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Climate change

 
2016 was the warmest year on record
2016 was the warmest year on record

Scientists say human emissions of CO2, the warming of the Arctic, and El Nino were the main factors of the new high. “God has called us to be responsible stewards of creation”, Christian activists say.

 
 
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Environment

 
World’s largest marine reserve will be established in Antarctica
World’s largest marine reserve will be established in Antarctica

The Southern Ocean will be sheltered from fishing in the next 35 years. The agreement comes after five years of negotiations. Russia was the last one to accept it.

 
 
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Megan Best

 
The truth about dying
The truth about dying

I have always found striking, the discrepancy between the public support for euthanasia (among those who are healthy) and my patients’ desire for continued life.

 
 
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Environment

 
Creation Care conference: Bible and science to promote action in Europe
Creation Care conference: Bible and science to promote action in Europe

“Is the gospel about human salvation from a condemned world or does it include hope for creation’s good future in Christ?” Lausanne Movement and World Evangelical Alliance sponsor the regional gathering.

 
 
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Archaeology

 
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea

A team of Russian archaeologists announces “a discovery of international significance” in the ancient Greek site of Phanagoria (Crimea). Darius I is mentioned in the book of Ezra.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”

“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.

 
 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Little bugs standing up to God?
Little bugs standing up to God?

What mysterious properties do the Oikopleura dioica have to challenge God and cause such religious tremors?

 
 
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Discovery

 
Spark of light marks beginning of fertilisation
Spark of light marks beginning of fertilisation

Researchers are able to show the “stunning explosion of zinc fireweorks” after a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme.

 
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Israel

 
A 3,500 year-old Egyptian seal found in biblical city
A 3,500 year-old Egyptian seal found in biblical city

The seal must have belonged to a senior Egyptian official, who “filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt”, archaeologist says.

 
 
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Alister McGrath
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McGrath: “New Atheism is falling from grace”
McGrath: “New Atheism is falling from grace”

The scientist and theologian believes that Galileo’s story has been distorted, and accuses Dawkins of “staining science.” An interview published in Spain’s El País. 

 
 
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Bioethics

 
“Research with human embryos opens door to ‘designer babies’”
“Research with human embryos opens door to ‘designer babies’”

UK scientists allowed to genetically modify embryos. Christian scientists Antonio Cruz and John Wyatt warn against this kind of research.

 
 
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Gavin Matthews

 
Challenging the dominant narrative
Challenging the dominant narrative

“Here is a narrative which has been suppressed, here is a way of thinking that people are trying to drown out.” An interview with acclaimed Christian apologist Alister McGrath about his new book, Inventing the Universe.

 
 
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WHO

 
Zika virus spreads in South America, first cases in Europe
Zika virus spreads in South America, first cases in Europe

The World Health Organisation alerts the virus affecting thousands of babies will spread among all South, Central and North American countries. First cases in Europe: Spain, the UK and Switzerland.

 
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Universe

 
Most powerful supernova ever seen ‘challenges all known theories’
Most powerful supernova ever seen ‘challenges all known theories’

“The honest answer is at this point that we do not know what could be the power source for ASASSN-15lh”, scientist says on Nature magazine. It is some 20 times as luminous as the entire output of the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy.

 
 
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David Bookless

 
Why we need the wisdom of Solomon
Why we need the wisdom of Solomon

Studying nature cannot be left to scientists alone. What is required for wisdom is not only the detached rational enquiry of science but also the immersed, meditative contemplation of artists and poets.

 
 
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Environment

 
99.9% chance of a 5.0 earthquake in LA in the next three years, NASA says
99.9% chance of a 5.0 earthquake in LA in the next three years, NASA says

US Geological survey is in disagreement with Nasa's results, stating that there's only 85 per cent chance this could happen.

 
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3500-1540 B.C

 
Possible site of ancient Sodom yields more finds
Possible site of ancient Sodom yields more finds

Archaeologists continue to uncover evidence of a massive Bronze Age city-state in present-day Jordan.

 
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Michael Wickham

 
The environmental causes of the Syrian crisis
The environmental causes of the Syrian crisis

The huge investment in agriculture transformed  the semi-arid Al Badia region into fields of maize and cotton, by means of subsidies to farmers and the drilling of thousands of wells. This added to the pressure on water resources. 

 
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Environment

 
New Zealand to create one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries
New Zealand to create one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries

Government announced the creation of an ocean sanctuary the size of France, to preserve marine life in the South Pacific. It is expected to be in place by October 2016.

