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July 31, 2015
Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who was sentenced to death for blasphemy, has had her execution temporarily suspended after the country’s supreme court agreed to hear her appeal. Mrs Bibi was arrested in 2009 after being involved in a dispute over a water bowl with a group of Muslim women she was working with. The
July 31, 2015
Polish bishops say they are “deeply disappointed” that a bill allowing state funding for in vitro fertilisation has been signed into law by outgoing president Bronisław Komorowski, despite a seven-year Church campaign to block it. Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga said the law “opens all doors to every possible abuse of human life. It’s a
July 31, 2015
A German cardinal has condemned an arson attack that destroyed a reception centre for asylum seekers. Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, president of the German bishops’ conference, said the attack showed that “some groups” were trying to “sow hatred” against migrants. The incident in the Bavarian town of Reichertshofen was the latest in a wave
July 31, 2015
‘‘no one knows all of what he’s doing,” Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said in an article in the latest edition of National Geographic. “His personal secretary doesn’t even know. I have to call around: one person knows one part of his schedule, someone else knows another part.” The Holy See’s press office director shrugged
July 31, 2015
Large numbers of Germans have renounced their membership of the Catholic Church, according to new statistics. Figures show that the total leaving the Church in 2014 was 22 per cent higher than in the previous year, rising from 178,805 to 217,716. This has not only affected the size of the Catholic community but also the
July 31, 2015
Pope Francis has become the first person to sign up for next year’s World Youth Day in Poland. The Pontiff registered using an iPad in the window overlooking St Peter’s Square during his traditional Sunday blessing. Flanked by a young Polish man and woman, Pope Francis said: “Thanks to this electronic device, I signed up
July 31, 2015
✣ Lawmakers consider assisted suicide bill Lawmakers in the District of Columbia in America are considering legislation that permits doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to patients who are deemed ment­ally competent, have received a terminal diagnosis of six months or less and wish to end their lives. Ukrainians condemn gay partnership plan