We are used to seeing women in uniform at the side of their male comrades in the ranks of Western contingents sent on peace-keeping missions or to war zones. But despite this, the newspaper accounts of recent months have paid special – and almost surprised – attention to the presence of women in the ranks of the Kurd peshmerga. Here the women fighters play a primary role, with courage and...Claudio Fontana
The questions presented by the Western media as relevant to the debate of the Synod on the family that has just finished, such as the re-admittance of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to the sacraments and homosexual relationships, are not a subject of discussion in Lebanon. In the Middle East the family has other priorities: above all, survival.Marialaura Conte
How does the Muslim family face the disintegration of relations between couples and with the children? Suzi Ismail, who has many years experience at the Center for Muslim Life (New Jersey), describes the factors that can contribute to the destruction of the family and offers suggestions on how to reconstruct it, even starting with one’s own roots in Islam.Suzy Ismail
Interview with H.B. Louis Sako, the Patriarch of Baghdad of the Chaldeans. That the truth of the tragedy being experienced by Christians in the Middle East is listened to and at the same time what each member of the synod can do in their country to help them – this is what H.B. Louis Sako, the Patriarch of the Babylonia of the Chaldeans, expects from the next consistory of 20 October, which...Marialaura Conte
From the personal friendship of the Archbishop of Lyons and the Patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans was born an exchange of meetings and the twinning of the French diocese and the city of Mossul. This has been a concrete way of helping Eastern Christians and a warning to the West not to forget them.Marialaura Conte
«We are a single Church, not a confederation of churches. […] But it is true that in some local churches there is a tendency to assume a very limited point of view.». The particular experience of Albanian orthodoxy, annihilated by Communism and reborn with the help of sister churches, has led it to develop a characteristic ecclesiology, accompanied by a pronounced missionary spirit. A testimony to the variety that is part of the orthodox world.Martino Diez
The character of the lives of Christian families in contexts where there is a Muslim majority emerged from the speeches of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches and of the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins who were present at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family (Rome, 5-19 October 2014). We here offer some passages from those speeches.Francesca Miglio
Conference hosted by the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, in association with the Centre for Eastern Christianity and the Centre for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College. Participants: Martin Ganeri, O.P, Vice Regent; Anthony O’Mahony, Heythrop College; Herman Teule, University of Louvain; Dr Mariz Tadros, University of Sussex; Dr Hratch Tchilingirian,...
Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence
Known and esteemed for the breadth and depth of his work in Islamic studies, Louis Massignon was anything but a man of libraries. Indeed, while he tried through culture to being two civilisations closer together which had been rivals for a long time and kept at a distance by mutual misunderstanding, he did not neglect the great challenges that were taking place under his eyes and in which were...