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December 07, 2021
The Pope has denounced an attempt by the European Union to excise the word “Christmas” from official documentation as a throwback to the dictatorships of Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin. The 32-page manual for language used by EU institutions, called “Union of Equality”, recommended the use of “holiday period” instead of “Christmas period” to avoid offending
December 07, 2021
A lynch mob has battered a Christian man to death in Pakistan then burned his body while taking selfies of themselves on their mobile phones. Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, the manager of a garment factory in Sialkot, was accused by Muslim colleagues of blasphemy after he asked them to remove stickers with passages from the Koran
December 06, 2021
Lucien de Guise reviews Peru: a journey in time at the British Museum
December 06, 2021
From a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis decried European indifference to the plight of migrants in the Mediterranean as a “shipwreck of civilization.” “The Mediterranean, which for millennia has brought different peoples and distant lands together, is now becoming a grim cemetery without tombstones. This great basin of water, the
December 06, 2021
Pope Francis lamented a global “retreat from democracy” in a speech on Saturday in Athens, the cradle of Western civilization. The pope was speaking to political leaders, representatives of civil society, and members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace on Dec. 4, hours after arriving from Cyprus. “Here democracy was born. That cradle,
December 06, 2021
After riots in a Guayaquil penitentiary left 119 dead on September 28 and 62 dead on November 12, activists of the local Prison Pastoral Ministry have been warning that new rebellions, equally lethal, may happen again in the near future.  The city’s largest prison, known as Litoral (Coastal) Penitentiary, has been the stage for brutal disputes between
December 04, 2021
Leaders A lockdownless Christmas EU ruling over abortion harms us all The Father’s Christmas presence Diary – Lady Antonia Fraser Features Stop the horror – Put an end to sexual violence against Christian women, John Pontifex Elgar’s digital revelation– how The Dream of Gerontius sheds new light on English Catholic culture, Joanna Bullivant The ordeal ofCardinal Pell – The Ashes and Evelyn Waugh sustained
December 03, 2021
Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, has been laid to rest following a funeral in Valletta. A mighty clap of thunder heralded the arrival of the coffin of Fra’ Matthew as it reached the massive doors of St John’s Co-Cathedral in the Maltese capital. The organ echoed the
December 03, 2021
Pope Francis said on Friday that “Jesus alone frees the heart from evil” as he celebrated Mass in the divided capital city of Cyprus. Preaching at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Dec. 3, the pope described Christ as a “physician” eager to bring healing to the human heart.  “Jesus is the physician: he alone
December 03, 2021
Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their places of worship torched. The warning, for which a “Fulani association” claims responsibility, is contained in a letter circulated by the office of the state police commissioner.   “The command has already alerted its Divisions/Formations for
December 03, 2021
The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History by James G Clark Yale UP, £25, 689 pages ________ Apart from the Black Death plague pandemic of the 1340s, no event in the years between the Norman Conquest and the Civil War brought more of a sudden or far-reaching change to England’s social and religious life
December 03, 2021
The Vanishing: Faith, Loss, and the Twilight of Christianity in the Land of the Prophets by Janine di Giovanni PublicAffairs, £22.99, 272 pages ________ “This is a book about dying communities, but it is also about faith.” Janine di Giovanni has written a moving and insightful portrait of the Middle East’s shrinking Christian population, which
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