Poppies at the Tower, looking South

World War One: Poppies at the Tower, Wilfred Owen and Basil Rathbone

Nearly every week for the last 28 years I’ve walked past the Tower of London, for work or play. Sometimes I’ve joined in the ice skating during the winter season, browsed the shop, sat on the benches overlooking the Thames, meditated or worshipped in the chapel. In common with so many, nothing has moved me …

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A radical Pope: the roots of the papal fig tree at Lambeth Palace

Pope Francis: Saint or Schismatic

Divisions unprecedented in the last two centuries are emerging in the Catholic Church under the leadership of Pope Francis. Some conservative cardinals and bishops are desperately unhappy at the threat his reign represents to the old order. He has been compared to Hamlet, to King Henry VIII, to Barack Obama. Could it be that the …

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