Key Quotes for 2002

Key Quotes for 2002

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
Family pressure for converts to return to Islam can include physical violence and intimidation from relatives. In 1996 a young woman in a West African country was stripped, beaten and led naked through her home town by her father when he discovered that she had converted from Islam to Christianity.
Barnabas Fund
 
After the attacks on September 11th 2001, churches across the nation spontaneously opened their doors for people to come in to pray." Dr. Rock said. "There was an upsurge of people seeking out religious institutions as a place to reorient themselves."
Gospel Today
 
Pope John Paul 2nd said the best antidotes to family and marital problems are an intense prayer life and regular recourse to the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and confession. In a speech last week, the Pope also encouraged parents to maintain open lines of communication with their children, citing the dangers of leaving young people unguided in a "society saturated with eroticism."
Scottish Catholic Observer
 
As he did in 2000, US President George Bush preaches like the born-again Christian he is. He tells his audience that the terrorists believed America's "national religion was materialism." They were wrong. "So my call to America, if you want to join in the fight against evil, is to do some good, is to love your neighbour just like you'd like to be loved yourself. We've got to remember that government can help and government can hand out money, but it can't put love in people's hearts, it can't put a sense of purpose in people's lives."
The Guardian - G2
 
around one in five pregnancies end in abortion - almost 200,000 in the year 2000 alone.
Scottish Catholic Observer
 
In an average church, say 100 members together gave 1,000 in the weekly offering. Typically, 900 of that will have been given by only 25 members of the congregation. Of those 25, five people will have contributed 500 between them, with 20 people contributing 400. That means the remaining 75 members are contributing 100 - amounting to each person dropping just over 1 in the weekly offering.
Idea
 
In 27 years of fighting, over one million Angolans died and an estimated four million were displaced from their homes. The UN World Food Programme on October 1 warned that the number of Angolans "in urgent need of food aid until December had increased to 1.8 million." MSF reports that 400,000 disarmed UNITA soldiers and their families "depend on humanitarian assistance to survive."
The Church of England Newspaper
 
In 2002 one in three children born in this country is born into poverty.
The Church of England Newspaper
 
Commentators have estimated that over 150,000 Christians are being killed through persecution every year throughout the world.
Release International's Eddie Lyle - Published in The War Cry
 
In 88 countries studied, more than 13 million children currently under the age of 15 have lost one or both parents to Aids, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2010, this number is expected to jump to more than 25 million. By the same year, the number of orphans worldwide will have risen to around 106 million - about a quarter of whom will be Aids related. By the same year, in 12 African countries orphans will comprise 15% of all children under the age of 15. In Zimbabwe 17.6% of children are already orphans - three quarters because of Aids. In Kenya HIV prevalence among pregnant women ranges from 3% in Mosoriot to 31% in Chulaimbo.
'Children On The Brink' a report by several agencies including UNICEF - Published in The War Cry
 
Work has finally started on London's new Wembley Stadium, which, by the time it has been completed, looks like being the most expensive stadium in the world. Originally estimated at 312 million ($490 million) several years ago, the actual cost will now be 757 million ($1.2 billion) by the time it opens.
Audience
 
25 million Africans have HIV
HM - The Hard Music Magazine
 
In 1995 the Abusive Images Unit of the Greater Manchester Police dealt with just 12 indecent images of children. By 1999 that figure had risen to 41,000 and in 2001 one person alone had 50,000 still and moving images of child abuse downloaded from the internet.
Christian Irishman
 
In a study conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, it was discovered that in families where both the mother and father have jobs, one in five mothers and twice as many fathers were at work between 6.30am and 8.30am. In the evenings, 25% of mothers and 45% of fathers regularly worked until between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
The Sentinel
 
The top four nations of death penalty executions are:
1. China
2. Iran
3. Saudi Arabia
4. United States
Amnesty International - printed in Release
 
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