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In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

by: Dale Gavlak • Catholic News Service in World Issues,

After meeting with church leaders in northern Iraq, a U.S. bishop said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, told Catholic News Service by phone that the Iraqi Catholic clergy do not want to see a safe corridor set up for Christians, as some in Washington have suggested.

The United Kingdom is disunited over Brexit

The United Kingdom is disunited over Brexit

by: Agnès Rotivel - LaCroix International in World Issues,

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland attempted to negotiate with Theresa May in Cardiff with regard to their being able to continue to benefit from a European Single Market. In vain, so it would seem.

The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior

The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior

by: El Pais - Osservatore Romano in World Issues,

On Donald Trump, Pope Francis says: “I don’t like to aniticipate events. Let us see what he does, we can’t be prophets of disasters”. Friday, just when Donald Trump was being sworn in to office in Washington, Pope Francis was giving a long interview to EL PAÍS at the Vatican, during which he was calling for prudence in the face of the alarm bells that were ringing due to the new US president.

In Holy Land visit, bishops see problems related to Israeli settlements

In Holy Land visit, bishops see problems related to Israeli settlements

by: Judith Sudilovsky • Catholic News Service in World Issues,

Bishops from Europe and North America lauded this 100-year-old hilltop family farm southwest of Bethlehem as an example of the nonviolent resistance needed to oppose Israeli expansion onto Palestinian land. “This farm is what we want to encourage — a peaceful resistance … a moral voice to the international and local community,” said U.S. Bishop Oscar Cantu.

The US Presidential 2016 Election. What they stand for?

The US Presidential 2016 Election. What they stand for?

by: Charles C. Camosy - The Tablet in World Issues,

2016 Election: The US presidential circus has highlighted the fact that no one knows what the two main parties stand for anymore  For many years, a simple choice between two alternatives dominated the US political agenda. But the 2016 presidential campaign marked a turning point, especially in the loyalties of pro-lifers. Their new support and new thinking means no party can take them for granted any more

The sound of arms must cease

The sound of arms must cease

by: Cardinal Pietro Parolin in World Issues,

The Secretary of State’s address at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.  The following is the address by , Secretary of State and Head of the Holy See Delegation to the General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which he delivered on 22 September in New York.

Put ethics first, priest warns Catholic physicians

Put ethics first, priest warns Catholic physicians

by: Ryan Dagur, - UCANews in World Issues,

 A moral theologian has reminded Catholic doctors to uphold the ethical values of their profession and refrain from doing things harmful to human life, particularly to unborn children."The most important principle is to maintain life," said Father Carolus Boromeus Kusmaryanto, addressing Catholic doctors participating in a seminar in Jakarta.

Reluctant Referendum Reflections

Reluctant Referendum Reflections

by: Fr. Hugh in World Issues,

Today´s British referendum will be best quickly done and dusted, one way or the other. Election campaigns tend to stoop occasionally to the gutter but it is not encouraged and usually quickly decried. I think the British like to the think of themselves as moderate, balanced and well-mannered when it comes to politics. Alas, the referendum has exposed deep veins of nastiness in British society.

Europe: a place of promise, not of threat

Europe: a place of promise, not of threat

by: Nicholas Boyle - The Tablet in World Issues,

For  1,500 years the inheritors of the Roman Empire have been fighting with one another and in so doing have built a shared history and a shared political, intellectual and artistic culture that is unique for its variety in continuity. After 1945, they gradually resolved that what they shared was best perpetuated not by war but by peaceful economic and cultural interchange. 

‘Despite our separate identity, we are part  of the whole’

‘Despite our separate identity, we are part of the whole’

by: Tom Tugendhat - The Tablet in World Issues,

The Catholic Church values stability because it allows families and communities to grow. It is not just an economic good but one that strengthens society and alleviates suffering. When our society is riven by division based on ethnicity, wealth or political outlook – as it was in the 1930s and during the industrial unrest of the 1970s – it is the poor and vulnerable who suffer most. That is why unity and cooperation is so prized.

 
Christian Compassion in Europe's Secular Liberal Democracy

Christian Compassion in Europe's Secular Liberal Democracy

by: Read in The Tablet in World Issues,

There is no sign that the British Government is softening its attitude towards refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in the Middle East. It has repeatedly been criticised for tardiness and lack of generosity by religious leaders of all denominations, but it still seems to be doing as little as possible.

Fantasies of freedom: EU referendum highlights English fear of being small part of something bigger

Fantasies of freedom: EU referendum highlights English fear of being small part of something bigger

by: Nicholas Boyle - The Tablet in World Issues,

Europhobia is at the heart of the campaign for the UK to leave the great European Union experiment. Fantasies of freedom: EU referendum highlights English fear of being small part of something bigger. Those campaigning for Britain to leave the EU emphasise the loss of sovereignty that membership entails. But the fear of being part of a larger entity is a very English complaint. 

The plight of Christians in Pakistan

The plight of Christians in Pakistan

by: ucanews.com reporters Karachi in World Issues,

Pakistan is once again in the news over its attack on religious minorities. A terrorist attack targeting Christians killed more than 70 people in Lahore as Pakistani Christian families were celebrating Easter in a public park. This is not the first time that Christians in the Islamic country have been targeted and observers say that as things stand this won't be the last time.

Full Text: Pope Francis’s address to diplomatic corps

Full Text: Pope Francis’s address to diplomatic corps

by: Catholic Herald - Staff Reporter - Monday, 11 Jan 2016 in World Issues,

 The Pope spoke to members of the diplomatic corps in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace: I offer you a cordial welcome to this annual gathering. It allows me to offer you my best wishes for the New Year and to reflect with you on the state of our world, so loved and blessed by God, and yet fraught with so many ills.

Faith leaders help to forge historic climate deal

Faith leaders help to forge historic climate deal

by: The Tablet in World Issues,

United Nations secretary ­general Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged the contribution of faiths to last weekend’s accord between 195 countries to stem carbon emissions and set the world on a more sustainable ­environmental path. He included “faith leaders” in his list of civil society climate campaigners who have “come together under one banner and brought forth this moment of hope”.