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December 2014
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Philippines

Christian charity Compassion has helped to rebuild homes across the Philippines, a year on since Typhoon Haiyan rampaged through the islands. According to a statement from the charity, which primarily helps children living in poverty, it raised £433,000 to send to the Philippines after the disaster struck. Reports at the time said that entire…

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December 2014
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Heathrow discrimination

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Christian worker, who lost her job at Heathrow airport after being falsely accused of making anti-Islam comments, has no employment protection rights. In the judgement, Lady Justice Arden said, ‘I have an uneasy feeling that the complex arrangements have the effect that the appellant has no…

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Red Cross bias

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has withdrawn her lifelong support from the Red Cross after it dismissed a man who opposed gay marriage. In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Ms Widdecombe said, ‘I addressed a fundraising event in Exeter just a few months ago. I put up with it when it…

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December 2014
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Gender-abortion

A 21-year-old woman, called Aisling Hubert, is bringing a private prosecution against two doctors whom the Daily Telegraph alleged had ordered gender-based abortions of female babies. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which is supporting the pro-life campaign group Abort67 volunteer, Ms Hubert has sought expert legal and medical opinion, the latter offering…

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December 2014
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City Church, Manchester

Sunday afternoon, 5 October 2014, saw the commissioning of City Church, Manchester, and its two pastors, Ralph Cunnington and Matt Waldock, who led the service. The pastors had been sent to plant this new church by Aigburth Community Church and Christ Church Liverpool, respectively, where they had previously been assistant pastors. The elders of…

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December 2014
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Gay cake row

The decision of the Equality Commission to press a court case against Northern Ireland’s Ashers Baking Co. is both surprising and worrying, the Evangelical Alliance has said. In a statement, spokesman Peter Lynas condemned the decision to prosecute the bakery, which earlier this year apologised to a customer because, as a Christian-run family business,…

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December 2014
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Christmas Carols Radio

Christmas Carols Radio A radio station has been launched that will play nothing but traditional Christmas carols and Bible thoughts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Christmas Carols Radio was founded by Ben Vane, a former radio producer, who is now an ordinand in training for ministry at Oak Hill Theological College.…

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December 2014
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CLIS lecture

Bedford’s central library was the venue for this year’s Christians in Library and Information Services’ (CLIS) annual lecture. This was a fascinating two-hander by Tony Collins, publishing director for Monarch Books and Lion Fiction, and Penelope Wilcock, established author of poetry and fiction including ‘The Hawk and the Dove’ series. Their theme was Christian…

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December 2014
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EMF

‘Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them’ (Psalm 111:2). These were the words with which Martin Leech, director of the European Missionary Fellowship (EMF), opened a session at the mission’s October autumn conference. EMF missionaries came from Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and the…

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December 2014
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Asia Bibi

Christian woman Asia Bibi, who was accused of making derogatory comments about Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim woman, has seen her appeal rejected by the Lahore High Court. According to the BBC, the Pakistan high court rejected her appeal against the death sentence for blasphemy that had been issued by a lower…

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December 2014
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Ebola

Church leaders in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone and Liberia have been playing a vital role in helping people to stay safe, Christian relief and development agency Tearfund has said. According to Patricia Conteh, projects officer for Tearfund in Sierra Leone, Tearfund partners have found that, because church leaders are widely trusted, they can use church…

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December 2014
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Laos

Six Christians, including a three-year-old girl, who were arrested after meeting for worship in Laos were released in October, Barnabas Fund has reported. Pastor Sompong Supatto, who was arrested with them, had remained in custody for weeks, handcuffed and held in leg stocks. The believers were arrested on 28 September in Boukham village, Savannakhet province, as…

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Mary Jones centre

The story of how, around 200 years ago, 15-year-old Mary Jones walked barefoot over the hills of North Wales to Bala to buy a Bible is part of our Christian heritage. She saved up and made a 26-mile trek on rough paths and over rocky terrain to reach Rev. Thomas Charles, because she so wanted her own…

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