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World church leaders call for an end to the violence

Saying the world cannot wait for signs of a "new Middle East," leaders of three prominent international groups representing millions of Christians worldwide issued a joint appeal for an end to the violence in the Middle East today. The leaders included Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Bishop Mark Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation, ...

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Elvis crooner gets aisles rocking at England’s Truro Cathedral

Elvis imitator Johnny Cowling had more than 1000 people – many of them non-churchgoing teenagers – rocking in the aisles of one of England’s best known cathedrals at a Sunday service. "It was a fantastic service. We’ve tried country music and classical composers but never Elvis," Truro Cathedral’s Cannon Perran Gay told Ecumenical News International. "Most of Johnny Cowling’s songs ...

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After bombing, aid agencies warn of dwindling basics in Lebanon

Heavy bombardments that have destroyed bridges and parts of the main road between Syria and Lebanon have put enormous pressure on aid agencies and churches trying to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of internally-displaced people. "With the isolation of Beirut, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get what we need," said Shad Hajj Nassif, emergency coordinator of the ...

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Detention on Nauru is a breach of human decency says Uniting Church

Uniting Church leaders today condemned the Government’s plan to detain more asylum seekers on Nauru as inhumane, and urged Senators to vote against the Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill 2006 currently before the Parliament. In a letter sent to members of the Senate today, the Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director of UnitingJustice Australia, urged Senators to oppose the Bill ...

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Lebanese Christians face big challenges

The Christians of Lebanon are facing significant challenges during these days of intense Israeli bombardment and military advancement into their country. First of all, there is the obvious challenge of staying alive amidst what can only be described as full-out war. At the time of writing, the total number killed as a result of the bombing is close to 1000, ...

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Relations with Rome improving, says Russian Orthodox leader

The Russian Orthodox Church leader in charge of inter-denominational contacts has said relations with the Roman Catholic Church have steadily improved since the ascent of Pope Benedict XVI. "After the election of Pope Benedict XVI our dialogue became more intensive," Metropolitan Kirill, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department of External Church Relations, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily newspaper. "And ...

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US Jewish group says it accepts Mel Gibson’s apology

The head of the Anti-Defamation League, a US Jewish advocacy group, has accepted a second apology by actor and director Mel Gibson for alleged anti-Semitic remarks following his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. "This is the apology we had sought and requested," the league’s national director, Abraham H. Foxman, said in a statement after Gibson expressed regret ...

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Day Camp: an ecumenical adventure

ONCE AGAIN hundreds of primary school children relished the chance to get dirty at Day Camps all over the state last school holidays. The Moggill / Karana Downs Day Camp had record numbers with 177 campers and 90 leaders and helpers. Camp director Paul Vandersee said it was the biggest the camp has ever been and was organised in conjunction ...

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Russians now in line, to venerate saints’ relics, in place of Lenin

Soviet citizens used to stand in endless lines to venerate Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed remains on Red Square. Now Orthodox believers are standing in round-the-clock lines to venerate saints’ relics. In the latest example of such religious fervour, over 40 days nearly 2.5 million believers across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus venerated what Orthodox Christians believe to be St John the Baptist’s ...

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