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As Covid-19 cases increase, Kenyans flee cities, seeking safety

As the coronavirus cases rise in Kenya, many city residents are fleeing to their rural homes, despite a warning from clerics and government officials. Weeks after Covid-19 was first reported, panicking Kenyans - including Catholics - left cities and towns and...

Stranded migrants, lack of food: in Indian lockdown, poor suffer

The three-week Covid-19 lockdown of India's 1.37 billion people has stranded millions of domestic migrant workers and left people scrambling for food and other basics amid the ensuing harsh and often violent crackdown by police. "Especially when I look at my poor...

Pope joins UN call for immediate global cease-fire

Saying conflicts can never be resolved with war, Pope Francis added his support to a UN appeal for a global cease-fire amid the worldwide threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. "May our joint effort against the pandemic lead everyone to recognise our need to strengthen our...

Bishop commends Government ruling on abortion clinic buffer zones

A bishop has praised a decision by the Government not to impose exclusion zones around abortion clinics throughout the UK.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced last week that a national policy of buffer zones would ‘not be a proportionate response’ to claims that some pregnant women were being harassed by people praying outside abortion centres.

His decision was welcomed by the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, John Sherrington, who said it struck a balance between “the rights of people to gather peaceably and the rights of others to be free from intimidation”.

“We recognise that there are members of the public, often associated with churches, who gather peacefully to pray outside abortion clinics and witness to the good of human life in a dignified way,” he said. “It is an unacceptable situation if any people harass or intimidate women visiting clinics, even if such situations are rare.

“It is clearly not the case that all action is of this nature, and the distinctions between persons and groups should be examined further.

“We agree with the home secretary that everyone has a right to peaceful witness,” the bishop added.

Picture: A pro-life activist holds a rosary outside an abortion clinic in 2012 in London. Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster praised a decision by the British government not to impose exclusion zones around abortion clinics throughout the country. (CNS photo/Andrew Winning, Reuters).

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