John L. Allen Jr. offers thoughts on Challenges to vision of a ‘Poor Church for the Poor’ “How I would like a poor church for the poor,” Francis said. It’s a fitting sentiment for a pope who took his name from Francis of Assisi, a saint renowned for his love affair with Lady Poverty. [...]
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John Allen, noted columnist for the NCR, writes… “Egypt is one of the front lines in what I’ve come to call the “global war on Christians,” meaning mounting anti-Christian violence in various corners of the world. The latest symbol is Nadia Mohamed Ali and her seven children, all of whom have been sentenced to 15 [...]
John L. Allen Jr. writes a brief dispatch from Denmark on Catholic activism on the death penalty. Rumors of the death of the church’s passion for social justice have been greatly exaggerated, at least to judge by a high-profile international conference in Rome on Tuesday promoting global abolition of the death penalty, which was organized by the [...]
John Allen draws attention to the Nov. 4-6 conference at Notre Dame, “Seed of the Church: Telling the Story of Today’s Christian Martyrs.” Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, the event’s aim was to raise consciousness about the widespread persecution of Christians around the world. Statistical overviews and policy analyses were interspersed with [...]
John Allen writes, Pope Benedict XVI said he wanted his Nov. 24 consistory, the fifth of his papacy, to express the universality of Catholicism. His choice of six new cardinals from every continent except Europe was designed to convey, as he put it Saturday, that the church belongs “to all the peoples” and expresses itself [...]
John L Allen Jr writes, “Beyond any doubt, religious freedom has emerged as the premier social and political concern of the Catholic church in the early 21st century. Pope Benedict XVI offered confirmation as recently as last Saturday, during his trip to Lebanon. “Speaking to politicians, diplomats and religious leaders (including representatives of all four major [...]
(Romereports.com) Fifteen years ago John Paul II visited Lebanon. Now his predecessor will pay a visit. Next week, Benedict XVI will be in the heart of the Middle East, to encourage Christians who are suffering and facing discrimination. The visit will also be a new opportunity to promote co-existence by strengthening ties with Muslim communities. [...]
John Allen of NCR writes, “There are undeniably important church/state issues in play in America, but if they constitute a “war,” it’s a metaphorical one, waged in legislatures and courthouses. Too often lost in the shuffle is the fact — not a hunch, theory or conjecture, but hard empirical fact — that in a growing [...]
Fundamentally, this World Youth Day is about the hunger for identity in a fragmented world. So writes John Allen in an attempt set WYD ’11 against a wider backdrop. He sees it as part of a broader trend of younger people rebelling against a rootless secular world, making them eager to embrace clear markers of identity [...]
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