Almost 3,000 people requested euthanasia in 2022. Most were over 70 and had terminal cancer, but 17% “were not expected to die in the foreseeable future”, says official report.
The mainline EKD loses 2.9% of its membership in only one year. For the first time, the figure exceeds the number of deaths of members.
An independent commission documented cases since the 1950s. Eight in ten abusers were priests and most of the victims were boys aged 10-14.
Final statistics of 2022 confirm that most families have seen huge increases in products such as milk and cereals. A look at salaries and the access to housing shows massive inequalities between European Union countries.
A survey shows that Roman Catholics decline the most and go to church the least. Over half of Protestants attend church at least once a month.
According to the government, Christians were 1.9% of the population in 2021.
The trends in other European countries do not follow the same pattern.
The official figure of the latest census shows that Cardiff is the only city with more than 5% of LGB+ people. Around 0.5% of the population identifies as transgender.
62% believe “science can give answers to all the big problems of the 21st century” but 51% do not see a conflict with religion.
Official data show a slight upturn in abortions. 90% of them were “at the woman's request”.
A survey published by the Theos think tank also shows that 64% believe that “there are some things that science will never be able to explain”.
The figure has increased 15-fold since 1950, says the newest report of the CNEF. At the end of 2022, there were at least 2,700 active evangelical worship places in the country.
Almost 8,000 municipalities do not have an evangelical presence yet, says church planter Máximo Álvarez in an interview.
Christians are now a minority in England and Wales but this can be a great opportunity to speak up for Christianity as a positive force for public life.
Iceland and other Nordic countries are among the most dependent. Portugal, UK and Spain double the consumption in two decades.
In Europe, we have become used to the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees, most notably when some 2 million people fleeing the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan. Yet the Ukraine migration crisis has been different.
Recent surveys in Germany and the Netherlands analyse the daily decisions of church members to see if they differ from the rest of society.
For evangelicals in Western Europe, the most tangible problem is not one of freedom, but rather of public participation.
A survey among pastors also finds that Christian communities had more chances to connect with new people. Church leaders are still feeling exhausted.
The recently released State of Theology survey states that “Americans often aren’t sure how to balance hot-button cultural issues with theological beliefs”.
According to the national census, over 45% of Northern Irish people identify with the Catholic faith, while 43.5% identify with one of the branches of Protestantism.
In 50 years’ time, those not religiously affiliated could represent half of the population while people with non-Christians faiths double their presence.
A report shows that forced labour and forced marriage have risen significantly in the last five years, specially among women and children.
A study shows that 26% of pastors have personally struggled with mental issues. Most leaders talk about mental health at church and feel equipped to provide help.
There were 107 legal abortions in 2021, 90% less than the previous year. “The biggest problem now is illegal abortions using pills”, pro-life groups warn.
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