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Vast Majority of Americans Identify As Christian, Say Faith Is Very Important to Them CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 20, 2016 ... measure used by Barna to classify people as "practising Christians". Amid an ongoing debate in the US about whether it is a "Christian country" – a debate which mirrors a similar one in the UK – around 48 per cent of those surveyed fell under the category of "post-Christians". These are people who do not take part in activities such as Bible reading, prayer, and church attendance, and have disbelief in God or identify as atheists or agnostics. Individuals were ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/vast-majority-of-americans-identify-as.html
Vatican to Raise Role of Faith Groups at UN Migration Summit CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 19, 2016 ... hosting a summit of world leaders to tackle global issues around refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The one day meeting at the UN headquarters in New York marks the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit on this issue. Organisers hope it will point the way towards a more responsible and predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/vatican-to-raise-role-of-faith-groups.html
Catholic Church Defends Theresa May's Faith School Reforms CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 10, 2016 ... Education Service (CES), Paul Barber, told Premier's News Hour said Catholic schools are more ethnically diverse than normal state schools. He also explained why the old system wasn't working. He said : "The position before today was that if we built a new school that was over-subscribed and popular, which most of our schools are, we would actually have to positively turn away Catholic families because they are Catholic from going to a Catholic school, which was the obstacle ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/catholic-church-defends-theresa-mays.html
Kyrgyzstan's Christians Battle Falling Numbers and Restrictions CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 10, 2016 ... country's only Catholic bishop died last month. In addition to this instability, the Kyrgyz authorities have mounted barriers for Christian groups that may bode ill for the country's Catholics. "There are certain difficulties at the administrative level, because the Kyrgyz law distinguishes between the 'foreign' and the 'local' religious organisations," said Michelcic. "And the Catholics, although all of them citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic, are considered ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/kyrgyzstans-christians-battle-falling.html