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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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Boesak accuses South Africa’s ANC of reinstating race division

The former president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev. Allan Boesak, a one-time leader of South Africa’s African National Congress in the Western Cape province, has provoked a storm in the ANC after telling trade unionists the ruling party has brought back the language of racial division. Boesak told a National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ...

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Korea churches urge Bush to talk and lift sanctions on North

Churches has written to US President George W. Bush urging the lifting of sanctions on North Korea and also the use of diplomacy to replace an armistice signed on the Korean Peninsula in 1953 with a peace agreement. Anglican Bishop Park Kyung-Jo, president of the National Council of Churches in Korea said he had sent his letter on behalf of ...

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Founder of Soviet secret police ‘loved Christ’

Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, "loved Christ very much", Argument i Fakty, a Russian weekly newspaper published in Moscow has reported. The words were attributed by the newspaper to Dzerzhinsky’s sister Yadwiga who is believed to have died in 1949. "Christ’s commandments were deeply rooted in his heart," the newspaper quotes her in a 19 July ...

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