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The US Supreme Court may be about to make a radical ruling on the legal right to abortion 27

COLUMNS

Melanie McDonagh’s Notebook ‘He listened intently to everyone he met; no one felt that they were boring in his company’ / 6

CONTENTS 7 MAY 2022 // VOL 276 NO. 9451

FEATURES

4 / A revolution of the heart Martha Hennessy has in her later years drawn closer to the Church and the activism of her grandmother, Dorothy Day / BY MADOC CAIRNS

8 / The keeper of the flame John Wilkins did more than rescue The Tablet from closure – he made the paper essential reading, even in the Vatican / BY MICHAEL WALSH

8 / ‘He embodied all it means to be a Christian’ Friends and colleagues offer their reminiscences of a man who cared deeply about the Church, his work and the people around him

13 / Sacred rulers

When emperors lose touch with reality, trouble tends to follow. An eminent political historian is not shocked by current events in Ukraine / BY DOMINIC LIEVEN

Clifford Longley ‘John and I were both wary of the expression “Catholic journalist”’ / 14

REGULARS Word from the Cloisters 15 Puzzles 15 Letters 16 The Living Spirit 17

NEWS

24 / The Church in the World / News briefing 25 / Francis ‘suffers and cries’ over Ukraine

27 / View from Rome 28 / News from Britain and Ireland / News briefing

29 / New archbishop appointed to Cardiff

COVER: THE MUGHAL EMPEROR MUHAMMAD SHAH, 1764, BY MUHAMMAD RIZAVI HINDI; ALAMY/NIDAY PICTURE LIBRARY

ARTS / PAGE 18 Television Mother Teresa LUCY LETHBRIDGE Exhibition Walter Sickert DAVID V. BARRETT Theatre Prima Facie MARK LAWSON Radio Faith in Journalism D.J. TAYLOR

BOOKS / PAGE 21

Christopher Bray The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind NOGA ARIKHA Ysenda Maxtone Graham The Premonitions Bureau SAM KNIGHT Morag MacInnes Shadowlands MATTHEW GREEN Suzi Feay Mother’s Boy PATRICK GALE

For more features, news, analysis and comment, visit www.thetablet.co.uk

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