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5 things we learned this week

Fri 12 Feb 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's 5 things we learned this week in the world of Christian news

1. Northern Ireland will not relax their abortion laws


Christian groups have welcome a decision by Northern Irish politicians that the country's strict abortion laws should not be relaxed. Abortions are to remain banned except where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger. Stormont members voted by a majority of 59 to 40 against amending legislation to allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime. The Christian Institute said: "It is heartening that the majority of MLAs have voted to uphold the sanctity of life".

2. Dan Walker doesn't understand why his Christian faith is being criticised


Journalist Dan Walker has responded to criticism of his faith by a number of national newspapers. On Thursday, The Times newspaper questioned his ability as a journalist because he was a Christian and creationist. Appearing on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show the father of three rebuffed the accusations. "I thought that we live in a tolerant society where you can be a Christian, you can be a Muslim, you can be a Jew and you get on with life."

3. Kris Jenner sought God as Caitlyn transitioned


Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kris Jenner has said that she turned to God when her former husband, now Caitlyn Jenner, underwent gender reassignment surgery. Kris said: "I never [questioned my own gender]...Thank God, I never doubted myself. I never really doubted my femininity. I just doubted the relationship."

4. Chris Cartwright is the new leader of Elim


After nomination by the denomination's National Leadership team and a subsequent postal ballot by the Elim Conference, Chris Cartwright will take on the role of General Superintendent at the Elim Leaders' Summit in May. He is married to Annie and they have three children.

5. The public want to shop longer on a Sunday

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The majority of the public are in favour of extending trading hours on a Sunday, a new poll has found. Excluding 'don't knows' You Gov found that 48% of people wanted large stores to be open for longer on Sundays. The government is proposing to let local authorities decide their own Sunday trading laws.

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