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The Pope vs the populists

The Pope vs the populists

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World Issues,

While some urge the Church to ratchet up its culture war against Islam and the secular world in the wake of the Notre Dame fire and Sri Lankan bombings, Pope Francis has instead become something of a lone voice against right-wing political parties, fuelled by the global surge of anti-migrant populist nationalism.

Poverty: What It Is and What We’re Doing To End It

Poverty: What It Is and What We’re Doing To End It

by: Anna Kucírková - Business Connect in World Issues,

Poverty is an international concern. It affects every country in the world, even countries that are considered “developed” experience poverty. Many people have plans to reduce or end poverty. There are a lot of good people working on a lot of good plans. Perhaps one single plan will not fix all the problems but combined it can enact real change.

Catholic bishops urge 'solidarity vote' in support of European Union

Catholic bishops urge 'solidarity vote' in support of European Union

by: Jonathan Luxmoore - CNS in World Issues,

Catholic bishops from France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg have said the European Union risks being undermined by growing national opposition and urged citizens to rally behind it in upcoming continent-wide elections. "The EU is threatened today by various economic, political, demographic and ideological crises -- but we are convinced it has tools to overcome them," the church leaders said.

When we hurt our planet, we hurt ourselves

When we hurt our planet, we hurt ourselves

by: Father Shay Cullen - UCAN in World Issues,

Many students have taken to the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the factors behind climate change, which is wrecking the planet. They are experiencing global warming on an unprecedented scale as huge amounts of CO2 and methane gases heat up the environment and cause the ice caps to melt at an alarming rate.

Google is everywhere, keeping watch on children. I hope the little beasts subvert it

Google is everywhere, keeping watch on children. I hope the little beasts subvert it

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Tablet in World Issues,

THERE is a hellish new development from Google: a so-called home monitoring system that will enable absent parents to supervise their children. The features it is developing under a European patent include “detecting child mischief”, followed by a verbal warning to the child from a smart speaker, and monitoring children via a network of devices and then warning parents via smartphone about what’s going on (it can identify bad language).

Christianity, morality and the global crisis

Christianity, morality and the global crisis

by: John Milbank - The Tablet in World Issues,

The current global crisis might be the last chance we have to bring the Christian social vision that inspired the post-war settlement in Europe back from the margins to the centre. The genuine horror of Christchurch and the somewhat comic nightmare that is Brexit: these are two manifestations of a global general crisis.

Easter atrocity in Sri Lanka: A deep wound to the nation

Easter atrocity in Sri Lanka: A deep wound to the nation

by: Kiri Kankhwende , Steven Selvaraj - The Tablet in World News,

The bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday were intended to strike a devastating blow to the country’s million-strong Christian community. Suicide bombers detonated one set of bombs at churches in the cities of Colombo and Negombo on the western coast, home to many Sinhalese-speaking Catholics. Another was detonated in a Protestant church 200 miles away – in Batticaloa, a city on the Tamil-majority eastern side of the island.

Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping

Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in World Issues,

Vatican hints that Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping. Any encounter in Rome this week would be the first between a Chinese leader and a pope. Although a visit to the Vatican is not on Xi’s official schedule for his state visit to Italy, Monaco and France from March 21-26, a senior Vatican source claimed that the pope is willing to meet Xi and that the president’s intermediaries had made overtures to the Vatican.