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Pope’s visit signals a new era in the Gulf

February 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates last week was a historic moment for Christians in the Middle East. No previous pontiff has ever been invited to set foot in the birthplace of Islam. This is a part of the world where many Christians are threatened by violence and persecution. Hundreds of thousands of Christians fled from Iraq during the sectarian civil war that followed the American-led invasion in 2003. When the Islamic State group spread from Iraq into Syria in 2014 they were brutally intolerant of minorities—and indeed anyone who did not accept their crude fundamentalism. Christian villages ... continue reading.

Is the pro-life movement in America too aligned with hypocritical politicians?

February 14th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Following January's March for Life in Washington, Ben Smith argues that embracing Donald Trump may be counterproductive to the pro-life cause. ... continue reading.

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Coorie in to beat the winter darkness

February 1st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Clare M Fodey surveys an icy landscape to find the simple things that keep us warm at heart... continue reading.


Teachers should be free to share Catholic theology

January 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pauline Gallagher, an RE teacher in Glasgow Archdiocese, argues that LGBT guidelines make it difficult to keep teaching true to the Gospel ... continue reading.


Cromwell ordered priests to be clubbed to death and massacred the Irish—his statue has no place at Westminster

January 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Labour MP Stephen Pound writes following a heated debate surrounding a bust of Cromwell at the UK parliament.... continue reading.


A pro-immigration argument for Brexit

January 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Leaving the EU is good for trade, immigration and the poor, argues James Bundy... continue reading.


Time to be more positive about the joys of priesthood

December 21st, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Preaching at a friend’s silver jubilee, Fr Frank Dougan found himself counting the blessings of his vocation... continue reading.

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The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial holds a lesson for us all

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Peter Kearney says we must face up to the evils of religious persecution ... continue reading.

Keep a space open for Catholics on a different path

October 19th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Young orthodox views are welcomed, but room is still needed for Catholics with a different approach, says Sally Fraser ... continue reading.

Prophetic document could teach our politicians more about God’s loving plan

July 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Anthony Horan, director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office ... continue reading.

A period poverty campaign victory inspired by St Thérèse

July 20th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Erin Slaven writes on how a saint's example led Celtic FC to provide women with free sanitary products... continue reading.

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