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There Is Hunger In The World Today

There Is Hunger In The World Today

by: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

In the summer of 2015, three-year-old Alan Kurdi was found dead on a Turkish beach. His Syrian family had fled their war-torn homeland. The image of that drowned child in the arms of a soldier disturbed us all.

In the fall of 2018, seven-year-old Amal Hussain died of a deadly disease: hunger. Her photograph appeared in The New York Times: undernourished, she lay waiting for death, without even the strength to cry.

AmazonianIndigenous Spirituality and Care for the ‘Common Home’

AmazonianIndigenous Spirituality and Care for the ‘Common Home’

by: Adelson Araújo dos Santos, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

In their ancient rituals the Amazonian natives seek a harmonious connection with Mother Earth – Pacha Mama – and her spiritual world. For them, there are spirits in the forest who can be allies or opponents, who can help or hinder, heal or cause disease, who must be appeased or instigated. 

What Young People Think of Their Future

What Young People Think of Their Future

by: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

The results of an international sociological research project were recently presented in Rome. It looked to explore what young people think about their own personal futures and how they view the outlook for their families and for the local and national communities in the countries where they live. 

Change life to combat climate crisis, say bishops

Change life to combat climate crisis, say bishops

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in World Issues,

The Bishops of England and Wales have declared an unprecedented ecological crisis and called on Catholics, their parishes and dioceses, to change their lifestyles to tackle climate change... “We need a more considered relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth through the way we manage our resources as a Church,” they write.

Nothing will ever be the same again

Nothing will ever be the same again

by: Julia Langdon - The Tablet in World Issues,

We are told of further rumours about how many MPs are prepared to vote against their party whips to assert their own political positions in the coming parliamentary struggle next month, of the uncertain outcome of a vote of confidence, or a vote of no confidence, either of which might predicate an early general election of no certain outcome.

Lightning doesn't strike twice but in Kerala, flooding does

Lightning doesn't strike twice but in Kerala, flooding does

by: Thomas Christopher, Kochi - UCAN in World News,

The social service departments of all 32 dioceses in Kerala worked together to mobilize some 200,000 volunteers to assist the flood-affected in the various phrase of rescue, relief and restoration interventions, said Father George Vettikattil of Kerala Social Service Forum. The forum, a coordinating body Catholic charity efforts in the state, helped 269,000 families, spending $45 million in flood rehabilitation projects.

Brexit discussions have led to 'great uncertainty' in Northern Ireland, says bishop

Brexit discussions have led to 'great uncertainty' in Northern Ireland, says bishop

by: Christa Pongratz-Lippitt - The Tablet in World Issues,

Brexit discussions, especially in recent months, have led to an atmosphere of great uncertainty in Northern Ireland, the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown told domradio.de, in a long interview. He said that "even the Unionists, that is those (in Northern Ireland) who feel they are rather more English" believe that from an economic point of view it would be better to remain part of Ireland rather that be an English colony.

The battle for Muslim Europe

The battle for Muslim Europe

by: Ivor Roberts - The Tablet in World Issues,

A recent survey carried out for the BBC showed that the most popular world leader in the Arab world was not the President of the United States or of Russia – or any Arab leader – but none other than President Erdogan. This embrace of a nationalistic, authoritarian, interfering non-Arab in Arab affairs might, at first glance, look odd.

Tomorrow's Gods: What is the Future of Religion?

Tomorrow's Gods: What is the Future of Religion?

by: Sumit Paul-Choudhury - BBC in World Issues,

Even today’s dominant religions have continually evolved throughout history. Early Christianity, for example, was a truly broad church: ancient documents include yarns about Jesus’ family life and testaments to the nobility of Judas. It took three centuries for the Christian church to consolidate around a canon of scriptures – and then in 1054 it split into the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches.