News in World

Asia's suffering millions can count on King Charles III

Asia's suffering millions can count on King Charles III

by: UCANews in World Issues,

Britain’s King Charles III will be more constrained in what he can say, now that he is monarch. Under Britain’s constitutional arrangements, the sovereign must stay above party politics and generally avoid political comment. During his more than six decades as Prince of Wales, he indicated there are certain issues about which he is deeply passionate. The environment is one, and he was prophetic in his warnings about climate change. Religious freedom, inter-faith dialogue, human rights and humanitarian causes are among the others.

The British Monarchy – What will King Charles III stand for?

The British Monarchy – What will King Charles III stand for?

by: Simon Dack/Alamy - The Tablet in World Issues,

How fortunate were the British people to have as their figurehead a person of such dignity and grace, humility and faith, as Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Indeed, she redefined the concept of majesty to emphasise its essentially effortless nature. Part of the mystique of royalty, majesty has nothing to boast of nor need it do so; but worn lightly, as she wore it, it elevated her without diminishing the dignity of others. It is a spiritual charism, a reminder that in the theology of kingship the person so anointed, however unworthily, stands in the place of Christ himself.

Five Hundred Years of Philippine Christianity: Living Heritage and Social Project

Five Hundred Years of Philippine Christianity: Living Heritage and Social Project

by: Jose Mario C Francisco, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

Five hundred years ago Christianity arrived in the Philippines. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) began celebrations with a Mass on April 17, 2021, to mark the first Easter Sunday on native soil. The Covid-19 pandemic pushed a key moment for the Church in the Philippines, the International Mission Congress, ahead to April 2022, while other events moved online for accessibility.

Pope's call to Zelenskyy marks change of tack

Pope's call to Zelenskyy marks change of tack

by: Jonathan Luxmoore , James Roberts - The Tablet in World Issues,

The Vatican’s diplomacy with regard to Ukraine took a new turn last week after Pope Francis on Friday spoke by telephone to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Mr Zelenskyy said in a tweet that he told Francis that Ukraine needs the support of “world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about acts of horror committed by the aggressor in Ukraine”.

Seven Pictures of the Invasion of Ukraine

Seven Pictures of the Invasion of Ukraine

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is thus the latest tragic piece of a bloody puzzle. The poor people are the ones who pay the price, as always. After the Angelus of February 27, 2022, the pope said: “Those who make war forget humanity. They do not start from the people; they do not look at the concrete life of the people, but put partisan interests and power before everything.” 

The Spanish city where water defies gravity

The Spanish city where water defies gravity

by: Esme Fox - bbc in Reporters,

Water is everywhere in Granada's ornate and lavish Alhambra, a 13th-Century palatial complex that's one of the world's most iconic examples of Moorish architecture. It flows in channels that cool the buildings; spurts from fountains in grand rooms and charming courtyards; and sprays in such a way that, from certain angles, it perfectly frames majestic arched doorways.

The world's largest crystal cave

The world's largest crystal cave

by: BBC Reel's World of Wonder in Reporters,

An abandoned mine in Spain hides a sparkling treasure – the world's largest geode, a natural crystal phenomenon that has stunned scientists. In abandoned silver mine in Pulpí, in Spain's south-eastern Almería Province, lies a treasure that's not made from any precious metal at all. Instead, what's hidden here is the world's largest geode – a natural crystal phenomenon that has stunned scientists.

Russia 'violating all norms of war' says Ukraine archbishop

Russia 'violating all norms of war' says Ukraine archbishop

by: Jonathan Luxmoore - The Tablet in World Issues,

Ukraine’s Greek Catholic archbishop has accused Russian forces of violating all norms of war, stating that they have destroyed one of the country’s most historic religious sites. “This attack shows nothing is sacred for the Russian occupiers - the whole of Ukrainian territory is a target for Russian rockets, and no town or village can feel safe”, said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halich, whose church combines the eastern rite with loyalty to Rome.

Francis, a pope who saves the creation

Francis, a pope who saves the creation

by: Fr Shay Cullen - Columban missionary in World Issues,

As we see ecological disasters caused by climate change, we must heed Pope Francis’s call to save the planet. Pope Francis, who took the name of the Italian saint, has vowed to defend the rights of the poor and the creation. His 2015 encyclical, Laudato si’, was both a wake-up call and an inspiration to Christians and the world to save plants and animals from extinction.

Save Myanmar from absolute hell

Save Myanmar from absolute hell

by: Benedict Rogers - UCANews in World Issues,

 Myanmar has known many, many dark chapters in its history, especially over the past 18 months since the latest coup d’etat. But the execution of four pro-democracy activists — the first judicial executions in more than three decades — plunges the country into even greater darkness.