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Mothers "vital for the healthy development of children", says UN Secretary General

Mothers have a vital role to play "for the healthy development of children," according to Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.

15/05/09
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Moves to transfer some schools out of Church control being discussed: Minister

Officials from the Department of Education and the Catholic Church are examining transferring control of certain Dublin schools from the Church to other patrons.

15/05/09
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Christians "being forced to pray in secret"

A leading Church of England clergyman has claimed that Christians are being forced to pray in secret for "fear of offending others".

15/05/09
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Opposition to same-sex adoption “retarded”: UK adoption agency

People who have concerns about same-sex adoption of children have been described as 'retarded homophobes' by the UK's state-funded national adoption agency.

14/05/09
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Time of persecution for Christians at hand, says Church of England paper

A time of anti-Christian persecution is at hand and the Equality Bill could make matters far worse, says the Church of England Newspaper.

14/05/09
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Apathy of US Catholics on same-sex marriage "abysmal": Bishop

The apathy of Catholics regarding same-sex marriage has been described as "abysmal" by the Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, Thomas J Tobin, in his weekly column in the Rhode Island Catholic’.

12/05/09
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Division between secularists and religion “real clash of cultures”: Cardinal

The real clash of cultures in the world is between people who believe in God and those “who disdain such belief and aggressively oppose any tolerance of its influence on law, morality or the public square,” according to the Primate of All-Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady.

12/05/09
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No evidence children of same-sex parents fare poorly says Trinity academic

A conference to promote same-sex marriage has been told that children raised by same-sex parents do just as well as children raised by men and women.

08/05/09
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Religious freedom loses out to other equality concerns: lawyer

A leading UK employment lawyer has said that British equality legislation has created a “pecking order of competing equalities” in which religion is near the bottom.

08/05/09
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Oireachtas Committee stops short of "children's rights" referendum

The Oireachtas committee considering a Constitutional amendment on children's rights has stopped short of recommending a referendum.

07/05/09
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EU provides funding for conference promoting same-sex marriage

A conference being held in Dublin today to promote same-sex marriage has been part-funded by the EU.

07/05/09
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Children who watch adult programmes more likely to have sex earlier: study

Watching adult television programmes makes children more likely to become sexually active in their early teens, new research shows.

07/05/09
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Economic crisis causing strain for families: Accord

The current economic crisis is causing increasing strain on families, new figures released by Accord, the Catholic marriage agency, show.

05/05/09
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Government to implement flat rate cut in child benefit

The Government is to cut child benefit for all income groups across the board, instead of implementing means-testing.

05/05/09
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Church to set up new body to act as voice for Catholic schools

The Catholic Church is to establish a new body, the Catholic Education Service, to "coordinate and bring unity of purpose" to all of those participating in Catholic education, Bishop Leo O'Reilly has signalled.

30/04/09
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Teacher suspended after expressing opposition to homosexual lifestyle

A teacher has become the latest Christian to be punished by bosses for expressing his religious beliefs at work.

30/04/09
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New offence of blasphemy proposed by Government

The Minister of Justice, Dermot Ahern, is set to propose that a new crime of blasphemous libel be inserted into the Defamation Bill, which will be discussed by the Oireachtas committee on justice today.

29/04/09
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Half of Americans switch religion: Pew survey

Roughly half of American adults have changed religious affiliation at least once in their lives, according to a new study by the Pew Research Centre.

29/04/09
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Eleven year olds to learn about homosexuality under new UK plans

New plans for compulsory sex education in the UK will mean that children as young as 11 will be taught about homosexual relationships and civil partnerships. However, faith schools will be free to teach against sex outside marriage and homosexuality, under government proposals.

28/04/09
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Marriage intrinsically heterosexual, says new Archbishop of NY

The new Archbisop of New York, Timothy Dolan, has said that a society which tampers with the definition of marriage is "asking for trouble".

28/04/09
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