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Four doctors seek court review survey on assisted suicide
MANCHESTER,(CNS)  Four British doctors are attempting to take the Royal College of Physicians, their professional body, to the High Court over an assisted suicide survey they believe is illegal. 
 
The doctors, two of whom are Catholic, say they believe the body has acted “unfairly and unlawfully” by setting a supermajority of 60 per cent of votes to retain the college’s existing opposition to assisted suicide. The college has said it will adopt a policy of neutrality if the 60 per cent threshold is not met. 
 
The four doctors said in a statement that the threshold would be impossible to meet because there were three questions in the survey instead of two. The last survey on assisted suicide that was conducted by the college—carried out in 2014 using two questions—found that 58 per cent of members opposed the practice. 
 
The four doctors applied for a judicial review March 4 on the grounds of “irrationality” and a “breach of legitimate expectation” in the way the poll had been conducted. 
 
One of the four, David Randall, a London-based renal medicine specialist, said, “The public has a right to know what doctors think about this important issue.”
 
French cardinal convicted for failing to report sexual abuse
VATICAN (CNS): Philippe Cardinal Barbarin of Lyon, was convicted on March 7 of covering up abuse by Father Bernard Preynat. The 68-year-old cardinal was given a six-month suspended sentence.
 
Father Prenyat confessed to abusing minors at Lyon’s Saint-Luc Parish, where he ran a large Catholic Scout group in the 1970s and 1980s.
 
In a brief statement to journalists following the verdict, Cardinal Barbarin expressed his “compassion for the victims” and said he would meet with Pope Francis to hand in his resignation. 
 
However, the cardinal’s lawyer, Jean-Felix Luciani, told journalists that the cardinal would “challenge this decision through all appropriate legal channels.” 
 
Questioning “the court’s motivations,” Luciani said that increasing media pressure after the release of several documentaries and a movie about Father Preynat’s abuses raised “real questions about respect for justice.”
 
Police in India arrest one of 26 involved in rape of four nuns
BHOPAL (CNS): Police superintendent, Vineet Jain, from Jhabua Madhya Pradesh state India, revealed that authorities had arrested Kalu Limji on March 5 over his alleged involvement in the 1998 mass rape of nuns from the Foreign Missionary Sisters during a pre-dawn attack on their convent. The nuns were aged between 20- and 30-years-old at the time.
 
“One more of the 26 accused is still missing. We will get him very soon,” Jain said. 
 
He said Limji appeared in court and was taken to jail. Within days of the rapes, police accused 26 people. A local court acquitted 13, while nine were handed life sentences. 
 
Church officials of Diocese of Jhabua said they appreciated the police’s vigilance despite decades passing since the crime. 
 
“We are very happy that one of the two people absconding has been brought before the law, even if it is late,” Father Rocky Shah, the diocesan spokesperson said.
 
Church works as bridge between Muslims, Christians
NEW YORK (CNS): The Catholic Church is working to bridge the divide between Muslims and Christians in a country where the divide between the groups is fraught with large and small issues, Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, said. 
 
The former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, gave examples from his archdiocese in the central part of the country. 
 
In Jos, the bustling administrative capital of Plateau state, the archbishop established the Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace Centre in 2011 to “attempt to narrow the gap between different groups that are hostile to each other,” he said. 
 
It is a place where “Muslims and Christians walk together,” the archbishop said in early March when he was in New York to speak at International Religious Freedom, a March 1 panel at the United Nations (UN) organized by the Holy See Observer Mission to the UN. 
 
“I have lived through all different types of crisis. I didn’t want to wait for big solutions, but wanted to do something small,” Archbishop Kaigama said. 
 
“It’s a safe space to talk to one another and a proactive center to forestall crisis and possible violence. We bring in Muslim and Christian primary and secondary school students and train them together in peace education. We also bring in traditional grassroots leaders to encourage people to cultivate dialogue,” he said.

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