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CONTENTS 2 JULY 2011 COLUMNS


5 DAVID BLAIR ‘After 17 years of ANC rule, South Africa’s economy remains the preserve of an elite’


11 CHRISTOPHER JAMISON ‘The men started to realise that the engaging young women were future nuns’


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


BOOKS


22 JOHN BARNES British Prime Ministers and Democracy: from Disraeli to Blair Roland Quinault


TIM HEALD Boredom: a lively history Peter Toohey


SARAH HAYES The Absolutist John Boyne


ANTHONY GARDNER Story of Ireland: in search of a new national memory Neil Hegarty


ARTS


25 FEATURE Mark Lawson Betrayal, Butley, and Chicken Soup with Barley


CINEMA Francine Stock A Separation


RADIO D.J. Taylor Lives in a Landscape


TELEVISION John Morrish Dispatches: The Real Price of Gold


14 After the hurricane, light Peter Finney Jr A new chapel under construction at the historically black Catholic Xavier University fulfils the founder’s dream


28 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD Missionary code of conduct agreed


31 LETTER FROM ROME


32 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND Bishops scrap Here I Am catechesis course


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4 Sudan’s forgotten victims Julie Flint The Nuba people trapped inside the Arabised north of the divided country are facing what the Churches describe as ‘ethnic cleansing’


6 Local solution to Greece’s international crisis David Boyle As the implications of the Greek debt become apparent, an economist suggests that Chesterton and Belloc may offer a way out


7 Sacred life in a scrap of cloth Laura Gascoigne We continue our series to mark the British Museum’s exhibition of medieval reliquaries with a look at the Mandylion of Edessa


8 A war of words Robert Mickens The concluding part of our account of the politics behind the new translation of the Missal tells of the final twist in the tale


10 Hopes and hazards of the Arab Spring Tom Heneghan The political upheavals of the Middle East have heightened expectations and fears of Christian minorities in the region


■ INDEPENDENCE DAY FOCUS: THE CHURCH IN THE U.S.


12 Young, gifted and Catholic Michael Sean Winters A group of lay theologians under 40 is determined to forge a new approach after the divisions that have dogged the Church in the past


FEATURES


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