July 27, 2016

In 1954 German Lutheran theologian Horst Kasner brought his wife and three young children across the Iron Curtain to take up a role in a new parish.

Nothing unusual in that – 200,000 Germans headed from East to West Germany that year – except that Mr Kasner was heading...

June 29, 2016

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, Pope Francis has urged the European Union to return to its roots. 

From an historical perspective, and arguably from the Pope’s viewpoint (even though he has not explicitly said so), these roots are, to a great extent, Catholic. 


June 22, 2016

Last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury finally revealed his voting intention in the EU referendum. 

For several months, while urging us to have a ‘really visionary debate', he had studiously withheld his own opinion. However, writing in the Mail on Sunday on 12 June, h...

April 29, 2016

On this day 1916, the Easter Rising, a six-day armed insurrection in Ireland, ended with activist Patrick Pearse agreeing to an unconditional surrender. The Rising, or Rebellion as it was also known, was organized by Irish republicans in a bid to end British rule, sece...

February 19, 2016

The realpolitik of life in Syria means that individuals and groups are, at a time of deepening crisis, being forced to choose between support for the Government or one of the opposition groups.

On a trip to Syria, in which we visited Christian communities urgently in ne...

February 3, 2016

The recent suspension of a tenured lecturer at one of America’s foremost Christian colleges over her views on Islam is a symptom of a sensitive fault line among evangelicals.


The question of whether the God of the Qur'an is the same as the God of the Bible is an...

November 4, 2015

Heritage watchers are waiting to see whether Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister, Yalcin Topcu, who has called for the reopening of basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum Hagia Sophia as a mosque, has retained his job.

Topcu, an independent, was given the interim post i...

June 3, 2015

The survival of Syriac Christianity, across almost two thousands years of history, is in peril.

Nour is a young Syrian Christian living in Canada.

He left Syria to escape the civil war.

The churches that make up the Syriac Christian tradition boast some of the oldest litu...

February 27, 2015

‘This month, the soldiers of the Khilafah in Wilayat Tarabulus captured 21 Coptic crusaders, almost five years after the blessed operation against the Baghdad church executed in revenge for Kamilia Shehata, Wafa Constantine, and other sisters who were tortured and murd...

February 20, 2015

It is not just cinema goers who are fond of masochism these days. Voters often seem to have strange tastes about the parties they want in power.

Earlier this month the Polish ambassador told the Today programme how a number of Poles intended to vote Ukip at the next ele...

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