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Quotes of the week

21 June 2024


Religion has long been central to Putin’s campaign to halt Ukraine’s westward drift. . . His army is now using violent methods to roll back religious freedoms in occupied areas while bolstering the one faith that openly backs his invasion

Matthew Luxmoore, The Wall Street Journal, 16 June


Responsible border control, like responsible foster care, requires balance. A wide-open door policy would overwhelm our family’s capacity to provide meaningful care. However, a permanently closed door would deny us the privilege and opportunity to offer sanctuary. We cannot welcome everyone, but we can welcome some

Krish Kandiah, director, Sanctuary Foundation, The Times, 15 June


I was the only singer that day. It was exciting and I felt nervous. I sang from a balcony overlooking the guests, trying not to think about the incredible singers and musicians in front of me. Afterwards, I spoke to Sting. He said I’d done so well and laughed that it was a tough crowd

Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, on conducting the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie in 2000, The Guardian, 15 June



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