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Timor-Leste coalition collapses but leaders hang on

Timor-Leste coalition collapses but leaders hang on

by: Michael Sainsbury - UCAN Timor Leste in World News,

The aging men leading Timor-Leste continue to put politics over the needs of citizens, most of whom remain in poverty. Their mismanagement of the Catholic-majority country — one of only two in the Asia-Pacific region along with the Philippines — has led to the effective collapse of the government.

Despite the dangers of Nigeria, there is hope for the future

Despite the dangers of Nigeria, there is hope for the future

by: Linden - The Tablet in World Issues,

Nigeria has an estimated population of almost 200 million with roughly equal numbers of Christians and Muslims.  Its interfaith relations have implications for the whole of Africa.  Through terror Boko Haram, whose name meams "western education forbidden", has dominated the life of the states in the north-east, spilling over a porous border into Niger, Chad and Northern Cameroon.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Universal Man

Leonardo da Vinci: A Universal Man

by: Giancarlo Pani SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

Five hundred years after the death of Leonardo da Vinci (May 2, 1519), there are still many mysteries to be unveiled related to this protagonist of the Italian Renaissance and the history of humanity. He represents the emblem of “universal man,” a formula that echoes the universalis genius of the ancient Romans.

 
Time for the Abolition of Nuclear Arms

Time for the Abolition of Nuclear Arms

by: Drew Christiansen SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

During the Cold War the dominant strategic doctrine was MAD—Mutually Assured Destruction. The irony of the English acronym was grimly acknowledged by proponents and critics alike. You would have to be crazy to initiate a nuclear war that would bring destruction on a global scale.

Forgotten and invisible: modern-day slaves

Forgotten and invisible: modern-day slaves

by: Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka - UCAN in World Issues,

In today’s modern world overshadowed by extravagant globalization, materialism and consumerism, it is very common for people to forget about people who are less fortunate. These people with relative fortune and comfort might get a jolt if asked what they think about slavery and slaves. In most cases, the answer is likely to be simple: slavery was abolished in the 19th century. 

The Hungarian government devotes a specific part of its aid budget to helping Christians

The Hungarian government devotes a specific part of its aid budget to helping Christians

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Tablet in World News,

 We all know that Christians are the single most persecuted religious group, no? If we don’t, we should. But for the last two years, the Hungarian government – yep, under the controversial Viktor Orbán – has sought to remedy matters by devoting a specific part of its overseas aid budget – known as Hungary Helps – to help Christians.

The break-up of the UK would represent a sad coda for the Queen

The break-up of the UK would represent a sad coda for the Queen

by: Peter Hennessy - The Tablet in World Issues,

But 12 December 2019 might also represent another historical way station of huge import. For it could be the last time MPs from Scotland are returned to the Westminster Parliament. The Scottish question was vividly put in The Guardian last month by Neal Ascherson when he claimed that “Brexit has delivered the United Kingdom to the hospice of history”. I hope it hasn’t – but I fear it has.

Pope holds historic meeting with Japanese emperor

Pope holds historic meeting with Japanese emperor

by: Michael Sainsbury - UCAN Tokyo in World Issues,

Pope Francis has revealed more about his lifelong passion for Japan, telling Emperor Naruhito how much his parents cried when he was nine years old in 1945 when they learned about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when more than 100,000 people were instantly killed.

Chernobyl: The Cost of Lies

Chernobyl: The Cost of Lies

by: Diego Fares SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

Chernobyl is a television mini-series co-produced by HBO and Sky about the very serious nuclear accident at the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, located 18 kilometers northeast of the city of Chernobyl and 16 kilometers from the border between Ukraine and Belarus.