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Pope Francis’s visit to Canada will offer him an opportunity to apologize for the harms of the Catholic-run Indian Residential Schools. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Why the Pope’s visit is important to all Canadians

Pope Francis’ visit concerns all Canadians. It’s about our relationship to history and the construction of a state that marginalized Indigenous people and tried to assimilate them.
Missionary Annie Lock with Enbarda (Betsy) left, and Dolly Cumming, both children from the Alice Springs area in Central Australia. Photo taken in Darwin. National Archives of Australia

Hidden women of history: Annie Lock was a bolshie, outspoken Australian missionary, full of contradictions

I thought I had uncovered a feminist heroine, but for all her intrepid and gutsy behaviour, Lock held intensely socially conservative views in line with her religious conviction.
An evangelical outreach in Uganda led by the prominent and wealthy pastor Robert Kayanja. WALTER ASTRADA/AFP via Getty Images

Trump is out, but US evangelicalism remains alive and well in Africa

African evangelism is born from – and often funded by – American evangelism, and with it comes a damaging cocktail of rightwing ideologies, especially during the Donald Trump years.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide. J Causton and Sons /University of California Libraries/ Flickr

The long moral shadows cast by South Africa’s colonial history

A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
Missionary media has played an important role in shaping world news. Pamla J. Eisenberg/Flickr.com

How Christian missionary media shaped the world

Evangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network has launched the first Christian 24-hour TV channel. History shows that missionary media has played a key role in providing information from around the world.
Students at the American Memorial School, Tabriz, 1923. shahrefarang.com

Iran and America: A forgotten friendship

There was a time when Iran and America were friends. Americans founded schools there, helped Iran handle financial crises and trained the country’s first generation of doctors. Could that happen again?

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