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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."

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.

Pope Francis: Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis: Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

by: Pope Francis on Migrants and Refugees in World Issues,

At the United Nations Summit held in New York on 29 September 2016, world leaders clearly expressed their desire to take decisive action in support of migrants and refugees to save their lives and protect their rights, sharing this responsibility on a global level. To this end, the states committed themselves to drafting and approving, before the end of 2018, two Global Compacts, one for refugees and the other for migrants. 

Danger to Peace Deal: The Irish dimension to Brexit is crucial

Danger to Peace Deal: The Irish dimension to Brexit is crucial

by: Editor - The Tablet in World Issues,

Two parallel conversations are going on about Brexit, with little connection between them. One is about the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the remaining 27 nations of the European Union. The other is about relations between the north and the south of Ireland. Neither of these conversations can be concluded without the other. But London insists on proceeding as if there might be two separate solutions.

Modi launches corruption, poverty, free India movement

Modi launches corruption, poverty, free India movement

by: La Croix International Editor in World Issues,

“In this month of August, we have to come together and resolve: Filth — Quit India; Poverty – Quit India; Corruption – Quit India; Terrorism – Quit India; Casteism – Quit India; Communalism – Quit India,” Modi said.

Religious leaders worried about world peace

Religious leaders worried about world peace

by: ucanews.com reporter, Tokyo in World Issues,

Religious leaders have met in Japan to pray for peace in the world and as a response to Pope Francis asking them to foster dialogue, friendship and peace. Representatives of Buddhism, Shintoism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism came together in Japan at an inter-faith "Interreligious Gathering of Prayer for World Peace" held from Aug. 3 to 4.

Catholic bishops appeal to Virgin Mary amid controversial Venezuela vote

Catholic bishops appeal to Virgin Mary amid controversial Venezuela vote

by: La Croix International Editor in World Issues,

The Bishops’ conference president Archbishop Diego Padron Sanchez, accused the government of trying to install a “military dictatorship, socialist, Marxist and communist”. Venezuela’s bishops have backed opponents of the move, calling it illegitimate, unnecessary and “damaging for the Venezuelan people".

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech

by: Hannah Ellis-Petersen - The Guardian in World Issues,

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim gave an impassioned speech at the BBC Proms, calling for European unity and warning against the dangers of nationalism and “isolationist tendencies”. Barenboim was directing Orchestra Staatskapelle Berlin on Sunday night at the Royal Albert Hall and ended the evening with a speech expressing his fears about the political climate across Europe.

France's president challenges country's Muslims

France's president challenges country's Muslims

by: Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner - La Croix International in World Issues,

Emmanuel Macron says he wants to work together with French Muslims to “to fight the spreading fanaticism” of the Islamic State group’s ideology, and to counter those who want to turn mosques into “places that preach hatred and violence".

 
 
Muslim and Christian victims of violence aid one another

Muslim and Christian victims of violence aid one another

by: Fr. Manoling V. Francisco, S.J - Philippine Star - in World Issues,

            As we aid and shelter our brothers and sisters caught in our wars, the cup of suffering becomes a cup of solidarity.  Suffering shared is mercy experienced.  As St. John Paul II writes, “The Eucharist is not merely an expression of communion in the Church’s life; it is also a project of solidarity for all humanity.  …  The Christian who takes part in the Eucharist learns to become a promoter of communion, peace and solidarity in every situation” (Mane Nobiscum Domine, 2004).  May we Muslims and Christians drink from the same cup of suffering, and in doing so, allow God Almighty to transform our cup of suffering into a cup of blessing.

Macron's need to balance audacity with caution

Macron's need to balance audacity with caution

by: Global Pulse - La Croix International in World Issues,

Despite the Republic on the Move political party's success in the French National Assembly elections, President Macron does not have a blank check. He will need to work closely with civil society organizations in order to achieve his ambitions

African Catholics and the problem of integration in India

African Catholics and the problem of integration in India

by: UCAN - Ritu Sharma, New Delhi In in World Issues,

The Indian church is looking at different ways of accommodating foreigners studying in major cities African Catholics and the problem of integration in India. Thousands of young people from Africa, many of them Catholics, migrate each year to major Indian cities, mainly to study, creating a new challenge for the Indian church.

 'Terror wins when suspicion corrodes our common humanity'

'Terror wins when suspicion corrodes our common humanity'

by: Lorna Donlon - The Tablet in World Issues,

'Terror wins when suspicion corrodes our common humanity,' says Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster in wake of London Bridge attack. There are no easy answers or quick fixes to the “outrageous blasphemy of terrorism,” but we each have a part to play in the action that is needed to find solutions.

Restoring Europe’s credibility

Restoring Europe’s credibility

by: Céline Schoen - La Croix International in World Issues,
In Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron is seen as the embodiment of a new dynamism, able to carry out long-term projects, such as reform of the Eurozone. During his first meeting with Angela Merkel on Monday evening, the German Chancellor did not rule out “changing the treaties if that made sense". 
France must stand together

France must stand together

by: Geneviève Jurgensen - La Croix International in World Issues,

 Electing someone in the second round of the French presidential election who represents an open France with a large majority is important for those facing the same radicalization as we are.