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China’s one-child policy has resulted in three million babies being hidden in the country each year. The policy, which is enforced via large fines, prison terms and sometimes even forced abortions and sterilizations, is flouted by many people. ‘In China’s 1990 census, they recorded 23 million births. But by the 2000 census, there were 26 million ten year-olds, an increase of three million.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now – July 2010
 
Italy is heading toward a ‘slow demographic suicide’ because not enough children are being born in the country, according to the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.
Providing statistics to support his cry of alarm, he drew attention to the fact that in Italy “more than 50 per cent of families have no child”.
World IssuesThe Universe, Sunday June 6, 2010
 
An international network of women’s religious orders has launched a worldwide awareness aimed at preventing human trafficking during the June 11-July 11 World Cup in South Africa. The campaign – 2010 Should Be About the Game – has been targeting fans, religious leaders, potential victims of trafficking and the general public, warning them about the risks and urging them to spread the word. Using the 2010 World Cup to exploit vulnerable women, children and men for slave labour, the sex industry or the drug trade is “an outright perversion of the spirit and ethical dimension of sport as well as of the idea and dignity of the human person,” said Salesian Sister Bernadette Sangma.
World IssuesThe Universe, Sunday May 16, 2010
 
Pressure from overseas governments and NGOs to drop the “Christian Nation” clause in Zambia’s constitution has drawn sharp protest from church leaders in the Central African country. The former Executive Director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, Bishop Paul Mususu, told the Times of Zambia last week that it was wrong for foreigners to dictate the terms of the constitution and promote a secular state that would support gay rights. “It is not proper for us to get rid of what we have cherished over the years. We shall be sinking so low if we allow things like homosexuality and pornography in the name of freedom of expression,” Bishop Mususu said.
World IssuesThe Church Of England Newspaper, Friday, May 14, 2010
 
Church officials have praised South African President Jacob Zuma for repeatedly testing for HIV and announcing his status, saying it indicated a new political willingness to address the Aids epidemic in South Africa.
Zuma’s public disclosure on April 25 that he recently tested negative for HIV, the virus which causes Aids, “is very significant in this country where the stigma attached to Aids is so strong” said Dominican Fr Mike Deeb, director of the justice and peace department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
World IssuesThe Universe, Sunday May 9, 2010
 
An election victory for Iraq’s more secular parties backing Prime Minister-elect Ayad Allawi is not tempting Iraqi Christian refugees to return home, even as members of the Chaldean Catholic Church hierarchy continue to express confidence that Christians can live in peace in Iraq. “It’s very, very difficult to turn back to Iraq, impossible to turn back,” said Christian Toma Georgees from his apartment in Damascus, Syria. “Our problem is not with the Iraqi government. Our problem is with the Iraqi people, ignorant people who want to kill us, who want to kill all the Christians. Those people are ignorant, and they just want to drink our blood as Christians.” “If we talk about going back to Iraq, we’re talking about going to hell,” said Hanah Abdel Hahel Salumi, widow and mother of four in Damascus.
World IssuesThe Universe, Sunday May 2, 2010
 
“A million New Yorkers are good without God. Are you?” reads posters that go up in New York subway stations. Campaign sponsored by eight atheist organisation known as the Big Apple Coalition of Reason, seeks to promote awareness of atheists in the city and, according to one spokesman, encourage “talking and thinking about religion and morality.”
World IssuesLifetimes, Issue 81, December 09/January 10
 
Cartoons portraying Jesus as a beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking yobbo have sparked communal rioting in India, and have led to the burning of a Church of North India (CNI) church and Salvation Army meeting hall in the Pubjab. On Feb 20, Christians in the town of Batala took to the streets to protest the publication of a cartoon from a school textbook that portrayed Jesus raising glass of beer in one hand and holding a cigarette in the other.
World IssuesThe Church Of England Newspaper – February 26th 2010
 
A report from the Stockholm International Peace Institute found that the volume of arms sales has gone up by 22 per cent over the past five years, with a 150 per cent rise in South America.
World IssuesThe Universe, Sunday March 21, 2010
 
At least 200 people have been killed in violence between Christians and Muslims in the Nigerian city of Jos, says the monitoring group, Human Rights Watch. The fighting prompted thousands of people to flee the city, houses, mosques and churches have been burnt down and many arrested, and a 24-hour curfew imposed. The death toll has not been verified and it is not known how many Christians have died.
World IssuesLife And Work – March 2010
 
European countries have been accused of having an anti-war attitude that is threatening world security by U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates. Addressing a forum on rewriting the basic mission plan for the NATO alliance, Mr Gates said: “the demilitarisation of Europe has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to a impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st.”
World IssuesThe Sentinel – February 24th 2010
 
The bishop in charge of pastoral care for Polish migrants in Britain has appealed for solidarity with the thousands of children left back at home in Poland “without proper care” when their parents go abroad to work. “The children of migrants are often abandoned and left by themselves – they’re a reminder that there are those among us today who are greatly deprived,” said Mgr Wojciech Polak, auxiliary Bishop of Poznan.
World IssuesThe Universe – January 31st 2010
 
The Pope noted that agriculture in Afghanistan and some Latin American countries was linked to the production of narcotics and called for a “rechannelling” of such activities. He urged the international community not to resign itself to the drug trade and the grave moral and social problems it brings.
World IssuesThe Universe – 17th January 2010
 
The Turkish assassin who shot Pope John Paul II said he plans to make a pilgrimage to the late Pope’s Vatican graveside after his final release from prison on January 18. Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily said “friends and confidants” of Mehmet Ali Agca had disclosed that he planned to move abroad and write the “whole truth” in an autobiography, adding that he had been offered $2 million by a US television channel in one of dozens of interview requests.
World IssuesThe Universe – 20th December 2009
 
A handful of countries are responsible for the weakening of a global anti-corruption treaty, said Christian Aid, Global Witness and Tearfund. China, Russia and Egypt are among the governments who have weakened proposals for a peer review mechanism for the UN Convention against corruption (UNCAC) live up to their commitments. ‘A huge opportunity to turn rhetoric into action has been lost due to the irresponsible behavior of an unlikely coalition of blocking countries.’ said George Boden of Global Witness.
World IssuesChristianity – January 2010
 
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