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Pope: 'God Is Not Afraid Of New Things'

(Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.<p>Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made …


Women Bishops For Church of England Proposals Approved

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England’s governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this time next year.<p>Meeting in London on Wednesday (Nov. 20), the church’s General Synod passed a motion by 378-8, with 25 abstentions, that paves the way for …


"Some of my carers don't know what a colostomy bag is"

Hear the moment 93 year old George called Jonathan Vernon-Smith to commend 23 year old Bethany Townsend on her colostomy bag bikini photos…<p>#jvsshow …


Carers Trust on Twitter: "Announcement: Please find a comment from Carers Trust on the Liberal Democrat proposal for annual bonus for #carers http://t.co/UD7CG3eTsZ"

Concern over benefit "PIP" delays

The Duchess of Cornwall was given the inside tale on how the lives of women inmates are being transformed as she visited a Cheshire prison.


Carers face growing financial hardship

One in three 'sandwich carers' looking after young and old struggle to cope, says Money Advice Service<p>Almost a third of people who simultaneously care for both young and older family members say they struggle to cover basic living costs, according to research from the Money Advice Service to …


My partner is burnt out from being my carer during my mental illness

A man who is recovering from mental illness worries he will lose his partner, who is burnt out from caring for him If you have a dilemma, send a brief email to mariella.frostrup@observer.co.uk<p><b>The dilemma</b> <i>I've been with my partner for seven years. I have suffered from mental illness for most of that</i> …


Why young carers need support if they are to do well at school

A council initiative aims to stop pupils who have to care for sick or disabled parents falling behind with school work<p>Research by the Children's Society suggests that one in 12 children caring for sick or disabled relatives in England spends more than 15 hours a week caring for family members and …


'Carers walk the cancer journey with patients but need more support'

Up to 1.1 million people are thought to be providing unpaid care to a friend or family member who has cancer but they are getting neither the information nor help they need<p>When Fiona O'Kelly's widowed mum was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago, her life changed overnight. "It's like our roles …


What is it like to be an unpaid carer? Your stories

For Carers Week, we asked you to share your experiences of being an informal carer. This is what you told us<p>Gatesy53: So, at the age of 59, giving up work to care for my parents who I live with. Both in 90s. Weird trying to get them to do what is best for them and their medical conditions, whilst …


Why carers are going on virtual strike

Society can and must do more to prevent carers from wrecking their lives, health and futures, which is why we are taking action<p>• What is it like to be an unpaid carer? Your stories<p>It is 14 years since my daughter dropped like a stone as I baked her birthday cake. In a heartbeat her life became one …


Carers Week 2014: three ways councils can get carers the help they need

The Care Act 2014 gives councils responsibility for the wellbeing of carers. Here's what they can do to provide the right support<p>The Care Act 2014 means that far-reaching change to the way councils support carers is on its way. Under the legislation, which comes into force in April next year, …


Men over 65 more likely than women to be carers

Older male carers will often struggle on without seeking support until crisis point is reached<p>Older men acting as carers for their partners or family find themselves like fish out of water. They are sometimes ignored by GPs, isolated and unwilling to ask for help, research shows.<p>This may not be …


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Why does your voice sound different on a recording?

No one likes listening to themselves, but why? It’s because when you speak you hear yourself in two different ways.<p>What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. Greg Foot explains all.<p>The first is …