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With the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity just past, it is timely to rejoice that relations between the two major denominations in Britain have never been better, marked at the top by the sincere friendship between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The situation in Greece was likened in the Financial Times to someone being held in a Victorian debtors’ prison and detained until they paid their debts, with no way of earning enough to do so. The Greek public has finally rebelled against this unkind fate, ...
Scarcely a day passes without the Islamist gunmen of Boko Haram carrying out an atrocity in northern Nigeria. Last Sunday, they were bold enough to attack the city of Maiduguri and, for a few hours, fight for control of the airport.
Discover the real Middle Earth.” We climbed into two buses after the retreat and before the opening of the seminar to do what the brochures invited. It was a scorching New Zealand summer day, like the magical English summers of childhood’s selective memory.
In a week when the Church of England ordained its first woman bishop, I’m still puzzled by people referring to clergy as “men in dresses”. Neither cassocks nor vestments resemble women’s dresses, any more than kilts do or the Dalai Lama’s robes.
One of the many events in Rome marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was co-sponsored by the Centro Pro Unione and the Lay Centre at the former’s historic location in the palazzo belonging to the Doria Pamphilj family on Piazza Navona.
It’s that time of the year again. The winter seems endless; the days appear locked into a trance of cold winds, semolina skies and cheerless suns. Yet despite this, nominations for the George Orwell Prize for Early Signs of Spring are already being taken.