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Protests and prayers in El Paso after the latest mass shootings in the United States 25

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Christopher Howse’s Notebook ‘It would be upsetting to lose one’s house, or even one’s tortoise, under a wall of water’ / 7

Sara Maitland ‘I sat alone in silence and was absorbed into the mystery of beauty’ / 9

REGULARS Word from the Cloisters 15 Puzzles 15 Letters 16 The Living Spirit 17

CONTENTS 10 AUGUST 2019 // VOL 273 NO. 9314

FEATURES

4 / A struggle with silence A self-confessed ‘nature-loving hippie’ tested his vocation in the UK’s only

Carthusian monastery, in Parkminster, Sussex / BY SAM HICKFORD

6 / When Little Boy and Fatman brought hell to Japan Pope Francis is set to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the only two cities in the world that have suffered nuclear weapon attacks / BY JONATHAN TULLOCH

8 / A leaf from the Christian book A recent rapprochement in the Christian community in the Holy Land could also signal a way forward for Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem / BY EDWARD KESSLER

11 / The Emperor and the popes Napoleon Bonaparte never had much time for religion, unless it suited him … until he approached his death on the lonely island of St Helena / BY RAY CAVANAUGH

12 / The Tablet Interview: Cole Moreton As his first novel is published, the writer explains that, while Churches can get in the way of change, he remains entranced by the person of Jesus / BY PETER STANFORD

14 / A freedom that is perfected in glory In April 1945, Nazi death-camp guards murdered a man whose work was to become a major force in modern Christian theology / BY ROWAN WILLIAMS

Next week’s issue of The Tablet will be the summer double issue, dated 17-24 August 2019. The issue after that will be dated 31 August 2019. To subscribe, please visit www.thetablet.co.uk/subscribe

NEWS

24 / The Church in the World / News briefing 25 / Demand for action after ‘murderous gun violence’

28 / News from Britain and Ireland / News briefing 29 / Chesterton deserves to be saint, say supporters

COVER PHOTO: MONKS AT ST HUGH’S CHARTERHOUSE, PARKMINSTER, SUSSEX. ALAMY, ROGER BAMBER

BOOKS / PAGE 18

Luke Bell The Joy of God: Collected Writings SISTER MARY DAVID Nick Spencer Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Teach Us about Ourselves FRANS DE WAAL Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies EDWARD O. WILSON Suzi Feay Live a Little HOWARD JACOBSON

ARTS / PAGE 21

Exhibition Madge Gill LAURA GASCOIGNE Music Ed Sheeran BRIAN MORTON Theatre The Night of the Iguana; Equus MARK LAWSON Television Sacred Wonders LUCY LETHBRIDGE

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