The Church of England and "Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales" have both formally objected to the government's proposal to allow gay marriages. Despite the strong opposition of some lawmakers in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, he is still backing a proposal to permit civil marriages for gay couples.
CP World Report: Afghanistan Quake, Egypt Hosni Mubarak, Turkey Church, International Economic Forum
As many as 100 people are feared dead in two Northern Afghanistan earthquakes—one a 5.4 magnitude quake, followed by a 5.7 one. They caused a landslide that buried 20 houses in the Hindu Jush region. Both quakes were felt as far as 160 kilometers away in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where buildings shook.
Creationism is gaining ground in South Korea. Efforts to challenge and even remove the theory of evolution from the school system in South Korea have been gaining ground after a petition last month seeking to make textbook changes. The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has now revealed that publishers will start producing revised editions of textbooks without examples of evolution. Christians in South Korea are still a minority but are rising in numbers.2 comments
A coalition of groups seeking to overturn Washington State's same-sex marriage law received twice as many signatures needed to have a referendum in November. "Preserve Marriage Washington" collected about 242,000 signatures.
Today is the deadline for Egypt's political parties to finalize the formation a100-member panel to write a new constitution. Egypt's ruling military council issued an ultimatum, stating if the deadline isn't met, it will draw up its own blueprint. The process has been deadlocked since the Islamist-dominated parliament tried to stack parliament with its own people, leading to a walkout by secular and liberal members and the disbanding of the panel by a court order.
A drone strike has killed al Qaeda's second-in-command in Pakistan. The death of Abu Yahya Al-Libi is the biggest blow to the terrorist network since the killing of Osama bin Laden. A U-S official says al-Libi played a critical role in the group's planning against the West.
Celebrations continue for the Queens Diamond Jubilee with Churches taking part. After all she is the official Head of the Church of England. Last night over 4,000 beacons were lit, at more than 600 Churches across the U.K. and also around the world.
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CP World Report: Charles Taylor, Sex Trafficking via Facebook, Cuba Religious Freedom, Planned Parenthood
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail by the Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague. Prosecutors wanted 80 years. He was convicted of aiding in atrocious war crimes. His sentence will likely be served in British jail since it is the only country willing to house him.
The presidential candidate for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi is seeking to expand his support base, vowing to ensure the full rights of Christians and women if he is elected. Morsi will be in a run-off vote next month against Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander and Mubarak's last prime minister.
Iran's nuclear chief says his country is planning to build at least two more nuclear power plants. The 1,000-megawatt plants are set to begin construction within a year or two. The announcement comes on the heels of a meeting with world powers in Baghdad last week, intended to deal with concerns over this ongoing issue about a nuclear Iran.
Exciting news for Christians: Researchers are claiming to have discovered the exact date that Jesus Christ was crucified. This is according to a new geological study released in the "International Geological Review" just this week.
CP World Report: Abortion Support Plummets, Anglican Book of Common Prayer, British Counselor Sued for Gay Conversion Therapy
It appears pro-choice isn't a popular stance these days. A new Gallup poll out of the U.S. released this week shows only 41-percent of Americans favor abortion rights. That's the lowest number in Gallup poll history.1 comments
Voting concludes today in the historic Egyptian Presidential election. Egyptians living abroad have already cast their ballots. Roughly a dozen candidates are running in the race. If a single candidate fails to garner more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held mid-June.
The Church of England's House of Bishops have taken a step toward allowing women to become Bishops. After making only a few amendments to accommodate more conservative theological views, the House approved widely-debated legislation.