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Chinese same-sex couple loses marriage bid

A same-sex couple on China has lost a legal case which they hoped would let them marry under Chinese law. The case, heard before a court in Changsha City is the first recorded legal action of its kind in Chinese history. The case arose when the couple at the heart of the case were denied a marriage licence in 2015. Homosexuality was decriminalised in China in 1997.

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Sex selective abortion a ‘global problem’

 A new report released in the United States of America has revealed that abortion based solely on gender now “occurs globally”. Conducted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the report details extreme male-female differences in all regions, including Europe and the US. In China alone, the report states, the male population outnumbers the female by 33 million.
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Archbishop Martin renews call for a ‘culture of life’ in Northern Ireland

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland has reiterated his call for parties in Northern Ireland to commit to the protection of the unborn. The call came as Archbishop Martin led the Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs (NICCOSA) to its latest round of meetings with parties, this time with the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein.

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Mary McAleese criticises Papal Exhortation for ‘lacking imagination’

Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese has criticised Pope Francis’ newly released Apostolic Exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia as “traditional” and lacking “imagination”. Mrs McAleese said she was personally disappointed with the document’s “overall failure to clearly address many of the challenges facing families within the Church today”.

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Parents on low to average incomes gain more benefits than they pay in tax – report

Parents with two children, and earning the average wage, gain more than they pay in taxes, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has revealed. According to data compiled by the organisation, once child benefit and other tax provisions are factored in, a worker with two children, on the average wage, takes home 100.3pc of his or her gross wage.

 

 

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Spanish Bishops decry transgender bathroom law

Bishops in Spain have described a recently passed law in the province of Madrid allowing transgender school pupils to access bathrooms of their choice as “unjust”. The prelates added that the law reflected a “totalitarian way of thinking: the absolutisation of the will that seeks to be the only creator of the human person”.

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Abortion issue threatens coalition talks

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s proposal for a citizen’s assembly on rejection of the constitutional 8th Amendment protection for the unborn is putting talks on forming a coalition government in jeopardy, it has emerged. Of the 15 Independent TDs now in talks to the Fine Gael Party, a number have said they will walk away if the issue is pushed to such an assembly, while one has stated she will withdraw support if the issue of abortion is not placed on the agenda for the next government.
 
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Student attendance at some colleges Masses in single figures

The number of third-level students turning up to weekly Masses on-campus are in single figures in many institutions. Newly released figures show that, for example, at the 12,000-student Cork Institute of Technology, just nine students attend Mass there. Atheist Ireland obtained figures under the Freedom of Information Act towards campaigning for an end to public funding of chaplaincy services at Third Level institutions which runs to about €1.5 million per annum.

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Move to force abortions at Catholic hospitals thrown out

A judge in the US state of Michigan has thrown out a legal attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force Catholic hospitals to performs abortions. The ACLU took action against the Trinity Health Corporation, which runs 86 medical facilities across 21 states, and refuses terminations on the grounds of Church teaching, something the ACLU claimed was causing harm to women. That claim was ruled “dubious” by the presiding judge.

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Pro-life students denied funding for holding unacceptable views

Pro-life students at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland have called on the institution’s heads to intervene after they were refused funding by the Student Association because of their views. The students claims that the monetary bar on their group amounts to an attempt to stifle their free speech and freedom of belief, something which a hearing by the Student Parliament has already rejected.

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