Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities

February 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity ‘People with learning disabilities already get a raw deal from the health services.’ Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images James Tapper People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog. Mencap said it had received reports in January from …Read More

An unfolding tragedy: The decline of religious diversity in the Middle East

February 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

By Lord Alton of Liverpool The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen a significant decline in religious diversity in recent years. While ancient Christian communities have often suffered, practically no religious group has been safe from this ongoing tragedy, with Ahmadis, Baha’is, Jews, Yazidis and Zoroastrians all affected, as well as both Shia and Sunni Muslims. For a host of reasons, in several countries in the region, minority communities who have deep …Read More

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act fails in US Senate

February 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

UPDATE, 2/4/21: An emailed press release from the office of Senator Ben Sasse noted today that “the Senate held a roll call vote on an amendment based on the legislation. The amendment received a bipartisan majority vote of 52-48, but failed to meet the 60-vote threshold required to advance.” Sasse’s press release added: Current federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion. In the 116th Congress, the legislation passed the U.S. …Read More

Pope Francis recognizes heroic virtues of pioneering French geneticist Jerome Lejeune

February 12th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Dr. Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994). Credit: Fondation Jérôme Lejeune via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Vatican City, Jan 21, 2021 / 06:30 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis recognized on Thursday the heroic virtues of Jérôme Lejeune, the French geneticist who discovered the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. The step, announced on Jan. 21, means that Lejeune can now be referred to as “Venerable.” Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church. …Read More

Top psychiatrist: ‘Political ideology seriously harmed children at trans clinic’

February 8th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

nhs.uk A consultant psychiatrist has said the influence of radical transgender ideology at an NHS England gender identity clinic left children “seriously damaged”. Dr David Bell, a former staff governor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees the clinic, made the remarks during an interview with Channel 4 News. In 2018, the former governor reported clinicians’ concerns over patient welfare to the Trust in an internal report. ‘Affirmation’ Dr Bell described concerns …Read More

Why is Nigeria the deadliest place to live as a Christian?

February 8th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Amina lost her husband and one of her children in an attack by Boko Haram in 2012. Then five years later, she was one of 10 Christian women abducted by Boko Haram and held for eight months before being freed by government forces.(Photo: Open Doors International) Over the space of one year, around 3,600 Christians were murdered because of their faith in Northern Nigeria. That number has almost trebled from the previous year. What is …Read More

Organizations again labeled ‘hate groups’ over beliefs on marriage

February 8th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 1, 2021 / 05:34 pm MT (CNA).- The Southern Poverty Law Center has again named mainstream organizations to its list of “hate groups” in the 2020 publication of its annual “Year of Hate and Extremism” report. The report, which was released Feb. 1, purports to create an easy-to-search list of “hate groups” in the United States, broken down by state. While the list includes neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and chapters of the …Read More

China’s Communist leaders fear Christian population may reach 300 million by 2030

February 8th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter A Chinese Catholic woman prays at the government-sanctioned Xishiku Catholic Church on August 14, 2014, in Beijing, China. | Getty Images/Kevin Frayer The prospect that China’s Christian community might reach a staggering 300 million people by 2030 has unnerved communist leaders who fear “they’ll have to share power” as the Church increases in size and influence, according to Open Doors’ Ron Boyd-MacMillan. Boyd-MacMillan, director of Strategic Research at …Read More

Why is the West turning a blind eye to persecuted Christians in the global South?

January 29th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Onkundi Nyabuto / Unsplash At the beginning of this year Open Doors, an international Christian NGO, published its annual World Watch List 2021. This highlights countries in which Christians face high to extreme levels of persecution. Last year there were 74 countries on the list. This means that 340 million Christians had to endure some form of persecution only because of their convictions. This is not news. It has been going on for years. What …Read More

Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List to Reveal How COVID and Technology Accelerate Spread of Anti-Religious Bigotry; Digital Press Conference Jan. 13

January 13th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — This week, persecution watchdog Open Doors USA will announce the 2021 World Watch List, its anticipated annual ranking of the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous to be a Christian – and provide a surprising update on significant shifts in the landscape of Christian persecution worldwide. Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry will address media and viewers at an online press conference at …Read More