- United against Moscow
Support shown by Russia’s Orthodox Church for President Putin’s annexation of Crimea has seriously damaged its relationship with other Churches in Ukraine. Historical enmities have been revived as the region’s Christians fear a new era of persecution may be about to unfold
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From the editor's desk
The history of the People of God as told in the Old Testament is a sequence of stumbles. As the Children of Israel slowly fused into the Jewish nation, they repeatedly fell short of the fidelity to the one God that Moses had committed them to.
In Ukraine, the crisis is a complex one, but some things are beyond argument. Western intelligence has published clear evidence that tens of thousands of Russian troops and their equipment have been sent to territory bordering Ukraine.
There has never been anything quite like the collaboration now taking shape between the British Government and the police on the one hand and the Catholic Church on the other, to fight that most odious of modern evils, people trafficking.
Issues surrounding the resignation of Maria Miller as Culture Secretary go to the heart of the modern political crisis. It is a crisis of confidence and of credibility: confidence because people – not just in Britain but all over the world – have more or less stopped trusting politicians as a breed,
L’état, c’est moi may never have been uttered by Louis XIV or indeed anyone, but it still carries a certain truth. When Queen Elizabeth II visits Italy this week and pays an informal call on Pope Francis in the Vatican, just as when President Michael Higgins of Ireland visits her more formally during his state visit to London on Tuesday, they will be more than mere private individuals.
The darkness that Scripture says was one of the 10 plagues with which Egypt was assailed has been attributed to ancient dust storms in the Sahara desert. The same non-miraculous explanation is being offered by meteorologists for the fine dust that has been polluting the atmosphere across parts of Europe including Britain this week, causing a visible haze.
For a Pope who has hardly put a step wrong since his election, the issue of child abuse and how the Church handles it was becoming a worrying exception. But now his wisdom in appointing a council of eight cardinals to advise him has come into its own.
The story of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, now deemed to have crashed in the vastness of the southern Indian Ocean, has few parallels. Even the Titanic disaster consisted of imaginable horrors with obvious causes.
Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has argued that Catholic parliamentarians who voted in favour of gay marriage should be barred from receiving Holy Communion.
The 2014 Budget was certainly good news for George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. His tone in the House of Commons on Wednesday was at times almost jubilant, as was his message.