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Pancakes prove food for life

Communities around Queensland will have stacks of fun with Pancake Day this year, as they cook and sell $2 pancakes to help raise money for those who need it most. Over 600 groups and businesses around Queensland will be supporting UnitingCare’s Pancake Day on Tuesday 20 February, to help the elderly, homeless and vulnerable members of the community. All funds ...

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New policies tighten up RE and Chaplaincy in State Schools

Changes to Education Queensland policies for both Religious Instruction and Chaplaincy in state schools will have significant consequences for schools, parents, ministers, church councils and RE volunteers. Uniting Church representative on Education Queensland’s Religious Education Advisory Committee (REAC) and Queensland Churches Together RE/Chaplaincy Committee Rev David MacGregor says this is the culmination of over five years work, and comes within ...

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Vatican considers fall-out after Polish archbishop steps down

Almost one week after the new archbishop of Warsaw resigned after admitting contacts with Poland’s communist-era secret police, commentators in Rome said the church was reeling from the implications of the affair. The Rome-based La Repubblica newspaper reported that Pope Benedict XVI was "furious" about those who had withheld information from him about Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus. In Warsaw, leaders of ...

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Carter, Clinton back new grouping for ‘moderate’ Baptists

Former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are backing a new grouping of Baptists in a centrist organization that will tackle broader social issues and counter a perceived image of the Southern Baptist Convention as an exclusionary church. At the same time the new grouping has invited the Southern Baptists to its foundation convention a year from now. "This ...

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Polish archbishop rejects secret police ‘collaboration’

The new Roman Catholic archbishop of Warsaw has refused to resign after two separate commissions stated that he had knowingly collaborated with Poland’s communist-era secret police. "This is a falsification," said the Rev. Stanislaw Wielgus in a statement on 5 January, just hours before he was officially to take office as Warsaw archbishop. "There is absolutely no documentation which proves ...

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