Focus

  • Christians and Muslims exchange Middle East kindness

    Aug 14, 2014

    Conflict is nothing new in the Middle East. Perhaps it's the relentlessness of the 24-hour news cycle or the pervasive reach of social media that keeps the world literally at our fingertips, but events of the last few weeks give the impression that the troubled region of my birth has never been more bloody or violent.

  • “Caliphate” expels Christians from the Nineveh Plain

    Aug 14, 2014

    After capturing Mosul, jihadist Islamic State militants have now also taken hold of the villages in the Nineveh Plain which had been historical strongholds of local Christian communities in ancient Mesopotamia since time immemorial.

  • Food For Thought

    Aug 08, 2014

    During our pilgrimage on this earth, we'll all face great illness, either our own or that of family or friends.

  • Finding Christ while caring for the sick

    Aug 08, 2014

    Over the last couple of years, I’ve watched small episodes of illness, recovery and eventually death, as the life of a Poor Clare nun came to an end.

  • ThoughtEmbracing the sick and embracing Christ

    Aug 08, 2014

    Jesus was a healer. The Gospels leave no doubt about that. People came to him with the hope that he might touch them and end their suffering. Both Mark and Luke tell the story of the woman who was cured simply by touching the hem of Jesus’garment.

  • Searching for the right fuel

    Aug 07, 2014

    Sometimes everything can seem right on the surface while, deep down, nothing is right at all. We see this, for example, in the famous parable in the gospels about the Prodigal Son and his Older Brother.

  • Churches must take a share of the blame for World War 1

    Aug 07, 2014

    Church services are being held all over Europe to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

  • Suicide – Reclaiming the Memory of our Loved One

    Jul 31, 2014

    Each year I write a column on suicide. Mostly I say the same thing over and over again, simply because it needs to be said.

  • Food For Thought

    Jul 24, 2014

    Like Europe, the United States has a difficult time dealing with the complexity of immigration, at the government level as well as private citizens who come into contact with people fleeing harsh economic situations, wars or famine.

  • What we can learn from our biblical ancestors as migrants

    Jul 24, 2014

    The first three definitions my dictionary lists to describe an immigrant are: foreigner, outsider, alien.