An Iraqi nun who wants to visit her sick sister in the UK has been denied a visa by the Home Office.
Sister Ban Madleen was driven out of Qaraqosh, the biggest Christian town in the Nineveh plains, by ISIS, who took over her Dominican convent. She settled as a refugee in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdestand, where she set up kindergartens. The refugees are returning to their home towns now that ISIS have been driven out.
Sister Ban is not the first religious to have problems visiting Britain, according to Fr Benedict Kiely, founder of Nasarean.org, which helps the persecuted Christians of the Middle East. Another Dominican nun with a PhD in Biblical Theology from Oxford has been refused a visa twice……
……. In December 2016 three archbishops from Iraq and Syria were refused entry into the UK despite being invited by the country’s Syriac Orthodox Church for the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, attended by Prince Charles.
“On Tuesday evening the Ealing Council Cabinet will be deciding on whether they will introduce a censorship zone around the Marie Stopes abortion centre in Ealing.
If the council goes ahead with introducing the censorship zone, this will be the first area in the country to introduce a PSPO. This will be the end of a vital support option that 100’s of women have accessed at Ealing in recent years.
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