 
 
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History

 
Darwin: “I do not believe in the Bible”
Darwin: “I do not believe in the Bible”

A letter auctioned in New York reveals his thoughts two years before he died: “I am sorry to have to inform you… I do not believe in Jesus as the son of God.”

 
 
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Interview

 
“Christianity has a coherent explanation of why nature has value”
“Christianity has a coherent explanation of why nature has value”

“Accepting what the scientists are saying about climate change and understanding that other species have value to God, is a threat to our greedy lifestyles”, thinks David Bookless, member of environmental care NGO A Rocha.

 
 
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Interview

 
‘God has given worth to Creation, but we have not taken it seriously’
‘God has given worth to Creation, but we have not taken it seriously’

Following the publication of Pope Francis´ encyclical “Laudato Si”, Christian experts Miguel Wickham and Antonio Cruz analyse the current debate from an evangelical perspective.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Science and faith are both journeys of inspiration”
“Science and faith are both journeys of inspiration”

Palaeontologist Simon Conway-Morris to Evangelical Focus: “There is absolutely no problem in combining a scientific career with being a person of faith.”

 
 
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Peter Saunders

 
Three-parent embryos: 5 big questions MPs failed to answer
Three-parent embryos: 5 big questions MPs failed to answer

The stance of scientists created huge pressure for MPs who risked being labelled ‘ignorant’ or uncaring for objecting. But the question is not nearly as simple as it looks on first appearance. These new regulations are dangerous.

 
 
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Archaeology

 
Oldest fragment of Mark’s gospel may be found in a mummy mask

A small papyrus fragment containing words from the Book of Mark could end up being the earliest copy of a Christian gospel on record.

 
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Faith and science

 
“Atheism is loud and noisy, but does not have good answers”
“Atheism is loud and noisy, but does not have good answers”

Alister McGrath thinks "people are realizing that New Atheism is very empty, shallow and aggressive".

 
 
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David Robertson

 
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?

Any society that wants to survive must care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst.

 
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Archaeology
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Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus
Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus

According to archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt contain an early form of Hebrew, with references to figures from the Bible.

 
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Gavin Matthews
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Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures
Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures

A look at European statistics on five key biomedical issues: surrogate parenthood, gender transformation, the new eugenics, euthanasia and abortion. 

 
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Science and medicine

 
Are neurosurgeons ready to ‘walk’ through brain with 3D holograms?
Are neurosurgeons ready to ‘walk’ through brain with 3D holograms?

Developers claim this is the first ever 3D digital hologram of the human brain fibre connections. The tecnique is called “Fibre Tractography”.

 
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Archaeology

 
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace

They have also found Philistine pottery, lending credence to the biblical account of them living in the city until being vanquished by King David.

 
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Archaeology

 
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed

The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.

 
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Referendum 5 June

 
Swiss evangelicals: vote “no” to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
Swiss evangelicals: vote “no” to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Ahead of the referendum, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance and two Evangelical Parties oppose the proposition of allowing more research in medically assisted reproduction.

 
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Environment

 
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution

Air pollution is responsible for 9% of mortality in France, according to a study made public this week. The only things that are more deadly to the French are tobacco and alcohol.

 
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Culture

 
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely a fake
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely  a fake

Karen L. King’s announcement got much media attention in 2012. After and in-depth research of The Atlantic magazine, she admits she probably was deluded by “fabrications.”

 
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Richard Carhart

 
On the Spiritual Meaning of the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson)
On the Spiritual Meaning of the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson)

The media’s interpretation of the significance of the discovery a few months before it was made reflects the need most humans feel to find ultimate spiritual reality.

 
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Archaeology

 
In Jerusalem, 2,600 year-old seal discovered
In Jerusalem, 2,600 year-old seal discovered

It reveals the high status of its owner and confirms the important role of some women during the First Temple period, as described in the book of Proverbs.

 
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Nature

 
Impressive northern lights in UK, Ireland and Germany
Impressive northern lights in UK, Ireland and Germany

Social media users share great ‘Aurora Borealis’ pictures.

 
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Israel

 
Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement in Jerusalem
Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement in Jerusalem

Authorities in Israel called it the oldest discovery of its kind in the area. The historic site was found while authorities were doing roadwork.

 
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Richard Carhart

 
Einstein’s Relativity and Relativism
Einstein’s Relativity and Relativism

Why Einstein’s theory of relativity is actually a powerful argument for absolute truth.

