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Religious leaders in Sierra Leone met on Thursday 21 Janauary to come up with a common position on a recently passed Bill that legalises abortion in the West African nation.The national interfaith summit at the St. Anthony’s Parish Hall in Freetown is being hosted by the Catholic Church which has spearheaded the campaign against the proposed abortion law.The Safe Abortion Bill 2015 was passed into an act of parliament on 8 December, five years after campaigners began lobbying for a review of the current law in existence since 1861 which criminalises abortion.Shortly after it was passed last month, Christian and Muslim leaders under the umbrella of the Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) paid a visit to President Ernest Bai Koroma to register their disapproval. On that occasion, the president who had until 6 January to sign it into law promised to send the piece of legislation back to parliament for review.If it becomes law, the act will allow women to have an abo...
(Vatican Radio) The head of the Chaldean Church and Archbishop of Baghdad, Patriarch Louis Sako has described the destruction by jihadists of the ancient monastery of St Elijah near the city of Mosul as an attempt to wipe out the history and heritage of Christianity in Iraq. New satellite images confirmed that St Elijah’s monastery which dated back to the 6th century has been razed to the ground. Patriarch Sako was asked by Susy Hodges for his reaction to the news. Listen to the interview with the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Archbishop Louis Sako:   St Elijah’s monastery belonged to the Chaldean Church and was one of Iraq’s most ancient Christian monasteries and Patriarch Sako described its destruction as “a disaster.” He said that through this action against ancient Christian sites, the jihadists are seeking to “cancel the memory” of the Church’s history and heritage in Iraq. The Chaldean Patriarch noted th...
The diocese of Faisalabad in the province of Punjab in Pakistan on February 6, will open a special ‘Year of Education’ that coincides with the ‘Year of Mercy’.The local Bishop, His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Arshad said,  the Year of Education will begin on the local Day of Consecrated Life on February 6. On that occasion students from all schools in the diocese and the faithful of all parishes will gather in Faisalabad. The aim of the Year is "to encourage Christian students, schools and communities to engage in this sensitive area, in order to play a key role in society". "Education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change society"."Education is the path to change the fate of Christians in Pakistan", freeing them from the condition of marginalization and poverty. The Bishop calls "every individual, family and institution to play an active role to promote the quality of education", helped by a special team ...
(Vatican Radio) Among the many local initiatives taking place in Rome to mark the January 18th to 25th week of prayer for Christian Unity is an exhibition of seven paintings exploring the theme of Reconciliation. The works are on display at the Anglican Centre, which this October marks the 50th anniversary of its foundation, following the first official meeting since the Reformation of a pope and an archbishop of Canterbury.The artist, however, is neither Catholic, nor Anglican, but rather Greek Orthodox. Lefteris Olympios was born and raised on the divided island of Cyprus, representing his country at the 47th Venice biennale exhibition. Though all seven paintings are based on religious themes, Olympios told Philippa Hitchen he draws inspiration from many other different sources…Listen  Olympios says he doesn’t want to be labelled a religious artist, or a portrait or landscape artist, but rather he follows his instincts when he is touched by a particular su...
Neh 8: 2-4, 5-6, 8-10; I Cor. 12:12-30; Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21Speaking in the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus used Isaiah’s prophetic terms, long since seen as referring to the coming Messiah, to describe his own mission.  Jesus said he had been sent, among other reasons, “to bring good news to the poor." The success of Jesus’ mission, particularly with the poor who had no political power except that conferred by their sheer numbers, made Jesus a “dangerous” person to the religious authorities of Israel and eventually resulted in his crucifixion.   The Christian gospel is still dangerous when its truth is really put into practice.  This is clearly seen in the case of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered when, like Jesus, he reminded people of the needs of the poor and the oppressed in El Salvador.   The story begins in 1979 when a young priest, Father Grande, was shot and killed on...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
LONDON (AP) -- Almost a decade after former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko lay dying in a London hospital bed, a British judge has concluded who poisoned him: two Russian men, acting at the behest of Russia's security services, probably with approval from President Vladimir Putin....
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison....
BOW, N.H. (AP) -- John Kasich isn't angry....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Broadcast TV viewers in New Hampshire should recognize Hillary Clinton's stance on gun control by now. One of every four political ads she's aired in the state over the past month has been about tougher gun laws....
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