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London council sets up buffer zone around abortion clinic

YORK (CNS): Members of Ealing Council, west of London, the United Kingdom (UK), voted on April 10 to establish a public space protection order, banning public prayer and offers of assistance to women within 100 metres of an abortion clinic run by Marie Stopes UK.
 

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Welcome for new prime minister

LONDON (CNS): The archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, said in a congratulatory note to the new prime minister of Britain, Theresa May, that he is delighted at her appointment, because of the commitment she has shown in the fight against human trafficking.

May took over as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on July 13 after David Cameron formally resigned and has now moved into 10 Downing Street as the prime minister.

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Rights report too little too late

HONG KONG (SE): A report from the ruling Conservative Party in the United Kingdom detailing a sharp deterioration in China’s human rights record since Xi Jinping took over the chair of the Chinese Communist Party, has been described as too little too late, Radio Free Asia reported on June 29.

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Fears Brexit reflects much wider malady

OXFORD (SE): While Church leaders in the United Kingdom (UK) expressed concern over the possible fallout from the 52 to 48 per cent vote to quit the European Union, bishops on the continent pointed out that the decision runs directly in the face of the call of the modern world for unity.

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Moral power can overcome oppression

LIVERPOOL (CNS): Catholic people throughout the world truly do support those in even far-flung places who are suffering from oppression and other forms of persecution, the archbishop of Yangon in the Union of Myanmar, Charles Cardinal Maung Bo, told a gathering in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool, the United Kingdom, on May 22.

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Cardinal hails u-turn in child refugee policy

MANCHESTER (CNS): Vincent Cardinal Nichols, from Westminster, the United Kingdom (UK), welcomed a U-turn by the British government over the resettlement of child refugees.

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With the horse about to bolt

HONG KONG (UCAN): Sitting members of the Conservative government attacked their own party during question time in the British parliament on October 22, voicing fears that rights and religious freedoms were being forfeited during negotiations with the visiting president of China, Xi Jinping, in the name of closer business ties.

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The Church in the same-sex marriage debate

HONG KONG (SE): With the passing of same-sex marriage legislation in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom (UK) and what has been already passed in the state senate of Illinois in the United States of America (US), Catholics have been asking what implications this has for the Church, which has persistently opposed the law.


The Church did not invent marriage, nor did it define it as a union between a man and a woman, the tradition precedes the foundation of the Church, which has always considered marriage as something coming from nature.

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