Wed, 25 Mar 2020
The UK government published then deleted changes to abortion law that would have allowed women to access medical terminations without travelling to a clinic, leaving women's health charities "staggered".
Angry MPs are demanding to know why changes to make it easier for women to have an abortion safely during the coronavirus crisis were "mysteriously" withdrawn.
Ninety-two Chadian soldiers have been killed in the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram jihadists on armed forces in the country, President Idriss Déby Itno said on Tuesday.
Afghan security forces are battling militants who stormed a temple belonging to the Sikh religious minority in central Kabul.
As US states ramp up restrictions to contain the coronavirus, Texas has joined Ohio in deeming nearly all abortions as non-essential procedures that must be delayed.
The governor of Mississippi has vowed he would take action against his state's sole remaining abortion clinic if it provides abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tue, 24 Mar 2020
The member for the SNP suggested that parishioners should "take risks and trust in Jesus".
Premier Christian News
The change came amid a mounting backlash among MPs and religious leaders.
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has performed a U-turn over holding public services during the escalating coronavirus crisis, having initially they would continue indefinitely throughout the pandemic.
Two members of London's ultra-Orthodox community died of coronavirus at the weekend, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said. But in Stamford Hill, an area of north-east London with a large Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, population, some synagogues are still open.
Muslim groups have repeated calls for mosques to close during the coronavirus crisis after some held Friday prayers.
Followers are flouting social distancing rules and have held an 11-day meeting, at the Best Western Bell Hotel in Driffield, East Yorkshire.
Mon, 23 Mar 2020
"Religious staff" are included in a new list of "key workers" who are exempt from the nationwide closure of schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A proposed amendment, backed by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, would require local authorities to consult families or faith groups before cremating people from religious backgrounds during the coronavirus outbreak. This follows the proposal of emergency measures which would enable councils to direct cremations if necessary.
The Jewish Chronicle
The worker, who has family in Stamford Hill, urged the authorities to act after reports that some among the Charedi community were not observing the recommended practices of social distancing.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Ohio Attorney General's office ordered abortion clinics in the state to stop performing "nonessential" abortions and surgeries amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to letters the AG's office sent.
A major evangelical church in Brazil has won a court battle to remain open despite warnings that large gatherings will help spread the coronavirus.
As evangelical Christians use their influence with Brazil's government to cast their net ever wider, indigenous people vulnerable to common diseases face a growing threat.
Earlier this week, several prominent rabbinic leaders in Israel announced that they would not comply with government directives, stating that their schools and yeshivas would remain open.
The Jerusalem Post
Fri, 20 Mar 2020
New legislation passed by Holyrood takes Scotland a step closer to the goal of eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation, MSPs have been told.
The Church of England has imposed new measures saying weddings held in its churches can only include the legal minimum amount of people. Meanwhile civil ceremonies will be judged on a case by case basis.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bangladesh for a mass prayer session on Wednesday, despite fears it posed a risk of spreading the new coronavirus.
State and local shutdown orders shouldn't exempt religious gatherings, and those communities should comply, says John Inazu.
Bolton Council of Mosques has paid £25,000 a year to lease a building owned by its chairman Asif Patel and his family for more than a decade. It has spoken out to defend the arrangement.
Manchester Evening News
Government adviser wins damages over false accusation he supported hanging of Christian woman in Pakistan
Leeds imam and government adviser Qari Asim has been awarded damages and a full apology after the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online falsely accused him of supporting the hanging of a Christian woman in Pakistan.
The Yorkshire Post
A primary school teacher in Somerset has been banned from profession after anti-Islamic comments were found on his Facebook page and he shared "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" views in the classroom.
Seeking an abortion was a crime until now, but new legislation has removed the stigma and given women a choice, says justice minister Andrew Little.
Indonesia's education system – while accessible for all – employs teaching curriculum and learning materials that fail in challenging traditional roles and changing social attitudes towards women.
A conservative Christian pastor issued an angry rebuke of churches taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, calling them "sissies" and "pansies" who have been "neutered."
Thu, 19 Mar 2020
"No current Catholic or Anglican leader would come before this inquiry now and seriously try to maintain that clerical sex abuse scandals had never happened," says Richard Scorer, NSS vice president who is representing core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
Commission 'still considering its options' at getting back cash after Edward Cohen, 67, was jailed for nine years for laundering more than £10m through a Jewish charity.
The Church of England announced the latest measures on how to tackle mass public gatherings in keeping with the Government's guidance.
New York's Chasidic communities have been accused of not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough, with firefighters breaking up packed events across the city.
Religious gatherings, closely-knit faith groups and pilgrims have emerged as major spreaders of the coronavirus, transmitting the disease in ways that are proving difficult to trace and contain.
The Wall Street Journal
The overthrow of Omar al-Bashir's Islamist regime last April and the melting away of its morality police have led to an easing of onerous social constraints, allowing women to dress more freely and opening up more space for cultural activities.
National MP Amy Adams has been praised for her speech during the abortion law debate in which she called out intolerance from religious groups and urged church leaders to stop teaching "contraception is a sin".
Americans are still far more religious than people in any other wealthy nation.
Wed, 18 Mar 2020
A significant majority of NHS obstetricians and gynaecologists have indicated their support for delivering abortion services in Northern Ireland, according to an Ulster University survey.
UK health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that the government's new social distancing guidelines apply to places of worship.
Religious organisations are subject to "little to none external oversight" of how they ensure children are protected from sexual abuse, an inquiry has heard.
Premier Christian News
The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has been found guilty of murdering 22 people.
An Islamic preacher has gone on trial accused of raping a schoolgirl at his mosque 15 years ago.
A church wants to open the first independent religious school in Aberdeen to teach children a "Biblical world view".
Students from Muslim families are less likely to be awarded top class degrees than students from other religions or beliefs, according to research.
A decision about whether the last abortion clinic in the US state of Missouri can remain open is "imminent", advocates involved in the case have said.
European and British leaders should resolve to stop President Erdogan undermining his country's rule of law any further.
The Times (£)
Tue, 17 Mar 2020
Plans to shut two village schools and create a new church school are being pushed forward despite opposition from many parents.
Church of England accused of 'marking own homework' after dean returns to work following safeguarding scandal
The Church of England has been accused of "marking its own homework" after a cathedral dean left her post amid an abuse scandal – but was allowed to return to work following extra training.
The number of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation could be much higher than previously estimated, as a new report shows the practice is carried out in more than 90 countries around the world.
Religious groups' wishes to bury their dead as soon as possible may have to be denied if the steep rise in deaths under a coronavirus pandemic leads to a severe backlog of funerals, government guidance has warned.
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