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Central Asia 15-10-2018

Church leader: John Paul II left a legacy in Kazakhstan

Religious dialogue in the service of peace is a brainchild of the President of Kazakhstan, inspired by the visit of Pope John Paul II to Kazakhstan in September 2001, a Catholic priest who helped organize the visit told EURACTIV.
Politics 19-07-2018

Catholic Church tells CSU to show Christian values in immigration policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, who are pressing her to toughen up immigration policy, should remember their Christian roots and show a sense of responsibility towards the poor and weak, the head of the Catholic Church in Germany said.
Freedom of thought 27-06-2018

Pope and Macron hold ‘intense’ meeting at Vatican

French President Emmanuel Macron held an "intense" meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican yesterday (26 June), discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.
Future EU 23-02-2018

After Bulgaria, Slovakia too fails to ratify the Istanbul Convention

A wave of opposition in Central Europe to so-called “gender ideology” has led Bulgaria on 15 February, and then Slovakia yesterday (22 February) to oppose ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
Freedom of thought 28-02-2017

Right-wing Polish priest barred from Britain

A right-wing Polish priest has complained he was “banned from defending Christian children”, after being turned away from the UK at the weekend.

Socialists and Democrats reject Polish ‘morning-after pill’ restrictions

MEPs from the Socialist & Democrats are pushing back against the latest attempts by the right-wing government in Warsaw to clamp down on access to contraception, calling it an “attack on women".
Central Europe 06-10-2016

Abortion protests rock Polish government, prompt backtrack

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion.
Health 22-09-2016

Battle over abortion law heats up in Catholic Poland

Poland's abortion battle resume today (22 September) when the devoutly Catholic country's parliament debates rival initiatives to either liberalise or further tighten a law that is already one of the strictest in Europe.
Climate change 26-11-2015

Pope Francis in Africa: Leadership and inspiration in the face of climate change

Pope Francis has said of climate change that “decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity." He is in a powerful position to make that happen, argues Achim Steiner.
Mgr Bashar Matti Warda
Languages & Culture 29-10-2015

Christians in Middle East have a ‘vocation’ to stay

The violence and terror of IS has effectively driven all Christians and Yazidis from their homes in Iraq. To stay in the Middle East or not - that’s the most pressing question for refugees in the region, writes Benoit Lanoo.
Climate change 18-06-2015

Pope’s climate change politics gets mixed reception in Catholic Poland

Pope Francis's plunge into the climate change debate has caused uneasiness in conservative Poland, exposing the dilemma for Catholics who are devout but prefer their leaders to steer clear of "liberal" causes.
Climate change 18-06-2015

Pope calls for ‘open spirit’ towards climate change encyclical

Pope Francis has called for his encyclical on the environment to be received with an “open spirit”, saying the unprecedented ecological statement should be seen as an appeal for responsibility.
Development Policy 28-04-2015

Tensions grow as Burundi leader clings to power

Authorities in Burundi arrested a leading dissident and shut down the main independent radio station Monday (27 April) as they battled a second day of demonstrations against a bid by the president to cling to power for a third term.
Development Policy 23-01-2015

Melinda Gates suggests Vatican should approve modern contraceptives

Challenged to comment on Pope Francis' recent comment that Catholics shouldn’t “breed like rabbits”, Melinda Gates told a Brussels audience that women in developing countries should be educated, and use modern methods of contraception in family planning.

Lampedusa is wake-up call for EU immigration policy, church says

Francesco Montenegro, the archbishop of the Sicilian archdiocese of Agrigento and Lampedusa, visited Brussels last week to urge EU representatives to boost their actions on asylum and migration and to “put the human being first” in their policy initiatives.
Global Europe 07-09-2011

Archbishop: EU funds for education can return Iraq to tolerance

Christian churches in Iraq are pushing to get European funding for educational NGOs and religious schools in the country, something that can ultimately increase employment and return the country to its tolerant, multiconfessional tradition, says Archbishop Bashar Warda in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

Malta lawmakers make divorce legal

In an historic vote, Maltese MPs passed legislation to legalise divorce this week (25 July), after a small majority voted in a May referendum to change the law.

Women in catholic EU countries go abroad for abortion, activists say

More Polish women are travelling abroad to have abortions to bypass strict laws outlawing the practice in their overwhelmingly catholic country, a pro-choice group said, noting that the same is true for Irish women.