July 30th, 2013
Last Monday, in London, a child was born and all the world took notice. A future king, whatever your view on monarchies, republics or other forms of state, is a person to be noted. As that same day rolled around our globe, about 368,538 other babies were born. Of those, 14,549 will die before they are one year old. Those born in Australia are about one tenth as likely to be in that number as the world average, and just short of one hundredth as likely as the children born in Sierra Leone. Whatever this new King of Britain becomes, and whatever world leaders are now being born and are growing up, let's continue hoping they do great things about the world conditions that lead to these dreadful statistics.
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Ven Bill Beagley
reflections and occasional thoughts (appearing in the Parish newsletter)