SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Robert Ewan

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February 08, 2018
Abducted in Iraq by Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna, University of Notre Dame Press, 184pp, £25 On Sunday November 17, 2007, after he had finished celebrating Mass, Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna was driving back to the local seminary when two cars surrounded his vehicle and forced him to pull over. Assailants rushed towards his car, dragged
January 11, 2018
The Church in Iraq by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, translated by Edward Condon, Catholic University of America, 277pp, £16.95 I have always enjoyed reading books about the history of Christianity in Iraq, because I spent much of my childhood in Baghdad around Dominican and Franciscan schools and churches. Over the years, I have read several history
August 25, 2016
Christians and Muslims have much in common, not only because of their shared humanity, and not only because both Christianity and Islam originated in the Middle East and trace their ancestry back to Abraham, but also because Jesus Christ is a holy figure in Islam. Christians and Muslims have lived together for centuries in Iraq,
May 26, 2016
Fr Douglas Al-Bazi's torturers asked him why he wasn't afraid of death. He told them: 'For me, death is the beginning. But for you it is the end'
May 26, 2016
It’s 1998 and a young Iraqi, Douglas Al-Bazi, is being ordained to the priesthood in a joyous ceremony. Fast-forward nine years: the priest is chained to a chair, lathered in sweat and blood, lost in an abyss of pain. The allied invasion of Iraq began in April 2003 and Saddam Hussein was soon ousted. But
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