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Refugee crisis: our own homeless are in need of love and attention too

 
It’s a fabulous thing that a number of people have decided to commit to helping the thousands of refugees seeking safety and security in the UK.  Some people have even agreed to house some of the refugees until they get themselves on their feet and secure their own accommodation.  It is a truly remarkable gesture and together with David Cameron’s promise to bring thousands more refugees to the UK, heralds a shift in both the perception of refugees and the way we are willing to treat them.

Refugee Crisis: We Have the Power and the Resources, Now All we need is the Will

A migrant crawls along a Spanish beach in front of holidaymakers
 
The most senior Catholic in England and Wales has urged the UK to be more “generous” in the way it deals with the current refugee crisis in Europe. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, speaking to ITV News said that the British public had told him “it was a disgrace that we were letting people die and seeing bodies on the beaches when together Europe is such a wealthy place.” 
 
 
The Cardinal continued: "It's people who are desperate for the sake of their families, their elderly, their youngsters, their children, and the more we see that the more the opportunity for a political response that's a bit more generous is growing.

German MEP urges 'Christian based' Europe to do more to help asylum seekers

Manfred Weber
 
Manfred Weber, a German MEP and Chairman of the European People's Party, has stated that Europe needs to do more to welcome asylum seekers to its shores; and he cites the continent's Christian roots as being a critical element.
 
 
Mr Weber, a Roman Catholic from Bavaria, said: "Europe must be open...nobody can say close the borders, don't accept them".  He then went on to say that "we have to be helpful as a Christian based continent".

Pope Francis calls on European Parliament to recognise the centrality of God and the human person

Picture: Reuters
 
Pope Francis has warned the European Parliament in Strasbourg that all of Europe needs to work together to build a Europe which revolves 'not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.' 
 
The Pope, in a clear criticism of euthanasia and abortion, said that 'men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that - as is so tragically apparent - whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.

The EU 'Democracy' Scandal That Just Won't Go Away

 
If you regularly follow Scots Catholic you will know that the EU Commission recently used its power of veto over a pro-life petition to protect life from conception.  The petition had gathered the requisite 1 million signatories (it actually amassed a total of 2 million signatures) from at least seven member countries to guarantee a legislative debate on the matter, or at least that's what they thought.
 
The European Commission has a rather undemocratic power of veto over such matters and decided that no legislative debate on the protection of life would take place.

Ulrike Lunacek Attempts to Defend Controversial EU Parliament Report

Following yesterday’s invitation to sign a petition and write to your MEPs about the Lunacek report going before the European Parliament next Tuesday, we bring you this article which details attempts being made by Ms Lunacek to defend her controversial report...
 
 

We Must Stop Abortion Becoming a Human Right. Have your say now!

 
The infamous 'Estrela Report' is back on the agenda at the European Parliament this Thursday.  Please, please sign the petition to stop abortion becoming a human right across Europe.
 
You can sign the petition byclicking this link.
 
Please also write to your MEP's.  Remember that they are YOUR voice at the European Parliament and they don't know your views unless you tell them!  Don't know what to say?  Just tell them how you feel.  Tell them how precious each and every human life is.

Abortion tide continues to turn as Spain tightens up termination rights

Spanish pro-life campaigners will see this decision as a step in the right direction
 
The conservative government in Spain has remained true to its word by rolling back legislation on abortion to restrict the procedure to cases of rape, serious foetal deformity, or if the pregnancy a grave mental or physical health risk to the mother or baby.
 
While the new draft legislation is yet to be approved by Parliament there is widespread consensus that Parliament will push through the changes without issue; given the ruling Popular Party’s majority control.

Europe says ‘No’ to Abortion as a Human Right

MEP's appplaud the result
 
The controversial report put forward by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela was rejected today in the European Parliament.
 
The report, titled ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’, was sent back to committee in October (read our report here) after it was narrowly defeated in Parliament.  The committee then returned the report to Parliament for another vote today where it was defeated by 334 votes to 327.  A small, but hugely significant, margin.
 

Citizen Go Campaign: Say NO to euthanasia in Europe

Please sign this petition to reject euthanasia in Europe and protect the dignity of life.
 
Sadly, children under the age of 18 will soon have the right to euthanasia in Belgium.  Life is now so devalued that even the purest in society have the option to say: ‘I want to die’ and the state will simply grant their wish. 
 
If you disagree with euthanasia please click this link and sign the petition: http://www.citizengo.org/en/860-no-euthanasia-europe
 
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