News Roundup

European petition to defend traditional marriage launched

A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been launched towards defending the family and marriage as between one man and one woman across the continent. The move is backed by Christian Concern and other pro-marriage groups. An ECI is “an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate” and  must be backed by a minimum of one million people across at least seven member states, with a minimum number of signatories required in each member state.

 

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Majority of Canadians oppose euthanasia on certain grounds – poll

A Canadian poll reveals that 86% of people aged 55-plus oppose euthanasia on the grounds of psychological suffering, while 68% of all respondents objected to religious-run hospitals being required to participate in euthanasia provision.

 

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NI woman receives suspended sentence for drug-induced abortion

A Northern Ireland woman who purchased abortion drugs online has received a suspended sentence after lawyers successfully argued that if she had been based anywhere else in the United Kingdom, she would not have faced a court. The woman successfully procured drugs online and later dumped her aborted foetus in a bin at her home.
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Pope’s exhortation on the family set for release

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis’ post-synodal document on the family will be published on April 8. The Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ meaning ‘The Joy of Love’ will be released at a press conference that morning led by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna.

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Northern Ireland abortion guidelines may reduce terminations

Northern Ireland’s newly issued abortion guidelines will “make doctors more conscious of their obligations” and make procuring a termination harder, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has said. The new rules, SPUC, added clear up the ambiguity of the previous ones where abortion as a legal option was “open to a wide spectrum of interpretation”.

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Christians in Raqqa forced to study Islam

Christians in the Islamic State stronghold city of Raqqa are being prevented from leaving and are now forced to study Islam, an observer group has revealed. It is believed that there are 43 Christian families remaining in Raqqa, having survived thus far by paying the non-Muslim tax levied by Islamic State.

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Historian laments ‘baptism barrier’ to Catholic schools

The high profile historian Diarmuid Ferriter has accused Catholic schools of operating a ‘baptism barrier’ in accessing Church-run schools, describing it as “a dark stain on the national conscience that needs to be removed”. The UCD academic made his comments during an address to this year’s conference of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.
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Same-sex couple seek help in transferring surrogacy babies

A same-sex couple from New Zealand has issued an appeal for help in bringing from Mexico three babies they procured from two surrogate mothers. The two men travelled to Mexico to collect the three infants ahead of new laws aimed at restricting surrogacy there. However, their case came to light as a result of an alleged theft of the money they sent for the surrogacy and adoption procedures.
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Christian magistrate faces further sanction for beliefs

A Christian man in Britain whose role as a magistrate was terminated by the Lord Chancellor after he expressed support for adoption by traditional family units over same-sex couples has now been removed from a National Health Service Trust where he held a non-executive position. Richard Page has been informed the NHS he is suspended while the body “considers whether it is in the interests of the health service” for him to remain in his post.

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Christian groups welcome Northern Ireland abortion guidelines

Christian groups in Northern Ireland have welcomed newly published guidelines on abortion which offer no change in laws regulating terminations there. Despite some concerns over the affording of a more liberal approach to interpreting the new guidelines, issued in the wake of a legal challenge, both the Christian public policy charity CARE and the Evangelical Alliance have expressed support for them.

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