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PHOTO COURTESY THE ESTATE OF G. MAYER-MORTON

Museums and campaigners are lobbying to save a mural of the Crucifixion in an Oldham church closed down by the Diocese of Salford 31

COLUMNS

Christopher Howse’s Notebook ‘The Muggletonians had convivial habits. They would meet in taverns, and sing their songs’ / 5

Christopher White ‘The new administration must prioritise those in the Catholic Charities food line’ / 13

REGULARS Word from the Cloisters 16 Puzzles 16 Letters 17 The Living Spirit 18

CONTENTS 23 JANUARY 2021 // VOL 275 NO. 9386

FEATURES

4 / Brexit’s peace in our time As the economic damage caused by leaving the EU becomes manifest, British society will be in for a turbulent decade / BY WILLIAM KEEGAN

6 / The faithful Jew

Converting from Judaism to Christianity saved the Renaissance artist Salomone da Sesso from execution / BY KIRSTY JANE FALCONER AND TAMAR HERZIG

8 / Forever Trump?

With Trump no longer in the White House, and with his support amongst Catholics wavering, media network EWTN faces some difficult choices / BY CHRISTOPHER LAMB

10 / The saint who danced for Queen Victoria

Nicholas Black Elk was an Oglala Sioux medicine man and a Catholic catechist and mystic / BY JON M. SWEENEY

12 / Drawing a line

The crisis over food supplies in Northern Ireland is the result of a second partition of Ireland in a hundred years / BY DENIS MACSHANE

14 / A gift for the common good Baptism in the Spirit has become increasingly integrated into the life of the institutional Church / BY KRISTINA COOPER

NEWS

25 / The Church in the World / News briefing 26 / Washington lockdown for Biden inauguration

28 / View from Rome 29 / News from Britain and Ireland / News briefing

30 / Rights of vulnerable women ignored

COVER: TIME, DEATH AND JUDGEMENT, C.1880S, BY CECIL SCHOTT AFTER G.F. WATTS. WATTS GALLERY TRUST

BOOKS / PAGE 19

Simon Scott Plummer China 1949: Year of Revolution GRAHAM HUTCHINGS Noonie Minogue Dostoevsky in Love ALEX CHRISTOFI Chris Nancollas Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic RACHEL CLARKE James Moran Life Sentences BILLY O’CALLAGHAN

ARTS / PAGE 22

Exhibition Art & Action LAURA GASCOIGNE Podcast The Bible in a Year D.J. TAYLOR Theatre A History of Water in the Middle East MARK LAWSON Music James MacMillan – Christmas Oratorio ALEXANDRA COGHLAN

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