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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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Emerging theologian visits down under

CONTROVERSIAL YOUNG Northern Ireland theologian Pete Rollins will be a keynote speaker at the next National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC 2007). Rollins believes the emerging church presents a singular, unprecedented opportunity to transform the theological and moral architecture of the Christian community. Rollins’ recent book How (Not) to Speak of God is attracting interest world wide. Author Brian McLaren describes ...

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Sri Lanka bishop fights Britain’s visa fingerprint obligation

The Anglican Communion has its headquarters in London but Anglican Bishop Duleep de Chickera of Sri Lanka says he will not visit Britain unless it lifts the mandatory fingerprinting of visa applicants from his nation, or applies it to citizens of all countries. "This is discriminatory and an insult to the Sri Lankan citizens," said Chickera, as he described his ...

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World Methodists agree to sign up to Lutheran-Catholic agreement

World Methodists have agreed to endorse a 1999 Lutheran-Roman Catholic agreement on the doctrine of justification, a key doctrinal question at the time of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. The endorsement came at an 18-19 July meeting in Seoul of the 500-member governing body of the World Methodist Council (WMC) in advance of the World Methodist Conference, which opened in ...

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