 
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Creation care
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Fighting climate change is “caring for others who are being harmed by our actions”
Fighting climate change is “caring for others who are being harmed by our actions”

“We’ve confused our politics with our faith”, the respected evangelical atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe thinks. “If we really believed what the Bible says, we would be on the forefront of this issue.”

 
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‘Praise Him, sun and moon...’
‘Praise Him, sun and moon...’

The moon, seen from the Earth and from space. Images captured by the NASA in 2015.

 
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Warfare technology

 
“Starting a military Artificial Intelligence arms race is a bad idea”
“Starting a military Artificial Intelligence arms race is a bad idea”

Autonomous weapons will “appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists”, warn prominent researchers like Stuart Russell, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.

 
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Israel

 
Scientists find small farming 23,000 years ago in Galilee
Scientists find small farming 23,000 years ago in Galilee

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed evidence of early small-scale agricultural cultivation at Ohalo II, a 23,000-year-old hunter-gatherers’ sedentary camp on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

 
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Biotechnology

 
“We will know which genes make us more intelligent”
“We will know which genes make us more intelligent”

Raymond McCauley, an expert in biotechnology, analyses the advances he sees in genetics: “In a short period of time, everybody will have chips implanted in their bodies.”

 
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Poverty and health issues

 
Socioeconomic inequalities raise mortality in Europe
Socioeconomic inequalities raise mortality in Europe

A study in 15 European cities confirmed the existence of socioeconomic inequalities in many of the main causes of mortality.

 
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Science and Fiction

 
“Death is just a technological problem”, says historian
“Death is just a technological problem”, says historian

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Yuval Noah Harari, fabricates a future with no Creator: “Humans will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years.”

 
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Interview

 
“Working for the betterment of Earth is an integral part of our mission”
“Working for the betterment of Earth is an integral part of our mission”

The theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer can tell us much about how Christians should care for the environment, says Dutch researcher Steven Van den Heuvel in his doctoral thesis.

 
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Study

 
Search for alien civilizations on other planets: human is alone
Search for alien civilizations on other planets: human is alone

Alien supercivilizations absent from 100,000 nearby galaxies. The most far-seeing search ever performed for “Dyson spheres” and other artifacts of “astroengineering” comes up empty.

 
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Wildlife
Wildlife

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition offers some of the best nature photography. See the 10 finalists from last year's competition.

 
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United Kingdom

 
Mother became a surrogate for single gay son
Mother became a surrogate for single gay son

Mother tells of giving birth to gay son's baby after surrogate pregnancy. Anne-Marie Casson has spoken publicly of how she became a surrogate to son Kyle's baby.

 
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Turkmenistan

 
Karakum, the ‘Door to Hell’
Karakum, the ‘Door to Hell’

A giant hole of fire in the heart of the Karakum Desert, creating a surreal other-worldly scene.

 
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Rodney Holder: Faith and Science
Rodney Holder: Faith and Science

Scientist Dr Holder analyzes the relationship between Faith and Science, the Big Bang Theory, the scientific and theological debate about the design of the universe, and the role that the New Atheism plays in our society.

 
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‘Doomsday clock’

 
Atomic scientists say we are nearing ‘end of the world’

In a purely symbolic but still unsettling move, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the minute hand on its Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. 

 
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'Cyborg rats'

 
Spinal implant breakthrough helps paralysed walk again
Spinal implant breakthrough helps paralysed walk again

Paralysed rats have regained the ability to walk after using a new implant and undergoing several weeks of training.

 
 

 
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Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
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‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability… Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…

About 70 people from diverse evangelical backgrounds met for the Spanish annual Lausanne Movement gathering. They discussed how the church can respond to 10 social challenges in the country.

 
Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel

Movement Day Global Cities brought together 3,500 participants from 90 countries. About 50 speakers reflected in New York on the impact of the gospel in the big metropolis.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
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You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
Jerusalem and the Messiah Jerusalem and the Messiah

‘This is the place where the Messiah chose to come, die and... return’. A video produced by Alto Concept.

 
The impact of investigative journalism on the Church The impact of investigative journalism on the Church

Journalistic research is key to help Christians think about the implications of their faith, says Finnish journalist Leif Nummela. 

 
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity gives answers.

 
“If I died tomorrow…” “If I died tomorrow…”

The new song of Spanish folk band ‘Papel Maché’ is about the hope of life after death.

 
“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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