Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit, the emergence of François Fillon in France or Donald Trump’s presidency. With that in mind, we offer this guide to 10 topics that are likely… Continue reading Ten stories to watch in 2017

As violence takes over Jerusalem again, a bishop says: we need the Lord’s help

Bishop Shomali says it is painful to see violence return to Jerusalem Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali, Latin Patriarchate chancellor, has said it is painful to watch violence take over Jerusalem once again – especially along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus suffered in order to dissuade the use of violence. This violence goes against Jerusalem’s vocation… Continue reading As violence takes over Jerusalem again, a bishop says: we need the Lord’s help

English bishop to Palestinians: don’t let despair lead to ‘unbridled violence’

Bishop Lang expresses concern over escalating violence in Israel and Palestine Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton has expressed “mounting concern” over the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine. Bishop Lang, chairman of the international affairs’ department of the bishops’ conference, said he prayed for the “dead and injured” on both sides and called upon… Continue reading English bishop to Palestinians: don’t let despair lead to ‘unbridled violence’

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians. Pope Francis gave the Israeli president a new bronze medal at the Sept. 3 audience. On the medal was a depiction of a rock… Continue reading Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'