SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
John Pontifex

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November 08, 2018
It was an unforgettable moment when I was woken at 5am by a phone call to say that Asia Bibi had been acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court. For more than eight years, the Catholic woman from Pakistan’s Punjab Province had languished in jail after being found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to death. But now,
August 09, 2018
The new leader promises change. But Christians aren’t celebrating yet In a televised speech made after his victory in Pakistan’s elections, Imran Khan promised that his policies would not be for the elite but for the “oppressed, the under-privileged and the minorities”. For Christians, his victory could herald better times – but, given his party’s
June 29, 2018
Addressing the international community, Bishop Avenya said: 'Don’t wait for the genocide to happen before intervening'
March 08, 2018
Travelling to Syria at a time when the conflict was once again the top item on the news, I soon discovered that behind the headlines were stories of survival every bit as deserving of column inches. Those I met had astonishing tales of triumph over adversity, of tragedy and loss. For the country’s dwindling Christian
November 21, 2017
A church in northern Iraq will light up in red, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil said
November 16, 2017
The Parliament building will be lit up along with at least 10 cathedrals for #RedWednesday
November 15, 2017
The sports car was given as a gift to Pope Francis
November 06, 2017
Cathedrals, including Westminster, will light up for Red Wednesday on November 22
July 27, 2017
When I first met Martin Banni in 2014, he had just fled northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, which had been seized by ISIS in a single night. Arriving in Kurdish northern Iraq, the future priest and 120,000 others were entirely dependent on the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and other organisations for help. Now
July 27, 2017
It's now or never for displaced Iraqi Christians
April 27, 2017
Anyone who has spent time with the Copts will quickly sense their resourceful spirit. Their courage and determination will no doubt make a deep impression on Pope Francis during his visit to Egypt, especially in light of recent acts of persecution that have claimed the lives of churchgoers, most notably on Palm Sunday. The ongoing
April 12, 2017
Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut said churches were 'too little prepared' for future attacks
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