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✣ April 3, 2020

News&analysis 3 Leader 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 Self-isolation is nothing new for horse owner Melissa Kite 16 COVER STORY Seeking inspiration from two saints of the London plague 19 Fr Raymond de Souza ‘Urbi et Orbi’ will be Pope Francis’s signature moment 20 Lenten reflection by Fr James Jackson 21 Matthew Schmitz ‘Expert’ scientists should inform public policy, not direct it 22 Thomas Chacko How St Charles Borromeo helped the poor in a 16th C plague 25 Mary Kenny From piano lessons to smoking: how habits are changing

An Italian nun cleans a crucifix after a televised Mass

The challenges of life without Communion p27 An almost forgotten court case p14

Back pages 24 Images of the Week Holy Spirit parish, Goma, DRC 27 Letters & emails Readers’ experience and advice for a world without public Mass 28 Arts Joseph Pearce on the legend of Manzoni’s Don Abbondio 30 Books Carl Schmidt on Piers Plowman, Pestilence and ‘God’s whistle’ 34 Life & Soul Diary of a city priest; How to … Prepare for Holy Week 35 Crossword Heretic of the week 36 Charterhouse Self-isolation has refreshed William Cash in mind and spirit 39 The Last Word Fr Ronald Rolheiser on one positive thing that has come out of coronavirus

Cover: James Blackstone

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