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CONTENTS 18 JUNE 2011 COLUMNS


5 CATHERINE PEPINSTER ‘How did we get to assisted suicide rather than alleviation of pain being the solution?’


15 LISTEN TO THE WORD 16 PARISH PRACTICE 17 NOTEBOOK 18 LETTERS 19 THE LIVING SPIRIT 20 PUZZLES


BOOKS


21 CHRISTOPHER ALLMAND Monty and Rommel: parallel lives Peter Caddick-Adams


Forgotten Voices: desert victory Julian Thompson


SUZI FEAY The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress Beryl Bainbridge


NICHOLAS TUCKER Through the Magic Door: Ursula Moray Williams, Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse Colin Davison


ARTS


25 FEATURE Laura Gascoigne Venice Biennale


TELEVISION John Morrish Camelot and The Kennedys


THEATRE Mark Lawson The Acid Test


CINEMA Francine Stock Life in a Day


RADIO D.J. Taylor Sunday Feature


13 Remains of a medieval day Karen Armstrong An exhibition opening at the British Museum in London next week shows how the veneration of relics linked the human to the divine


FEATURES


4 Danger at the crossroads Anthony O’Mahony As the winds of the Arab spring blow through Syria, the country’s ancient Christian communities fear for their future


6 Players in the public square Francis Davis Catholic bishops are often overshadowed in the national debate by their Anglican counterparts. A Catholic academic asks why


8 Many voices, one message Clifford Longley Uniting Catholic aid agencies in England and Wales into a new network will give a clearer voice to the Church’s work with the poor


10 Much ado John Casey Ecclesia Dei says women should not serve at old-rite Masses, but a regular attender says the ruling is unworkable and inconsistent


11 Unlocking the door of the vernacular Robert Mickens Our series on the new English Missal continues with a look at the move away from Latin and where it all began to go wrong


12 ‘A caricature of the text’ Alan Griffiths How some of the changes to the new Mass translation made after the bishops approved the text violate the Vatican’s own guidelines


28 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD Vatican’s UN observer condemns multinational companies


31 LETTER FROM ROME


32 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND Ushaw College given hope for future


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