- Battle lines drawn
This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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- Middle East must keep its Christians, says Vatican calling for scrutiny of Islamists' funding
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- Francis to visit Istanbul's Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque as concerns over treatment of Christians resurface
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- Curious muddle of Lectionary translations Philip Endean SJ
- Annulments can be far from merciful Bill Wright
The blogosphere has been alight talking about the new circular letter issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) on the Ritual Expression of the Gift of Peace at Mass.
The appalling killing of Christians and Yazidis and others by an advancing brutal group, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), has brought once largely academic discussions around religious freedom into our living rooms.
It was about half way through May that I spotted the first billboard announcing the coming visit of Pope Francis displayed on the wall of the local railway station in Incheon, 20 miles south-west of Seoul. It was then that I also started noticing posters in many shop windows.
Ever since the end of the Second World War, the Japanese have regarded themselves as all but divinely entrusted with a mission of World Peace. They even take an inverted pride in themselves as the only nation in the world to have experienced the devastation of not just one but two nuclear bombs.
The genocidal jihad that is now gaining momentum is fuelled mainly by powerful figures in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait – all Sunni regional allies of Washington, London and Paris.
“From Christ’s words, the suffering know that sickness has meaning and value for their own salvation and for the salvation of the world. They also know that Christ, who during his life often visited and healed the sick, loves them in their illness.”
This week marks the 69th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9).
Can prayer bring an end to conflict? Can it stop the slaughter and mayhem in Gaza or Ukraine played out – rather voyeuristically - on our TV screens everyday? Do the people caught up in the violence and killing listen to the appeals of religious leaders for prayer?
One hundred years ago on Monday, Britain declared war on Germany and the First World War commenced. A generation was laid waste. Yet, The Tablet reporting of the lead-up to the declaration – operating, of course, without the benefit of hindsight – was unable to anticipate the war’s global consequences.
This week Muslims around the world have been marking Eid al-Fitr, the post-Ramadan celebration; the time for showing gratitude to God for giving us the fast, with its physical and spiritual benefits.