The Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics & Public Life looks at the connections between religion and the development of political respect for conscientious objection.
Recent events in the Netherlands have highlighted the presence there of some of Europe's most stridently Islamophobic public figures – writers, filmmakers and politicians.
Last week, Australia's parliament, led by its new Prime Minister, made an official apology to Aboriginal Australians for the wrongs done to them by successive governments. Frank Brennan SJ traces the background to this historic and long-a
The willingness to let go of power for the sake of the common good is fundamental to democracy, says Patrick Riordan SJ, and should not be taken for granted.
In a 2008 media storm over the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks about Sharia'a Law, little attention was given to the City, where English Law and Sharia'a were already working in apparent harmony.
In Zimbabwe, as South African President Thabo Mbeki continues his efforts to mediate between government and opposition, President Robert Mugabe has set a date for elections - presidential, parliamentary and council - of 29th March.
Attempts are underway to broker an agreement in Kenya after the shocking outbreak of communal violence which followed the recent disputed elections. Elias Omondi SJ of the Jesuit Hakimani Centre in Nairobi warns that time is running out f
This year in the United States, Shrove Tuesday is also Super Tuesday, when 24 states hold primaries and caucuses in the selection process for the parties' presidential candidates. As the race for the presidency hots up, George Anderson SJ
In Paraguay, where Presidential elections are due in April, nomination papers were filed last week for a candidate regarded as having a real chance of unseating the governing Colorado Party after its 61 years in power – Fernando Lugo, a re
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