The Statistic

23rd July, 2018
Percentage of Americans who say the Senate should confirm the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court: 41 per cent
Source: Pew Research

 

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Moments

23rd July, 2018
EVACUATED: By Israel, from south-western Syria to Jordan, hundreds of 'White Helmets' - members of a volunteer civil organisation which operates emergency rescue services in rebel held areas.
SURVIVED: A bomb which killed 14 people at Kabul's airport shortly after his arrival back in Afghanistan following a year in exile, controversial Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum.
MOURNING: In Missouri, the death of 17 people (including nine from the same family), killed when an amphibious boat capsized on Table Rock Lake.

 

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Essays

Fifty years after it was first released, Catholic priest THOMAS REESE looks at how the dispute among Catholics over the controversial papal encyclical 'Humanae Vitae' wasn't just about sex but about church authority itself...

Academics CLAUDIO MILANO, JOSEPH M CHEER and MARINA NOVELLI, in an article first published on The Conversation, look at the rising problem of 'overtourism'...

In an article first published on The Conversation, JOANNE M PIERCE, professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in the US, looks at the Christian concept of Heaven...

They Said It

“The Tamil community has borne the brunt of the state’s well-oiled torture apparatus, as the law is used disproportionately against them...The use of torture is deeply ingrained in the security sector. I heard deeply disturbing, first-hand accounts of brutal torture."
- Ben Emmerson QC, the UN special rapporteur on human rights countering terrorism, in comments made on 18th July at the end of a fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka.

 

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This Week on the Web

23rd July, 2018
'Biker nun' Kate Costigan is at the forefront of a campaign to tackle the problem of HIV in Tanzania through the use of mass checks in what it is hoped could be a template for other low-income countries to adopt. Read this report in The Observer about the Irish nun's work...

 

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The Word Explained

23rd July, 2018
Immaculate conception: Roman Catholic tradition that Mary, Jesus' mother, was free from original sin.

 

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For July and August, 2018, we're reading Melissa Cain Travis' Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God. To buy the book, follow this link - Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God

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