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20 March 2018 | by John Arnold

Immersed in the sound of silence on Lindisfarne

For most people, there is probably a very reasonable assumption that prayer is best achieved, or more easily achieved, in a place of silence such as Lindisfarne. But prayer is also needed in places such as Bangladesh

Daniel O'Leary explains how Patrick’s understanding of Incarnation enabled him to discern within the evolutionary stage of pagan worship, the common ground of God’s presence.

There is little good news coming out of South Sudan, as the conflict continues into its fifth year. CAFOD’s Africa News Officer, David Mutua, reports on one inititiative that is changing and saving lives

South Sudan: The effects of the civil war and of the famine are noticeable everywhere. Millions of people are displaced, and the country is facing real hunger, as crops have either not been planted or have been destroyed because of the war. It is awash with small arms, and in some areas rape is used as a weapon. We are looking at a country which has failed or is failing.

There is clearly a somewhat greater recognition in the Church of its failings now. The question remains whether this will translate into further action in supporting or compensating former child migrants. Will it also lead to more open reflection by the Church about how it could have given theological and pastoral sanction to so damaging a policy, including making its archives about its own organisational policies more open to external scrutiny?

27 February 2018 | by Denis MacShane

Playing the Orange Brexit Card

In seeking to bury the Good Friday Agreement, the Orange Brexit hardliners are playing with fire as they risk re-opening a terrible chapter in the history of the British Isles.

Of the 21 Christian expatriate labourers executed by so-called Islamic State, one was Ghanaian and the others Egyptian, 13 of them from the Minya village of Al-Aour. More than 500 Coptic Christians who had travelled from across Minya crowded into the church for the dedication service led by Bishop Bevnotious, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Samalout.

Dear Boris Johnson, You've often talked where Brexit is concerned of 'having your cake and eating it'. You meant having the economic advantages of EU membership, by some means nobody has yet worked out, without the political disadvantages. But you've left people like me with no cake at all.

In a country with roots in ancient Christianity, the Catholic Church is enjoying a resurgence today, aided by the enduring support and friendship of the Polish Capuchin Order.


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