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Time to take stronger stand against modern slavery

Time to take stronger stand against modern slavery

by: Fr. Shay Cullen - UCAN in World Issues,

Tackling human trafficking has become one of the main priorities of the Catholic Church in recent years. In September last year, Vatican officials met with groups, including police authorities, from around the world to share experiences on how they try to combat the scourge.

In whose best interests? Medical ethics and the Alfie Evans case

In whose best interests? Medical ethics and the Alfie Evans case

by: Michael Wee - The Tablet in World Issues,

It is not clear to me that the risk to Alfie’s health of being transported to Rome in an air ambulance in order to receive continued treatment was so great that to have decided to try it would have been gravely unreasonable.  When parents with reasonable disagreements with their child’s doctors have no right to take their child to other doctors for treatment, and when medical guidelines allow doctors and judges to make judgements on the worth of a life, the sad reality is this: that bad laws make hard cases.

Alfie Evans dies after long-running legal battle

Alfie Evans dies after long-running legal battle

by: Rose Gamble , Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World News,

Announcing the news on Facebook, the boy’s father, Tom Evans, wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.” Pope Francis, who met with Tom Evans last week, signalled his support for the Bambino Gesu to care for the toddler, also responded to the news today. "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie," he tweeted. "Today I pray especially for his parents as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace." 

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

by: Samuel Lieven - La Croix International in World Issues,

Three patriarchs — two of them Orthodox and the other Catholic — have co-signed a statement strongly condemning the Western air strikes against Syrian government positions while reasserting their support for the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies.

The Attack on Overseas Aid: Oxfam crisis

The Attack on Overseas Aid: Oxfam crisis

by: Paul Vallely - The Tablet in World Issues,

That first Times story – one in no fewer than 50 anti-Oxfam articles it published over just 10 days – came just as the new darling of the Conservative right, the prominent parliamentary Catholic, Jacob Rees-Mogg, presented a petition to Downing Street on behalf of a Daily Express “crusade” entitled “Stop the foreign aid madness” – a sentiment which runs counter to decades of Catholic Social Teaching on aid endorsed by popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Sri Lanka hopes for reconciliation at last

Sri Lanka hopes for reconciliation at last

by: Jehan Perera, Colombo - UCAN in World News,

Among the key issues will be the government's reconciliation process, which has two primary components — constitutional reform that will ensure improved sharing of power between the ethnic majority and minorities, and transitional justice that will ensure accountability for rights violations in Sri Lanka's three-decade-long war.

Vatican Adviser says Catholics must take Seriously the Biblical Promises to Israel

Vatican Adviser says Catholics must take Seriously the Biblical Promises to Israel

by: The Tablet 13 Jan 2018 in World Issues,

In evangelical thought the Jerusalem decision is in keeping with God’s biblical promise of the Holy Land to the Jewish people while the coalescing of Jews in Israel is, to evangelicals, a sign of the end-times when Christ will once again reign on earth. Catholics, the largest religious denomination in the United States, are wary of this fusion of Christian Zionism and apocalyptical theology and Pope Francis and the Vatican have been critical of President Trump’s Jerusalem move.

2018: The Year when public Opinion will swing decisively againts BREXIT.

2018: The Year when public Opinion will swing decisively againts BREXIT.

by: Clifford Longley - The Tablet in World News,

My prediction for 2018? That this is the year when public opinion will swing decisively against Brexit. The polls are already suggesting it. There is nothing on the horizon likely to reverse it. And the Tories are blithely walking into a trap partly of their own devising, which they are nothing like clever enough to avoid.