Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
The Royal Mail is planning to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James’s Version of the Bible with a series of special stamps.
MediaEvangelicals Now, September 2010
 
George Osborne’s emergency Budget punishes the poorest hardest, a leading economic think-tank has said. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the biggest losers from the measures announced by the Chancellor in June were low income households with children. The report was seized on by Labour, with shadow work and pensions secretary Yvette Cooper accusing the Government of carrying out a “shocking and unfair attack on families”.
But the Treasury says it “does not accept” the IFS analysis.
PoliticsThe Sentinel, Wednesday, August 25, 2010
 
Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City has denounced a recent Mexican Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a same-sex marriage law in the nation’s capital as an “abberant judgment”.
The Church “cannot stop calling evil, ‘evil’,” he said in a statement read after his August 8 homily in the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
ChurchThe Universe, Sunday August 22, 2010
 
Hospitals will face fines if they fail to end the “indignity” of mixed-sex wards, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has revealed.
From January hospitals in England will be required to place all patients in single-sex accommodation – with any breaches made public and financial penalties imposed.
Only accident and emergency and intensive-care wards will be exempt from the new regulations, Mr Lansley added, unless there was “compelling clinical justification”.
HealthThe Sentinel, Tuesday, August 17, 2010
 
Car insurance premiums are being pushed up by almost a third due to rising levels of fraud, experts warned today. The average comprehensive policy costs 30% more this year than last, according to AA insurance.
CrimeThe Daily Mail - September 4, 2010
 
The Sistine Chapel is in danger from the sweat and dust generated by more than 4 million visitors a year, warns the Vatican. It says there is a risk of serious damage to the 500-year-old frescoes that adorn the building's interior unless its climate control equipment is updated.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Daily Mail - September 4, 2010
 
Drinking blackcurrant juice can help prevent aches and strains following exercise, a study has found. Volunteers who took an extract of the 'superfruit' in pill form before and after exercise suffered less muscle damage and inflammation.
Food and DrinkThe Daily Mail - September 4, 2010
 
The average age of Church of England congregations is 14 years older than the national average. In England 34 per cent of adults (16 and over) have never had a significant connection with any church. Another 31 per cent used to have a connection but don’t any more. The vast proportion of children and teenagers has never had a connection to church. So church needs to connect with them.
ChurchThe Church Of England Newspaper - September 3rd 2010
 
At the millennium, 192 UN member states and around 23 international organisations agreed to eight international development goals to be achieved by the year 2015. Goals included fighting extreme poverty, fighting epidemics such as Aids and reducing child poverty. While some countries have made progress, others are far from achieving any of the aims.
Social IssuesThe Church Of England Newspaper - September 3rd 2010
 
Bishop of Manchester Nigel McCulloch claims: “Nearly 10 per cent of church buildings are a crippling and unnecessary drain on congregations.”
ChurchThe Church Of England Newspaper - September 3rd 2010
 
Ten members of a Christian medical charity working in Afghanistan have been murdered by the Taliban. On Aug 6, the bodies of 10 members of the International Assistance Mission (IAM) were found in Badakhshan north of Kabul. The 10: six Americans, two Afghans, one German, and a Briton, Dr Karen Woo, a general surgeon from London, were murdered as they were returning from a medical mission to Nuristan in the Hindu Kush. One member of their team, an Afghan driver, survived after convincing the killers he was a Muslim. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killings, saying the 10 were spies and Christian missionaries, seeking to proselytize Afghans.
Religious PersecutionThe Church Of England Newspaper - August 13th 2010
 
Historians are hoping a Bible linked to two pottery dynasties will be brought back home to Stoke-on-Trent. A Wedgwood family Bible dating back to 1630 is going up for auction in America this month after being discovered in an attic in Maine. It is believed the Bible has been owned by two important Burslem potters – Dr Thomas Wedgwood and Enoch Wood – before ending up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Sentinel - August 11, 2010
 
More than 1,000 complaints about the first UK television commercial for abortion services have been rejected by the advertising watchdog, it was announced on Tuesday. The Marie Stopes advertisement drew 1,054 complaints from the public, GPs, counsellors and MPs objecting that its “Are you late?” campaign was misleading, offensive and harmful. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) also arranged for another 3,296 postcards to be sent to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) opposing the ad. The short film gave ‘advice’ about unplanned pregnancies and ran for four weeks in May and June. It asked “Are you late?”, in reference to a woman who had missed her period, and directed those facing an unplanned pregnancy to Marie Stopes International’s 24-hour helpline.
FamilyThe Universe - August 8th 2010
 
Atheist schools could be created under the coalition Government’s new plans, as Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he is interested in a school run by prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins. Mr Gove told MPs on the all-party Commons Education Select Committee that he “recognised that there are some people who explicitly do not want their children educated in a faith-based setting. If Professor Dawkins wants to set up a school, we would be very interested to look at an application.”
EducationThe Church Of England Newspaper - August 6th 2010
 
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and there are 250,000 men currently living with the disease.
HealthKeep The Faith - Issue 50
 
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