Domestic Abuse, American Nuns, Special Guardianship
Presented by Sheila McClennon. Including changes to the law on domestic abuse, a new report into special guardianship and the latest on a Vatican investigation into US nuns.
A new law has been announced to protect victims of psychological domestic abuse, but will it actually work? Research into special guardianship has raised concerns about support for family members who take on responsibility for relatives' children. Is the Vatican softening its stance on the activities of American nuns, previously criticised as being too secular and feminist. And a special report from West Africa on the impact of Ebola on pregnant women.
Vatican and US Women's Religious Orders
A Vatican Report on Roman Catholic sisters in the United States which began five years ago was published this week. The investigation, known as an apostolic visitation, was initiated in 2008 under Pope Benedict XVI with only a vague explanation. The Vatican said it was the largest apostolic visitation ever undertaken in a single country and its purpose was to examine the quality of life of religious women in the United States.
Ebola and Pregnancy
The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa continues to ruin lives across the region. More than 2000 people have died in Sierra Leone since the recent outbreak began, where a number of NHS workers have gone to help tackle the epidemic. The virus has particularly devastating effects on pregnant women, as Dr John Wright, one of 30 volunteers who flew to the region last month, has been finding out.
Disability and The Arts