weeks Pope Francis is expected to announce his long awaited verdict on the supernatural phenomenon of the so called visionaries of Medjugorje. Ivan Dragicevic has offered me a ringside seat for his heavenly visit. For 35 years he and five of his friends from this small town have claimed to speak to the Mother of God daily. Ivan leads the prayers in front of ayears of hard scholarship to argue .
humanitarian crisis that churches are playing a significant role in helping to alleviate. According to the Austrian government, some 80,000 migrants will claim asylum there this year. Many are being trafficked on perilous journeys through Turkey and the Balkans.
At the end of last month, 71 Syrian migrants were found dead in an abandoned lorry on an Austrian motorway. Pictures shown around the world this week of the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi have focused more attention on the crisis. The BrEarlier this year, Playmobil announced its fastest selling toy of all time not a Frozen Puma Creepers Black Suede princess, a Peppa Pig or a ninja turtle, but the architect of the Reformation, Martin Luther. An initial run of 34,000 mini Luthers, complete with oversized quill and German language Bible, sold out in three days. This is just a taste of the Luther fever that has overtaken Germany this summer. The toy, commissioned jointly by the Lutheran Church and two tourist boards, is part of preparations for "Luther 2017", when Germany will mark 500 years since the reformer wrote his 95 theses that questioned theThey claim to see and speak to the Mother of God.
ditorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Mark Higgins, Jonathan Martin, Thanh Tan, Blanca Torres, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus). Refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have been streaming into Austria this summer, creating a Puma Fenty Black And White