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Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome 25


Melanie McDonagh’s Notebook ‘We need creeds, definitions and formulae in order to convey religious truth’ / 9

Joanna Moorhead ‘We must all take responsibility for a culture which has allowed kids to sexually humiliate others’ / 14

REGULARS Word from the Cloisters 15 Puzzles 15 Letters 16 The Living Spirit 17 Across the Universe 31 Glimpses of Eden 31

CONTENTS 10 APRIL 2021 // VOL 275 NO. 9397


4 / Adding value to capitalism The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities and injustices, and opened up fears and resentments. It is hard to argue that free enterprise is working / BY RUTH KELLY

7 / Can someone really change? A theologian tries to make sense of a secular friend’s struggle with repeated episodes of psychosis / BY THEO HOBSON

8 / In the proxy footsteps of the past The restrictions on movement caused by the pandemic have left many of us looking for ways to satisfy our itchy feet / BY MARY BOYLE

10 / Unintended consequences The dispute over an RE teacher’s decision to show students a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad recalls the Charlie Hebdo murders / BY NIGEL BIGGAR

13 / Dante’s journey

If we are to have a chance of staying human in the age of AI, we can draw on

The Divine Comedy for guidance / BY MARK VERNON


24 / The Church in the World / News briefing 25 / Francis: hope can rise ‘from the rubble of our hearts’

27 / View from Lagos 28 / News from Britain and Ireland / News briefing 29 / Polish congregation ‘terrified’ by Good Friday raid



Television Religious programming MARK LAWSON Radio John le Carré Across Six Decades D.J. TAYLOR Art Sabine Moritz ANNA MOORE Music New releases BRIAN MORTON


Richard Holloway The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss RICHARD COLES Brian Morton Helgoland CARLO ROVELLI Lucy Popescu Speed reading travelogues Jane O’Grady Intellectual Freedom and the Culture Wars PIERS BENN Fred Kelly Double Blind EDWARD ST AUBYN

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