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Northern Ireland hopes raised after Protestant politician meets

The Rev. Ian Paisley, who heads Northern Ireland’s largest political party, the Democratic Unionist Party, has met the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland in what has been hailed as a step to overcome tension in the religiously-divided territory. Paisley, who has in the past faced accusations of making inflammatory remarks against Roman Catholics, met the Catholic Archbishop ...

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Tutu, turning 75, laments Anglican position on homosexuals

Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he has been saddened by his Anglican church’s position about the ordination of gay priests, in his biography which is to be released in the United States and Europe on 7 October, his 75th birthday. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who gained the award in 1984, at the height of the struggle against apartheid, is also ...

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Skype keeps Scots kids connected

Uniting Church school Scots PGC College at Warwick has introduced voice over internet protocol (VOIP) technology for use by its boarding students, in both boys and girls boarding houses. This a new Internet communication software has allowed both Australian and international boarders to talk with their parents, friends and relatives over the internet in real-time and face-to-face via a webcam. ...

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Randwick Racecourse chosen for the Pope’s Sydney mass

Randwick Racecourse has been chosen to host the largest gathering of people ever held in Sydney – the overnight Vigil and Final Mass to be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day in July 2008 World Youth Day is the largest youth event in the world. “We needed a site that could accommodate up to 600,000 people and ...

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Migrant leaders express concerns over proposed Assembly of Confessing Congregations

The leaders of nine migrant communities have publicly declared they will not join the proposed Assembly of Confessing Congregations and have sent an open letter to their communities urging them to consider the impact it will have on the unity of the Church. The open letter, signed by leaders of the Indonesian, Tongan, Samoan, Tamil, Vietnamese, Filipino, Niuean and Fijian ...

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Chaplain gives dignity and respect to terminally ill patients

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital’s new chaplain provides spiritual and emotional support to terminally ill patients. Father Keith Foote joins the RBWH chaplaincy department and palliative care unit as a volunteer non-denominational chaplain to support patients in their journey towards their final days. Fr Foote said listening to people who know they are terminal was one of the greatest gifts. ...

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Polish priest to use TV cash-filled suitcase for new church

A Roman Catholic priest who won 220 000 zloties (US$70 000) in a Polish television game show has said he plans to use the money for a new church in his parish that has been under construction for the past three years. "I watched the programme by accident, although there are no accidents in life, and I thought – why ...

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Cancellation of Mozart opera in Berlin sparks free speech debate

German chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised as "self censorship" the cancellation of a Mozart opera in Berlin because of concern that a scene featuring the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad could lead to attacks by Muslims. "Self censorship because of fear is intolerable," Merkel said in a 27 September interview with the Hanover-based Neue Presse, following the decision of ...

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Vic/Tas Moderator challenges ‘English language test’ for Australian citizenship

In his first sermon as Moderator of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania, Rev Jason Kioa, seriously questioned the proposed ‘English Test’ for Australian citizenship and challenged politicians to overcome the fear of terrorism “by building communities of trust”. “The best thing Australian governments – both State and Federal – and opposition leaders and religious leaders…can do to overcome ...

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