Friday News Bites: Syrian Refugees, Oliver Sacks + More

Greetings, one and all. Quick roundup of news stories this Friday, though I invite you all (as usual) to share anything interesting that has crossed your path.

International Women's Issues


It’s time for another round of “what has the Catholic Church ever done for Ireland?” Content note: child abuse, child death, birth abuse, forced adoption.


Catherine of Siena: Rebel, Problem Solver, Foreskin Jewelry Designer

What… or who… is actually being maligned?

News in Europe

News in Europe: Royal Correspondence

Here’s something we tend to forget: There are still a lot of kings, queens and princes in Europe. Most of their citizens don’t actually give a toss about them, but countries who don’t have a monarchy have about 37 glossy weekly magazines dedicated to other nation’s monarchs. It’s been a busy week for them.