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✣ October ,

News&analysis 6 Week in review A guide to the past seven days 8 World news map 10 The Vatican 11 Britain 12 The US 14 The rest of the world

Comment & features 15 Diary Harry Mount is tempted to sleep rough in St James’s Park 16 COVER STORY Dennis Sewell says the fight for religious freedom is not over yet 18 Fr Raymond de Souza Pope Francis declares himself on a key issue of the synod 20 Chapter & verse Allan Massie hails the Orkney poet George Mackay Brown 21 Tim Stanley I’m exasperated by sermons that talk in abstractions 22 Ann Widdecombe An exchange with my priest reminded me of my book 23 Mary Kenny For most, transgender identity is Alice in Wonderland territory 24 Jon Anderson Brazil’s bishops can’t halt the rise of Jair Bolsonaro

England’s bishops are helping to foster a rosary revival p11

Ryan Gosling captures the dullness of Neil Armstrong p23



The day Auberon Waugh took on petty officialdom – and lost p15

Back pages 27 Letters & emails The young are looking for rules; the Orthodox split 28 Arts Michael Duggan on the loss of prayer and poetry in Irish life 30 Books Time-travelling back to 1968 and Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae 34 Spiritual life Fr Dominic Allain looks at the modern taste for the spooky 35 Crossword 36 Charterhouse Matthew Walther pays tribute to a gloomy – and saintly – pope 39 The Last Word Fr Ronald Rolheiser on the irrationality of the sin of suicide Cover: Christian Adams

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