Returning home by another way

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Mark Oakley finds hope in the changed hearts of the season of Epiphany
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Crowded: The Adoration of the Kings (1515) by Jan Gossaert (also known as Mabuse)
WANDERING around the National Gallery looking for seasonal paintings that might Continue reading

The literary canary in India’s coalmine

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Arundhati Roy has released The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. AFP
NEW DELHI (AFP) – She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being “smashed”. Continue reading

US Judge Rules Iraqi Detainees Get Chance at Release

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Aline Barros
FILE – Iraqis and supporters rally outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Michigan, June 21, 2017.
Iraqi nationals under threat of deportation and currently in detention should have the opportunity to win their release, a U.S. District Court has ruled. Continue reading

Mass comes back to Mosul

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By John Pontifex
THE bells rang out in Mosul for the first time in more than three years when a church in Iraq’s second city opened its doors for Christmas Midnight Mass.
Up to the last minute, plans for the service at Mar Pulse Church in Mosul’s Al- Continue reading

Turkey’s Syriac Christian sect fears for its survival

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Louise Callaghan, Midyat
A Syriac priest celebrates mass at a church in Midyat
The air was rich with incense, and the chanting swelled as black-robed monks filed into the fourth century Mor Gabriel church, crossing themselves. A group of boys stood around an open bible, written in classical Syriac script, and prayed. But almost all the Continue reading