The Church and the Charter

Thomas Andrew explores the forgotten Christian contributions to our most iconic legal document - Magna Carta.

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Religion in the Media

A daily roundup of media stories about religion.

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Assisted Dying: No one should face the end alone

We’re not islands, and oh! the pain of that unavoidable fact - The Telegraph

‘I’ve not watched TV in 25 years’ says Pope

Pope Francis made a vow of abstinence from TV to the Virgin Mary in 1990 - Times

Final family meal of father, 54, on his way to Dignitas

Jeffrey Spector, 54, travelled to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland with his wife and three daughters, fearing paralysis - Times

Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence.

Behind the story of Christian decline and the rise of “nones” is a debate about “secularization" - Washington Post

Should animals have the same rights as humans?

A New York court hears a case this week about the possible illegal detention of two chimps at a lab - BBC

Srebrenica massacre: British Muslim soldiers visit graves

A UK group including British Muslim soldiers have travelled to the region to honour those killed - BBC

Is the UK still a Christian country?

Report on a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center in the US - BBC

The plight of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

The story of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel epitomises the best and the worst of Israeli society - BBC

Catholic Church under scrutiny

Pope Francis’s clean up of the Catholic Church’s finances is extending beyond the walls of Vatican City - Financial Times

Jihadi threat requires move into 'private space' of UK Muslims, says police chief

Islamist propaganda is so potent it is influencing children as young as five, says senior Muslim officer - Guardian

Indoctrinated son 'troubled’ by mother’s religion is put into care

Fears that a boy's mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, was causing him emotional harm by 'immersing' him in her beliefs - Telegraph

Does mindfulness "mess with your head"?

Over the past decade, a secular creed has stolen across the western world: meditation and mindfulness - The Times

Hundreds of thousands to attend Oscar Romero beatification

Ceremony underlines murdered archbishop’s arrival in official favour, but Salvadorans remain divided about the shooting - Guardian

Austerity and religious groups filling ‘huge gap’ left by state

Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues provide £3 billion a year of free social action work, study concludes - Telegraph

Biggest story in the world podcast: Episode 9, Religion

The Guardian team go to churches and mosques to see what we can learn about spreading the climate change message - Guardian

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