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DEFEND RELIGIOUS RIGHTS, TRUMP URGED

An influential US government commission that monitors religious freedom around the world is urging President Donald Trump and his new administration to take concrete steps to make advocacy of universal religious rights a priority in American foreign policy.

“Our foreign policy should not simply be about US self-interest – you know, national security and trade. It should also be about the ideals and values for which this country is known,” said the Rev Thomas Reese, chair of the US Commission on International Freedom (USCIRF). The Jesuit priest added: “We also believe that promoting religious freedom around the world is in our national self-interest.”

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In this month's issue: 150 Years of Scripture Union and the anniversary celebrations. General Assembly: 10 pages of reports and pictures from the Assembly, Fringe and Heart and Soul. An Offshore Parish: The chaplain to the UK's oil and gas industry.