Nearly 10 million soldiers, sailors and airmen died by the time the Armistice came into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 100 years ago. Some 10 million civilians also died in the four-year conflict. A century on, their deaths still resonate
The story of Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman in Pakistan who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy and is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court this week, was one of the moving cases referred to at the annual event of Aid to the Church in Need in Westminster Cathedral Hall on 13 October.
“The most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time” was on view to the public at Christie’s auction house in London this week (24-26 October), and will be sold in New York on 15 November...
Tensions between conservatives and progressives still mark the Spanish Church, and when the Episcopal Conference voted for their President last month, there was concern to know which way it would go. But the votes settled decisively (52 out of 76) on renewing the mandate of the moderate incumbent, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Valladolid, who is skilled at achieving consensus...
Opponents of the Paraguayan president set fire to the parliament building in Asuncion last weekend in protests against an attempt by President Horacio Cartes to have the constitution amended so that he could run for re-election. While refusing to condone the vandalism of the protesters Church leaders condemned both the violence with which police responded, and the actions of the politicians behind the plan...
Nearly two million visitors attended the celebrations in Valencia this year for the feast of St Joseph on 19 March – which is also Father’s Day in Spain. Known as Las Fallas, the Valencia fiesta had a record turn-out, after being declared by UNESCO last year to be an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The great student revolution happened in 1968. Or did it? If you are Paraguayan, the great student revolution happened in 2016. Asuncion’s top college Universidad Nacional was brought to a standstill for months last year by strikes and road blocks, as students demanded the sacking of corrupt officials who were bleeding the university of much-needed funds.
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