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More and more UK parents are becoming too busy to take their children on day trips, new research shows. The high price of such trips, combined with the increasingly hectic work schedule of parents, mean that families are able to spend less time getting away than in the past.
A Canadian couple have touched off a firestorm of controversy by revealing that they have decided to keep the gender of their child a secret, even keeping it from the child. The couple, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, say they want to allow the child to develop itsown gender identity.
Ideas and values which are vital to British society will be unsustainable without a Christian underpinning, the Anglican Bishop of London has warned. The Rt Revd Richard Chartres said Britain’s culture and civilisation were founded on the Bible.
Malta has voted in a referendum to legalise divorce. It is the last country in Europe, apart from the Vatican, to do so. Outside Europe, the only other country which does not permit divorce is the Philippines.
There is no such thing as a school with a “neutral” ethos, Fr Tony Mullins, the Chair of the Board of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick said yesterday at a conference attended by Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn (pictured).
Men are being hit much harder by the recession than women, according to Finola Bruton (pictured), and Irish men are being harder hit than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe. Mrs Bruton made the remarks in her closing comments at a conference she chaired yesterday on women, home and work organised by The Iona Institute.
Religious schools must be careful not to “indoctrinate” or “proselytise” the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has said in a new report. Sumarising the report, Prof William Binchy, a member of the Commission, said that the State needed to ensure that there is "no indoctrination and no proselytism in schools".
Groups and individuals who wish to make a submission to the Department of Education's Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector have only a fortnight remaining in which to do so.
David Cameron has reaffirmed his commitment to the institution of marriage and the importance to children of stable relationships. His words come a little over a week after a leading UK think tank said that he had broken his promise to support marriage and tackle marital breakdown.
A Christian doctor in the UK is facing the disciplinary action from that country's medical standards watchdog for discussing his faith with a patient of a different religion. But the General Medical Council (GMC) is facing a backlash from other Christian doctors.
Rising health cares costs for the elderly mean that the UK faces one of the largest bills for elderly care of any leading industrialised nation, threatening to undermine the bonds between parents and their children, a major international study has found.
Jewish groups have expresed strong opposition to a proposal which would ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco. The measure has been placed on the ballot for city elections in November.
Cardinal Sean Brady (pictured) raised the issue of religious freedom at the first meeting of the “structured dialogue” between the new Government and the Churches took place yesterday. The meeting was attended by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
A Canadian judge has ruled that a law which allows anonymous sperm and egg donation to infertile couples is discriminatory on the grounds that the current law allows the release of information about biological parents to adopted children - but not to children of sperm or egg donors.
Nearly two thirds of Irish people who don't go to religious services each week give “just don't bother” as their reason, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by sociologist Fr Micheál MacGréil, found that, for Catholics, 68.1pc said they didn't attend because they just didn't bother.
A Dutch MEP has called on the EU's High Representative on Foreign Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton, to make the defence the rights of Christians in Egypt a policy priority and to develop an EU strategy for religious freedom.
Germany is to subsidise IVF treatment in a bid to increase the country’s extremely low birth rate. Germany’s Family Minister, Kristina Schroder said it was “intolerable” that couples couldn’t have children because of the high cost of IVF.
The Government and the banks must not treat the family home like any other property to be seized because of mortgage arrears, the head of the Catholic Church's Council for Justice and Peace, Bishop Raymond Field (pictured), has said.
Child custody applications rose by 44pc last year, according to family court statistics published yesterday. According to legal sources, the increase is due to an increase in unemployment among unmarried fathers who need to supplement their incomes.
The Swedish Parliament has voted to campaign against a Council of Europe resolution that upholds the right of medical personnel not to perform abortions. In a vote last week, Swedish parliamentarians voted 271 to 20 to instruct the Swedish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Coucil of Europe (PACE) to work to change the relevant resolution.
Human beings are naturally predisposed to believe in religion and life after death, according to a major three-year international study. The 1.9 million pounds project involved 57 researchers who conducted over 40 separate studies in 20 countries representing a diverse range of cultures.
There is a “crisis of credibility” with Irish child protection services, according to the head of the Health Service Executive’s family and children’s services. He said we lack a “proper child protection system”.
Respect for religious freedom is a guarantee of good governance, and the demands of conscience sometimes trump obedience to the State's laws, the Archbishop of Glasgow has said.
Britain is a Christian country and it should go without saying that Christians should have a voice in political debates, Prime Minister David Cameron has said, adding his Government will “do God”. Addressing Church leaders at a Downing Street reception, the Prime Minister said that because “so many political questions are moral questions”, Christianity is already involved in politics.
The leader of the Opposition, Michéal Martin, has clashed with the Government over faith-schools. Speaking yesterday in the Dáil during Leader's Questions he suggested that Churches would be worried “about the impact of Government policy on their schools”.
The US state of Arizona has passed a law protecting the right to religious expression of university students. The move comes after a series of cases in which various Christian students and student groups have been sanctioned by a range of colleges.
David Cameron has reneged on his promise to support marriage and tackle family breakdown, and instead unfairly penalised middle-class parents, a leading UK think-tank has said. Mr Cameron made backing marriage a centrepiece of his stance as the Leader of the Opposition, promising to make Britain “the most family-friendly country in Europe”.
Nearly half of Ireland's grandparents – the so-called ‘granny-nanny’ - assist their adult children by providing care to their grandchildren, according to a new study. The Trinity College research shows that 47 pc of grandparents in the over-50 category provide childcare to their grandchildren.
A survey carried out by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) shows that more than two over-the-counter requests are made every week in pharmacies for the Morning-After-Pill (MAP), also called ‘emergency contraception’ .
Children whose parents have happy relationships with each other do better in life, irrespective of social class or race, according to a new US study. The study, carried out by US think-tank Child Trends, looked at data from the 2007 US National Survey of Children’s Health.
All schoolgirls should be taught “how to say no” to sex as part of a new sex education curriculum, according to a prominent UK Conservative MP. Speaking in the Commons, Nadine Dorries said that society was "saturated in sex".
Environment Minister Phil Hogan (pictured) has said that the Government will set up a Constitutional Convention “in the next few weeks”. The Convention will look at issues such as same-sex marriage, removing the clause on women in the home, and removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution.
Religious freedom faces a “critical challenge” in today’s society, according to one of the Vatican’s most influential academics. Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon said that, in some jurisdictions with a long tradition of religious freedom, there were growing threats.
Christian lawyers in the UK are promising to step up their campaign against the marginalisation of religion in society as they prepare to fight more than 50 different cases. The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) pledged to stand up against what it feels is the growing problem of traditional Christian views being "silenced"
The European Commission has apologised for printing more than three million school diaries containing no reference to Easter or Christmas, but has rejected calls for the diaries to be recalled.
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