SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
John Pontifex

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February 02, 2017
The number of faithful in Syria’s ancient city has fallen from 250,000 to 30,000. Now the war is over, how many of those can be persuaded to stay?
February 02, 2017
Standing in the square and closing my eyes tight shut, I could just about imagine what it must have been like in days gone by: the place thronging with people, the faithful chanting, churchgoers flooding in and out of the great cathedrals that stood proud and tall close by. What a difference a few years
June 14, 2016
Aid to the Church in Need's Be God’s Mercy initiative will be launched in Rome on Friday
April 07, 2016
“If you gave me a plane ticket and a visa to Germany, I’d go to the airport now.” Sitting in a dimly lit room crowded with fellow Christian refugees, Stephanos Giorgis could be forgiven for wanting a future outside the Middle East. This young man had escaped from his home town of Rableh in western
April 07, 2016
An aid mission to embattled Syria reveals that thousands more faithful are fleeing the country than had previously been thought
April 29, 2015
Bishop Paul Simick describes how he ran for his life as the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday
March 16, 2015
Archbishop Coutts has accused Nawaz Sharif of leaving minority faith communities open to attack
January 20, 2015
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the Islamists
October 03, 2014
John Pontifex blogs on the plight of Iraqi Christians
March 14, 2014
Mgr Roko Taban says the Church in the area has 'lost everything'
January 17, 2014
Leader of Catholics in Syria asks for prayers for conference beginning on Tuesday
January 07, 2013
Three Coptic bishops strongly criticise document, saying it is shaped by Sharia law
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