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Spanish bishops stand up against legalization of euthanasia

Spanish bishops stand up against legalization of euthanasia

by: Xavier Le Normand - La Croix International in World Issues,

Spain's Catholic bishops, after opposing the country's social-democratic government on education issues, have now spoken out against plans to legalize euthanasia."Life is a gift, euthanasia a failure," said a document from the Spanish episcopal conference.

Japan still wounded 10 years after the tsunami

Japan still wounded 10 years after the tsunami

by: Cristian Martini Grimaldi, Tokyo - UCANews in World Issues,

When people hear the word "Fukushima," everyone has in mind an explosion at a nuclear plant and towns evacuated due to a radiation discharge. But in terms of victims, the tragedy of 10 years ago should bear the name of Miyagi, the Japanese prefecture that was home to more than 70 percent of the victims — and they did not die from radiation.

Biden is 'Catholic and observant', says Benedict XVI

Biden is 'Catholic and observant', says Benedict XVI

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World Issues,

During the 45-minute interview at his converted monastery residence in the Vatican gardens, Pope Emeritus talked about President Joe Biden's election, expressing some concerns about Biden’s policy stance on abortion. “It’s true, he’s Catholic and observant. And personally, he is against abortion,” Benedict said.

Going viral

Going viral

by: Catherine Pepinster - The Tablet in World Issues,

Peter Piot, one of the world’s leading virologists, who identified Ebola, studied HIV and is now part of the intense worldwide effort to understand the latest deadly global killer: the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, which has already killed more than two million people around the world.

The Long Political Transition of Iraq

The Long Political Transition of Iraq

by: Giovanni Sale, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

From March 5 to 8, 2021, Pope Francis will visit the troubled Land of Two Rivers, a common translation of the old name, Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq. Accepting the invitations of the Republic of Iraq and the local Catholic Church, Pope Francis is due to make an apostolic journey to the country, visiting Baghdad, the Plain of Ur, which is linked to the memory of Abraham, the city of Erbil, as well as Mosul, Qaraqosh, on the Plain of Nineveh, and Najaf.

China's biological weapon

China's biological weapon

by: La Croix International staff | Czech Republic in World Issues,

"The Chinese virus is the worst. It is a leaked biological weapon," the 77-year-old Dominican cardinal said. He also maintained that his claims could be supported by the military." All military experts around the world are convinced of this, but they are either afraid to or do not dare say it," Cardinal Duka said.

The chosen people

The chosen people

by: Delphine Horvilleur - The Tablet in World Issues,

A leading French rabbi explores the hatred of the Jewish people as seen through the lens of those who endure it, their sacred texts and rabbinical tradition. Anti-Semites frequently claim that the Jews’ chosen-ness gives them a justification for being angry. Just who are these people who think they are so special?

The Catholic nun who has quietly started an ecological revolution

The Catholic nun who has quietly started an ecological revolution

by: Aziliz Claquin- La Croix International in World Issues,

My commitment to religious life gives me a freedom that others don't have, and which sometimes surprises people.I know that in my congregation I will be taken care of. Even though we take a vow of poverty, in many ways we are not poor. But if religious life offers freedom, it also demands responsibility. One should not be afraid to take a stand.

The Crisis of American Democracy

The Crisis of American Democracy

by: Drew Christiansen SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

Both parties will face questions related to their identity. Will the Republican Party remain Trump’s party, or will it carve out a new identity for itself? Even without Trump, can it wean itself from a win-at-any-cost ethos that has deprived it of any real interest in governing to a renewed civic-mindedness, once associated with Middle America.

DR Congo still beset with deep-seated problems.

DR Congo still beset with deep-seated problems.

by: La Croix International staff (with Catholic News Service) in World Issues,

The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces being broken up by prolonged violence, say Catholic leaders in the country. Msgr. Andre Massinganda told Catholic News Service that the Church was concerned with "how to bring peace to those areas where war continues, and how to end the killings and massacres so people can live safely again".

