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News 6 Week in review 8 Home news 12 World news 16 News focus

Comment 19 Notebook Libby Purves on the hobby which comes alive in Advent 20 Interview Gabrielle Donnelly talks to Martin Scorsese about his faith and his new film Silence 22 Feature Are we getting homelessness all wrong? Andrew Cusack reports 23 Comment Jenny McCartney on Boris, Saudi Arabia and realpolitik 24 Feature Don’t flag, keep on celebrating, says Melanie McDonagh 25 Comment Fr Raymond J de Souza on a genius of religious filmmaking 26 Feature Cardinal Robert Sarah says God draws us to Him through silence 28 Comment Mary Kenny shares her grandson’s delight at a Nativity play 29 Letters and emails 31 Comment Taki recalls the Christmas Day he woke up in a prison cell 32 Feature Benedict Rogers looks for signs of peace in a turbulent world

‘When God appears, only praise should spring from our hearts’ Page 26

33 Reflection Bishop Mark Davies 36 Feature How Matthew Schmitz discovered that Catholics are Christians too 39 Reflection Cardinal Vincent Nichols 40 Feature Simon Caldwell visits St Thomas More’s hair shirt at a new shrine 43 Comment Mother Teresa isn’t the first saint to be sneered at, says Richard Ingrams 44 Feature Cardinal Cormac MurphyO’Connor on Britain after Brexit

47 Feature David Oldroyd-Bolt recommends Franz Liszt’s sacred music 48 Feature William Oddie gains an insight into the mind of Benedict XVI 49 Reflection Marc Barnes 51 Comment Christmas in a monastery with Sister Catherine Wybourne 52 Feature Jill, Duchess of Hamilton on calendrical confusion in Israel 55 Comment Joseph Shaw says the magic of Christmas isn’t just for children

56 Comment Ed West on when Merrie England got serious about Christianity 59 Comment Melissa Kite says ethical giving is a form of exhibitionism 60 Feature Jane Taylor learns how Cafod finds a way round corruption

Arts and life 63 Arts Michael Duggan opens the door to Francis Poulenc’s luminous art and simple faith 67 Books Charlie Hegarty on the complex story of race in America 71 Spiritual life Pastor Iuventus goes back in time to the origins of the Christmas crib 72 Catholic Life 74 Bishops’ engagements 75 Crossword 76 Charterhouse Stuart Reid asks how we can best love those on the edges of society 79 The Last Word Christmas is not a Cinderella story, says Fr Ronald Rolheiser Cover image: Madonna and Child by Sano di Pietro (CNS)

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