¬†The relations between the Church and the State will be explored in a series of talks over the next few weeks at Mount Street Jesuit Centre. The topics being addressed by Fr James Campbell SJ will include Religion and Human Rights, and how religion fits into the legal requirements of the European Union. This series of talks comes at a time when the Church across Europe is having to look afresh at and redefine its relationship with governments and legislators. Fr James said: "The recent news from Slovakia demonstrates how religion and politics can so easily come into conflict with each other. A draft concordat between the Holy See and Slovakia that would guarantee the right of Catholics in the country to refuse to take part in abortions has been opposed by EU lawyers. These are the sort of issues ≠ involving human rights, conscience, and the relationship between the European Commission and the religion ≠ that are increasingly playing a part in the lives of Catholics and others." The series of talks under the title 'Church-State Relations' will take place at Mount Street Jesuit Centre (the Farm Street Church parish hall) on Sundays until 26 February, starting at 5pm. For more details, contact Mount Street Jesuit Centre on: 020 7495 1673.