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30 July 2015 by Laura Keynes 4

David Cameron has unveiled his strategy for tackling extremism. Whilst targeted at the Muslim community, the broad nature of the strategy – and its emphasis on enforcing “British values” – effectively means that counter-extremism measures could be used against individuals or organisations who “spread, incite, promote or justify hatred” against others on all sorts of grounds, including sexual orientation.

30 July 2015 by John Eibner 0

Most of Washington’s allies have been reluctant to join its anti-Islamic State (IS) bombing campaign. One of the most conspicuous holdouts, NATO member Turkey, has now reluctantly yielded to American pressure. But its rulers have exacted a stiff price: the right to bomb the region’s most effective anti-IS fighting force – the Syrian and Iraqi-based Kurdish militias.

29 July 2015 by Dani Clark 1

Here in the US the death penalty’s days are numbered. And none are more encouraged by this than those who spend their lives fighting to end it.

28 July 2015 by Graham Gordon 0

The UN Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa this month was the strangest international conference I have been to.

10 July 2015 by Sr Maura O'Carroll 12

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux and the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy are pulling out of running nursing homes, the Jesuits are closing Heythrop College and the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul are looking for a lay director to lead some of their activities. Sr Maura O'Carroll asks, what is going on?

24 July 2015 by Diana Russell 4

Over the last couple of years I have been involved in analysing questionnaires sent in by members of my diocese and taken part in parish-level discussions in preparation for the Vatican’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family last October and the forthcoming Synod on the Family this autumn. I have been aware of recurring themes which need to be discussed openly.

23 July 2015 by Paul Younger 6

“The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). In his recent encyclical letter on the care of creation, Laudato si’, Pope Francis has provided us with a comprehensive reflection on the implications of this item of faith for our responsibilities towards the life-support systems of our beautiful, yet finite and scarred, planet.

22 July 2015 by Dr Bridie Stringer 9

I hope that the voices of the retired Bishops Hollis, Crowley and McMahon are not crying in the wilderness with their support for allowing married men to be ordained.

17 July 2015 by Conrad Charles 19

Our wedding took place in total secrecy, in a locked Catholic church in the centre of Birmingham, with no witnesses, no family; only the vicar-general of Birmingham Archdiocese who had been given permission by the Vatican for the ceremony to go ahead.

15 July 2015 by John Bellarmine Vallier 32

Congratulations for Pope Emeritus Benedict are in order. It's not every day that someone receives two honorary doctorates.