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This week’s issue is something of a first for us: for the first time in our history we’ve produced a magazine-sized supplement. This 20-page addition to the paper contains articles for Advent by Pastor Iuventus, Fr Rupert McHardy, Fr Tim Gardner, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith and Alan Bancroft (who translated the poems of St Thérèse of Lisieux into English). The magazine isn’t available online, so if you live in Britain or Ireland you may like to pick up a copy at the back of your local Catholic church or subscribe to the paper.

Meanwhile, the rest of the paper is teeming with news, features and comment. We report on the latest developments in the plans for Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain, on a searing speech on contemporary arts by Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow and the clash over assisted suicide between the Bishops of England and Wales and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Freddy Gray profiles the liberal American nuns who have convoked “Vatican III”. The novelist Rachel Billington explains why she’s following in the footsteps of her father, the prison reformer Lord Longford. Gerard Carruthers shows that the poet Robert Burns was friendly towards Catholics. Sophie Caledcott explains why girls around the world are swooning over Edward Cullen, the chaste hero of the Twilight series. Andrew McKie applauds Vatican astronomers for discussing the possibility of alien life and Jonathan Wright gives a B+ to a new study of St Thomas Aquinas.

This is just a taster. For the full experience, visit your local church or click here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 27, 2009 at 9:01 am

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