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Religions look to soccer to promote goal of interfaith peace

While soccer fans throughout the world get ready for the start of the World Cup in Germany, religious leaders hope to use the month-long event to promote peace between the faiths. In Berlin, Christians, Jews and Muslims are looking forward to an inter-religious soccer tournament on 25 June, following a first match between Christian clerics and Muslim imams in May. ...

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Religious leaders to hold politicians to account on AIDS response

The United Nations is scheduled Friday to complete a three-day meeting on the global AIDS pandemic, and religious leaders say they are going to hold national leaders to account for what they say is continued slow progress in battling the crisis. "My hope is that this is not just more paper," Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of South Africa told Ecumenical ...

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Rebuilding East Timor Appeal

The Uniting Church in Australia, through Uniting Church Overseas Aid (UCOA), has been monitoring the situation in East Timor very closely, and keeping in regular contact with our partner organisations on the ground said Acting National Director Rev. John E. Mavor. YASONA, the community aid and development arm of the Protestant Church in East Timor (IPTL), has been under enormous ...

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Polish nuns raise alarm about prostitution at soccer World Cup

Roman Catholic nuns in Poland are preparing anti-prostitution leaflets to be circulated during the soccer World Cup in Germany, after warnings that the month-long tournament could promote the trafficking of women to serve as prostitutes. "Over 800 000 people are sold into sex slavery each year," said Jolanta Olech, president of Poland’s Conference of Female Superiors. "In beautiful, democratic Europe, ...

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Irish Catholic priests apologise for celebrating Mass with Anglican

Three Irish Roman Catholic priests have apologised for concelebrating Mass with an Anglican cleric to mark the 90th anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists proclaimed independence from Britain. The Mass took place on Easter Sunday, 16 April, at the Augustinian Priory in Drogheda in County Louth, north of Dublin. The short-lived Easter Rising 90 years earlier was ...

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Long journey to graduate

Seven hundred kilometres is a long way to fly just to get to theology classes. That is what Mornington Island Uniting Church and community elder Ellen Roughsey did every time that she attended her Theology studies at Wontulp B-Buya College in Cairns. In March Ellen received her Certificate III in Theology. “There came times I thought I’d quit, but when we ...

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Pope tells Poles he supports inter-denominational marriages

Pope Benedict VXI has called on churches to build closer ties with one another through joint charitable initiatives, as well as by fostering inter-denominational marriages and families. "Despite all the differences that need to be overcome in inter-denominational dialogue, it is legitimate to attribute charitable engagement to the ecumenical community of Christ’s disciples in search of full unity," the pope ...

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Bibles are there for the asking

Bibles are, and always have been, readily available to patients at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Chaplaincy Department Chairperson Reverend Iris Carden said a recent news item in the Sunday Mail about the availability Bibles in the Hospital was “regrettably inaccurate,” . “The current system for making Bibles available to patients has been in place for ...

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Malawi Presbyterian synod proposes letting pastors carry arms

Clerics have not been spared in Malawi’s spiralling of armed robberies and the situation is so severe the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) says it will allow some clerics to own at least one firearm for personal protection. Central Malawi Nkhoma Synod’s Church and Society Programme director, Allan Chiphiko, told journalists on 18 May so many criminals have terrorised ...

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Resource and consult with Aboriginal people say NT church leaders

Uniting Church Moderator Steve Orme from the Northern Synod, Anglican for the Northern Territory Bishop Philip Freier and Darwin’s Catholic Bishop Ted Collins, Roman have issued a joint statement regarding the current media attention to conditions in Aboriginal communities. "We speak as the leaders of three churches with a long relationship with the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory. Between ...

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