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Refugee crisis: Europe must find migration consensus

Refugee crisis: Europe must find migration consensus

by: Editor's desk - The Tablet in 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.

Liberal democracy at risk, warns Patten

Liberal democracy at risk, warns Patten

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in 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”.

Why missionaries are targeted in India's northeast

Why missionaries are targeted in India's northeast

by: Father Francis Charuvila-UCANewsl in Reporters,

Over 25 years ago a gang of four men took me at gunpoint from a basketball court to my school office. They introduced themselves as members of a proscribed organization and made me sit on a chair while they kicked my face. That was the first attack I encountered on June 14, 1991, in my three decades of working as a Salesian  missionary in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. 

Jacob's Ladder: Will Jacob Rees-Mogg reach the top?

Jacob's Ladder: Will Jacob Rees-Mogg reach the top?

by: Lorna Donlon - The Tablet in World Issues,

Jacob Rees-Mogg talks to Lorna Donlon about reconciling Catholicism and Consevatism. The light dapples on the grumpy waters of the River Thames and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and I are nudging towards the end of afternoon tea alongside a terrace in the Houses of Parliament, when I raise the question of the leadership of the Conservative Party. ... “Well, you know I am eligible to be pope,” he pronounces in a jocular tone. “All Catholic males are eligible to be pope if the Holy Ghost so decides …

Time to take stronger stand against modern slavery

Time to take stronger stand against modern slavery

by: Fr. Shay Cullen - UCAN in World Issues,

Tackling human trafficking has become one of the main priorities of the Catholic Church in recent years. In September last year, Vatican officials met with groups, including police authorities, from around the world to share experiences on how they try to combat the scourge.

In whose best interests? Medical ethics and the Alfie Evans case

In whose best interests? Medical ethics and the Alfie Evans case

by: Michael Wee - The Tablet in World Issues,

It is not clear to me that the risk to Alfie’s health of being transported to Rome in an air ambulance in order to receive continued treatment was so great that to have decided to try it would have been gravely unreasonable.  When parents with reasonable disagreements with their child’s doctors have no right to take their child to other doctors for treatment, and when medical guidelines allow doctors and judges to make judgements on the worth of a life, the sad reality is this: that bad laws make hard cases.

Alfie Evans dies after long-running legal battle

Alfie Evans dies after long-running legal battle

by: Rose Gamble , Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World News,

Announcing the news on Facebook, the boy’s father, Tom Evans, wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.” Pope Francis, who met with Tom Evans last week, signalled his support for the Bambino Gesu to care for the toddler, also responded to the news today. "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie," he tweeted. "Today I pray especially for his parents as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace." 

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

by: Samuel Lieven - La Croix International in World Issues,

Three patriarchs — two of them Orthodox and the other Catholic — have co-signed a statement strongly condemning the Western air strikes against Syrian government positions while reasserting their support for the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies.