Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Priest, 13 others, killed after bus plunges into ravine Comments 0

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Fourteen people, including a priest, have been killed in a bus crash while travelling home from a religious event in Spain. The incident, which saw a bus plunge down a ravine in Murcia in southern Spain, was the worst such accident in the country for 13 years, officials said. The bus was carrying passengers to Read more

A modern Inquisition: from Spain to Syria Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

My family name, “Maron,” is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors’ expulsion — along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews — from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success and coexistence Read more

European court backs Church over married priest job Comments 0

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Catholic Church was within its rights not to renew the teaching contract of a Spanish married priest, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. In a nine to eight vote decision, the court ruled the decision not to renew Jose Antonio Fernandez Martínez’s contract “was legitimate and proportionate”. Fernandez Martínez was ordained in Read more

Church change must come from the base Comments 1

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The image that surfaces when Sr Teresa Forcades speaks is evocative of spiraling energy, bubbling in spirit, and of being on the ground with the needs of the people of God. Forcades — a Benedictine nun, activist, feminist theologian and physician from Catalonia in Spain — and Francis — a Jesuit pope from Argentina — Read more

Bare-breasted protesters besiege bishop in Spain Comments 0

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Bare-breasted feminists hurled knickers at the archbishop of Madrid as he arrived at church on Sunday in protest at his support for a tightening of Spain’s abortion law. Five topless protesters swooped on Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela as he got out of a car to attend an evening mass at a church in central Read more

The European Union and refugees: fortress Europe Comments 0

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

They come seeking refuge, but when asylum seekers cross into the European Union, they often find little compassion. In Greece, they are held in squalid detention camps, while in Italy they often end up on the street. Here is what they face at entry points across the EU. They know they are putting their lives Read more

Former monk builds stunning cathedral out of junk Comments 0

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With its giant spires and magnificent dome to rival that of St Peter’s Basillica, Mejorada del Campo’s impressive cathedral looks like it has been skilfully crafted by a team of architectural experts. It’s impossible to believe that it has been single-handedly built by a former trappist monk who had never laid a brick in his Read more

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Comments 0

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Sagrada Familia, or the Basilica of the Holy Family, is a large, incomplete church in Barcelona, Spain. Work commenced on Sagrada Familia in 1882. A year later the project was taken over by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who transformed the project with his particular style. Dedicating the last years of his life to the project, Read more

The Spanish Inquisition in context Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

It is difficult for us to understand the Spanish Inquisition because we are so used to the separation of church and state in modern times. During the time in which the Inquisition in Spain was most active (1480-1600s), however, heresy was considered a crime similar to political treason because the monarchies of Europe and the Read more

Charity reports increase in poverty, inequality in Spain Comments 0

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Catholic charity Caritas’ chapter in Spain has issued a new report showing that poverty, inequality and social injustice are on the rise in the European country. The findings were presented on Sept. 20 in Madrid by the secretary general of Caritas, Sebastian Mora, and the coordinator of the study team, Francisco Lorenzo. Caritas says that Read more