Bishops’ symposium calls for peace treaty in Korea

Calls for a peace treaty between North and South Korea were made last week as the countries are still technically at war. A symposium organised by South Korean bishops saw several speakers calling for a new peace agreement to replace a 64-year-old truce. Hak-jae Kim, a researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies…

Philippines’ Independence Day “a farce” – bishop

Martial law in the southern Philippines and security forces’ clashes with a local terrorist group made a mockery of Independence Day celebrations, a bishop based in the Philippines said. “As long as there is martial law and unrest in Marawi City, the ‘independence’ of our nation is a farce,” said Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon.…

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The acidification of oceans will have drastic environmental consequences, speakers told a UN conference last week. Over 3,500 people representing countries, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations attended the conference on sustainable development. Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana said that effective regulations to safeguard the world’s oceans are being blocked by “those who are profiting most…

Mental relics

Buried lives: The Protestants of Southern Ireland by Robin Bury (History Press, €20.00) In 1965, Michael Viney published an influential pamphlet, The Five Percent: A  Survey of Protestants in the Republic, reprinting a series of articles from The Irish Times. The title gave its name to a sociological anxiety: will the five percent shrink to four…