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5 CATHERINE PEPINSTER

‘Women who convert speak of Islam’s rigour, simplicity and spirituality’

12 ANN WROE

‘A footfall is softer than a footstep, more muffled, sinking deeper into the white’

16 LISTEN TO THE WORD 17 PARISH PRACTICE 18 NOTEBOOK 19 LETTERS 20 LIVING SPIRIT 21 PUZZLES

BOOKS

22 HOWARD COOPER

Jewish Philosophy and Western Culture: a modern introduction Victor J. Seidler

SUSAN DOWLER The English Marriage: tales of love, money and adultery Maureen Waller

TERRY PHILPOT The Humbling Philip Roth

ARTS

25 FEATURE

Rick Jones Hans Werner Henze

CINEMA Francine Stock Up in the Air

RADIO D.J. Taylor Who was Opal?

THEATRE Mark Lawson A Daughter’s a Daughter

TELEVISION John Morrish The British Family

CONTENTS

16 JANUARY 2010

FEATURES

4 Mobile continent Abigail Frymann

Africa is on the move: more than one in three of its billion-strong population now have access to their own mobile phone

6 Can we live green and prosper? Alex Kirby

The development of new carbon-cutting technologies could lead to a green industrial revolution, if only we act fast enough

8 Act in haste, repent at leisure Michael G. Ryan

The founder of the campaign to give the new English Missal a test run before it is formally introduced explains why 10,000 have joined him

10 Top spinning Julia Langdon

Look again at the so-called failed coup against Gordon Brown last week, and an old familiar emerges much strengthened by the affair

11 The attentive watcher Brian Morton

A friend of Craigie Aitchison remembers the Scottish painter’s troubled but enduring engagement with Christ’s Passion

13 Asia’s paradise lost Kevin Rafferty

Malaysia is being rocked by controversy surrounding the use of the word “Allah” to describe God in a local-language Catholic newspaper

14 Painful but cleansing Daniel O’Leary

Cover-up revelations of sexual abuse in the Irish Church indicate a wider problem that must be addressed if the Church is to survive

29 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

Atheism is killing Creation, says Pope

34 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Bishop pledges not to pry into teachers’ private lives

37 OBITUARY

Mgr Graham Leonard

COVER ILLUSTRATION: JON BERKELEY

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