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Welsh church magazine editor resigns over cartoon row

The Muslim Council of Wales has accepted the apology of Christian leaders outraged that the editor of an (Anglican) Church in Wales magazine published a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad next to God and Buddha in heaven saying – "Don’t complain – we’ve all been caricatured here." Meurig Llwyd Williams, the archdeacon of Bangor, resigned on 21 March after the Archbishop ...

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Protection visas put Papuan human rights back on the agenda

The Uniting Church has welcomed the Government’s decision to grant protection visas to 42 West Papuans who arrived in Cape York on 18 January . Uniting Church President, the Rev. Dr Dean Drayton said the decision to grant protection sends a clear message that the Australian Government is taking seriously the issue of human rights abuses in Papua. ‘By making ...

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HIV-positive priest in Africa looks to AIDS-free world by 2025

Canon Gideon Byamugisha, the Ugandan Anglican priest who became the first known African church leader to declare he was HIV-positive, says the world could be free of AIDS by 2025 if it confronts hurdles like stigma and inaction in dealing with the pandemic. "I am beginning to see a world free of AIDS," Byamugisha said on 15 March in Nairobi where ...

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Kenyan athletes trained by Irish brother seek Commonwealth gold

St Patricks Iten in the Kenyan Highlands seemed like any regular local school until 1976 when Brother Colm O’Connell arrived for what was supposed to be a two-year assignment to teach geography. But the following year, the cleric who belongs to the Brothers of St Patrick order started coaching athletics and since then he has produced an astounding list of ...

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Sharing the hope

Uniting Church people are invited to make a Lenten gift to six worthy projects in Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Ask for a set of Lenten Appeal offering envelopes from your local Uniting Church. Make Lent 2006 a time where you share the hope. Read the Lenten studies on pages 9-12 in this edition of Journey. 1st Week of Lent: ...

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Orthodox churches urge ‘fitting’ burial for Slobodan Milosevic

The head of the Serbian Orthodox church has sent condolences to the family of the deceased Slobodan Milosevic, and urged the war crimes suspect to be given a "fitting burial" in his homeland. "Every person has an inviolable right to a grave and a fitting burial, especially people who, like Slobodan Milosevic, exerted an influence on their epoch, and on ...

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Young Adults Mission Immersion Weekend

The Young Adults Mission Immersion Weekend to be held on April 8-9 is an opportunity for young adults to hear stories from returnees from volunteer placements, both overseas and within Australia. It also enables young people to hear experiences from guests from partner churches and migrant-ethnic communities, to discover more about opportunities to serve within Australia and overseas, to share ...

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After War, Children in German church-run homes ‘faced abuse’

Germany’s main Protestant welfare agency has announced it wants an independent investigation into allegations that thousands of children in post-Second World War Germany faced abuse and neglect in church-run homes. "We don’t want to gloss over, play down or deny the facts," said Juergen Gohde, president of the Diakonisches Werk of the Evangelical Church in Germany, acknowledging that children had ...

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