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New Pope, Francis I, has already made a huge impression. Francis having unveiled a new app, which gives access to Catholic materials in eight different languages, has also made several appeals for Catholics to pray for the survivors of the Oklahoma tornado and called on Christians to share their faith through the power of the Holy Spirit.
It seems that in the American media Christians seem to get caught out sometimes by the lack of faith in others.
This was demonstrated recently when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was interviewing a survivor of the Oklahoma tornado. Rebecca Vitsmun escaped from her house with her 19-month-old son just before the twister tore through it. “You’ve gotta thank the Lord, right? Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?”
Canada last week once again demonstrated its unequivocal support for Israel when Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticised Western leaders for not sufficiently backing the Jewish state.
“There’s nothing more short-sighted in Western capitals in our time than the softening of support we’ve seen for Israel around the globe,” the Associated Press quoted Harper during his visit to New York City last week.
Middle East update
By Howard Stern, a Sussex-based negotiator and mediator
IN RECENT WEEKS there have been disturbing incidents in the Palestinian West Bank which severely challenge local Christians to hold fast to biblical principles in the face of persecution and discrimination.
Yet Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies, to forgive, bless and remember that when we are persecuted for his name’s sake, we ourselves are blessed. For Christians in the Middle East today, this is a tough call.
A STORRINGTON JOURNALIST has been helping reporters defend democracy in Iraq.
Andrew Boyd, a freelance journalist who reports from the world’s trouble spots and trains journalists, spent four days teaching the Iraqis how to cover their elections even-handedly.
“Even though Iraq is now free from Saddam’s dictatorship, it is still one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist,” says Andrew. “Many reporters are killed there each year.
“We couldn’t meet in Baghdad as the security risk was too high, so we did the training in Erbil, Kurdistan, which is safer.”
EUROPE REJECTS THREE OUT OF FOUR WORK BIAS CASES
Compiled by Nicola Greaves