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Compassion, not incarceration, is a better way for refugees

Plans for a new government refugee holding facility on Christmas Island were leaked last week, prompting comparisons with the highest security prisons, and even the US facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “If what we are hearing about the new centre on Christmas Island is true this sounds more like a prison than anything else,” said the Revd John Henderson, General ...

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Bible smuggling into China counter productive says Bible Society

“Organisations that appealed for funds to smuggle Bibles into China were wasting ninety percent of their donors money,” said Bible Society NSW CEO, Daniel Willis. “Complete Bibles and New Testaments are legally printed in China on the Amity Printing Press in Nanjing and distributed through 55,000 churches and meeting points throughout the country,” he said. Speaking in China, where he ...

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Act for the Christmas bowl

The Christmas Bowl is a program of Christian World Service (CWS), a Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia. It is in its 58th year. The are grateful to everyone who has supported the Christmas Bowl over the years. Education and Communications Officer for CWS Colleen Hodge said, “It is much appreciated and it is making a real ...

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Catholic peace group hails Madonna’s adoption of Malawian boy

Singer Madonna, who has often been at loggerheads with the Roman Catholic Church in which she was brought up, has been praised for her controversial adoption of a Malawian boy from a justice group of the church. The Lilongwe diocese’s Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) on 13 September praised the US pop star Madonna for adopting David Banda, ...

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British bishop says climate campaign is not political, but “spiritual’

Churches in Britain have joined the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and aim to mobilise Christians to take stewardship of a threatened earth just as a critical United Nations conference on the planet is taking place in Nairobi. The Anglican Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, led churches’ Operation Noah campaign supporters bearing banners to a rally at London’s Trafalgar Square on ...

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Uniting Churches called to celebrate Human Rights Day

Congregations, faith communities and small groups in the Uniting Church are being encouraged to reflect on and celebrate international Human Rights Day through a suite of internet based resources being made available by UnitingJustice. International Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 each year and commemorates the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted unanimously on 10 ...

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US Evangelical leader who preached against gays, resigns, says he lied

The president of the US National Association of Evangelicals who often preached virulently against homosexuality, and who resigned after allegations he paid for sex with a male escort, has told his congregation he was a "deceiver and liar". Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard admitted to "sexual immorality" in a letter read to his Colorado Springs congregation at a 5 November Sunday ...

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African churches urge compensation for global warming damage

A united Christian platform of Caritas Internationalis and the All Africa Conference of Churches has urged industrialised nations to compensate poor countries for damage caused by high carbon emissions, which scientists and activists say are causing global warming. "We are urging delegates meeting here to agree there is an urgent need for industrialised nations and their corporations to compensate poor ...

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US Episcopal Church installs first female presiding bishop

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, has been installed as the first female presiding bishop in the US Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion, at a time when the denomination’s relationship with the Worldwide Anglican Communion is tense. She was installed in her leadership role for the 2.4-million-member US church in a ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. ...

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German pastor who set himself on fire was ‘worried about Islam’

A retired Protestant pastor in Germany has died after dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire, leaving behind a note saying he was worried about the spread of Islam. Roland Weisselberg, aged 73, died in a special clinic on 1 November after setting himself alight the previous day at a service in the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt in ...

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