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The President of Burundi said nations must put God first in order to be blessed. “What can God give us if we don’t respect him?” said President Pierre Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader who said he accepted Christ in 1997. “We must go his way so he can protect (us)”.
World IssuesCharisma and Christian Life- August 2009
New equality rules proposed by the European Commission have been condemned as ‘wholly unacceptable’ by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Equal Treatment Directive is designed to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of religion, disability, age and sexual orientation, and has been the subject of a public consultation by the British Government. However, the bishops warned that it could be ‘an instrument of oppression’ if it failed to balance the competing rights of groups. They are particularly concerned about article 13, which requires that organisations amend any internal rules contrary to the principle of equal treatment.
World IssuesSalvationist- August 2009
Booming world population levels will increase the number of migrants trying to get into the UK in the future, a campaign group has warned. Migrationwatch said huge rises in the number of people living in poorer developing countries are likely to boost migration pressures. Falling populations in East European countries will mean fewer workers wanting to come from there to Britain.
World IssuesThe Sentinel- 12 August 2009
Kenya’s coalition government has lost the confidence of its people and must go. This is according to the National Council of Churches of Kenya, after the government reneged on its pledge to bring to justice those responsible for the 2007 post-election violence that led to the deaths of 1,500 people and the displacement of others. In a statement published on its website and distributed to the media by the group’s chairman, the Rev Canon Peter Karanja, the NCCK said the government’s decision to drop a special tribunal to “try the suspected perpetrators of post-electoral violence is the greatest betrayal of the people of Kenya”.
World IssuesThe Church Of England- August 2009
Michael Jackson fans have launched a campaign calling for the superstar to be nominated for the Nobel peace Prize. The late star’s fans have flocked to sing online petitions supporting the move. They say he should be honoured for his charity work and “lifelong dedication to the well of humanity”. So far, more than 2,000 people have added their names to the campaign.
World IssuesThe Sentinel- 28 July 2009
It was reported that a Voice of the Martyrs’ project of faxing gospel messages to North Korea provoked a sinister response. After recent messages that included stories of Christians loving Communists even under persecution, someone at the North Korean embassy in Finland returned an unsigned fax. It read: ‘We know who you are. We warn you that if you send this kind of dirty fax again, something very bad will happen to you. Don’t do something you will regret’.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now- July 2009
Brazilian footballers have been told not to make any overt displays of Christianity by the sport’s governing body. FIFA has told players such as Real Madrid midfielder Kaka` and FC Bayern München defender Lucio, who appeared with T-shirts under their team shirts carrying the slogans ‘I Belong To Jesus’ and ‘I Love God’ during the Confederations Cup final in June, that they will be disciplined if they display overt symbols of religion, which are not permitted by FIFA rules. A warning letter was sent to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) regarding both Catholic and Protestant players wearing slogans. Kaka` and Lucio are among several Protestants in the Brazilian team.
World IssuesSalvationist- 2009
For the first time in fifteen years, a majority of Americans consider themselves as pro-life according to a May Gallup Poll. The survey of 1,015 adults found that 51% of Americans call themselves pro-life while 42% describe themselves as pro-choice. Just a year ago, 50% of respondents were pro-choice, and 44% were pro-life. Previously, the highest percentage of Americans to ever consider themselves pro-life was 46% in August 2001 and May 2002. Gallup attributed the shift to an increase in Republicans, Protestants and Catholics who identify as pro-life.
World IssuesCharisma And Christian Life- July 2009
The inquiry into the Iraq War will be able to lay blame, as David Miliband accepted another concession. The Foreign Secretary said that it would “praise or blame whoever it likes” despite Prime Minister Gordon Brown telling MPs last week that was not its role. Mr Miliband’s assurances helped the Government see off a backbench revolt over the inquiry arrangements, although its majority was slashed to 39 after 19 Labour MPs, including Mark Fisher, Stoke-on-Trent Central, and Paul Farrelly, Newcastle, voted against it.
World IssuesThe Sentinel- 25 June 2009
Hindu Extremists attacked Christians in Mondakal relief camp in Kandhamal on May 11. Under cover of darkness, extremists tried to enter the camp where about 1,500 Christian refugees have stayed since last August’s anti-Christian violence. The Hindu hardliners attacked Swasti Nayak, a Christian who was standing near the camp’s main gate, leaving him with minor injuries. Police patrolling the camp intervened soon after, keeping the crowd of attackers at bay.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now- July 2009
Six months after the inauguration of Illinois Democrat Senator Barack Obama as President, the United States is moving to the right on moral and social issues. In an apparent backlash to the new president’s policies, a solid majority of Americans are opposed to abortion, surveys by the Gallup Organization reported last month. Polling figures find that of those surveyed, 51% describe themselves as “pro-life” or anti-abortion, while 42 per cent stated they were “pro-choice” or pro-abortion.
World IssuesChurch of England- June 2009
In what religious freedom advocates regarded as a breakthrough in Vietnam, authorities granted rare permission to unregistered house church groups to hold a large, public Easter-related service on April 21. More than 15,000 people gathered at Tao Dan Stadium to worship God, proclaim Christ and experience a rare large-scale Christian unity, especially house church members accustomed to meeting in small groups. The only other such event granted to unregistered groups was an open-air meeting at Christmas 2007.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now- June 2009
Turkey must fully accept the freedom of citizens to convert from one religion to another before it can become a member of the European Union, the Bishop of Chester has warned. Bishop Peter Foster raised the issue during a discussion at question time in the House of Lords of reforms in the country.
World IssuesChurch of England- May 2009
The Bishop of Colombo has called upon the government of Sri Lanka not to treat all Tamils as potential terrorists, but to affirm their ‘rights and dignity’ as citizens of Sri Lanka. In a statement published in Sri Lanka’s national newspapers, Bishop Duleep de Chickera has also urged the government to take swift action to address the humanitarian crisis in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka left in the wake of the 26-year-long civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers.
World IssuesChurch of England- June 2009
Aid agencies have welcomed the end of fighting in Sri Lanka, but warn that the humanitarian crisis created by the conflict is far from over. “Now that the Sri Lankan government has won the war, they must ensure that they win the peace. The priority now is to help those who have had to flee their homes to rebuild their lives,” said Robin Greenwood, director of Christian Aid’s Asia division.
World IssuesChristianity- May 2009
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