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  • Christians still have a “mission to convert” Muslims and members of other religions to Christianity even in the face of persecution in the Middle East, one of Pope Francis’s most senior aides has insisted.

    But Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Vatican’s head of ecumenical relations, emphasised that Roman Catholic teaching rules out missionary activity aimed at Jewish people because they are regarded as God’s “chosen” people.

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  • A government-sponsored course will open in Sweden later in the year to teach clerics a "locally anchored" version of Islam to counter the influence of radical clerics trained abroad.

    In the Autumn a course funded by a government grant will start in Kista Folkhoegskola adult education centre in north-western Stockholm. The one-year programme will teach Islamic theology and leadership to those who intend to become clerics.

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  • Explosive new evidence has surfed today showing the Houston district attorney behind the bogus charges against pro-life advocate David Daleiden colluded with attorneys for Planned Parenthood.

    Daleiden posted bail last month in response to what his attorneys and pro-life groups explain are bogus charges related to his undercover investigation and exposure of the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babiesDozens of pro-life advocates turned out to support him. He turned down a plea deal and Daleiden’s attorneys and supporters countered that Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson is biased because of her association with an attorney for an abortion practitioner.

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  • The educational trust behind an independent Islamic school in Luton that has been criticised for segregating staff by gender and treating male and female pupils differently is being investigated by the Charity Commission.

    The inquiry by the charities regulator into the Rabia Educational Trust comes after a series of adverse judgments by the school standards watchdog, Ofsted, following inspection of Rabia girls’ and boys’ school.

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  • Lord Laming’s review for the Prison Reform Trust has found that children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned by police or convicted of a crime than others of the same age. It is a national shame that we allow these young people to fill young offender institutions and prisons after spending so much money “taking care” of them throughout their childhoods.

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  • A TRADITIONALIST minister has opened a formal protest over the Church of Scotland’s move to back same-sex marriages among ministers.

    Rev Mike Goss, of Barry Parish Church, Angus, lodged a notice of protest of “dissent” after the historic decision by the Kirk to recognise ministers and deacons in same-sex civil partnerships has been extended to cover same-sex marriage.

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  • The police chief leading the fight to stop people becoming terrorists has said government plans targeting alleged extremists are so flawed they risk creating a “thought police” in Britain.

    Simon Cole, the police lead for the government’s own Prevent anti-radicalisation programme, said that the plans may not be enforceable and risk making police officers judges of “what people can and can not say”.

    His comments in a Guardian interview expose opposition in part of Britain’s security establishment against the planned Conservative government bill which was unveiled last week in the Queen’s speech.

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  • Developers of a new housing estate in suburban Melbourne are only targeting Islamic families in what has been described as one of Australia's biggest faith-based developments.
    Iqra Village, the residential project at Melton South in Melbourne's west, will be divided into 75 lots and marketed towards South Asian migrants.
    There are also plans to build a mosque at the centre of the neighbourhood where two houses have already been built.

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  • People may be asked about their sexuality and "gender identity" in the census for the first time, it has emerged.

    Demographers are considering whether questions on the topics could be included in the next survey for England and Wales, which will be carried out in 2021.

    The Office for National Statistics published the results of a public consultation for views on the contents of the questionnaire.

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  • The genetic engineering of humans has great potential to help those destined to inherit serious, incurable diseases, according to one of Britain’s most prominent scientists, who says the risks and benefits should be debated by society.

    The invention of powerful new genome editing tools means researchers can now make precise changes to genetic material, and so consider correcting faulty DNA in human sperm, eggs and embryos.

    While the procedure may prevent children from being born with serious disorders, the practice – known as “germline therapy” – is banned in Britain and many other countries, because the genetic changes would be passed down to future generations and the risks are largely unknown.

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