Author Archives: Fr Stephen Smuts

About Fr Stephen Smuts

TAC Priest in South Africa.

Archbishop Welby’s Unity Plea to Pope Francis Over Women Bishops

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to Pope Francis in a plea to prevent the ordination of women bishops from derailing plans for the eventual reunification between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches… Archbishop of Canterbury insists differences over women … Continue reading

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UN: Downing of MH17 Jet in Ukraine ‘May Be War Crime’

You don’t think?!! The BBC: The downing of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a “war crime”, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a … Continue reading

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Pushing the Patriarch into Putin’s Arms

In the Catholic Herald: Until the dramatic downing of flight MH17, Ukraine had ceased to be regularly at the forefront of the news agenda, displaced by conflicts elsewhere and by more mundane events. The return of international attention to the … Continue reading

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Hamas Child Labor and Tunnel Fatalities

Unreported, and well researched. From the Institute for Palestinian Studies: Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege [...] A similarly cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities damaged the movement’s standing with human-rights groups, despite government assurances … Continue reading

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Christian Air Force Chaplain Under Fire for Reference to Atheists

Worthy News: An Air Force chaplain in Alaska who was censored in his weekly column may now face additional consequences, according to The Washington Times. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Kenneth Reyes had posted a sermon on the base’s online site titled: … Continue reading

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Mobile Churches to be Erected in the Arctic

Two mobile military churches will be brought by trains to the Arctic Circle, where bases of the Russian Army will be deployed, reported the head of the Eastern Military District press service Colonel Alexander Gordeyev to RIA-Novosti. “Two churches will … Continue reading

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Inside the Church Without a God

With 700 mostly evangelical places of worship Nashville, Tennessee is often described as the “Protestant Vatican”, but even here a secular church is finding its niche . In the Telegraph: Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb … Continue reading

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Gaza Campaign on Pace to Become Deadliest Israeli Conflict in Recent Years

The Washington Post: Palestinian and Israeli casualties are mounting at a pace that could surpass any other Israeli conflict in nearly a decade, amid signs of a deepening military and political stalemate driven by diplomatic gridlock, Palestinian militant resilience and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Visit To The USA In 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput has that: Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend the Catholic church’s World Meeting of Families in 2015, confirmed Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Caput on Thursday. The World Meeting of Families will take place … Continue reading

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Will Christianity Ever Rise Again In Iraq?

CNN: The destructive force of  the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant Sunni movement, is epitomized in a video released Thursday of ISIS members smashing a tomb in Mosul, Iraq. The tomb is traditionally thought to be the burial … Continue reading

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