Euthanasia no sign of progress, Spain’s Bioethics Committee says

October 15th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Credit: sfam_photo/Shutterstock. CNA Staff, Oct 13, 2020 / 05:01 pm MT (CNA).- The Bioethics Committee of Spain has unanimously rejected the underlying principles behind the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill that is making its way through the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the legislature. The 12-member CBE, which is responsible for issuing reports on matters with relevant bioethical implications, unanimously reached the decision to advise the government that the proposed euthanasia law is …Read More

WEA calls on Sweden to better protect religious freedom of asylum seekers

October 5th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

A view of Stockholm, in Sweden. / Photo: PeterIvey Sweden was one of the countries reviewed in the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC). Throughout its “cycles”, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) gives a chance to countries and NGOs to present recommendations to all member states. During the September 2020 session, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), which holds a NGO status, gave a statement on Sweden. Previoulsy, they had also …Read More

Summit speakers discuss ongoing efforts to combat religious persecution

October 5th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Displaced women and children wearing protective masks wait in the medical center of a camp in Dahuk, Iraq, March 7, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Credit: CNS photo/Ari Jalal, Reuters.) WASHINGTON — A digital summit sponsored by In Defense of Christians, “Combating Global Christian Persecution,” showed that the fight against all forms of religious persecution continues with a renewing cast of political leaders. Rep. French Hill, R-Arkansas, last year’s winner of the group’s Congressional Champion …Read More

Pastor warned by police not to share Bible’s position on homosexuality

September 15th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Christian Concern Pastor Josh Williamson A pastor in Cornwall has been advised by the police not to offend LGBT people after he celebrated the cancellation of a gay pride event on Facebook.When Cornwall Pride announced its annual march would not go ahead this year following concerns about social distancing, Pastor Josh Williamson of Newquay Baptist Church called it “Wonderful news”. When challenged, he said it was because he did not like to see sin celebrated, …Read More

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: BLEACHED, BLANCHED, AND RINSED OUT

September 15th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

by George Weigel  9 . 9 . 20 Father Richard John Neuhaus put two Big Ideas into play in American public life. The first was that the pro-life movement (of which Neuhaus was an intellectual leader) was the natural heir to the moral convictions that had animated the classic civil rights movement (in which Neuhaus was also deeply involved). The second was that the First Amendment to the Constitution did not contain two “religions clauses” but one …Read More

Sex-selective abortions in India could lead to the abortion of 5 million girls over the next decade

September 15th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

The lives of almost 5 million baby girls in India will be lost over the next decade  due to the prevalent use of sex-selective abortions, according to new research. Academics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia estimate the average annual number of “missing female births” will be 469,000 from 2017 to 2025 and 519,000 from 2026 to 2030, resulting in around 6.8 million lives lost. Over the next decade, between …Read More

Only 18 babies with Down syndrome born in Denmark in 2019

September 15th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Credit: Tatiana Dyuvbanova/Shutterstock. CNA Staff, Sep 6, 2020 / 01:00 pm MT (CNA).- Only 18 children with Down syndrome were born in Denmark in 2019, the lowest number on record in the Scandinavian country, according to a new report from the Danish Central Cytogenetic Registry (DCCR). The DCCR, whose statistics date back to 1970, is a national registry of people who have undergone prenatal or postnatal chromosomal tests, molecular genetic tests, or biochemical tests. The …Read More

Finnish MP interrogated by police again over Christian views on sexuality

September 15th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Päivi Räsänen (c) is the subject of a criminal investigation over her views on sexuality(Photo: ADF International) A Christian MP has been interrogated by the police for the third time over her traditional views on family and marriage. Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s former Minister of the Interior, faced questioning again on 25 August over comments she made on a Finnish radio talk show last year. During her appearance on the YiePuhe programme, Räsänen shared a conservative perspective …Read More

Six hundred attacks on religious buildings and places of worship in Northern Ireland in last five years

August 28th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

BY: Harry Brent August 27, 2020 THERE have been over 600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland over the past five years, statistics show. According to police figures, 601 incidents of criminal damage to religious buildings, churchyards or cemeteries have occurred since 2014/15. The number of attacks during each year has remained fairly consistent, though it has been ever so slightly decreasing year on year. There were 136 instances in 2014/15; 128 in …Read More

The Christians of Iraq ‘may again face martyrdom’

August 28th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

August 27, 2020 News | The Suffering Church Christiam persecution | Iraq | Middle East KHALIS AYSHOA is a former Member of the Iraqi Parliament (2010-2014), where he served as head of the Popular Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Council. A Syriac Catholic and native of Qaraqosh,  on the Nineveh Plains, he is former chief engineer at the Ministry of Construction and Housing. He spoke with Aid to the Church in Need about the situation of Christians …Read More