For those of us who have been following the humanitarian fallout of the conflict in Syria and in Iraq, the distressing images of men, women and children seeking refuge throughout Europe come as no surprise.
Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.
The global public have spoken. In our desire for an opportunity to 'show empathy' and in recognition that 'not every moment is a good moment' (to quote Facebook's head honcho Mark Zuckerberg) the social media giant is 'working on it'. Our ability to 'dislike' at the click of a thumb is on the horizon...
The Assisted Dying Bill would put in place a framework that would not be progressive for those most in need of care and protection. Pitched as offering empowerment for the many, instead it risks the creation of a more hostile environment for the most vulnerable as the price of comfort for the few.
I suppose it comes down to this - I don't believe in any god or an afterlife and so I don't want to be deprived of an opportunity to avoid unnecessary suffering at the end of my life because someone else might think my suffering would be good thing.
It'll be because I swim in metro-liberal waters that I am perpetually surprised by the breadth and the depth of the British public's support for the monarchy.
(Photo credit: Bettmann/CORBIS) The Pope has been at it, and so has the Archbishop of Canterbury. Christian-minded columnists such as Giles Fraser h...
I loved visiting the historic Baroque churches in the City of London, close to where I live. I would often go and sit, admiring the architecture and s...
Since our stunning performance at this year's General Election, the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG has been slowly expanding its international operations,...
While we break for summer and while decisions makers don their decision-making hats, we need to do what we can, when we can, to make change wherever we can. It's time to show our leaders exactly why the world desperately needs a global solution big enough to solve the big climate problem. And that's where you come in.
I've written about a whole host of different topics in the past. I've written about marriage, sexuality, success, the future, and a whole host more, but yet I've never discussed religion, despite it continuing to be a large part of our society. I had a conversation with a friend a while back, in which we talked about lots of big issues, eventually getting into religion, which sparked some more of my thoughts on the subject.
I have a number of friends who are battling cancer with the near certainty that death is coming to them. It's at times like this I realise how little teaching there is on death and how we should face it. It's understandable in a world that doesn't want to talk about death and prefers to hope that there might be an opt-out clause.
I am a big fan of Tim Farron. I have been since long before he became party president, let alone party leader. I hope he heeds the wisdom of his one-time rival and gives us the answer we really need to hear.
The outcomes of this conference will be important for laying the groundwork to agree the SDGs and the UN climate talks later this year. I urge leaders to deliver a strong and transformational agreement, which overcomes the pressure to dilute commitments for the sake of expediency. lasting impact and will truly be good news for the poor.
Way beyond the violence and corruption from City of God, Brazil finds itself in a very dangerous situation and dark times might be ahead. And I'm not even talking about economy. When I left my home country about six years ago, things seemed to be progressing for a better situation, with a decrease in poverty and hunger and a growing economy. There was a lot to be done and I was aware that it would take a long time, but then things changed.
Today we are marking International Day of Cooperatives, celebrating the success of people around the world - quite often poor and vulnerable communities - working together for their mutual, social, economic and cultural benefit.