News in World Issues

Taiwan stands up to big brother China

Taiwan stands up to big brother China

by: Benedict Rogers - UCAN in World Issues,

Taiwan is clearly stepping up its efforts not only to defend its own freedoms but also to promote democracy and human rights, including religious freedom, around the world. For a small island nation already vulnerable to pressure and intimidation from China, this is a bold move. It deserves support and encouragement in this quest.

Humanity is dirtying its own nest

Humanity is dirtying its own nest

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

We humans, the species with large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities and power to change the face of the planet, are doing so with a huge negative impact. We are endangering ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and generations of children to come will be harmed by our wasteful and negligent ways.

The Pope vs the populists

The Pope vs the populists

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World Issues,

While some urge the Church to ratchet up its culture war against Islam and the secular world in the wake of the Notre Dame fire and Sri Lankan bombings, Pope Francis has instead become something of a lone voice against right-wing political parties, fuelled by the global surge of anti-migrant populist nationalism.

Poverty: What It Is and What We’re Doing To End It

Poverty: What It Is and What We’re Doing To End It

by: Anna Kucírková - Business Connect in World Issues,

Poverty is an international concern. It affects every country in the world, even countries that are considered “developed” experience poverty. Many people have plans to reduce or end poverty. There are a lot of good people working on a lot of good plans. Perhaps one single plan will not fix all the problems but combined it can enact real change.

Catholic bishops urge 'solidarity vote' in support of European Union

Catholic bishops urge 'solidarity vote' in support of European Union

by: Jonathan Luxmoore - CNS in World Issues,

Catholic bishops from France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg have said the European Union risks being undermined by growing national opposition and urged citizens to rally behind it in upcoming continent-wide elections. "The EU is threatened today by various economic, political, demographic and ideological crises -- but we are convinced it has tools to overcome them," the church leaders said.

When we hurt our planet, we hurt ourselves

When we hurt our planet, we hurt ourselves

by: Father Shay Cullen - UCAN in World Issues,

Many students have taken to the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the factors behind climate change, which is wrecking the planet. They are experiencing global warming on an unprecedented scale as huge amounts of CO2 and methane gases heat up the environment and cause the ice caps to melt at an alarming rate.

Google is everywhere, keeping watch on children. I hope the little beasts subvert it

Google is everywhere, keeping watch on children. I hope the little beasts subvert it

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Tablet in World Issues,

THERE is a hellish new development from Google: a so-called home monitoring system that will enable absent parents to supervise their children. The features it is developing under a European patent include “detecting child mischief”, followed by a verbal warning to the child from a smart speaker, and monitoring children via a network of devices and then warning parents via smartphone about what’s going on (it can identify bad language).

Christianity, morality and the global crisis

Christianity, morality and the global crisis

by: John Milbank - The Tablet in World Issues,

The current global crisis might be the last chance we have to bring the Christian social vision that inspired the post-war settlement in Europe back from the margins to the centre. The genuine horror of Christchurch and the somewhat comic nightmare that is Brexit: these are two manifestations of a global general crisis.

Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping

Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in World Issues,

Vatican hints that Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping. Any encounter in Rome this week would be the first between a Chinese leader and a pope. Although a visit to the Vatican is not on Xi’s official schedule for his state visit to Italy, Monaco and France from March 21-26, a senior Vatican source claimed that the pope is willing to meet Xi and that the president’s intermediaries had made overtures to the Vatican.

Pope calls for prayer for persecuted Christians

Pope calls for prayer for persecuted Christians

by: Rose Gamble-The Tablet in World Issues,

Pope Francis has called for people to pray for Christians persecuted "because they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ to this society".  The Pope begins the 60-second recording released on Wednesday 6 March by telling listeners that there are more martyrs today than in the first centuries.

Brexit and Catholic Social Teaching

Brexit and Catholic Social Teaching

by: Tina Beattie-The Tablet in World Issues,

The role played by religion has been largely ignored in debates surrounding Brexit – but as a leading Catholic academic points out, religious faith continues to be a decisive factor in shaping the lives and identities of many British people.

Cardinal Zen: Communists destroy foundation of equality

Cardinal Zen: Communists destroy foundation of equality

by: UCAN - Reporters in World Issues,

"I want to remember those heroes suffering in China and Hong Kong for respecting human dignity, freedom and democracy".  Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun received the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in United States capital Washington on Jan. 28.

Cafod criticises report calling for massive overseas aid cuts

Cafod criticises report calling for massive overseas aid cuts

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in World Issues,

The Catholic Church's aid agency Cafod has criticised a report calling for a multi-billion pound cut in the UK's overseas aid budget. The report, "Global Britain: A Blueprint for the 21st Century", with a foreword by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, argues among other things for the closure of the Department for International Development.

Pope Francis condemns dangers of digital world

Pope Francis condemns dangers of digital world

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World Issues,

In a message to mark the Church's world communications day, the Pope welcomes possibilities the web and social networks open up but also warns of the dangers. “If the internet represents an extraordinary possibility of access to knowledge, it is also true that it has proven to be one of the areas most exposed to disinformation and to the conscious and targeted distortion of facts and interpersonal relationships, which are often used to discredit,” he writes. 

Mosque attack kills 2 in southern Philippines

Mosque attack kills 2 in southern Philippines

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in World Issues,

Zamboanga City blast comes 3 days after twin Jolo Cathedral bombings claim 21 lives. Claretian missionary priest Angel Calvo, president of Peace Advocates Zamboanga, appealed for calm and called on people to pray for peace. "These are terroristic and barbaric acts," said the priest who has worked to foster inter-religious dialogue among Christians and Muslims in Mindanao for more than four decades.

Visiting bishops see 'incomprehensible complexity' of Holy Land situation

Visiting bishops see 'incomprehensible complexity' of Holy Land situation

by: Catholic News Service in World Issues,

Bishops participating in the annual Holy Land Coordination see "great need" to promote an understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, said Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor, Ireland. "There is ... a need to devise ways for both people to understand that, ultimately and finally, for the common good of all, a permanent and sustainable solution is needed," said Bishop Treanor.

UK in 'amazing' mess over Brexit, says Catholic bishop

UK in 'amazing' mess over Brexit, says Catholic bishop

by: Simon Caldwell-Catholic News Service in World Issues,

"The problem with the House of Commons is that three-quarters of the members voted to remain," said Rees-Mogg, chair of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, on ITV news Jan. 15. "Therefore, you have got a 'remainer' House of Commons trying to implement a 'leave' that it doesn't want. That is why you have no agreement on the deal.