FInancial crisis boosts European suicide rates, especially in Greece, Ireland

July 8, 2011

(Suicide hotline sign at telephone booth near Beachy Head, the chalk cliffs near Eastbourne, a leading UK suicide spot, 29 January 2009/Les Chatfield)

Excerpts from Pope Benedict’s speech to British society

By Reuters Staff
September 17, 2010

westminster pope (Photo: Pope Benedict speaks in Westminster Hall in London September 17, 2010/Tim Ireland)

Pope Benedict addressed British society on Friday in a speech in Westminster Hall and argued that faith and reason are not in conflict.

Crises plague centuries-old German passion play

By Reuters Staff
May 11, 2010
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Andreas Richter hangs on the cross as he plays the character of Jesus Christ during a rehearsal of the Passion Play in Oberammergau on April 10, 2010/Michaela Rehle

Greek Orthodox Church gears up to provide relief for crisis victims

May 7, 2010
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Trade union members march in Athens during a nationwide strike in Greece, May 5, 2010Yiorgos Karahalis

Tax dispute flairs between Cyprus gov’t and Orthodox Church

March 24, 2010
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An Orthodox church in Limassol, Cyprus, 20 Nov 2007/Ewa Dryjanska

A furious dispute has erupted in Cyprus after the ruling communists set their sights on the island’s wealthy Orthodox Church of Cyprus to help plug a runaway deficit. The island’s government says it wants to start a dialogue with the Church regarding the millions it says the church owes in unpaid taxes.

Sharia boards face scrutiny amid financial crisis

By Reuters Staff
March 11, 2010
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A teller at Bank Syariah Mandiri in Jakarta February 17, 2010/Supri

Sharia boards face increased scrutiny and criticism as high-profile corporate defaults and cautionary comments from respected scholars cast a harsh light on the fast growth of financial products touted as Islamic.

Ethics angle missing in financial crisis debate

March 4, 2010
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Worried Wall Street traders watch stocks fall on September 29, 2008/Brendan McDermid

POLL: Is Goldman Sachs “doing God’s work”? Its CEO thinks so

By Reuters Staff
November 8, 2009

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Check out the headline at the bottom left of the Sunday Times front page. The man the London paper calls the most powerful banker on Earth says he is “just a banker ‘doing God’s work’” .

Italian Muslims approve pope’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate

October 28, 2009

caritas-in-veritate1When Pope Benedict issued his encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth) in July, he addressed it to “the bishops, priests and deacons, men and women religious, the lay faithful and all people of good will”. That list puts Catholics first, but it gets around to a wider audience by the end. Maybe because of that sequence, most of the discussion about the document has been in Catholic circles.

U.S. Catholic CEO responds to Benedict’s economic encyclical

July 8, 2009

charity-in-truthPope Benedict’s encyclical “Charity in Truth” proposed a sweeping reform of the world economic system from one based on the profit motive to one based on solidarity and concern for the common good. Like other such documents in the Roman Catholic Church’s social teaching tradition, the encyclical delivers a strong critique of unbridled capitalism. This can be uncomfortable for Catholics who champion free enterprise and some conservative Catholic writers reacted quickly and critically. One of them, George Weigel, wrote the encyclical “resembles a duck-billed platypus.”