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October 2017
News > Youth

Youth – EMF European Huddle

The Huddle is an event in which brothers and sisters in Christ from many nations and languages meet together. Every year, people aged between 20 and 30 camp in the beautiful grounds of Guessens in Welwyn and have opportunity to hear fine speakers, such as Pal Borzasi and Lindsay Brown.   At this year’s Huddle — the fourth year of the event — there were young people from Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, France, Bolivia, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Ukraine, Romania, South Africa, Germany and Hungary. All had one common love: Jesus Christ. It was a time of encouragement and up-building...

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October 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Slave to servant

Because the biblical account of Joseph is so much like his own life, Joseph Mutabula loves it. A special calling has overcome his mistreatment as a suffering child. Genocide in Rwanda marred Joseph’s early life. His mother hid him and escaped with him to Uganda, but soon died. As a seven-year-old little boy, he was enslaved by an uncle and forced to do heavy farm labour. Subjected to beatings since he did not convert to his uncle’s faith, Joseph ran away. Yet his destination was a city where he lived in the street with other destitute orphans. On the streets of Masaka, God reached out...

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October 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Marie Stopes squalor

Around eleven women have had to be taken to hospital from Marie Stopes abortion clinics over the past three months, it has emerged. Of these, one needed surgery to repair her cervix, two received blood transfusions and another had a bacterial infection. Marie Stopes has already come under fire for a number of health and safety violations, discovered last year by the Care Quality Commission. The abortion provider carries out 70,000 abortions a year, about a third of England’s total — a figure which itself is an indictment against the Abortion Act, which came into force in October 1967. According to a report from The...

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October 2017
News > Society

Society – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Roman Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has died at the age of 85. According to the BBC, he served as a priest for more than six decades, having begun in Hampshire in the 1950s. It is reported that he was a personal friend of Pope Francis. He eventually went on to lead the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, often speaking out against birth control and abortion. However, in the late 1990s he was heavily criticised when it emerged he had failed to report a priest later convicted of abusing children. The cardinal became Archbishop of Westminster in 2000, and it is reported that his...

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October 2017
News > Society

Society – Humanist support

A ‘Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network’ (NRPSN), has been launched. The network has more than 150 trained and accredited carers, supported by Humanists UK. According to Humanists UK, 45 per cent of people who are not religious responded to a poll from the organisation and said they would choose to have a non-religious pastoral support provider when they needed one. Some 75 healthcare institutions now have a NRPSN member on their team, constituting some 25 per cent of acute trusts. The same is true of 15 per cent of prisons. Simon O’Donoghue, head of pastoral support for Humanists UK, said, ‘The research shows that most non-religious...

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – NI same-sex union cases dismissed

Belfast’s High Court has dismissed two cases seeking to have same-sex marriage introduced to Northern Ireland (NI). In one case, an anonymous man known as applicant X, who entered into a homosexual marriage three years ago, sought a declaration that this union is valid under NI law. In the other, two couples who are in civil partnerships also challenged the law, claiming that they are entitled to get married in NI. Handing down his ruling on the first case, Judge O’Hara stressed that the law on marriage fell under the remit of the Northern Ireland Assembly, adding that as a member of the judiciary, he...

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Scotland must drop Named Person law

Clan Childlaw, a children’s charity has called for the Scottish Government to drop its watered-down Named Person law. It claims the law, which has had to be reworked due to intense lobbying, still fails to address criticisms from the UK Supreme Court. Clan Childlaw, which intervened in the successful court case spearheaded by the Christian Institute, said the new proposal was unnecessary and costly. In August, the Faculty of Advocates also expressed serious concerns, warning that the updated plans lacked clarity and safeguards. Under the original plans, every child in Scotland was set to have a state official tasked with looking after their ‘wellbeing’, defined...

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian Institute, Ms Foster said her support for traditional marriage and the unborn is resolute, adding she was sad that opponents of redefining marriage were automatically branded as ‘homophobic’ and ‘haters’. In June, shortly after the Conservatives brokered a deal with the DUP following the surprise general election, Westminster said it would...

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