Refugee crisis: Europe must find migration consensus

Refugee crisis: Europe must find migration consensus

Editor's desk - The Tablet - World Issues

The story of the Aquarius is a sign that Europe is heading for a refugee crisis this summer worse than any previously. Aquarius, a motor vessel hired by non-government organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières, had rescued nearly 700 refugees, a quarter of them children, from unseaworthy small boats off the Libyan coast. It proposed to land them in Italy, as had been done previously. Meanwhile, the new Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, fulfilling what he said was a campaign pledge, refused to let the Aquarius dock.

Commentary to the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Commentary to the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Fr. Fernando Armellini - Homilies

Jesus’ praise of him: “When you went out to the desert, what did you expect to see? A reed swept by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? People who wear fine clothes live in palaces. What did you really go out to see? A prophet? Yes, indeed, and even more than a prophet. I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward from among the sons of women” (Mt 11:7-11).

Pope Francis preaches unity at World Council of Churches

Pope Francis preaches unity at World Council of Churches

James Roberts , Gregorio Sorgi - The Tablet - Church Issues

Pope Francis told the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva today that past attempts to overcome divisions between Christian Churches have failed “because they have been inspired by a worldly logic”. That logic, he implied, is something that the devil has used to reinforce division.

Liberal democracy at risk, warns Patten

Liberal democracy at risk, warns Patten

Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet - World Issues

The Conservative peer Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University, has outlined the urgent need to speak out for the role of universities as bulwarks of liberal democracy. "The foundations of liberal democracy are being eroded “at an accelerating pace”.

Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns Pope

Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns Pope

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service - Activities

All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said. Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said in his homily June 18 during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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