Thu, 31 Oct 2019
The refusal of the Vatican to provide evidence requested by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is "very disappointing", a lawyer for the inquiry has said.
The law banning terminally ill people from being helped to end their lives must be reviewed because it may not be working, a cross party group of MPs has said.
A cross-party group of more than 20 MPs calls on the Ministry of Justice to examine the effects of the ban on assisted suicide.
Marks & Spencer is to become the first mainstream food giant to sell own-label halal ready meals in stores with a large number of Muslim shoppers. The supermarket has said meat used in the meals will be from animals stunned before slaughter.
The airline is investigating ways of offering kosher food in flight.
The Jewish Chronicle
Victoria's commission for children fears many cases of abuse are still being kept secret, despite religious groups reporting 88 cases of sexual and physical abuse in the past financial year.
Shortly after a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council to pass a resolution on women, peace and security, the US mission to the UN released a press statement criticising references to "sexual and reproductive health". The mission said the references promoted abortion.
Near-total bans on abortion have swept the US this year, with state after state banning the procedure six weeks into pregnancy or even earlier. These laws have been blocked by the courts, but anti-abortion groups now appear to be backing incremental laws that restrict clinic operations or introduce new requirements for getting an abortion.
Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis on Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia and any form of physician-assisted suicide.
The Irish Catholic
The head of Ireland's health service executive has said conscientious objections are delaying the expansion of abortion services.
The Irish Times
Wed, 30 Oct 2019
Inspectors said the practice, which offers faith and non-faith based cultural circumcision services for all age groups, did not have a "robust system" for checking the identity of patients.
The UK government has announced it will extend a grant scheme for listed churches in need of repairs.
Parma's Matteo Scozzarella and Sassuolo's Francesco Magnanelli were picked up by TV cameras 'using God's name in vain' during their weekend fixtures.
The state could become the first without an abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade.
Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'
The court in the city of Haifa, Israel has granted the father custody despite the fact he has formerly been convicted of violent crimes.
China's UN envoy has sounded a warning note over trade talks with Washington after the US joined 22 other countries at the UN in criticising Beijing over the detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.
Tue, 29 Oct 2019
The pope has been criticised by the government-ordered child sex abuse inquiry after the Vatican refused to provide crucial evidence.
The league table performance of grammar and faith schools drops substantially once "fairer" measures of pupil background are added to progress measures, a new study demonstrates.
A Christian group is objecting to the mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum that will be rolled out to students across England next year.
Premier Christian Radio
DUP MLA Jim Wells has been slammed as "highly insensitive" after calling for referenda to be held on the two significant changes to the law on social issues in Northern Ireland.
An elderly man suspected of firing shots outside a mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne has been arrested, French police say.
Seven Italian doctors who refused to perform a potentially life-saving abortion are fighting accusations of manslaughter in a trial that is expected to set a precedent for Italy's medical attitude towards the procedure.
Financial Times (£)
A three-year-old boy's penis has been cut off during a circumcision in Brazil.
Carolina Landsmann says it would be a relief for many Jews if circumcision became a metaphorical ritual rather than a literal one.
Qanta Ahmed says the reaction to an event at the recent Conservative party conference shows why so few moderate Muslims are heard in public debate.
A Kirkcaldy man who admitted behaving in a threatening manner by repeatedly uttering 'religious offending' phrases and comments has been banned from attending football matches for 12 months.
US food chain Chick-fil-A, which funds several Christian anti-LGBT organisations and causes, has opened a branch in the Highlands, shortly after opening one in Berkshire.
Mon, 28 Oct 2019
A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.
The fugitive leader of the Islamic State group killed himself during a US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said.
A woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after a landmark law change said she is relieved to move on with her life.
A bid to have evolution taught in primary schools in Scotland has been launched amid concerns that pupils with no religious beliefs are "not represented" in the classroom.
Justin Welby has spoken out about the use of language in the Brexit debate.
A priest has been jailed for attempting to meet a two-year-old boy he wanted to abuse, police have said.
This review gives a new film about the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church four stars and describes it as "compassionate but forensic".
Eighteen police and crime commissioners have signed an open letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for the government to reassess the law on assisted dying.
A letter says it is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical.
The founding principal of two Christian colleges is facing historical child sex abuse allegations that date back to his time at the schools, in the 1970s and '80s.
Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male "guardians" or have relationships deemed inappropriate.
Fri, 25 Oct 2019
'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted
A private Islamic school which had been rated "inadequate" secretly stayed open after telling the Department for Education it had closed, and repeatedly blocked inspectors from carrying out checks, it has emerged.
The head teacher of an Islamic school set up next to a mosque in Wolverhampton "denied access" to an Ofsted inspector, claiming she had no right to enter.
A "sadistic and predatory" atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.
Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence
Paedophile priests acted "like the mafia" while abusing boys at an abbey school, while the pope's representative stands accused of using diplomatic immunity to avoid giving evidence about a fugitive monk.
Accusations of abuse and homophobia have been made against a former Respect Party leader who is running as a Labour candidate in the West Midlands mayoral race.
Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system
A cleric accused of abusing boys at a Catholic boarding school has said he has "no great respect for the system" when dealing with the evidence of alleged victims.
Steven Sheehan recommends a newly released film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is out in the UK today.
The Digital Fix
A man who criticised the Catholic Church during a radio interview in Italy has been convicted of blasphemy and fined.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Hardeep Singh says girls from religious minorities are under constant threat of forced marriage and conversion.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said religious leaders have "been the single greatest cause of LGBT+ oppression throughout the centuries" and the current Anglican leadership is "active or complicit" in its continuing.
Thu, 24 Oct 2019
Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years
Britain has seen a liberalisation of attitudes on issues including abortion, gay relationships and euthanasia, a survey suggests.
Two far-right extremists who encouraged copycat terror attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings have been jailed.
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