Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘integral ecology’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, […]

Hong Kong lawmakers rejected the electoral reform backed by Beijing in a vote early today. The pro democracy lawmakers who voted against the proposal wanted open elections for the ruler of the City, but China offered only a vote among a few candidates pre-screened by a committee controlled by the Party. Beijing reacted saying that […]

Arson suspected in fire at historic Church of the Multiplication in northern Israel –  Haaretz