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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.

Care for Creation

Care for Creation

by: Ann Schneible for Catholic News Agency in World Issues,

Set to finish his encyclical on the environment next month, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican on Monday that Christians who fail to safeguard nature do not care about God's handiwork. Pope urges faithful to protect the environment God created. Says Christians have a 'responsibility' to care for the earth by helping it 'grow according to its laws'.

Making war is not the best way to respond to Islamic State

Making war is not the best way to respond to Islamic State

by: Giles Fraser - The Guardian in World Issues,

Remember “mission accomplished”? President George Bush, standing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln proudly declaring victory in Iraq. That was more than 11 years ago – and since then not a single day has passed without blood having been shed in that region.

Is this the end of Britishness?

Is this the end of Britishness?

by: Ian Jack - The Guardian in World Issues,

A shared history of 300 years could be washed away if Scotland votes for independence. What was the complex identity the United Kingdom created – and should we mourn its loss? Why would this shared history be so easily washed away? In her introduction, Colley directed us away from the notion that nations were characterised by cultural and ethnic homogeneity – of “blood and soil” – and towards Benedict Anderson’s definition of a nation as an “imagined community”: ethnically and culturally diverse, but artificial and problematic.

Christians continue to flee Iraq. Is there hope for them?

Christians continue to flee Iraq. Is there hope for them?

by: Lucy Schouten – The American Spectator in World Issues,

The Middle East's Christian Diaspora. The Christian population of Iraq, which has its roots in the ancient Assyrians who embraced Christianity in biblical times, numbered 1.3 million before 2003. Over the next decade, nearly a million Christians fled to neighboring countries. Many who became refugees fled to the West if they could.