Posts Tagged ‘europe’

Declining birthrates: trouble ahead

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Europe’s baby deficit is becoming impossible to ignore. In Rome on Friday, Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, and Pope Francis were the star attendees at a special conference to discuss the country’s declining birthrate. According to the latest figures, 2020 saw the lowest number of births recorded since the Italian unification in 1861. Spain is Read more

Effects of the Black Death on Europe

Monday, April 20th, 2020
Black Death

The outbreak of plague in Europe between 1347-1352 CE – known as the Black Death – completely changed the world of medieval Europe. Severe depopulation upset the socio-economic feudal system of the time but the experience of the plague itself affected every aspect of people’s lives. Disease on an epidemic scale was simply part of Read more

Secularism, pluralism: The Church’s role in modern Europe

Monday, July 8th, 2019
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Belgian Cardinal, Jozef De Kesel discusses with “New Europe” the role of the Catholic Church in modern Europe. Today’s Europe, where pluralism and secularism have changed the dynamic between Europe’s citizens and their relationship with one of the continent’s oldest institutions. What do you think it means to be Catholic in Europe today? What are Read more

Slow evaporation of Christianity in Western Europe

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Western Europe, cradle of Protestantism and historical seat of Catholicism, has become one of the most secular regions in the world. This was confirmed by a survey study promoted by the US Pew Research Center on religious faith and practice in Western European countries. The percentage of lapsed Christians is increasing and a look at Read more

(Re)Thinking Europe: Catholics, politicians think harder

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Hundreds of Catholics and politicians gathered to discuss the problems and the future of Europe at the end of last month. They called the event “(Re)Thinking Europe.”  Pope Francis was one of the many speakers. A theme emerged from what they had to say: Religion is still essential to Europe. Read more

Europe’s child-refugee crisis

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Wasil awoke to the sound of a knife ripping through nylon. Although he was only twelve years old, he was living alone in a small tent at a refugee camp in Calais, France, known as the Jungle. Men entered his tent; he couldn’t tell how many. A pair of hands gripped his throat. He shouted. Read more

The effect of Europe’s migrant crisis

Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’m sure that you have all heard about the migrant crisis in Europe that is still ongoing. However, last year the numbers of people trekking across the continent and crammed into overcrowded, dangerous boats was staggering. Now some of the numbers are coming to light of the change in European states’ population make-up over the Read more

Why is European civilisation dying?

Friday, May 20th, 2016

European civilisation is dying. It is dying in plain sight and almost nobody is talking about it. No, our civilisation is not succumbing to onslaught from an external foe. But we seem to be suffering from a pernicious anaemia of the spirit that drags us down from inside. There are many symptoms of this decline Read more

Cardinal queries Pope’s non-European take on migrant crisis

Friday, May 13th, 2016

A cardinal has said that Pope Francis and Europe’s people have differing views on the migrant crisis because the Pontiff comes from another continent. Cardinal Dominik Duka, the archbishop of Prague, spoke about the crisis in an interview with a Czech newspaper. “The sensitivity of Pope Francis on social issues is different from ours in Read more

Pope echoes Martin Luther King in challenging Europe

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Echoing Martin Luther King, Pope Francis has offered a vision of a revitalised Europe at a critical moment in its history. On Friday, Francis gave a thunderous speech after accepting the prestigious German Charlemagne Prize, which is for “services of Western European understanding and work for the community”. The Pontiff criticised a “resignation and weariness Read more