Ursula Halligan writes as a member of the official Irish delegation at the four-day meeting in Brussels, in February, to mark the Continental Phase of Pope Francis’ Synodal Pathway.
David Begg analyses the achievements of Finland, recognised as the happiest country in the world, measured by such indicators as perceptions of corruption, generosity, freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy, social support and GDP per capita. His analysis is particularly relevant in view of Finland having endured two grinding wars with the Soviet Union and being again under threat because of the Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
Christians are often blamed for being so concerned for the next life that they ignore the value and beauty of the world around them. They are blamed for being so interested in being saved from the world, that they do not care for saving the planet. This caricature is unjust, but we have to admit that many Christians have adopted such a strange attitude to the material world that it is easy to see how the caricature has arisen. Thomas O'Loughlin writes that in order to be the People of God we have, first, to become the people of love. To be the people of God we have, first, to become the People of the Creation.