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A volume on volumes of volumes

A volume on volumes of volumes

Serenhedd James takes down a new book on libraries, and finds himself lost among the shelves

Interview: Dom Laurence Freeman OSB

'Jesus was primarily a teacher of contemplation'

Caption Competition

Caption Competition

Have a go at this week's caption competition, and win chocolate from Divinechocolate.com. Also: a selection of the best entries from the last one.

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

Diary: Jonathan Boardman

Diary: The entirety of this diary entry has been geared to wangling an invitation to preach somewhere in Cambridge - anywhere will do

Treasures in store

Cookery: Home-pickled onions, Apple mousse

Priests' picking their own ‘creed’

Out of the question: Does Canon B5 give the priest discretion to set aside all the authorised Creeds and Affirmations of Faith in Common Worship and to introduce instead an alternative of his or her own choosing?

Crossword 1292

Crossword 1292

This week's puzzle and last week's solution

Finding life over death

Finding life over death

Denise Inge, who died on Easter Day this year, discovered that her home was built over a charnel house. This prompted her to write a book exploring the challenge of living well in the face of mortality

New habits of the religious life?

New habits of the religious life?

A new initiative is hoping to make the religious life better known, and to raise the profile of it as a vocation, says Pat Ashworth

On hold — why?

On hold — why?

In the past, ordination of young adults in the Church of England was not encouraged. Six years on from its launch, Pat Ashworth considers the Call Waiting? initiative

Interview: Martha Collison, Bake Off contestant, anti-child-trafficking activist

Interview: Martha Collison, Bake Off contestant, anti-child-trafficking activist

'I wanted to pick up something new, and fill the cake-gap in our lives'

Diary

Diary: What I found depressing about these "museums of atheism" - they were everywhere you went in the USSR - was not that they were always housed in closed-down churches. The sad and worrying thing about them was how persuasive they were

Glorious thing

David Godfrey visits  Penzance, at the westernmost end of the Great Western network, nine miles short of Land's End.

Festival of Christ the King

Out of the question: Why has the Feast of Christ the King, which apparently originated as recently as 1925, risen to such prominence? Was it devised (partly) in order to rehabilitate the idea and the institution of monarchy after the cataclysm of the First World War?

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's weekly cartoon

Crossword 1291

Crossword 1291

 by Margaret Irvine

Memories of war and dissent

Memories of war and dissent

The church historian Alan Wilkinson recalls the influences of growing up in a staunchly pacifist household

The great silence begins

The great silence begins

Peter Street  traces the history of the two minutes' silence at Remembrance-tide

Strength, discipline and faith

Strength, discipline and faith

With the departure of British forces from Afghanistan, Georgie Knaggs talks to the Revd Alan Steele about his time as a chaplain to the Parachute Regiment

How the C of E faced a world war

How the C of E faced a world war

Clergy actively helped the war effort by working part-time as special constables, car mechanics, and even in armaments firms. They also ministered to the many bereaved at home. But they were strongly discouraged from becoming combatants

Gifts not just for Christmas

Gifts not just for Christmas

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your Christmas gifts? Huw Spanner gives you a head start with his pick of alternative-gift catalogues

Interview: Naomi Sosa, community development worker

Interview: Naomi Sosa, community development worker

'We learn a huge amount from the people we live alongside'

Diary

David Winter: Surely death is both a great mystery and a great adventure, not a subject to be avoided at all costs, even in church

Caption competition

Caption competition

Have a go at this week's caption competition, and win chocolate from Divinechocolate.com. Also: a selection of the best entries from the last one

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's weekly cartoon

Sips with the Swiss

Wine: ONE of the exciting things about wine - as I have said before - is that there is always something new to learn about it. This was brought home to me forcefully when I spent five days in Switzerland recently

Out of the Question

Out of the question: What is the origin of the shoulder cape that I have seen worn on top of a cassock by some Anglo-Catholic priests? When should it be worn? Is it the same as a mozetta?

CROSSWORD: No. 1290

CROSSWORD: No. 1290

by Patricia Cerrone

It’s not all religion’s fault

It’s not all religion’s fault

In her new book, Karen Armstrong argues that violence comes from a deep-seated 'warrior ethos' rather than from religion. She talks to Cole Moreton

Getting the call

At Blue Peter Simon Thomas went sky diving with the RAF Falcons, racing with the world's top sprinters, and to meet the Queen to award her one of the show's celebrated badges. He now presents ...  Read More

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Fighting inequality and corruption in the world

Efforts are being made to combat corruption and sharp practice in global finance. Peter Selby has seen this at first hand  Subscribe to read more

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Tue 25 Nov 14 @ 13:39
Pope Francis addresses Parliament of "aged and weary" Europe - @GavinDrake reports for us from Strasbourg http://t.co/KFpO66E1Ls

Tue 25 Nov 14 @ 10:42
The number of people attending midweek services at cathedrals has doubled in the past 10 years https://t.co/JeApjBGxgb