Looking back by Trevor Plumbly

It’s that time again! Most of us have recovered from the excesses of feel-good and overindulgence and are bracing ourselves for the new year. But hang on folks! What about putting the last one to bed. Lots of stuff happened in 2014, and it seems a shame to let it go without some comment. Enlightened Faith Man of the year? I am not a Catholic but surely it must be Pope Francis. Rising from relative obscurity to become the world’s most recognised religious leader must be daunting enough, especially in the light… Read More

Outstanding Women Last Week and Always by Angela Caldin

Malala at the UN 12 July 2013 Did your eyes well up like mine when you heard Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, speak at the UN, urging education for girls and boys alike? She was shot in the head on a school bus by Taliban gunmen because of her campaigning for girls’ rights, but, speaking on her 16th birthday, she said that efforts to silence her had failed. Her speech, to more than 500 young people from around the world, was delivered with grace, confidence and compassion. Her… Read More