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Friday
May012015

Belgium’s euthanasia law to be challenged at European Court

Senior lawyer for ADF, Roger Kiska, commented: “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death. The state has a duty to put the necessary safeguards in place so that suffering patients receive adequate care from doctors and an opportunity to consult with family members.”

 

Mortier, 37, had never paid much attention to the discussion about euthanasia. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.”

 

But his mother’s death has transformed the university lecturer into a strong critic of the country’s euthanasia law. “This is suicide with the approval of society,” he said.

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Friday
May012015

Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya

 (Staff) BISHOP Mouneer Anis, Primate of Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East, offered specific prayer requests in response to the barbaric February murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, kidnapped while working in Libya. He wrote:

 

"...these 21 were specifically chosen for their Christian faith. The video of their beheading expressed the Islamic State’s intention to increasingly target the Copts of Egypt... Please join me in praying for peace in Libya, Egypt and the entire Middle East. Please pray the international community will act in wisdom, correctly and efficiently, and support Egypt in its war on terror. Please pray the churches of Egypt will comfort their sons and daughters, encouraging them to resist fear and hatred. And please pray for the perpetrators of this terrible crime, that God would be merciful to them and change their hearts... Please pray for us, that we may live lives worthy of his Name, and hold to the testimony exhibited by the brave Egyptians in Libya."

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Monday
Apr062015

Refugee math 

(Staff)  ON AVERAGE, Canada resettles one out of 10 refugees globally, through private and government-assisted sponsorships. 

In 1979-80 Canadian churches helped sponsor a massive influx of 60,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees, known as the “boat people,” most of whom had no family in Canada.

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Monday
Apr062015

Poor making gains in Latin America

(Staff)  THE MOST economically disparate region in the world, Latin America, is seeing some changes for the better. Journalist Stephanie Nolen of the Globe and Mail quotes Augusto de la Torre, from Ecuador, the World Bank’s chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean:

“We have seen 70 to 80 million people – out of a total population of 600 million in Latin America – move out of poverty in the last decade. The region has made unprecedented progress.” 

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Monday
Apr062015

Some good news from Africa

(Staff)  WHILE THERE is much horrific news coming out of Africa these days, there is also some good news on the medical scene that should not be overlooked.

Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily as more people are properly diagnosed and treated and more people are using insecticide-treated bed nets. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the malaria death rate fell by 47 per cent worldwide between 2000 and 2013 and by 54 per cent in Africa, where about 90 per cent of all malaria deaths occur. This reduction has saved the lives of 3.9 million children. This is all the more remarkable given that there has been a 43 per cent increase in the population of sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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Monday
Apr062015

Churches burned in Niger - Slaughter in Nigeria downplayed  

THE JAN. 24th edition of The Economist reported two very troubling stories out of Africa:

At least 43 churches were burned in Niamey, the capital of Niger, as protests against the publication of satirical images of Mohammed in [the French magazine] Charlie Hebdo turned violent…. Niger, a majority-Muslim former French colony sitting on the edge of the Sahara, has seen …. the deaths of at least ten people and the burning of 45 churches. Hotels and bars have been razed to the ground, prompting speculation that Islamist extremists were among those inciting the mobs.

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Monday
Apr062015

Court favours Diocese of South Carolina

(Staff)  THE SOUTH CAROLINA Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein ruled that the Diocese of South Carolina, the Trustees of the Diocese and 36 parish churches successfully withdrew from The Episcopal Church (TEC) in 2012 taking with them all their property, including churches, symbols and other assets. The Episcopal Church has no legitimate claims to their property, names and symbols.

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Monday
Apr062015

Jewelry generosity in Boston

(Staff)  COINS, paper money and sometimes transit tokens are regularly dropped into the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles – but this past December expensive jewelry was slipped in as well. People of all faiths and none are supportive of the Christian denomination’s work to fight poverty. But in Boston a widow quietly dropped in her wedding and diamond engagement rings. Inspired by this generosity another Bostonian dropped a diamond-encrusted cross pendant into another of the charity’s red kettles. All she asked was that the proceeds be used to buy toys for poor children. Then another widow donated US$21,000 – ten times what the rings were worth – so she could return them to their original owner. “There’s something special happening here in Boston,” said Salvation Army Capt. Myron Smith.

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Monday
Jan052015

Modern slavery opposed

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined Pope Francis and a dozen religious leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish faith communities in Rome on Dec. 2nd to sign an historic declaration aimed at eradicating modern slavery permanently around the world by 2020.

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Monday
Jan052015

Protestantism growing rapidly in Latin America

   By Sue Careless

 

   HECTOR (Tito) Zavala, the Anglican Bishop of Chile and the Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, told the Anglican Planet in 2013: “We have to learn from Pentecostals how to evangelize.”

   A recent study by the Pew Research Centre has proven him right. Over the last four decades the world’s most Roman Catholic continent has become more Protestant. And two-thirds of Latin American Protestants identify as Pentecostal.

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