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Palm fronds are given to the faithful outside Westminster Cathedral on Palm Sunday 37

COLUMN

Christopher Howse’s Notebook ‘The Passport Office made allowances for my being a bad sketch of a mythical being’ / 11

POETRY

George Mackay Brown / 15 Michael Glover / 17

REGULARS Word from the Cloisters 22 Puzzles 22 Letters 23 The Living Spirit 24

CONTENTS 3 APRIL 2021 // VOL 275 NO. 9396

FEATURES

4 / The uniting power of the ether Digital has changed everything – and exciting new possibilities are there to be seized / BY JOHN CORNWELL

6 / A time of peril –

and possibility The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the Church’s income / BY CATHERINE PEPINSTER

8 / The grace of tears

At Easter, joy enters the world. But victory is won through defeat / BY ERIK VARDEN

10 / An Easter vigil The youngest grandchild of Dorothy Day recalls the Easter when her mother lay dying / BY KATE HENNESSY 12 / The Tablet Interview:

Frank Skinner One of our most popular comedians bares his soul with a candid collection of prayers / BY PETER STANFORD

14 / An Anglo-

Saxon hero An Old English retelling of the Easter story from the viewpoint of the Cross / BY AENEAS DENNISON

16 / Choosing transformation A former Anglican bishop wrestles with the power of the idea of ‘Resurrection’ / BY RICHARD HOLLOWAY

18 / Venerable friends Two Victorian converts on the path to sainthood both chose to serve the poor and become poor / BY GERARD SKINNER

20 / Dark star An encounter that, 50 years ago,

turned a hitch-hiker into a pilgrim / BY JOHN BURNSIDE

NEWS

33 / The Church in the World /

News briefing 34 / Border chaos brings

Biden his first political crisis

36 / View from Rome 37 / News from Britain and

Ireland / News briefing 38 / CDF’s ‘outdated’ gay theology under fire

COVER IMAGE: THE RESURRECTION: ANGELS ROLLING AWAY THE STONE FROM THE SEPULCHRE BY WILLIAM BLAKE. V&A IMAGES/ALAMY

ARTS / PAGE 25

Interview The director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi JOANNA MOORHEAD Easter previews ANNA MOORE, MARK LAWSON, LUCY LETHBRIDGE, D.J. TAYLOR

BOOKS / PAGE 29

Christopher Jamison The Interior Silence: 10 Lessons from Monastic Life SARAH SANDS Katherine Backler Let Me Tell You What I Mean JOAN DIDION James Fergusson The Alphabetician and the Rabbi LIDA LOPES CARDOZO KINDERSLEY, WITH DAN COHNSHERBOK Kitty Turley Our Father: A Biblical Meditation on the Lord’s Prayer SR CLAIRE WADDELOVE OSB

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