SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Benedict Rogers

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September 20, 2018
Amid new rumours of a deal with the Holy See, persecution of Christians is at its highest level since the Cultural Revolution Reports emerged last week that a long-awaited deal between China and the Holy See is imminent. Whatever the merits or disadvantages of any deal, it could hardly come at a more awkward time.
September 06, 2018
The world must act to protect this largely Christian minority. Its suffering has been ignored for too long
September 06, 2018
A new report condemns the mistreatment of a largely Christian minority While the world watched – but failed to prevent – the genocide of Burma’s Muslim Rohingyas, further crimes against humanity have been perpetrated elsewhere in the country, away from the international spotlight. Burma’s generals have intensified their assault against the predominantly Christian Kachin, as
August 27, 2018
They face an uncertain future, but their response to recent terror attacks was inspiring
August 23, 2018
In the wake of terror attacks, the future for Catholics is anything but certain Almost three months after suicide bombers attacked three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, I stood at the very spot where the first bomb exploded. At 7.15am on Sunday, May 13, two teenage boys drove at high speed through a
July 26, 2018
Threatening letters have been sent to my mother
July 26, 2018
Twenty-one years ago this month Hong Kong was handed over to China after 150 years of British colonial rule. The principle on which China assumed sovereignty of the territory is known as “one country, two systems”, guaranteeing the people of Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, the rule of law and basic freedoms. The
June 14, 2018
The predominantly Christian Kachin are fleeing violence Seven years ago Burma’s military broke a 17-year ceasefire with the predominantly Christian Kachin people in northern Burma, unleashing a devastating new offensive in this decades-long war. Since April the conflict has escalated between the Kachin armed resistance group, known as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and Burma’s
December 21, 2017
As we approach the birth of our Lord once again, we would do well to reflect on the multiple dimensions to His character, all of which are needed in the world today. Our Lord is the baby born in the manger, coming as Emmanuel – “God with us” – to be with His people. He
August 29, 2017
The forthcoming papal visit will be an important moment for a country troubled by violence and persecution
May 05, 2017
Burma has a long way to go. But the Church will now be an even stronger voice for justice and peace
December 22, 2016
An explosion of hatred and intolerance hit the world this year. From post-Brexit Britain to America’s Trump era, from ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, mass protests by Islamist extremists against the Christian governor of Indonesia’s capital, to genocide in Syria and Iraq, the entire world seems convulsed in a poisonous atmosphere which, in
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