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Contents News 6 Week in review 8 Home news Nuncio visits the Royal Navy 12 World news Belgian euthanasia law criticised 16 News focus Is Francis working too hard?

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Comment 19 Notebook Jenny McCartney on the dark side of women’s magazines 20 Lead story Gerard Russell asks how peace might return to the Arab world 23 Reflection Cardinal Vincent Nichols 24 Feature Melissa Kite goes on a date with an angry ex-Catholic 26 Interview Julie Andrews explains how she has overcome adversity 28 Feature Princess Michael of Kent visits the tomb of King Henry V 29 Comment Mary Kenny admires the pop star priests of Ulster 30 Feature Benedict Rogers describes his journey to Rome via Burma 31 Letters and emails 32 Feature Tim Stanley on the church inspired by Luke Skywalker

33 Comment Jill, Duchess of Hamilton on the Christian nation that didn’t stop for Christmas 36 Feature Peter Sheppard says you can’t beat a Christmas in the country 38 Reflection Bishop Mark Davies 39 Comment PJ Kavanagh hated his old school, recalls Richard Ingrams

‘Mary is the Mother of Mercies who leads us to her Son’ Page 23

47 Reflection Archbishop Bernard Longley 48 Feature Fr Frankie Mulgrew gets ready to board the Year of Mercy bus 51 Comment Fr Raymond de Souza explains why this jubilee year is different 52 Feature Fr Matthew Pittam admits that he loves glitter and dancing Santas 54 Christmas Quiz True or false? Quentin de la Bédoyère sets the questions 55 Comment Robert Wargas on the city where Christmas feels like an ’80s film

40 Feature Molly Gurdon on this year’s most shocking Christmas advert 43 Comment Taki argues Western leaders are being too weak against ISIS 44 Feature Melanie McDonagh says we should keep on partying until at least Epiphany 45 Christmas diary Stuart Reid sings carols with Boris

Arts and life 56 Arts 58 Books 61 Spiritual life 64 Catholic Life 66 Bishops’ engagements 67 Crossword 68 Charterhouse Dennis Sewell on the father now living as a six-year-old girl 71 The Last Word Fr Ronald Rolheiser regrets the divorce between sex and love Cover image: Correggio

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