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PHOTO: MARCIN MAZUR, CBCEW.ORG.UK

Red Wednesday last week at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral in London 29

COLUMN

Christopher Howse’s Notebook ‘I found an old woman standing in the downpour, clutching her stick but unable to move’ / 7

REGULARS

Letters 14 The Living Spirit 15 Word from the Cloisters 16 Puzzles 16 Across the Universe 30 Glimpses of Eden 30

CONTENTS 3 DECEMBER 2022 // VOL 276 NO. 9480

FEATURES

4 / The tarnished jewel

The dramatic changes at the top of Caritas show that Pope Francis is willing to be ruthless and creative in his drive for renewal / BY CHRISTOPHER LAMB

6 / Struggle for the soul of Ukraine Since Russian troops invaded, with the blessing of Orthodox leaders, believers in Ukraine have swung decisively against the Russian Church / BY MARY DEJEVSKY

8 / Advent reflection: the quiet zone In a troubled and noisy world, we should take the time to slow our pace, pause to reflect, be still and hear the voice of God in a moment of silence / BY TERESA WHITE

9 / An Oxford murder mystery St Benet’s Hall, established 125 years ago by Ampleforth Abbey for its monks, closed this year in circumstances that are hotly disputed / BY PATRICK HUDSON

12 / The Tablet Interview: Carlo Rovelli The leading quantum physicist says that science is more comfortable with mystery than is religion / BY PETER STANFORD

NEWS

23 / The Church in the World / News briefing 24 / Beijing defines diocese and installs bishop

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

28 / ‘Avoidable tragedy’ recalled one year on

COVER: PECHERSK LAVRA MONASTERY IN KYIV, UKRAINE; ALAMY, TARAS VERKHOVYNETS

BOOKS / PAGE 17

Oliver Letwin Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber ANDY BOROWITZ Anne Booth Wintry children’s books Roderick Strange The Jesuits: From Ignatius of Loyola to Pope Francis MICHAEL WALSH Suzi Feay Bournville JONATHAN COE

ARTS / PAGE 20 Exhibition Fruits of the Spirit AYLA LEPINE Radio The Poetry Detective D.J. TAYLOR Theatre Dinner With Groucho; The Last Laugh MARK LAWSON Music It’s a Wonderful Life – English National Opera ALEXANDRA COGHLAN

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