters forgive Boris?

When Anthony Eden became prime minister in 1955 – having effectively been kept out of the job by Churchill overstaying his tenure – he was the first occupant of 10 Downing Street to have been divorced…
Football is a great sport – so great that fans of other games have stolen its name, as if they could thereby borrow its splendour and glory…
Eight years ago all the press could talk about before the visit to Britain of Pope Benedict XVI was child abuse…

Rome’s buried battle

Archaeologists have discovered remarkable physical evidence of Constantine’s defining victory at the Milvian Bridge A few years ago, an open-air food market I frequented near the Milvian Bridge in Rome was moved a short distance to a covered site where it is part of a shopping complex…

Heroes, by the grace of God

Twenty-five years ago, St John Paul II concluded his encyclical on the moral life by pointing to the martyrs…
Vatican finances “Blessed Father, my transfer in this moment would provoke confusion and discouragement for those who thought it was possible to clean up so many situations of corruption and abuse of office.” – Letter to Benedict XVI asking not to be transferred from Rome, 2011 American Catholicism “I felt the strength of this Church since the first moment I arrived.” – Salt and Light television interview, 2013 The priesthood “We must choose for our seminaries the finest priests possible, not necessarily the most renowned, or most highly recognised, or even the most intelligent, as true teachers, models and examples for our seminarians…

Diary: by Adam Dant

For the best part of a month a huge rhinoceros has been squatting in my studio…
A fascinating phone call came through to the obituaries desk at the Telegraph last week…
Thomas Cole’s name does not gain instant recognition in Britain…
When Simon Rattle left the Berlin Philharmonic – by tradition, expectation and occasional reality the finest orchestra on earth – the job of chief conductor passed to Kirill Petrenko…

A comedy obsessed with divine justice

Dante thought politicians had ruined Italy…
A Field Guide to the English Clergy by the Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie, Oneworld, 192pp, £12.99 If one were to run a competition to find the funniest book in the English language, my guess is that Sellar and Yeatman’s 1066 and All That would win by a mile…
Future Politics by Jamie Susskind, OUP, 544pp, £20 One of the most infuriating things I hear when speaking about the internet is a knowing retort, which goes something like: “People complained about the printing press and the radio and the television too…

The modern pope who reversed course

The Pope Who Would Be King by David Kertzer, Random House, 512pp, £25 For a 21st-century English Catholic, stepping into the world described in David Kertzer’s new book is to enter a landscape as unfamiliar as it is shocking…

An ode to the Church

Carlo Carretto was an Italian monk who died in 1988…