News round up - Monday 9 January 2012
Thanks to VOX researcher Leanne Nicholls, VOX magazine brings you regular round ups of news and headlines in Ireland and beyond.
On-the-run priest faces deportation An Irish former priest, on the run for eight years, has been deported from Brazil to the UK, and is now awaiting extradition, to return him to Ireland where he will face child abuse charges. Read more.
Government to consider outright ban on smacking An outright ban on the smacking of children by their parents is under consideration by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. A new law to ban corporal punishment in the home is one of two options under consideration. Read more.
Sunday school children detained in Iran Children were among a group of Christians reportedly rounded up by the Iranian authorities when they raided a church just before Christmas. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has received reports that the authorities barged in as Christmas celebrations were being held at a church in Ahwaz affiliated to Assemblies of God. Read more.
Attacks on Christians in Nigeria At least 17 people have been killed in another attack on Christian communities in Nigeria. It caps a week of deadly attacks on Christians in the predominantly Muslim north. Read more.
Concern over possible changes to assisted suicide laws in UK Christian and pro-life groups are alarmed by proposals to allow assisted suicide for terminally ill people in England and Wales. The change is proposed in a report published on January 5 by the Commission on Assisted Dying. Read more.