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In the studio with Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor 21

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese at the youth synod in Rome 28

COLUMNS

Melanie McDonagh’s Notebook ‘Satan’s army descending to Hell could pass for Arthurian knights on a bad day’ / 5

Richard Leonard ‘Some of my correspondents said that general absolution should return full stop’ / 13

REGULARS

From the Archive 14 Puzzles 14 Letters 15 The Living Spirit 16

CONTENTS 3 NOVEMBER 2018 // VOL 272 NO. 9275

FEATURES

4 / The Church goes back to its roots Something in the Catholic Church began to shift in the Synod of Bishops that ended last weekend, as our Rome correspondent explains / BY CHRISTOPHER LAMB

6 / The new Irish problem The UK and Ireland’s shared membership of the European Union ensured the good faith and stability of the Good Friday Agreement / BY NICHOLAS BOYLE

8 / ‘We are up for the challenge!’ The Tablet sponsored four sixth-formers from English Martyrs’ Catholic School,

in Leicester, to visit Rome for their own ‘mini-synod’ 9 / Populist panderers or plain misunderstood? Poles mark a century of their modern nationhood against a backdrop of troubled relations with their Western neighbours / BY JONATHAN LUXMOORE

11 / On the contrary

The former university lecturer who is Poland’s ambassador to the UK defends his country from the reproofs of fellow Europeans / BY JAMES ROBERTS

12 / Voters embrace the ghost of military rule Brazil has swung sharply to the right. Facebook may have had as much of an influence on the result as the Catholic Church / BY FRANCIS McDONAGH

NEWS

23 / The Church in the World / News briefing 24 / Synod seeks to end ‘edicts from on high’

26/ View from Rome 27 / News from Britain and Ireland / News briefing 28 / Survivors’ recovery ‘must be at heart of safeguarding’

30 / Obituary: Kevin Kelly

COVER: STUDY OF THE MAID FOR KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR MAID BY EDWARD BURNE-JONES, 1883 – TATE

BOOKS / PAGE 17

James Fergusson The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed 1600-1900 T.M. DEVINE

Fiona Sampson Landfill TIM DEE

Patricia Duncker The Silence of the Girls PAT BARKER

Sue Gaisford Elizabeth Jennings: The Inward War DANA GREENE

ARTS / PAGE 20

Exhibition Edward Burne-Jones LAURA GASCOIGNE

Radio In the Studio: Victor Ehikhamenor D.J. TAYLOR

Theatre Stories; Company MARK LAWSON

Music St Matthew Passion ALEXANDRA COGHLAN

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