Monthly Archives: September 2015

The pope and the other Christian churches (fourth in a series of four)

It’s clear from the attention paid by the media to Pope Francis on his recent trip to Cuba and the US that the pope–both the office and the person of the current holder of the office–is somebody with whom the … Continue reading

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The pope and his critics

So the pope is now back home in Rome, after a triumphant tour of Cuba and the US. One commentator did a riff on Julius Caesar’s famous remark, when he send “Venit, vidit, vicit” (but shouldn’t that have been “vincit”? … Continue reading

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The pope at the UN (second in a series of four)

Is the pope the greatest moral figure on the planet? Some say so. He and the Dalai Lama are often linked as the two most notable religious leaders on the planet. However, although the Dalai Lama is politically astute, and … Continue reading

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The pope at the US Congress

Yes, a first: the first time a pope has addressed a joint session of the US Congress, and the first time I got up at 6 am to watch him doing it. In my view (full disclosure: I’m a fan) … Continue reading

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Unholy allies: on Christian Zionism

As many of you know, I have been working on the issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2006. In April I went to a conference here in Vancouver on the subject of Christian Zionism. Later the United Church Observer¬†(an … Continue reading

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