Euthanasia for children and dementia patients in Belgium

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition warns in its Jan 2013 Newsletter that a group of legislators in Belgium announced their intention to widen access to euthanasia. They will seek to extend euthanasia to children and to people with dementia or Alzheimers. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is organising a meeting on Feb 18/19 in Europe to establish EPC in Europe.

Also in Belgium, on Dec 14, 2012 identical twins who were born deaf died by euthanasia at the Belgium University Hospital in Jette, even though they were not sick, they were not yet blind, and they had lived a productive life together. They died by lethal injection. For response by the EPC click here.

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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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EU Homosexual Friendly

EU Observor, which has been running a long campaign to promote homosexuality reports this week that Europe is the most homosexual friendly region on the globe, with Spain and Portugal having gone from ‘tyrants to toleration’. For EU Observor reports: http://euobserver.com/890/116481

 

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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EU Human Trafficking

Sales of women and girls is booming in Europe according to the Netherlands-based EU crime fighting unit, Eurojust. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Nigeria are the main source countries for the Netherlands. Up to 300 prostitutes work in Amsterdam. For story click here.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Christianity deserts West

Christians make up about the same portion of the world’s population today (32%) as they did a century ago (35%), according to a report by Pew Research Center. Pew Research Center says: “This apparent stability, however, masks a momentous shift. Although Europe and the Americas still are home to a majority of the world’s Christians (63%), that share is much lower than it was in 1910 (93%). And the proportion of Europeans and Americans who are Christian has dropped from 95% in 1910 to 76% in 2010 in Europe as a whole, and from 96% to 86% in the Americas as a whole. At the same time, Christianity has grown enormously in subSaharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, where there were relatively few Christians at the beginning of the 20th century.”

The report says about 50% of the christians are Catholic while 37% are Protesant.

For full report: Global Christianity

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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International News

  • EU intolerance

  • Irish abortion
    Ireland’s anti-abortion laws breach European human rights law, the European Court of Human Rights said in a landmark and binding case that could have implications for other European countries, reports the Catholic News Service. For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24564

  • Indonesia closures
    The Australian Prayer Network reports that Islamic groups and local governments in Indonesia have closed 110 churches during the past three years. Radical Muslim groups coerce local governments to send letters to churches prohibiting any activities. When the church does not comply they are often burned down or otherwise damaged. The Indonesian Human Rights Commission reported that discrimination and violence against churches was most common in the provinces of West Java, Banten, Central Java, South Sulawesi and Bengkulu.

  • Egypt persecutions
    Rev Fred Nile issued a statement expressing concern with Egyptian persecutions. He said that on Nov 24, 2010 nearly 5000 security forces with over 45 vehicles cordoned off a church site while building work was occurring. The forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition on the workers. Inside the church nearly 200 people were praying. Over 200 were arrested.

  • Baghdad persecution
    The Barnabas Fund reports that an elderly Christian Couple and their daughter were killed in their home on Sunday night 5 Dec. 4 gunmen raided the Baghdad home and repeatedly short them with silenced pistols. The victims, Hikmat and Samira Sammak, had fled their home earlier but had returned briefly to finalise the sale of their home and furniture. Two Christian brothers Saad and Raad Hannah were shot dead in their car workshop in Mosul. The incident followed the assassination of two other Christians by gunmen who burst into their Mosul home. Christians are leaving Mosul and Baghdad in waves. About 500 families are reported to be on the move to the Kurdish region.

  • Baghdad security
    The Vicar of Baghdad, Cannon Andrew White reports that many Christians are continuing to flee Iraq. He now attends church in body armour, using armoured cars and surrounded by Iraqi Military. The church is now surrounded by bomb barricades. ON a recent trip out of Baghdad he was given 120 military personal instead of the normal 35 soldiers that surround him. He says normal Christians do not have such security and so are at risk. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Abortion Prayers
    The Pope has issued an unprecedented request for worldwide prayer against abortion. The call is not limited to Catholics with him asking “leaders of all churches to involve the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements to engage with his prayer initiative. Mary McClusky, from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in the Catholic Church, says the call is especially important at a time when attacks on the worth of human life seem to be at an all-time high. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Algeria church closures
    Police have issued orders for three Algerian churches to cease activity, bringing to 19 the number of congregations told to shut down during the past year. The church closures come amid a flurry of antagonistic media articles warning of campaigns by Protestants to “Christianize” Algeria. Religious Affairs Minister Bu’Abdallah Ghoulamullah has called on Christian groups in Algeria to re-register according to Algeria’s associations’ law. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Pakistan mobile phones

  • Fundraising manager
    Trans World Radio is seeking a marketing/fundraising manager. TWR reaches across 160 countries and in over 220 languages and dialects. For info contact Garrison Pearse – National Director on 03 8060 6055 or 0417 170 265
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POSTED 27 Dec 2010
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Missionary Resource

CWM’s Europe region has published 30 ways to shape and form missionary congregations. The resource, which is now available on the CWM Europe website, has been translated from Dutch to English to give congregations a practical starting point to reach out.

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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EU Tweeting

In the EU it is now possible to Tweet your MEP with question on the issues that matter to you. It is available in English, French, German and Dutch For more: http://www.tweetyourmep.eu/home/en

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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More Children

CathNews reports Sept 9, 2010 that a Vatican official said European Christians must return to their faith and have more children –or their population numbers will be overtaken by Muslims. For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=23210

Or: http://www.theage.com.au/world/breed-or-be-islamised-priest-tells-europe-20100908-1518w.html

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POSTED 17 Sep 2010
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Drugs Decline

Injecting drug use is declining in Europe according to a report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs. Data from 12 EU countries shows that there are about 2.5 intravenous drug users per 1000 people 15-64yrs old. This means there are up to 1m drug users in the EU. For more: http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/crime-drugs.5bo

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POSTED 10 Jul 2010
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EU Gambling

The European Court of Justice has found on June 3, 2010 that EU governments are within their rights to restrict online gambling to help combat fraud and protect consumers. The court found that the Netherlands was allowed to block access to betting sites from the UK. For more: http://euobserver.com/19/30213

Or: http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/court-netherlands.50g

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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