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Amnesty push same sex marriage in Australia

Amnesty International is putting its weight behind an Australian bill seeking to legalise same-sex marriage in that country, claiming that "internationally recognised" non-discrimination norms dictate such a result, a claim strongly disputed by pro-family organisations.

16/11/09
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Good parental relationships help reduce teenage sexual behaviour

Good parent-teen relationships, and family routine both help to encourage delayed sex among teens, according to a new report by US think-tank, Child Trends.

13/11/09
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Greek Orthodox urges Europe's Christians to unite in face of Euro court threat

The Greek Orthodox Church is urging Christians across Europe to unite in an appeal against a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.

13/11/09
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Parents, not Church, should make decision on Catholic schools: Bishops

Parents, rather than the Church are the ones who must decide which, if any, Catholic schools must be handed over to another patron body.

13/11/09
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Fathers' names not needed on birth certs: UK Government

The UK Government has backtracked on plans to require single mothers to name the father of their baby on birth certificates, under new plans announced by the Children’s Minister.

12/11/09
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State needs to back families, not replace them, says Cameron

A pro-family, pro-responsibility agenda will be central to the Conservative aim to downsize the State, Tory leader David Cameron has said.

12/11/09
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Marriage makes a difference to Irish children

Marriage makes a difference to how healthy and happy children are, according to a new study measuring the wellbeing of children in Britain and Ireland.

12/11/09
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Europe dying from selfishness: Chief Rabbi

Europe is a “dying” continent because its secular culture means people are too selfish to marry and have children, the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, Jonathan Sacks, has warned.

10/11/09
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Teenagers set high relationship standards, but fail to meet them: study

Teenagers view respect, trust and love as essential to healthy relationships, but their own relationships typically fall short of these standards, according to a new report conducted by Child Trends, a leading US think-tank.

10/11/09
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Child Benefit set to be cut for higher earners

The upcoming Budget is likely to cut Child Benefit for higher earners next year, it emerged last night.

10/11/09
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Overweight Couple Get Newborn Baby Back

A married couple who had a newborn baby and their six other children taken into care after their parents were judged to be too overweight to look after them has had their baby returned home. However, their six other children remain in care.

06/11/09
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Catholic hierarchy set to discuss future of schools with Dept of Education

Members of the Catholic hierarchy are set to meet with the Department of Education next week to discuss the possible change of patronage of some Catholic-run schools in Dublin, a Dáil committee was told yesterday.

06/11/09
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UK marriage index shows big decline in health of marriage

A new report shows a big decline in the health of marriage in the UK since 1970.

05/11/09
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Relaxing restrictions on religious advertising “a matter of priority”

A new code on religious advertising is set to be drawn up “as a matter of priority” by the new body set up to regulate broadcasting.

05/11/09
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Maine votes against same-sex marriage

The US state of Maine voted against same-sex marriage in a referendum on Tuesday. It is the latest state to vote against same-sex marriage, after California, Florida and Arizona did so last year.

05/1109
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Society needs moral values to remain vigorous, says Pope

Solid moral values are what enables a society to remain vigorous, Pope Benedict has said.

03/11/09
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European Court of Human Rights finds Italy's classroom crucifixes breach rights

Italy has been found guilty of breaching “the religious rights of children” by allowing crucifixes to be displayed in classrooms, the European Court of Human Rights said today in a landmark ruling.

03/11/09
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Significant increase in Mass attendance, says new Iona poll

Two thirds of Irish people go to church at least once a month, a new opinion poll conducted by RedC on behalf of The Iona Institute has found. Compared with an ESRI poll conducted early last year this figure has jumped from 54%.

02/11/09
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Government signals willingness to change tack on Protestant schools

There are suggestions that the Government may be prepared to come to an arrangement over the dispute surrounding funding for Protestant schools.

30/10/09
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Council of Europe motion to ‘regulate’ freedom of conscience

A number of members of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly have drafted a resolution calling on Member States to severely limit the right of health workers to conscientiously object to taking part in abortions and other controversial procedures.

30/10/09
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