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Fri, 29 Jan 2021
As well as being Welby's physical protector, Canon Porter has taken on the role of his bureaucratic gatekeeper, says Ysenda Maxtone-Graham.
After a court ruling in Poland led to a near total ban on abortion, a top human rights official has denounced the ruling, saying it imposes a severe limitation of women's rights and "condemns them to torture".
A group of Polish politicians has pledged to press new accusations against Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former secretary of St John Paul II, after prosecutors refused to investigate TV documentary claims that he ignored and covered up abuse by priests in his Krakow archdiocese.
US: Eight-year-old girl is expelled by Christian school after telling another girl she had crush on her
An eight-year-old girl has been expelled from her school in Oklahoma school after telling another girl that she had a crush on her.
Two men in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province were publicly caned each 77 times Thursday after neighbours reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex.
The Associated Press
The makers and an actor of Amazon Prime web series "Tandav", who appealed for protection against arrest, have failed to get protection from the Supreme Court. The makers have been accused of "hurting religious sentiments", "promoting religious enmity" and "defiling a place of worship".
Thu, 28 Jan 2021
A controversial near-total ban on abortion in Poland has taken effect, the government announced, with enforcement from midnight on Wednesday.
Former minister leads call for Domestic Abuse bill to protect women refused Jewish religious ‘divorce’
The proposals to protect victims of Get refusal – where one party refuses to grant a divorce to another under Orthodox Jewish rules – were put forward by members of the House of Lords.
A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has said he was not aware of "what was going on" in homes for unmarried mothers.
Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley has been criticised by the chair of a Westminster committee for referring to "the Catholic IRA".
Plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer through loudspeakers three times a day to a city neighbourhood have been rejected.
A Scottish man who has been held in an Indian jail without conviction for three years has said he was tortured to sign a blank confession. His brother says he is convinced he was arrested because he had written about historical human rights violations against Sikhs in India.
Mr Faruqui has spent 25 days in prison for jokes he evidently "didn't make".
Wed, 27 Jan 2021
Having the option to send their children to an integrated school is "illusory" for many parents, a study has found. Of Northern Ireland's school-aged population, only 7 per cent attend the integrated sector.
The Irish News
No date has been set for the introduction of Northern Ireland-wide abortion services because the issue is still being considered by the Executive, the Department of Health has said.
The Irish News
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told MPs the data collected on 10 million voters about their religion and ethnic origin was unacceptable.
Express and Star
Two independent Strictly Orthodox boys' schools have been pulled up by Ofsted for continuing to refuse to discuss LGBT relationships.
Victims of rape and incest were put in homes for unmarried mothers and their children in Northern Ireland and victimised again, the first minister has said.
Nelson McCausland, former DUP minister and current Education Authority board member, has been accused of endorsing conversion therapy after he shared a story of a gay man who "met Jesus" and turned straight.
The man's wife agreed and said he would not want have wanted to be a burden. His mother, sisters and a niece disagreed. They said that, because of his Catholic beliefs, the man would not have wanted his life to be terminated if it could be preserved.
In 2013, Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan left their lives in Cardiff to fight for Islamic State in Syria.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged coordinated global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A group of UN experts has criticised Sri Lanka's requirement that those who die of COVID-19 be cremated, even it goes against a family's religious beliefs.
The Associated Press
Tue, 26 Jan 2021
A series of "unacceptable and unjustified" security failures occurred before the Manchester Arena bombing, the public inquiry into the attack has been told.
The deadline for thousands of excepted charities to register with the Charity Commission has been extended by 10 years. An exception for church charities with annual incomes of £100,000 or less was due to come to an end on 31 March this year.
Difficult as it is, assisted dying is a subject that deserves another fair hearing.
Thailand's Senate has endorsed a bill that would legalise abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy – a move condemned by the Catholic Church leadership as "an immoral law".
A film that set off a storm of controversy in Pakistan has been made the country's official entry to the Oscars this year. The film faced objections from religious and political groups that led to boycott calls and death threats for its producer.
A record number of women and girls in developing countries are using contraception, a major report has found, but the international community has fallen short of "ambitious" targets to reach 380m by 2020.
Long-building tensions over pandemic restrictions within Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods erupted in violence on Sunday night, as rock-throwing crowds pushed back police attempts to clear yeshiva classes and religious gatherings being held in violation of lockdown rules.
The Washington Post
The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a Nevada church fighting against local coronavirus restrictions on Monday, after lawyers for the state argued against claims that the safety measures were examples of religious discrimination.
The role of Galway County Council and Catholic bishops in Galway and Tuam in the operation of the mother and baby home in Tuam was "shocking", according to a member of Ireland's parliament.
The Irish Times
Mon, 25 Jan 2021
A Catholic relationship and sex education programme being used in UK schools says that contraception is "wrong" and suggests gay people should abstain from sex.
The wedding party took place at Stamford Hill's Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School, with reports of guests fleeing the event as authorities arrived.
Strictly-Orthodox Jewish weddings are still regularly held in flagrant disregard to Covid rules, according to one photographer who spoke out after news that an illegal Stamford Hill wedding for 400 guests was halted by police.
Encouraged by the Netflix hit Unorthodox, Eve Sacks is expanding her work to help former Charedi Jews rebuild their lives, Jack Shamash writes.
A survey found that 82% of respondents agreed that protesters should be kept a minimum distance away from those attending healthcare facilities and only 4% disagreed that women should be protected from harassment.
Convicted terrorists are not being prosecuted for radicalising fellow inmates and extremism is being "encouraged" behind bars, the terror watchdog has warned.
A Muslim comedian in India has been detained for more than three weeks for allegedly 'insulting' Hindu gods during a standup routine that he did not perform.
Members of the Honduran Congress have voted to amend the constitution making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers double down on socially conservative priorities.
A man abused as an altar boy says he's been vindicated after winning a record payout after more than 40 years.
The Egyptian cabinet has approved a draft law that will harshen the penalty for female genital mutilation.
Argentina's groundbreaking abortion law goes into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women's groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups.
The Associated Press
"Religion is no excuse for taking away your child's right to choose what happens to their body."
Fri, 22 Jan 2021
Recent research published by the NSS illustrates the way a lack of government leadership has left RE vulnerable to vested interests.
Parliament rejects trade bill amendment aimed at protecting persecuted religious minorities from genocide
The UK parliament has rejected an amendment which would have required the government to reconsider trade deals with countries deemed by British High Court judges to be committing genocide.
Premier Christian News
A judge has refused to make an order barring five children from formally becoming Catholics.
Premier Christian News
A 13-year-old boy who was handed a decade-long jail sentence for blasphemy last year will now walk free.
A US citizen whose brother is facing the possibility of being sentenced to death in Pakistan on trumped-up blasphemy charges is asking the Biden administration to put pressure on Pakistan to release his brother.
Christians around the world have faced increased persecution as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the refusal of access to emergency aid and increased surveillance and violence, a watchdog has reported.
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