Pakistan: Christians and activists commemorate Shahbaz Bhatti

Celebrations to commemorate Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic minister killed two years ago, were held in numerous churches and cities of Pakistan. The Commission “Justice and Peace” of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi held a public demonstration to remember the “martyr” Shahbaz Bhatti, on the second anniversary of his death on March 2, 2011, as […]

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UK police chaplain sacked for defending traditional marriage on personal blog

The Rev. Brian Ross, a former minister of the Church of Scotland has told the Committee examining the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the British parliament that he was removed from his post after expressing his views opposing the government’s plans to create “gay marriage” and “sham” marriages, in which foreign nationals pay someone […]

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UK Government ‘powerless to protect teachers from sack over homosexual marriage’

The Education Secretary issued formal reassurances that teachers and other staff who hold traditional views on marriage should not be punished for refusing to promote same-sex marriage at work. Legal advice supplied to the equalities minister Maria Miller has offered reassurances that staff would be protected and that no one should be forced to “promote […]

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ECHR: “Obsessive political correctness” trumps freedom of conscience

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a shocking ruling on four UK cases where the applicants suffered severe sanctions or were sacked from their jobs because of their Christian faith and conscience. Shirley Chaplin worked as a nurse in a government-run hospital and had worn a small cross on a necklace without incident […]

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Homosexual marriage could signal return to ‘centuries of persecution’, – say 1,000 British Catholic priests

By John Bingham, The Telegraph Religious Affairs Editor – published on 11 Jan 2013 More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. In one of the biggest joint letters of its type […]

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La CEDH de Strasbourg devra se prononcer bientôt sur les violations des droits religieux de chrétiens au Royaume-Uni

Par Grégor Puppinck Mardi 15 janvier 2013, la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme rendra public ses jugements dans les affaires Nadia Eweida, Shirley Chaplin, Lillian Ladele et Gary McFarlane contre le Royaume-Uni, concernant le droit d’employés chrétiens de ne pas être victime de discrimination dans le cadre professionnel en raison de leur religion (affaires […]

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Christians might lose charitable status for not offering communion to everyone

The Plymouth Brethren is a small denomination of conservative evangelicals gathering about 16,000 adherents in Britain. The group engages in street preaching, distributing bibles and visits hospital patients. These activities more than qualifies them for charitable status under the “advancement of religion” clauses. However, they have been embroiled in a dispute with the government’s Charity […]

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Ancient monastery in Turkey faces destruction in anti-Christian lawsuit

As we informed in previous posts (see here and here), the existence of the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world, the fifth century Mor Gabriel Monastery in the Tur Abdin plane (the mountain of God’s servants) near the Turkish-Syrian border, is at risk. Founded in 397 by the monks Samuel and Simon, Mor Gabriel […]

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Irish justice minister: priests must break seal of confession in abuse cases

Ireland’s justice minister has confirmed that Catholic priests are required by law to break the seal of confession to report abuse of children. Alan Shatter said that new legislation requiring reports of abuse allow for no exceptions. The justice minister said that although a priest might claim some exception for sacramental confession, there would be […]

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Scottish cardinal urges Christians to wear crosses

As the UK government fights Christians’ right to wear a cross at work before the European Court of Human Rights, Scotland’s top Catholic prelate has called on the faithful to wear the cross “each and every day of their lives.” In his Easter Sunday homily, Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien of Edinburgh said wearing the cross […]

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