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Pope Francis greets the faithful in Skopje during his visit to North Macedonia and Bulgaria 24


TABLET Special supplement


Jean Vanier


‘Everybody is beautiful. Everybody.’ Maggie Fergusson, Rowan Williams and others pay tribute to the founder of L’Arche s1-s8


Melanie McDonagh’s Notebook ‘The devil was so frisky in one young woman that her mother-in-law had to sit on her’ / 9

REGULARS Word from the Cloisters 14 Puzzles 14 Letters 15 The Living Spirit 16 From the Vineyard 30 Glimpses of Eden 30

CONTENTS 11 MAY 2019 // VOL 273 NO. 9301


4 / Church on fire

Pope Francis has become something of a lone voice against right-wing political parties fuelled by anti-migrant, populist nationalism / BY CHRISTOPHER LAMB

6 / Poems to the glory of God The great Australian poet, Les Murray, who died last week at the age of 80, could be generous to young writers learning their craft / BY MICHAEL SYMMONS ROBERTS

8 / ‘The future is bright: I’m convinced of that’ The first of a new series in which six priests share their fears and concerns, their hopes and dreams / BY JOHN GRIFFITHS AND BLANCHE GIROUARD

10 / A vision of the Church ‘as a house with open doors’

The Tablet has always had a close relationship with its readers. We can only flourish with your friendship and support / BY BRENDAN WALSH

11 / Ensure that The Tablet’s voice continues to be heard

The broadcaster and writer, and leading supporter of The Tablet,

asks for your help / BY EDWARD STOURTON

12 / Unfinished business

It is 50 years since Paul VI introduced his revised Roman Missal, incorporating the reforms of the Second Vatican Council / BY JOHN BALDOVIN


23 / The Church in the World / News briefing 24 / Francis backs Balkan states over admission to EU

26 / View from Rome 2 7 / News from Britain and Ireland / News briefing

28 / Churches pay tribute to Jean Vanier



Rebecca Willis Underland: A Deep Time Journey ROBERT MACFARLANE Melanie McDonagh The Way We Eat Now BEE WILSON Lucy Popescu Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham JON BLOOMFIELD James Moran Throw Me to the Wolves PATRICK McGUINNESS


Exhibitions Dame Werburg Welch; Women’s Work LAURA GASCOIGNE Theatre Small Island MARK LAWSON Photography Christopher Roche PETER STANFORD Cinema Amazing Grace ANTHONY QUINN

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