Why Britain can only blame itself for Boris's Brexit disaster

Why Britain can only blame itself for Boris's Brexit disaster

by: Clifford Longley - The Tablet in World Issues,

Unfettered access to the EU single market cannot exist simultaneously with “taking back control”, the core slogan of the Brexit campaign. The single market presupposes uniform standards amongst all who take part. No competitive advantage was to be gained by hidden government subsidies, nor by treating workers less well, nor by taking short cuts over safety or environmental standards.

Francesco the film: 'The path is opened by walking'

Francesco the film: 'The path is opened by walking'

by: David Holdcroft - La Croix International in World Issues,

It is not a triumphant vision, rather more human. For such well loved and equally reviled figures, it is no surprise that popes, real and imagined, continue to fascinate film makers and provide fertile ground for their creativities.

The White-Red Revolution of Belarus

The White-Red Revolution of Belarus

by: Giovanni Sale, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

In Belarus, a revolution has been underway for over three months. It is a peaceful, popular protest led by three courageous women linked to people who before the presidential elections were either imprisoned by the police or forced into exile. The “White-Red Revolution,” as it has been described, began immediately after President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, officially announced the results of the presidential elections of August 9, 2020.

A leading economist analyses what the Pope's new encyclical really says about markets

A leading economist analyses what the Pope's new encyclical really says about markets

by: Philip Booth - The Tablet in World Issues,

According to much of the journalistic commentary, Pope Francis has just issued an encyclical on economics. Reuters, the New York Post, MSN…, the list goes on. All have similar headlines along the lines of: “Pope says trickle-down policies fail society” or “Pope says free market has failed in the pandemic”. Some of the headlines are true but lack any context. Others are just lazy.

Pope calls for reforms, change in direction, in address to the United Nations

Pope calls for reforms, change in direction, in address to the United Nations

by: Pope calls for reforms, change in direction, in address to the United Nations"Transform the challenge that lies before us into an opportunity to build together, once more, the future we all desire"La Croix International staff in World Issues,

Pope Francis calls for "a change of direction" and a robust ethical framework capable of overcoming "today's widespread and quietly growing culture of waste". Addressing representatives of the 193-member world body in a video message because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pope appealed for a joint commitment towards a better future through multilateralism and collaboration among states.

Pope Francis has a Taiwan problem

Pope Francis has a Taiwan problem

by: Michael Sainsbury - UCAN in World Issues,

Beijing wants the Vatican to derecognize the Republic of China but the way forward for Rome is fraught with dange. As talks progress between the Vatican and Beijing on a new deal on bishop appointments, or extension of the existing deal signed in September 2018, the Vatican is facing an increasingly thorny problem with Taiwan: its diplomatic derecognition of the effectively independent nation is something that Beijing craves.

The Netanyahu-Gantz Government and the future of the West Bank

The Netanyahu-Gantz Government and the future of the West Bank

by: Giovanni Sale, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in World Issues,

The new executive is supported by the so-called “right-wing bloc,” a coalition of eight parties, several of which are small. It is the largest government in the history of the country, with as many as 34 ministers and 16 deputy ministers. In this regard, during the inaugural debate, a leading member of the opposition, Yair Lapid (who was initially an ally of Gantz), noted: “There are more ministers and deputy ministers in the government than people hospitalized for the coronavirus.”

Jesuit superior warns of pandemic threat to democracy

Jesuit superior warns of pandemic threat to democracy

by: Cindy Wooden - CNS in World Issues,

Democracy and efforts to build a more just world are under attack in many countries, according to Father Arturo Sosa SJ, superior general of the Jesuits. He said human lives and jobs are not the only things threatened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Burundi Catholic politician sworn in as president

Burundi Catholic politician sworn in as president

by: Fredrick Nzwili - The Tablet in World Issues,

Evariste Ndayishimiye, a practising Catholic who is known to bring the importance of God into politics, has been sworn as the president of Burundi. The president immediately promised to unite the people, promote peace and justice in the tiny East African country where majority are Catholics. He also swore to fight genocide ideology and discrimination.