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Can forgiveness ever be easy?

Can forgiveness ever be easy?

by: Alex Hudson BBC in World Issues,

On Good Friday, the Bible says Jesus Christ said "forgive them Father for they know not what they do" as he was on the cross. We occasionally hear inspirational stories of victims and relatives who forgive abusers, murderers and even war criminals. But just how easy is it to forgive?

Catholic church: Big Society is failing

Catholic church: Big Society is failing

by: Jonathan Wynne-Jones - The Telegraph in World Issues,

Archbishop Nichols said there was a worrying tendency for the poorer sections of society to be worst affected by cuts and accused the banks of failing to contribute their share to helping the victims of the economic crisis.

More Catholics in China than in Italy

More Catholics in China than in Italy

by: Alberto Rossa - Macau Bulletin in World Issues,

Wherever you look today, religion matters. Faith motivates. Understanding faith, its adherents, its trends, its structures, can be as important as understanding a nation’s GDP, its business, its resources. “Globalization is accelerating all these trends. We adjust or we are swept away,”

The heart of the West’s dilemma

The heart of the West’s dilemma

by: The Tablet in World Issues,

Pope Benedict XVI’s words last weekend need to be heeded. He said: “I am becoming progressively more concerned about the wellbeing and safety of civilians.” He went on to plead for a ceasefire and a negotiated solution to the conflict.

Religion, respect and revolution

Religion, respect and revolution

by: Tony Blair - THE TABLET | 12 March 2011 in World Issues,

Understanding the role and nature of religion, culturally, socially and historically, in the Middle East is vital if the West is to play any meaningful part in helping to stabilise the region, with interfaith dialogue demonstrating a deep respect for Islam, argues the former Prime Minister.

The burden placed on parents

The burden placed on parents

by: Sophie Raworth - BBC in World Issues,

Modern parents are under pressure with long working hours, childcare dilemmas and family break-ups. But what is the impact on children and what can be done about it?

We saw the Arab revolutions coming

We saw the Arab revolutions coming

by: Wadah Khanfar in World Issues,

The popular revolutions now sweeping the region are long overdue. Yet in some ways, they could not have come before now. These are uprisings whose sons and daughters are well educated and idealistic enough to envision a better future, yet realistic enough to work for it without falling into despair. These revolutions are led by the Internet generation, for whom equality of voice and influence is the norm.

Arab youth want democracy, not theocracy.

Arab youth want democracy, not theocracy.

by: CNN - John L. Esposito in World Issues,

Authoritarian rulers in the Arab world, like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, have long justified their repressive governments by warning the United States and Europe that the alternative to their governments was "chaos" and an Islamist takeover. The new generation of Arab youth and their supporters, however diverse and different, is united in its desire to topple entrenched autocrats and corrupt governments.

Madoff: Banks 'had to know' about scheme

Madoff: Banks 'had to know' about scheme

by: CNN in World Issues,

Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, in a jailhouse interview published Wednesday, said banks and hedge funds were "complicit" in his multi-billion dollar fraud."They had to know," Madoff told New York Times reporter Diana B. Henriques, who is working on a book about the case. "But the attitude was sort of, 'If you're doing something wrong, we don't want to know.' "

Against All Odds: Sudan’s Peaceful Vote

Against All Odds: Sudan’s Peaceful Vote

by: Kenneth F. Hackett in World Issues,

Against all odds, southern Sudan’s fragile government called on its people—scattered and benumbed by generations of war—to cast a credible vote on an historic measure in the span of a week. Against every rational forecast, they did so not only without physical violence, but without grumbling.

Slow, Mysterious Egypt Sits and Waits...?

Slow, Mysterious Egypt Sits and Waits...?

by: Fr Steve Grunow in World Issues,

Fr Steve Assistant Director of Word on Fire, takes a closer look at the recent  upheaval in Egypt, offering his perspective on the status of Mubarak's transition out of power as well as the intertwining of political and theological realities in a cultural situation that is outside of a "western" frame of reference.

The political power of the internet

The political power of the internet

by: Andrew McLaughlin in World Issues,

Confronted with mass demonstrations and fearful about a populace able to organise itself, the Egyptian government had to order fewer than a dozen companies to shut down their networks and disconnect their routers from the global internet.