Divided we fall: A sombre year by Frank Regan

‘We must be open and attentive.’

‘As Christians we cannot but ask ourselves how are we to live as a society, a nation, as a faith community.’ | Photo: by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Recently, the former archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, wrote in The Guardian that 2021 had been ‘a sombre year’. He reminded readers of the 1,500 people who died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe with its perceived opportunities. He pointed to the increased risks of flooding in the UK, and wildfires elsewhere. The pandemic still casts an enormous shadow. Only one person in 1,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been fully vaccinated against Covid19, a grim reminder that we are not yet fully safe. And now we have a devastating war in Europe.

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