Thu, 16 Jan 2020
A church pastor repeatedly raped children after "holy baths" he claimed would ward off evil.
Brisbane's Catholic archbishop has claimed a move to compel Queensland priests to report child sexual abuse offences disclosed during confessions would fail to make children safer.
Nahamu seeks to 'ensure harms caused by inward-facing extremism are recognised and addressed, rather than swept under the carpet'.
Dioceses are aggressively moving and reclassifying holdings to shrink the value of their bankruptcy estates.
There are calls for a new law to allow voluntary assisted dying on the Isle of Man.
Villagers have slammed the Catholic Church for breaching planning law in Lochwinnoch in the Lowlands, and asked why Renfrewshire Council has not taken action against the Diocese of Paisley over the matter.
A letter says it makes little sense to divide scarce educational resources on a religious basis or to segregate children for that reason.
President Donald Trump is promising "big action" to promote school prayer as he seeks to rally the evangelicals who were key to his 2016 election.
A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout chaplain, and said his superiors knew about his "abnormal" behaviour as far back as the 1970s.
US-based Human Rights Watch has released a scathing review of the Chinese government, including a condemnation of Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
One supermarket has shut and another is struggling to stay viable.
Wed, 15 Jan 2020
A profile of one of the NSS's 2018 Secularists of the Year, Phil Johnson, highlights the devastating impact of clerical sexual abuse – and how friends in high places can make it harder to hold those responsible to account.
The Telegraph (£)
This review of the first episode of a BBC documentary on child abuse in the Church of England says it has given voice to survivors.
Dozens of teenage girls suspected of being groomed and abused in Manchester by gangs of men from Asian backgrounds were failed because police feared upsetting race relations, a new probe has suggested.
Councillors in Dundee have roundly rejected a proposal to remove voting rights from non-elected members on the city's education committee, including religious representatives.
Plans to serve alcohol at an "adventure golf club" in Leeds are being challenged by the congregation of nearby Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Shohreh Bayat, the Iranian chief arbiter of the Women's World Chess Championship, says she feels unsafe to return to Iran after the circulation of a photograph taken at game in Shanghai that appears to show her without a headscarf.
A leisure centre in Chelmsford in Essex could become home to a mosque – raising concerns that its bars will close. Local residents have set up a petition opposing the change.
An effort to end religious exemptions to vaccination requirements has collapsed in the US state of New Jersey.
Vans featuring adverts calling for a formal inquiry on assisted dying have patrolled Westminster, as campaigners seek a change in the law.
Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau state, Nigeria on 8 January, the same day four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state.
India: Hindu extremists protest 114 foot tall Jesus statue amid escalating persecution of Christians
Hundreds of hardline Hindus gathered to protest a planned Jesus statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro's "Christ The Redeemer" for its size, claiming the structure will go "against the spirit of communal harmony".
Ben Thompson reflects on outraged Christians' call for a 'blasphemous' comedic film to be banned.
Tue, 14 Jan 2020
Paedophile bishop Peter Ball mentioned friendship with Prince Charles to seem “impregnable”, victim claims
The disgraced paedophile bishop Peter Ball repeatedly mentioned his friendship with Prince Charles so he would seem "impregnable", one of his victims has said.
A former priest has been convicted of sexual offences against a woman and a girl.
Same-sex marriage effectively became legal in Northern Ireland on Monday as couples now are entitled to register to marry.
The Irish Times
Mukul Kesavan says the BJP wants to suppress Indian Muslims and secularists who see them as equal citizens. But police violence has backfired.
Iran's only female Olympic medallist has said on social media she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used by its authorities as a propaganda tool.
Protesters have gathered in large numbers on streets and university campuses across India for more than a month to protest against a new citizenship law which they believe is discriminatory. They have invoked the country's Constitution and chanted its solemn preamble.
Adi Renaldi finds parents bringing girls as young as three months old to undergo a procedure that is known to cause sexual dysfunction, cysts, and birthing complications.
A convicted paedophile who was a trusted Koran teacher has died in prison. His funeral was set to be held at the same mosque where he abused his young victims.
The parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald, has announced that it will debate assisted dying at its January sitting, which begins next week.
The White House on Monday defended President Trump retweeting an image that showed two Democratic leaders edited into Muslim clothing with a backdrop of an Iranian flag.
Mon, 13 Jan 2020
British doctors are earning thousands of pounds a time performing 'revirginisation' surgery on young women forced to prove they are 'pure' to their families.
Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland. From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February.
NSS spokesperson Chris Sloggett says politicians in Scotland shouldn't pander to the Scottish Catholic Church's efforts to advance its ethical and moral positions through the ballot box.
The Sunday Times (£)
A defence minister has apologised after it emerged Catholic chaplains in the armed forces 'outed' gay personnel to military bosses in the 1990s.
Only pupils with a certificate of baptism into the Roman Catholic faith before entry to primary school will automatically be able to transfer from Inverclyde's village schools to their local Roman Catholic secondary, under a plan by education chiefs.
The UK government has committed to increase protections for Christians who are having their right to freedom of religion violated abroad.
Premier Christian Radio
An overwhelming majority of women who get an abortion do not regret the decision to undergo the procedure, according to a new study published in an academic journal. Researchers surveyed women across 21 US states.
Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation, members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
Gavin Mortimer says the pen has not proved mightier than the sword in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey has promised to abolish the House of Lords if she is elected to be prime minister.
Labour leadership hopeful Clive Lewis's plans could potentially have implications for the ties between the monarchy and the Church of England and the seats granted to Church of England representatives in the Lords.
Former residents of a children's home in Argyll are suing the Christian charity which ran it over claims of physical and sexual abuse.
Fri, 10 Jan 2020
Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting Jesus as gay.
Unelected members of Dundee's education committee, including its religious representatives, could be stripped of their right to vote if plans brought forward by a city councillor are successful.
A Sikh broadcasting charity is being investigated over "serious regulatory concerns".
A church-run charity has made an official planning bid to open a children's home in Dumbarton in western Scotland after previously trying to open it without permission.
India's Jawaharlal Nehru University is famous for its liberal environment and critical ethos. Debarati Guha says an attack by masked assailants on its students is an attempt to silence India's secular forces.
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