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Ekklesia associate and board member Vaughan Jones, who is minister of Harecourt United Reformed Church in London, appears on BBC Northern Ireland's 'Sunday Sequence' programme on 26 April 2015 (from 8.30am), talking about the follow-on from the tragic sinking of an Italian coastguard ship that killed 800 refugee-migrants earlier this week.
A recent BBC documentary powerfully depicted the plight of Christians in the Middle East, amidst threats by Isis and other forces.
Katie Hopkins, a person who makes her living by courting controversy, has written a piece for the Sun which has caused outrage. As thousands of men, women and children die a horrible death in the Mediterranean, she writes, "NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care."
In the worldwide Catholic Church, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated in January each year, having been instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X. In 2015 it falls on 18 January, which is also the Church's World Peace Day (and for many the first Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity).