Middle East Christians focus on unity week

Staff reporter Christian Churches in the Middle East face a “perilous type of existence” which has highlighted the need for them to work together, an Irish priest has said ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2022. The WPCU runs from January 18-25 on the theme ‘We saw his star in the…

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Kazakh bishops’ official says Catholics ‘shocked’ by January riots

A Kazakh Church leader said Catholics were left “shocked and disorientated” when early January riots shattered Kazakhstan’s image as an oasis of peace and stability. “I’ve never known such ill-will and aggression here – after so many years of excellent cooperation between faiths, and between the Catholic Church and the government,” said Father Peter Pytlovani,…

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Christians in Israel… a thriving community

The only place in the Middle East where Christians truly flourish is in the Jewish state, writes Lironne Bar Sadeh As is their unfortunate habit each Christmas, this year, too, the Anglican archbishops Justin Welby of Canterbury and Hosan Naoum of Jerusalem ascribed a “steady stream of Palestinian Christians leaving the Holy Land” to settler…

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New website launched for national synod

Staff reporter A new website, synod.ie has been launched to support engagement with the national synodal pathway for the Church in Ireland. The website provides information about the synodal pathway and the timeline for the work, as well as making available a variety of resources to support engagement. Welcoming the publication of the website and resources Primate of…

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Seán Ó Ríordáin: a major Irish poet mislaid

Desmond Egan Apathy Is out: Selected Poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin with translations by Greg Delanty (Bloodaxe/ClóIar-Chonnacht, £12.99/€15.00) Seán Ó Ríordáin (1916-1977) was arguably the finest Irish-language poet of modern times. Soon after starting to work as a clerk in Cork city, he was diagnosed with TB (which had killed his father). It dogged him…

Nigerian cardinal responds after gunmen kill 200 people

After gangs of gunmen killed at least 200 people in Nigeria’s Zamfara State last week, Cardinal John Onaiyekan said that things must change. The Nigerian cardinal explained that over the past five years armed bandits have terrorised north-western Nigeria, causing a great deal of damage. “They attack farmers’ fields, kill farmers and no one says…

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Vatican mandates Covid-19 vaccines or recovery for employees

The Vatican has updated its rules to stem the spread of Covid-19 and will require all its employees to be vaccinated against the virus or prove they have recently recovered from the disease. Also, starting January 10, nonessential work-related travel is temporarily suspended, masking outdoors is required, high-filtering FFP2 masks must be worn indoors and…

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