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Contents December 2022



1 Leaders 9 Holy Land Diary Mgr John Armitage 48 December Feast Days 49 Letters 50 Chesterton 70 Christmas Reading 80 Meditations 88 Crossword 89 On Pilgrimage with

Julian Fellowes

Comment 10 UK & Ireland 12 Vatican 14 US & Canada 16 World


18 Serenhedd James New lamps for old 19 Ken Craycraft Space, time and incarnation 20 Olenka Hamilton Watching for inspiration 21 Niall Gooch A tale of two Christmases 22 Gavin Ashenden Why Shakespeare must have been a Catholic 23 Robert Verrill Considering the

Immaculate Conception 29 Diane Montagna

The Synod on Synodality continues to vex


24 Antonia Fraser at 90 The grand dame des belles-lettres speaks to Serenhedd James 31 Sanctifying the World George Weigel’s new take on Vatican II Gertrude Clarke 32 Far too great On the moral cost of the

Sino-Vatican Deal Benedict Rogers 34 The Emerald Isle

Roy Foster admires Mary Kenny’s essays on Ireland 36 The Virgin Birth

Our Lady’s virginity is no later embellishment John Barton 37 An uneasy relationship Church and state have always clashed Piers Paul Read 38 Treats for Christmas

The Vatican’s best Alicia Godfrey 40 Chesterton’s Christmas In search of festive cheer with GK Chesterton and Ebenezer Scrooge Daniel Frampton

Charities special report

42 Suffering for their faith Rising extremism and nationalism are to blame for increased Christian persecution John Pontifex 45 Keeping up with the

Companions Putting in a shift at an Order of Malta breakfast kitchen Ferdie Rous 46 Helping homeless youth Hugh Kerr highlights the work of Depaul UK


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