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Turn and face the strange: in memory of David Bowie (1947-2016) Premium

14 January 2016 | by Gianfranco Ravasi

Tributes to David Bowie who died on Sunday have highlighted the power of his songs, his originality and his creativity. Here Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, finds evidence also of a struggle with faith


Millions of people across East and Southern Africa are at risk of starvation, disease and lack of water as possibly the most powerful El Nino on record strengthens. Humanitarian agencies have issued warnings of a major food crisis and are making the case for an urgent need to scale up the humanitarian response


Two US bishops have written to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson seeking an end to deportation raids that rounded up more than 120 Central American immigrants early in the new year


The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby has invited Jean Vanier, the Canadian Catholic theologian, to address the bitterly divided primates of the worldwide Anglican communion who have been meeting this week in Canterbury to discuss the themes of living together and the creation of a community


EXCLUSIVE! Tributes to David Bowie who died on Sunday have highlighted the power of his songs, his originality and his creativity. Here a leading Roman Catholic cardinal, Gianfranco Ravasi, finds evidence also of a struggle with faith that led him to often ask for a sign from God 

 


A suspected paedophile priest, British-born Ronald Pickering, reportedly received £97,000 from the Archdiocese of Melbourne for almost a decade after he evaded Australian authorities in 1993 and fled to his homeland, where he died in 2009. The Sunday Age newspaper said that Pickering, who is believed to have abused at least 16 children but never faced justice, was one of a number of abusive priests receiving money from the church


Kenya's influential evangelical and pentecostal ministers have threatened to tell their significant electoral college to vote against the ruling party in next year's general elections over government plans that they say are tantamount to persecution

 


Thirteen Catholic bishops from three continents stood in solidarity with Christian Palestines this week as more than 55 families were evicted from their lands to make way for the separation barrier, which has been nicknamed the 'Berlin wall' and the 'apartheid wall' by embattled Palestinians


A lawyer commissioned by a famous German choir to investigate historic child abuse said that at least 231 boys were victims of physical abuse while 60 boys were sexually assaulted between 1964 and 1994. But Ulrich Weber admitted that the abuse at the choir which was run at the time by Georg Ratzinger, the brother of pope emeritus Benedict XVI, may have been much more widespread


Unprecedented levels of migration into Europe are overburdening the continent and causing fears about security due to the growth of international terrorism, Pope Francis told diplomats today. At the same time, however, Francis urged the continent to assist and accept new arrivals on its shores


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