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Climate Change is man-made, says Cardinal Parolin

Climate Change is man-made, says Cardinal Parolin

by: La Croix International staff - Poland in World Issues,

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has told delegates at the UN Climate Summit that climate change is caused by humans and that we all bear responsibility to protect and value creation. Speaking at the COP-24 conference on Tuesday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the international community also has a moral responsibility to address climate change.

Might the people get another vote?

Might the people get another vote?

by: Julia Langdon-The Tablet in World Issues,

Just once in a while, in the middle of a complex and difficult political muddle, there can come a moment when the voice of common sense can be heard above the clamour, ringing with the blessed clarity of a bell from a church steeple. “What I want,” said the plaintive voice of a woman on the radio this week, “is for all this nonsense to stop.”

Brexit: Who will captain this sinking ship?

Brexit: Who will captain this sinking ship?

by: Conor Gearty-The Tablet in World Issues,

Shortly after the 2016 referendum, a friend of mine, an experienced diplomat, said of Brexit that it could best be understood as a type of cult, played out on a vast – and therefore catastrophic – national stage. We both knew of the likely range of disastrous consequences that would flow from the “decision” that the “people” had supposedly then just taken.

Fraternity, a revived ideal

Fraternity, a revived ideal

by: Jean-Christophe Ploquin - La Croix International in World Issues,

In a world where national egotism is growing stronger, fraternity still has something to offer. The concept has formed part of the France's motto of  “liberty, equality, fraternity” since 1848. Now, France’s Constitutional Council has ruled that fraternity “must be respected as a constitutional principle by the legislator and may be invoked in legal hearings.” 

Refugee crisis: Europe must find migration consensus

Refugee crisis: Europe must find migration consensus

by: Editor's desk - The Tablet in World Issues,

The story of the Aquarius is a sign that Europe is heading for a refugee crisis this summer worse than any previously. Aquarius, a motor vessel hired by non-government organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières, had rescued nearly 700 refugees, a quarter of them children, from unseaworthy small boats off the Libyan coast. It proposed to land them in Italy, as had been done previously. Meanwhile, the new Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, fulfilling what he said was a campaign pledge, refused to let the Aquarius dock.

Liberal democracy at risk, warns Patten

Liberal democracy at risk, warns Patten

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in World Issues,

The Conservative peer Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University, has outlined the urgent need to speak out for the role of universities as bulwarks of liberal democracy. "The foundations of liberal democracy are being eroded “at an accelerating pace”.

Jacob's Ladder: Will Jacob Rees-Mogg reach the top?

Jacob's Ladder: Will Jacob Rees-Mogg reach the top?

by: Lorna Donlon - The Tablet in World Issues,

Jacob Rees-Mogg talks to Lorna Donlon about reconciling Catholicism and Consevatism. The light dapples on the grumpy waters of the River Thames and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and I are nudging towards the end of afternoon tea alongside a terrace in the Houses of Parliament, when I raise the question of the leadership of the Conservative Party. ... “Well, you know I am eligible to be pope,” he pronounces in a jocular tone. “All Catholic males are eligible to be pope if the Holy Ghost so decides …

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.

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.

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.

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."