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US summit of bishops fails to mend Anglican divide

A meeting of bishops from the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church has failed to resolve a stalemate over issues such as the ordination of homosexuals and church authority that threatens to divide the US denomination into separate camps. "We had honest and frank conversations that confronted the depth of the conflicts that we face," noted 11 bishops in a statement following ...

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Pope installs second-in-command amid reports of Vatican shake up

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has been installed as the Vatican’s new secretary of state, the number two position that makes him the closest colleague of Pope Benedict XVI. The appointment comes during media speculation that the Pope is to embark on a major overhaul of the Vatican. Bertone, until now archbishop of Genoa, will succeed Cardinal Angelo Sodano in dealing with ...

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Agents of Change out on the streets

Every year millions of young people around the world spend time at Christian camps, festivals and conferences, taking part in a range of activities from extreme sports to bible studies, small group discussions to Christian rock concerts. But what happens to those young people when they return to their homes and the euphoria of a week spent in close-knit Christian ...

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Conservative leaders are still not happy

In an open letter to church leaders the Chairpersons of the Reforming Alliance (RA) and Evangelical Members of the Uniting Church (EMU) associations have expressed disappointment at the tone and content of the letters released to the church by the Assembly General Secretary Rev Terence Corkin HERE and the Associate General Secretary Rev Glenda Blakefield HERE. Rev Dr Max Champion ...

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Pope warns Christians on hiding their beliefs

Pope Benedict XVI has joined German Christians of other denominations for a prayer service at Regensburg cathedral in Bavaria where he urged Christians not to hide their witness to God in a multi-religious age. "We know who God is through Jesus Christ," said Pope Benedict at the service on 12 September during a six-day visit to his native Bavaria in ...

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Brother Roger did not ‘convert’ to Catholicism, says Taize

The Taize community in eastern France has rejected claims reported in the French newspaper Le Monde that its Swiss-born Protestant founder, Brother Roger Schutz, who died last year, had a secret conversion to Roman Catholicism. "This article gave credence to and reproduced the claims of a small newsletter issued by Catholic traditionalist circles that misrepresents Brother Roger’s true intentions and ...

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Assembly urges care in decisions on the ACC

The Uniting Church Assembly Acting General Secretary Rev Glenda Blakefield has released a statement in response to requests from some members, congregations and presbyteries seeking Assembly comment about the proposed “Assembly of Confessing Congregations”. Assembly officers have welcomed the fact that the Steering Committee of the proposed Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC) has stated its desire to remain within the ...

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Differences on sexuality and leadership will not be decided in court

The Uniting Church Assembly Standing Committee has rejected a request from the Reforming Alliance that it make a joint approach to a court for a determination on the validity of the decisions of the 10th and 11th Assemblies about sexuality and leadership. The legal advice given to the Assembly Standing Committee denied the validity of claims made by the Reforming ...

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Namibia churches back campaign to pay each citizen US$14 a month

A coalition of Namibian church and non-governmental organizations is sticking to its campaign for the government to overturn its decision not to give an unconditional monthly grant of 100 Namibian dollars (US$14) to each citizen below retirement age. "Such a grant is necessary until the country’s high income disparities are addressed," said the Rev. Phillip Strydom, the general secretary of ...

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Migration changing the face of churches

The steady increase in the movement of people around the globe is one of the main features in today’s world and is having a deep impact on churches, the main governing body of the World Council of Churches has heard. "The Waldensian [Protestant] Church in Italy now has many more African members than Italian ones as a result of a ...

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