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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”. 

Two ways to solve refugee crisis

Two ways to solve refugee crisis

by: Ruta Tumenaite - The Tablet Blog in World Issues,

Two ways to solve refugee crisis: welcome them in, and change the negative attitude in Europe. The so-called crisis of the refugees is in fact “the crisis of the European countries, because we are not prepared to welcome these people”, says Fr. Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the new regional director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe.

For the love of Creation

For the love of Creation

by: Ellen Teague-The Tablet in World Issues,

Archbishop BLASE Cupich of Chicago has called Laudato si’ “a watershed moment for the Church, for humanity, and for the planet”. Pope Francis makes a powerful argument that concern for the environment is core to Catholic theology and activity. He presents a challenge to parishes in saying that he would like us to enter into dialogue with all people about caring for our common home. 

World's mayors vow to tackle climate change, poverty

World's mayors vow to tackle climate change, poverty

by: Carol Glatz for Catholic News Service in World Issues,

After decades of world leaders trying to set global goals to address climate change and extreme poverty, city mayors gathered at the Vatican to pledge they will take real action and lead the fight on their streets. Pope Francis told the mayors that they were important because they were at the "grass roots" and could make concrete changes and put pressure on leaders above them. 

Tibetan spiritual leader endorses pope’s radical message on environment

Tibetan spiritual leader endorses pope’s radical message on environment

by: Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Josh Halliday-The Guardian in World Issues,
Dalai Lama tells Glastonbury of the need to speak out on climate change. Tibetan spiritual leader endorses pope’s radical message on environment and calls for more pressure to be put on international governments. On Sunday at Glastonbury, the Dalai Lama joined a panel to discuss the environment and ending nuclear weapons.
Towards a sustainable Creation

Towards a sustainable Creation

by: Graham Gordon-The Tablet in World Issues,

The Pope’s document published this week is not just for the benefit of the faithful, but has been deliberately timed to influence decision-makers at a trio of key United Nations summits this year culminating in the climate-change conference in Paris in December. For the United Nations, 2015 is a key year. 

For every living creature on earth

For every living creature on earth

by: Mark Dowd-The Tablet in World Issues,

Pope Francis is not the first pope to address environmental issues but he is the first to devote an encyclical to them. Tackling climate change is not only an issue of justice and human survival, but an act of faith in God’s creation of the world. Laudato Si is the most eagerly awaited papal encyclical for decades. 

Why is the UK government so afraid to speak of Armenian genocide?

Why is the UK government so afraid to speak of Armenian genocide?

by: Giles Fraser-The Guardian in World Issues,

Britain’s strategic relationship with Turkey has been more important than telling the truth. If Armenians are to find closure, we must recognise their suffering, In the early fourth century, the Armenians were the first people to adopt Christianity as their official religion. In 1914 there were 2 million Armenian Christians living in Turkey. By 1922, there were only 400,000 left.

Democracy is a religion that has failed the poor

Democracy is a religion that has failed the poor

by: Giles Fraser-The Guardian in World Issues,

Right now I feel ashamed to be English. Ashamed to belong to a country that has clearly identified itself as insular, self-absorbed and apparently caring so little for the most vulnerable people among us. Why did a million people visiting food banks make such a minimal difference? Did we just vote for our own narrow concerns and sod the rest?

Is economic growth the enemy of saving the environment? These Catholics say no

Is economic growth the enemy of saving the environment? These Catholics say no

by: Elise Harris - CNA in World Issues,

In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather than being opposed, the two go hand-in-hand, and can lead to greater prosperity all-around. “Protecting the environment need not compromise legitimate economic progress,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said May 20.

Forty years after the fall of Saigon, a reflective Vietnam

Forty years after the fall of Saigon, a reflective Vietnam

by: Sebastian Strangio, Ho Chi Minh City - Ucanews in World Issues,

Saigon — nearly no one calls it by its official name — has come a long way in forty years. In 1986, after years of socialist deprivation, the Communist Party announced doi moi, a series of reforms that loosened the state’s grip on the economy and created a system of “market-oriented socialism.” As Vietnam reopened to the world, foreign investment arrived. The economy boomed and many people were lifted out of poverty

US Bishops welcome Iran nuclear agreement

US Bishops welcome Iran nuclear agreement

by: Bishop Oscar Cantú - Independent Catholic News (ICN) in World Issues,

"We welcome the most recent step the United States and its international partners has taken with Iran. We encourage our nation to continue down this path. Now is the time for dialogue and building bridges which foster peace and greater understanding."

Political parties pledge support for persecuted Christians but lukewarm on faith schools

Political parties pledge support for persecuted Christians but lukewarm on faith schools

by: Liz Dodd, Paul Wilkinson - The Tablet in World Issues,

The two largest political parties in the United Kingdom have pledged to support persecuted Christians in manifestos released this week ahead of May’s general election. The Labour Party on Monday committed itself to establish a “Global Envoy for Religious Freedom” as well as a multi-faith advisory council on religious freedom within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The conflation of religion in geopolitical conflict

The conflation of religion in geopolitical conflict

by: Zairil Khir Johari for The Malaysian Insider in World Issues,

When attempting to make sense of geopolitical conflict, it is often too tempting to apply simplistic ideological labels, such as Sunni versus Shia, Islam versus the West, or democracy versus communism, as if it was predetermined that certain races, civilizations and ideologies were naturally irreconcilable.