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One in 10 migrants who embarks on the sea crossing from Libya to Italy dies in the attempt. After the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean in which almost 1,000 people drowned, Italy is demanding more support from its European partners
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- One third of would-be MPs believe in God and one third are atheists
- French Church gets 10,000 responses to Vatican survey on family life
As an obedient and conforming eldest child I always took church teaching on who may receive Holy Communion on trust: that you must make sure you are in a “state of grace”.
“Home is a holy place,” I have been told. I used to imagine that God resided in a place of peace, beautiful music, respect, tidiness, flawlessness.
Events in Hong Kong over the last week have ensured that the region will never be the same again. Foot soldiers in a political war have filled the city’s broad streets, demanding democratic rights.
A Belgian prisoner, Frank Van Den Bleeken, serving a life sentence for murder and rape, has won the right to an assisted suicide under the country’s euthanasia law. This widens the scope of the law. It has also encouraged 15 further prisoners to ask for the same option.
The night is drawing in and there is a half moon visible as I stand and look over the River Mersey. I am in Liverpool for the annual conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Leaning on the railings I think about the painting of ‘The Family of Darius before Alexander’ that was used earlier today at the conference to illustrate compassion.
One of the most common arguments in favour of ordaining married men is that the Catholic Church in many parts of the world is suffering a priest shortage and it can’t afford to lose any more good men to marriage.
No-one likes to be called a sourpuss. So when Pope Francis started talking about some Catholics looking like sourpusses, many worried that he might have been referring to them, as traditionalists or single-issue activists.
Following Friday’s vote in Parliament, British armed forces will once again be engaged in action in the Middle East.
If Canada’s province of Quebec is anything to go by, Scotland is in for a rocky ride after it voted “no” to independence.
I understand that in the lead up to next month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, you and a number of your confreres are re-asserting the Church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people from Communion.