Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying bill, which would allow doctors to hasten the death of terminally ill patients thought to have under six months to live, passed its second reading in the Lords on Friday despite vigorous campaigning by faith leaders, and now passes to committee stage.
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The Middle East's Christian Diaspora. The Christian population of Iraq, which has its roots in the ancient Assyrians who embraced Christianity in biblical times, numbered 1.3 million before 2003. Over the next decade, nearly a million Christians fled to neighboring countries. Many who became refugees fled to the West if they could.
“In keeping with a long, shadowy, legacy of antipathy, justices who happen to be Catholics… are branded and bullied by a group who only succeed in providing the latest example of a prejudice that has haunted us for centuries,” Cardinal Dolan said in his July 3 column for Catholic New York
"Families are the home Church where Jesus grows," Francis said. "He grows in the spouses' love and in the children's lives. For this reason, the enemy attacks the family so much. The devil does not want it. He tries to destroy it, to prevent love from becoming free....
The Queen sent a message to the Church of Scotland on Saturday, recognising the role it can play in helping to heal divisions opened up by the increasingly bitter debate over Scottish independence.
Pope calls on the world’s governments to bring in an ‘ethical mobilisation’ to help the poor and redistribute wealth. Says governments should promote an 'ethical mobilisation' of solidarity with those less well off. Made his comments in an address to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
For the better part of the last two weeks, the international campaign in the media for the World Powers to assist the Nigerian Government to take swift, decisive and effective measures to rescue the over two hundred young school girls kidnapped on gun points by the dreaded armed Islamic Insurgents Boko Haram has heightened.
US secretary of state says America is 'actively considering sanctions' as ethnic violence spreads. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has warned of a possible genocide in South Sudan, and raised the threat of sanctions against the leaders of warring factions in the world's newest country.
A positive change in a pro-life direction? A damning poll published by ComRes reveals the British public overwhelmingly oppose the Department of Health’s planned changes to the abortion law, which are to be implemented without the approval of Parliament and in spite of public opinion.
Ukrainian religious leaders are standing together in their opposition to Russia’s use of troops in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and ask for payers for a peaceful end to the situation. The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, which unites various Christian Churches along with Muslim and Jewish leaders, came together “to speak with a unified voice” against Russia’s deployment of troops in Crimea.
I think that as Christians we are called to reason through our faith.” One of the the Pope's main arguments centers around the concept of the "throwaway culture.” He described it as a costly way of living that makes no room for the weakest, like the elderly, the sick, and the most vulnerable, like the unborn.
Christians in Syria are being told to pay 17 ounces in gold to an extremist group in order to remain as a "protected" minority. A militant Islamist group has demanded Christians living in the north-east of Syria pay it a tax in return for protection as it seeks to build a traditional "Caliphate" in areas it controls.
A new bill in Spain to re-establish limits on abortion and assert the state's right to protect unborn children is a step forward in the larger pro-life movement growing across the continent, a European legal expert says.
The UN has wandered into areas that are well beyond its competence. The panel members have taken the opportunity to attack aspects of Catholic moral theology that are a) the Church's business and no one else's and b) are never going to change anyway.
Where is the direct connection between "gender stereotyping" and porn? As always, it’s very unclear. Iceland recently tabled its own motion to ban pornography altogether, including the proposal to make it illegal to purchase porn with Icelandic credit cards, in order to "protect children" from the "violent imagery" that has become increasingly common.
David Cameron claims moral high ground on welfare, yet thinks the ends justify any means. In his spat with Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster, the prime minister would do better to just listen. Archbishop Vincent Nichols 'leads an organisation that sees what's happening on the ground. And he isn't standing for election'.
The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, said actively encouraging couples to prepare for the possibility of separation before they are even married would turn promises at the altar into little more than a “provisional” agreement.
Charlotte Avery fears pupils are being starved of appropriate role models and has advised her pupils to look closer to home for inspiration. Jo Heywood, head of the all-girls Heathfield School in Ascot, said role models such as Cyrus were leaving girls “manipulated and confused”
President Putin brought a greeting to the pope from Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, but reportedly did not talk about matters between the Orthodox and Catholic churches, Lombardi said and so far there has been no open discussion of a possible visit to Russia by Pope Francis.
The date 9 November 1989 is etched in history as the day the Berlin Wall came down. But was it actually a prayer meeting held exactly one month earlier that made the fall of the Wall inevitable? Ignoring death threats and huge banks of armed police, thousands gathered at St Nicholas Church in the East German city of Leipzig on 9 October to pray for peace.