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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.

Jerusalem: The vocation of a city

Jerusalem: The vocation of a city

by: Guillaume Goubert - La Croix International in World Issues,

The holy places of the three great monotheistic religions – the Western Wall of the Temple, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher and the Esplanade of the Mosques – are located only meters apart.This is why the city has “a special vocation for peace,” as Pope Francis stated on Wednesday morning, just a few hours before Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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.