Vatican formally recognizes exorcist association


Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal.

The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy had approved the organization's statutes and recognized the group under canon law.

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Muslim man murdered pregnant prostitute for working near mosque

A Muslim man was yesterday jailed for 29 years after being found guilty of stabbing a pregnant Romanian prostitute to death after warning her not to work near a mosque.

The Daily Mail reports that Farooq Shah, 21, stabbed Mariana Popa in the chest while riding his bicycle along a stretch of road in Ilford, Essex, known for its sex workers. After being stabbed, Miss Popa staggered into a fast-food shop and collapsed in a pool of blood while her killer cycled away. She was pregnant with her second child.

CCTV footage showed Farooq Shah waiting on the forecourt of a petrol station late on 28 October last year. Miss Popa can be seen walking towards him and speaking to him before he stabs her twice in the chest.

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Urgent action needed to stem radical Islam risk: Dutch security service

According to Dutch News, the conflict in Syria has become a catalyst for radical Muslims in the Netherlands, with messages becoming more explicit and widespread, the Dutch security service AIVD said on Monday.

Radical texts spoken by young preachers and social media are leading to jihadist propaganda being spread more quickly, leading to 'further radicalization on a wider scale,' the AIVD said in a new report.

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Debate: Are 'New Atheists' Dangerous?

Dr Robert Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at Trinity College, and Michael Nugent, CEO of Atheist Ireland, debate the merits of 'new atheism', as well as the manner in which some communicate their message.

According to even the last census, Ireland is still a Catholic country, with huge amount of people professing to believing in God.

But there is no doubt that atheism continues to gain in popularity.

Dr Robert Grant wrote an article in the Irish Times this week questioning how some atheists put forward their message, and even went so far to say that the way in which the message is sometimes coomunicated is 'dangerous'.

George Hook invited him onto the Right Hook this week along with the CEO of Atheist Ireland Michael Nugent, and a lively debate ensued.

Listen to this debate at Right Hook

 

 

 

What god does to your brain: Neurotheology aims to find out why people have faith

By Julia Llewellyn Smith, The Telegraph

When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin,” a staunch atheist, he realized that his brain operate in a significantly different way, compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan nuns.

 “He had far more activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area that controls emotional feelings and mediates attention. Kevin’s brain appeared to be functioning in a highly analytical way, even when he was in a resting state.” says Newberg.

When people speak in tongues, they’re gone, they’re in a completely altered state. But most of the time they’re normal people like us

 “When people speak in tongues, they’re gone, they’re in a completely altered state. But most of the time they’re normal people like us, with jobs and children – they don’t show any sign of being delusional,” says Newberg. “Scans of their brains – when they’re ’possessed’ – show very different results to scans of Buddhist monks or Carmelite nuns in prayer or meditation. There you see increased frontal lobe activity in the areas concerned with concentration, but the speakers in tongues had decreased activity in the same area, which would give them the sensation that someone else was ’running the show’.”

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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In All UK Public Schools

According to Huffington Post, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools.

Creationism cannot be taught as a valid scientific theory in any free school or academy, the government has said.

The British Humanist Association with “Teach evolution, not creationism” campaign, has been advocating for the change since 2011.

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Humanists warn UN of the power of blasphemy laws

Humanists have today warned the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva that authoritarian states across the world are increasingly using blasphemy laws to assert greater control over the rights of citizens.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) representative to the Council, Amelia Cooper, highlighted the invocation of ‘blasphemy’ in the recent incarceration of bloggers in Saudia Arabia, Tunisia, Bangladesh and Mauritania, as well as the suppression of tweets and user accounts in Pakistan, which were later unblocked by Twitter following the online #TwitterTheocracy campaign. Ms Cooper demonstrated the inadequate access to justice for those accused of blasphemy, citing the arbitrary imprisonment of a Saudi lawyer and the extra-judicial murder of Pakistani lawyer Rashid Rehman as part of a broader trend of the intimidation of those working on blasphemy cases.

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Galician Parents Reject Including Religion in School Curriculum

http://www.galiciaconfidencial.com/nova/19447.html?pag_com=1#comentarios  (In Galician)

Parents of Teo City Reject Inclusion of Religion in Academic Curricula

87% of parents in the city of Teo rejected this subject in the curriculum count after holding a referendum.

For Galicia Confidential | Teo | 06/13/2014

More than 800 parents of the public schools of the municipality of Teo took part in a referendum on the value of including religion in the academic curricula. And 690 of them, or 87.6% refused the proposed action of basing school grants or access to higher education on the passing of such classes. In addition, 65% believed that it should not share teaching time with other subjects of general knowledge.
 

Life in a Christian 'fundamentalist' school

By Tim Johns and Emma Hallett, BBC News

The Trojan Horse investigation has focused on an alleged plot to take over some Birmingham schools and run them according to Islamic principles. But while the role of Islam in education has come in for scrutiny, across the UK many students also follow a strict "fundamentalist" Christian curriculum.

For 29-year-old Jonny Scaramanga, who attended Victory Christian School in Bath until he was 14, the experience was "horrendous".

"At 8:15 I would arrive at my 'office' - a desk 2ft wide, with dividers 18 ins tall, designed to remove 'distractions'," he said.

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The Catholic Irish Babies Scandal: It Gets Much Worse

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

One week after revelations of how over the span of 35 years, a County Galway home for unwed mothers cavalierly  disposed of the bodies of nearly 800 babies and toddlers on a site that held a septic tank, new reports are leveling a whole different set of charges about what happened to the children of those Irish homes.

In harrowing new information revealed this weekend, the Daily Mail has uncovered medical records that suggest 2,051 children across several Irish care homes were given a diphtheria vaccine from pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome in a suspected illegal drug trial that ran from 1930 to 1936.

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BHA responds to BBC survey on charitable giving

A ComRes survey for the BBC that has been published today has implied that people who are religiously practicing are more likely to donate to charitable causes than those who are not. The study, carried out via telephone with 2,606 English adults, reports that 77% of those who claim to be religiously practicing gave to charity in the month preceding the study, compared to 67% of other respondents. However, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has questioned the nature of this giving, and noted that these recent findings are contradicted by previous research into volunteering. For example, a 2007 study undertaken by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations found that ‘religious affiliation makes little difference in terms of volunteering’, and that six sevenths of registered charities are not religious in nature.

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