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Divided It Falls: The Crisis in Catalonia Has Opened Up Old Wounds That Will Take Generations to Heal.

Divided It Falls: The Crisis in Catalonia Has Opened Up Old Wounds That Will Take Generations to Heal.

by: Jimmy Burns-The Tablet in World Issues,

It gives me great pain to watch as the pluralist, tolerant, hospitable, creative society that Catalonia had become is being destroyed – from within and from without. It is a heartbreaking tragedy for Catalonia, for Spain, and for Europe. A “silent majority” of Catalans, proud of their culture but wanting to remain part of Spain and of the EU, is caught in the crossfire. Whatever the outcome of the current crisis, deep wounds have been opened up that will take another generation to heal.

The Catalan crisis is a European crisis

The Catalan crisis is a European crisis

by: Guillermo Íñiguez - Varsity, Cambridge UK in World Issues,

The Catalan crisis is a European crisis. Guillermo Íñiguez explains why the troubles facing Catalonia in the wake of the independence referendum should concern citizens across the continent. Tolerating or even normalising the current Catalan secessionist plan could set a very dangerous precedent in Europe.

Pope pledges church commitment to fight child abuse online, offline.

Pope pledges church commitment to fight child abuse online, offline.

by: Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service in World Issues,

"As all of us know, in recent years the church has come to acknowledge her own failures in providing for the protection of children: Extremely grave facts have come to light, for which we have to accept our responsibility before God, before the victims and before public opinion," the pope said Oct. 6.

Spanish Cardinal condemns 'sedition and fraud' by secessionists, as politicians in Catalonia debate independence

Spanish Cardinal condemns 'sedition and fraud' by secessionists, as politicians in Catalonia debate independence

by: The Tablet - October 12, 2017 in World Issues,

"Many of us feel intense pain, as if a dagger had been thrust into our guts," said Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Valencia. "What has happened is very serious -- an act of sedition, fraud and betrayal, a coup against the rule of law and a violation of the nation's constitutional order and the coexistence in freedom of all Spaniards."

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Reporters,

A former BBC political correspondent, Martina Purdy,  has professed her vows as a member of the Adoration Sisters in Belfast. Her one-time media colleagues were in the congregation for theprofession at St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast. Sr Martina and a former barrister, Sr Elaine Kelly, received their brown veils as well as the ring and brown scapular of the congregation.

Philippine lawmakers cripple human rights commission

Philippine lawmakers cripple human rights commission

by: Mark Saludes, Manila - UCAN in World Issues,
The Philippines House of Representatives on Sept. 12, slashed the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights to just US$20, sparking outrage among bishops demanding a halt to drug war killings. The vote to essentially scrap the constitutional body's funding came as a tropical cyclone battered the main island of Luzon, killing 21 people.
Aung San Suu Kyi should speak out for Rohingya

Aung San Suu Kyi should speak out for Rohingya

by: James Roberts-The Tablet in World Issues,

Cardinal Charles Mayng Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, has urged Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out in defence of the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, but at the same time he condemned the “stigmatising” of the country’s de facto leader.

Pope Francis: Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis: Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

by: Pope Francis on Migrants and Refugees in World Issues,

At the United Nations Summit held in New York on 29 September 2016, world leaders clearly expressed their desire to take decisive action in support of migrants and refugees to save their lives and protect their rights, sharing this responsibility on a global level. To this end, the states committed themselves to drafting and approving, before the end of 2018, two Global Compacts, one for refugees and the other for migrants. 

Spell out Immigration Benefits: Brexit myths

Spell out Immigration Benefits: Brexit myths

by: Editor - The Tablet in Reporters,

British businesses are increasingly alarmed that they will be shut out of markets they rely on. Many on both sides of the political divide see that it will damage the economy and lead to the loss of jobs. So why have they not organised to say so, with all the zeal displayed by their opponents? ... Jeremy Corbyn and those around the Labour leader seem to share Mrs May’s conviction that the referendum result was primarily a protest about immigration.