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October 2017
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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
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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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August 2017
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Society – Humanist wedding

Northern Ireland held its first ever legal humanist wedding in June, after a lengthy legal battle to secure recognition. Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane wed in a ceremony surrounded by friends and family and conducted by Humanists UK (formerly British Humanists Association) celebrant Isabel Russo. The decision followed on from a High Court ruling earlier this year, which gave legal recognition to humanist marriages. This decision has been appealed by Northern Ireland’s Attorney General, General Register Office and Department of Finance. A humanist wedding is a non-religious ceremony, differing from a civil wedding in that it is entirely reflective of the humanist beliefs and values of the...

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August 2017
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Society – Dawkins on Islam

Richard Dawkins has warned against Islam as the ‘most evil’ religion, stirring up further controversy with his anti-religious comments. The evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist warned that it was virtually impossible to study English literature without knowing the background of Christianity. According to a report from The Telegraph, Mr Dawkins was being interviewed at the Cheltenham Science Festival, promoting his new book Science in the soul. He warned that Islam was the ‘most evil’ religion in the world, and said that moderate Muslims were the biggest victims of fanatical ideology. The Telegraph reported him as saying: ‘It’s tempting to say all religions are bad, and...

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