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Links to the main news reports on faith, society and politics.

BBC News
Newspaper headlines: ‘Burglar’ decision hailed and Yulia ‘tussle’

Irish Times
Dublin’s Border stance could provoke loyalist paramilitaries, Trimble warns

Irish Times
Government rejects Trimble’s warnings over its Brexit stance

Belfast Telegraph
Good Friday Agreement has been undermined and isn’t working, says Swann

Belfast Telegraph
The Martin McGuinness Principles are another exercise in republican doublethink, writes Nelson McCausland

Irish Times
Newton Emerson: McDonald changing Sinn Féin’s tone but not its tune

Belfast Telegraph
Unionists launch fresh bid to remove name of IRA man from play park

Irish Times
With the toss of a wig! Mo Mowlam and the Belfast Agreement
As Northern Ireland secretary, her unique behavioural style, issue-based perspective and inclusivity were fundamental to the peace deal

Slugger O’Toole
A united Ireland remains an uncertain unknown. If it happens, the country will need strong leaders

Thousands to march in Dublin to protest Ireland’s rising homeless numbers
The number of homeless children has quintupled in under four years.

Irish Catholic
The Irish media don’t accept that the right to life is shared internationally
Nuala O’Loan writes

Irish Examiner
Review of how sex is taught at all levels

Belfast Telegraph
Cathy Davey: Neil’s on a different level to me … I listen to some of his songs and I’m just in awe
A couple of days earlier, I met Davey at the fine old farmhouse in Co Kildare that she shares with her partner, The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon. His father, Rev Brian Hannon, is a retired Church of Ireland bishop. She’d been to the doctor that morning, hoping antibiotics would help her put an end to the …

Longford Leader
Longford-Westmeath TD Peter Burke endorses €100k cash injection for local heritage projects
The 11 separate projects to benefit from this Scheme include St. Paul’s Parish Centre, Newtownforbes which will receive €5650, Loughan House in Kenagh which has been alrlocated €7250, St. John’s Church of Ireland in Longford town which will receive €2,500 and Rathmore House in Aughnacliffe …

Limerick Leader
Limerick Civic Trust bid to open military museum on King’s Island
A campaign to raise €350,000 to convert a former church in Limerick into a military museum has kicked off. The Limerick Civic Trust wants to transform the former St Munchin’s Church of Ireland building at King’s Island into a museum commemorating the regiments of Limerick since the 1691 Siege, …

Irish Times
New parents to get two weeks’ paid leave in this year’s budget

Irish Times
Theresa May displays grit of the old-fashioned English footballer

BBC News/BBC Radio 4
Further coverage of a joint letter signed by 60 Church of England bishops and representatives of the Board of Deputies, Muslim Council of Britain and other religious groups, expressing serious concerns about the effect of the “two-child limit” policy, which restricts tax credit and universal credit to the first two children in a family.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09xcsp0#playt=02h49m29s https://

Vatican News
Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation on holiness to be presented on Monday

Report that the interfaith group the Three Faiths Forum is to begin training courses for LGBT community leaders aiming to help them support people of faith within their midst.

Report on study by the charity Aid to the Church in Need which estimates that the Christian population in Syria has fallen from 1.4 million in 2011 to 450,000 as a result of violence and persecution.

Report on growth of privately-owned holiday parks in Britain’s woodlands. Article quotes the former Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, who chaired a Government-appointed panel whch recommended keeping forests in public ownership.

The Sun
Item explaining the history of Wesley’s hymn Love Divine All Loves Excelling prompted by speculation about the royal wedding.

Leicester Mercury
Report on record numbers of visitors to a science event at Leicester Cathedral which featured a giant three-dimensional moon. The Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, tells the paper: “I have been looking up at it with awe and wonder and, as a priest, that awe and wonder leads me to ponder the great questions of the universe.”