Patriarch Kirill On the Way to the Holy Land

OCP News: Moscow (AFP)- Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday will make his first visit to the Holy Land since becoming head of the powerful church in 2009, in a trip which underlines his global influence as a religious leader. Kirill’s first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will be held “under the…

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The election has been a mess from start to end. New Archbishop of Canterbury – a message from the Secretary General I thought it might be helpful to clarify that the arrangements for announcing the next Archbishop of Canterbury are the responsibility of the Prime Minister’s Office rather than Lambeth Palace or Church House. Downing Street has now…

When the Living Have to Bury their Own Dead

Church-planters probably never even consider factoring this in when they start. That was certainly the case for some friends of mine in Turkey. For who would have guessed that setting up a cemetery might have to become a key feature of their growth strategy? For centuries, if you were Turkish, you were Muslim. In fact,…

Math Can Be Truly Painful

Now here is something I can relate to: For math-phobes, anticipation of arithmetic activates pain centers in brain.   Does the thought of 1+1=ouch? If you hate math, it might—literally. According to a new study, the mere prospect of a math problem causes pain centers to light up in number-phobic brains. Researchers at the University of…

This Is True, and Not Just in the USA

Wherein Fr Z reflects: The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.” Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely the leaders that reflect those vices.  The vices feed the leaders, and…