When you consider the amount of news time dedicated to the death of Amy Winehouse, the appalling attacks in Norway, the new financial crisis unfolding in America and now chaotic riots in London, you could be forgiven for overlooking the efforts made to come some way to build bridges between the Christian and Islamic worlds. Nearly two years since the first meeting ever between the Head of the Catholic church and a head of Government from Southeast Asia, the Pope and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak agreed to establish Diplomatic relations. Click here to keep reading
The Catholic Church’s fall from grace in recent years has been anything but low key. Revelations of clerical abuse and cover ups have shaken the church, and its congregation, to its very core. While the cases of Priests carrying out abuse on young members of their diocese is the most sickening aspect of these revelations, it is closely followed by how certain factions of the Catholic Church acted in covering up these incidents. As the world’s largest Christian faith, Catholicism is relied upon by over 1 billion people around the world, and for the most part, it offers genuine solace, reassurance, comfort and support to all its followers, playing a pivotal role in communities all over the world, not least here in Ireland. However, the actions of what are a small minority within the church have lead to worldwide scandals and disgrace.