Friday, 11 July, 2008

In France, as in the rest of the world, the cohabitation of various religious and ethnic groups poses enormous challenges. One idea which can help to defuse tensions and build understanding is to make June 1st each year a day of ‘Open homes, open hearts’.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Rural India

Bhanu Kale reflects on the challenges India faces, and the role the ordinary Indian can play in meeting them.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Is Europe’s tradition of secularism adequate to meet the challenges of highly globalised 21st century societies? We can discover better ways of living alongside different faiths and cultures which encourage and celebrate a diversity of spiritual expression.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

With AIDS, as with all diseases, prevention is better than cure. As we propagate the ABC of Aids prevention (Abstinence, Being faithful to a partner and Condom use), we must stress the importance of the A and B just as we do the C.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

A British priest is seeking a judicial review of a late abortion case. What makes the debate significant is that it is not being carried out in terms of the usual absolutist positions.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

'Adolescence is the time in our lives when parents become most difficult,' says one teenager. Children learn far more from watching their parents than from listening to them.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Forty years ago, France and Germany signed a 'Friendship Treaty' that put an end to the repeated wars between their countries. Despite the arrogance or the indifference French and Germans show at times, the other members of the European Union can see the strong link between these two nations as an asset for Europe.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

It is easy to separate ourselves mentally from the evils we perceive in the world by herding people with particular traits under an imprisoning title - 'Muslims', 'the West', 'Jews', 'Americans'. Understanding requires care and effort.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Maybe instead of asking 'how smart are you?' we really should be asking 'how are you smart?'. If this is done for individuals as well as nations of the world, a new understanding and respect would be born; one that could transform relationships for a better world.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

We in the rich nations seem more intent on keeping needy people out than in doing what we can to tackle the root causes of their misery.

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