Recent Editorial

  • Today’s Slaves

    Aug 06, 2015

    The Vatican’s gardens are lush. Palm trees create a canopy unique to that part of the world, marble buildings punctuate the landscape, often at unexpected turns, and it is not unusual to see members of the papal staff or cardinals scurrying about, either hurrying off to a meeting or pacing in deep reflection amid the quiet surroundings.

  • Gospels must point way on gay issues

    Aug 06, 2015

    Can Pope Francis hold the Catholic Church together on the issue of homosexuality? A group of leading African bishops has already begun to organise itself to fight changes to the traditional Catholic stance, which regards the homosexual condition as “disordered,” and homosexual acts as gravely sinful.

  • An elusive integral ecology

    Jul 31, 2015

    At the conceptual heart of the encyclical Laudato Si’ lies the term integral ecology.

  • Pope must resist right-wing assaults

    Jul 31, 2015

    Two counter-narratives are developing in the Catholic Church designed to neutralise some of the more trenchant teachings of Pope Francis.

  • Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stabilty

    Jul 31, 2015

    Iran’s agreement with five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, dubbed P5+1, in Vienna over its nuclear programme has been widely seen a major diplomatic breakthrough.

  • To fight human trafficking — one of Pope Francis’ core commitments

    Jul 23, 2015

    An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican, examining the link between climate change and human trafficking, is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers.

  • The different audiences at Mass

    Jul 23, 2015

    In a practical, bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass, and how clergy can best speak to them.

  • Pope on the economy of the people

    Jul 23, 2015

    The Pope’s visit to Latin America came as a breath of fresh air.

  • Let men and women be judged equally

    Jul 10, 2015

    The acceptance among many Muslim men and women of restrictive Islamic clothing is a conundrum that was raised again recently when London’s The Guardian published a video in which a British student, Hanna Yusuf, declared her hijab to be NOT an instrument of oppression but rather, a feminist statement.

  • Dalit Christians file complaint with UN against the Vatican

    Jul 10, 2015

    Christian Dalits in India filed a complaint on June 30 with the United Nations accusing the Holy See of not doing enough to curb discrimination faced by “untouchables” within the Catholic Church.