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  • On 18 January 2017, the first hearings in the case of Dr. Katarzyna Jachimowicz against the Norwegian Health Board concluded. In 2015, Dr. Jachimowicz lost her employment with a Family Clinic in the municipality of Sauherad. She had refused to insert intrauterine devices (IUDs), which can act as abortifacients. Administering a procedure that could result in abortion contradicted her Christian faith. International law grants medical staff the right to conscientious objection. Still, her superiors fired Dr. Jachimowicz because she failed to comply with an instruction that she considered to be morally wrong.

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  • Convicts who claim to have become Christians should have their religious faith monitored on release to ensure they have not played the system, David Nuttall has suggested.

    Mr Nuttall (Bury North) asked Dame Caroline Spelman, the Church of England's representative in the Commons, what steps the Church is taking to ensure its prison chaplains are not being hoodwinked by devious criminals.

    He said: "Can you explain what measures are in place to monitor prisoners' commitment to the Christian faith after their release from prison?"

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  • A cathedral has removed a clip of a Muslim prayer being recited within its precincts from its Facebook page after it was heavily criticised for allowing the event to take place.

    The prayer took place in Gloucester Cathedral’s chapter house as part of the launch of a multi-faith art exhibition, and was well-received by those who attended.

    The cathedral decided to take down its social media post on the event following some of the comments it received on its page

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  • Banking group Lloyds has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by Stonewall.

    The firm won the accolade after launching a new volunteering programme, forming official partnerships with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities.

    Lloyds also supported awareness days and social media campaigns as well as flying bisexual and transgender flags at 35 sites.

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  • You may say, “I know the gospel,” but since the gospel is endlessly rich and infinitely multifaceted, there’s always something new to learn about its power and effect (1 Pet. 1:12).

    In the pages of A Disruptive Gospel: Stories and Strategies for Transforming Your City, Mac Pier shows how the gospel has the power to disrupt the status quo, which is indifferent to evil. The gospel disrupted the life of a complacent teenager in South Dakota. It disrupted a cold, hard resistance to historic truth in the boroughs of New York City and the center of Manhattan. It disrupted the high walls between denominations and the even higher walls between the races and classes to form an unprecedented unity and movement to reach the metro region of New York. And it has begun to make use of the new and close connections between the great global cities of the world to spread many of these same influences and effects to other urban centers. This is the story of all that, and - if you're a Christian minister or lay leader - you could hardly find a more encouraging book to read today. 

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  • We are happy to make clear that Islam as a religion does not support so-called "honour killings".' Last August that sentence appeared in the corrections pages of both the Sun and the Mail Online. Why had these newspapers suddenly felt inclined to weigh in on this contentious theological debate? Because a complaint had been made against them to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the non-state-backed press regulator set up after Leveson. It was lodged by Miqdaad Versi, the assistant general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, acting in a personal capacity. 

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  • At the end of last year, Dame Louise Casey released her report "The Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration." The report highlighted deep segregation within our society and proposed some solutions to this problem, one of which is the swearing of a "British Values" oath for all holders of public office.

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  • An attempt by campaigners to challenge a change in the law, which they believe will make assisted suicides easier, has been rejected for a second time.

    Merv and Nikki Kenward, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, originally began legal proceedings after the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders amended the prosecution policy for assisted suicide in October 2014. Their original request for a judicial review on the change was rejected.

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  • The fracking industry has praised the Church of England (CoE) after two groups at the church tentatively backed the controversial technology as a way to help the UK cut carbon emissions.

    Shale gas was a “potentially useful element” in switching to a low-carbon economy as it was cleaner than coal, so long as it did not harm renewable energy's expansion, a church briefing paper said

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  • Thousands of British couples who are struggling to have children could benefit from a new "three-parent" IVF technique that has enabled a previously infertile woman to give birth.

    Doctors announced yesterday that a healthy boy had been delivered after the world’s first operation of its kind, but some scientists warned that the treatment could be unsafe and could give women false hope.

    In a maverick experiment that one expert has compared to a "genetic head transplant", a fertility clinic in Ukraine fertilised a 34-year-old woman’s eggs with her partner’s sperm and then transferred their combined genes into an egg taken from a donor.

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