Latest news: knife crime, attacks on life, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

Godwin Lawson

THE Jesuit Chaplain of St  Ignatius College in Enfield  has made a passionate plea to teenagers to surrender  their knives. Fr Tim Byron SJ made the appeal at the funeral of former student Godwin Lawson, who was the victim of a  stabbing in Stamford Hill in March. He was attacked along with two friends.

However, fewer criminals will be going to jail in Scotland after Holyrood backed Government plans to scrap prison sentences of three months or less and rejected calls for mandatory sentences for knife crime.

And knife attacks in the Glasgow area took up more than 2000 hospital bed days in the space of just a year, shocking figures have shown.

Church concerned at human trials for a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease as the plans raise ethical concerns about the use of tissue from aborted foetuses.

Critics blast Scottish ‘home abortion’ plan

Four police officers have been disciplined for not doing enough to investigate attacks on Catholic families in a County Antrim village.

Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet heading to Rome to take up powerful position as head of the Congregation of Bishops but he says he has no designs on papacy

Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue has been re-opened after a $4 million (£2.7m) renovation. The Rio de Janeiro monument has undergone a four-month restoration, covered with scaffolding as workers fixed cracks and damage due to water. As it was unveiled, it was lit up in green and yellow to honour the Brazilian football team playing in the World Cup. Fore more, including video, visit:


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