A general view inside Centre Court as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays his men’s  quarter-final match against Marin Cilic of Croatia last year.  Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The stage is set. The actors primed. At Wimbledon everything has been Championship ready since last Saturday. The grass has been trimmed to precisely (...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

Grenadier Guards are due to take part in the Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Photograph:  Getty

British police have encouraged the public to attend events as normal after it was reported that an Armed Forces Day parade had been targeted by Islami(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

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Wimbledon. The name is derived from the Old English “Wunemannedune”, dating from about the 10th century and thought to mean Wynnman’s Hill. The final (...)

Serious Money: John Looby

This is a month of anniversaries. Five years ago this month, Lehman Bros collapsed dramatically. The global credit system froze. Trust between banks, (...)

Ruth BloomfieldUnlike the sport that has made it internationally famous, Wimbledon, in the London Borough of Merton, is very much a game of two halves(...)