Pope says ‘the door is open’ to retirement
Pope Francis told a television interviewer that the “door is open” to retirement and that he would like to stay in Rome or return to his native Argentina where he could hear confessions. Speaking to Mexican-American TV channel TelevisaUnivision, the 85-year-old Pope, who suffers from mobility issues, said the retirement of his predecessor – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – had gone “pretty well” and that he could also retire if the time were right, but he had no intention of resigning just yet.
Some charges dropped in car convoy anti-Semitic abuse case
The Jewish Chronicle reports that charges of incitement to racial hatred have been dropped against two men who were arrested after anti-Semitic slurs were hurled by a convoy of cars displaying the Palestinian flag as it drove through Jewish areas North London in May 2021. The Crown Prosecution Service is continuing its trial against two other men also from Blackburn who are accused of ‘using threatening, abusive or insulting language or behavior with intent likely to stir up hatred racial”.
New Ukrainian Orthodox churches established in UK
New Ukrainian Orthodox parishes are established in the UK, with their own customs, language, calendar and traditions, while being part of the local Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. Prof. Myroslav Pushkaruk takes services at the Archdiocesan Chapel of the Annunciation in West London and travels across the UK to offer spiritual, pastoral and material support to the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful. The Ukrainian church is aligned with the Orthodox Church based in Constantinople, which has pledged its support to the diaspora. The Primate of the Independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and All Ukraine, held talks at Lambeth Palace last week to discuss the war.
Northern Ireland’s ‘illegal’ focus on Christianity ER courses could impact rest of UK
The recent High Court ruling that Christian-focused religious teaching in primary schools in Northern Ireland is illegal could have implications for RE in the rest of the UK, according to Professor Russell Sandberg, whose expertise is law and religion. In a blog, he says the judgment that the NI curriculum does not approach religious education in an “objective, critical and pluralistic way” raises questions about the conformity of the law in England and the Land of Wales with human rights. The judgment arose from a complaint by a father and daughter that being Christian in orientation, to the exclusion of all other faiths, violated the rights to education protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. ‘man.
US Anglican bishops affirm abortion on demand
The House of Bishops of the American Episcopal Church has affirmed its support for abortion on demand. At its 80th General Convention meeting in Baltimore, the bishops decided that the Episcopal Church recognizes that access to abortion is key to preserving the health, independence, and autonomy of those who can have children ; and affirms that all Episcopalians should be able to access abortion and birth control services without restriction of movement, range, type, or timing.
The work of abortion doulas in the United States
The Religion News Service reports on the growing number of abortion doulas in America, people who accompany a woman through the abortion process, offering spiritual support through yoga, meditation, prayer, traditional medicine and tarot readings. Lynsey Bourke was quoted saying that abortion can be easy, but can cause lifelong regret, pain and shame. Practices that heal the mind, body and spirit are important.
CofE synod calls for age verification on porn sites
The Church of England parliament, the General Synod, is urging the government to require age verification on pornography websites to protect children. A Church Times report says speakers warned this could not be applied to websites hosted outside the UK, but the proposal was overwhelmingly adopted.
Britain’s remarkable churches welcome visitors
The National Churches Trust invites nominations for its first National Church Awards, to recognize building and maintenance projects as well as programs to encourage visitors and volunteers. As the holiday season approaches, the Trust draws attention to its list of churches to visit, chosen for their historical and architectural heritage. He says churches are remarkable sacred spaces, treasures of heritage, history and community.