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Tutu honoured on South African gold coin

South African Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been honoured by the South African Mint at a ceremony in which he struck a commemorative gold coin celebrating his achievement. "We are too prone as South Africans to sell ourselves short," Tutu, the former head of the country’s Anglican church said at the 28 March ceremony. "We have so much ...

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Turmoil continues in West Papua

Security forces in West Papua continue to hunt down students who were involved in the March 16th demonstration in Abepura. Around 1,000 people are said to be hiding in the hills near Jayapura while twenty people have been hospitalised after being beaten by the police. Approximately 200 Papuans have now crossed onto Papua New Guinea to seek protection from police ...

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Protests said to have triggered freeing of Afghan Christian convert

An Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam has been freed after a court in Kabul dismissed the case against Abdul Rahman following worldwide appeals on his behalf. Earlier 41-year old Rahman had declared he was ready to die for his faith. He had faced possible execution under Sharia, strict Islamic law, for converting from Islam ...

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Church leaders say peacemakers role vital after Iraq hostages freed

Global church leaders in many parts of the world have expressed relief and joy at the release of three members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) held hostage in Iraq. Members of churches supporting the group said attention should also continue to be paid to the thousands of Iraqi detainees and captives, the British think tank and advocacy group Ekklesia on ...

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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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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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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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