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US TV show on priest with problems stops after protests

Conservative critics are claiming victory over the closing of a new prime-time US television series that depicted the life of an Episcopal (Anglican) priest, with a host of family problems who held long conversations with a seemingly hip Jesus. "The Book of Daniel" show, which debuted on 6 January but only aired four of its eight scheduled episodes, provoked howls ...

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Focus on peace and leadership for 2006 Lent Appeal

Peace building initiatives in Sri Lanka and Bali and leadership development for PNG, East Timor and Indigenous Australians are key projects to be supported by the Queensland Synod’s annual Lent Appeal held in the weeks prior to Easter. Appeal coordinator Bruce Mullan says the theme “Sharing the Hope” captures the aspiration of the projects to bring Christian hope to people ...

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Bulgarian priest with marijuana faces church, but not police, probe

A 62-year-old Bulgarian Orthodox Church village priest caught with more than five kilograms of marijuana will not be prosecuted because, local police say, they do not have enough evidence to prosecute him. The Rev. Kiril Papudov of the south-western Bulgarian mountain village of Kladentsi (population: 10) was held in 24-hour police custody after police found 5.3 kilograms of marijuana in ...

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The memory of Judas may be rehabilitated

Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus with a kiss for 30 pieces of silver, and reviled as the ultimate symbol of betrayal, is getting a chance to redeem himself according to Vatican scholars, Europe’s media are speculating. "Judas was doing God’s business and so might just as easily be deemed a saint as an ultimate sinner," wrote Peter Stanford, ...

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Abuse allegations must be investigated

The Uniting Church has urged the Federal Government to take seriously the claims of the West Papuans who arrived in Cape York yesterday and ensure any allegations of human rights abuses are properly investigated. Uniting Church President Rev Dr Dean Drayton said while it was impossible to know the background of specific cases, many West Papuans continue to live in ...

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Increased possibility of female bishops in UK Anglican church

The Church of England has edged a step closer to accepting women bishops and the ability to have a female Archbishop of Canterbury as spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican communion following a report by a denominational group. The 57-page document entitled "Women in the Episcopate: the Guildford Group Report", issued on 16 January by a group of bishops, was ...

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Liberia’s new president is a Methodist – vows to work for change

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the 23rd president of Liberia, pledged to work for economic stability, create a brighter future for youth and children and empower women in her inauguration speech 16 January. "We will work to change," she said. The first woman elected head of state in Africa, Johnson-Sirleaf acknowledged many challenges lie ahead for her country. "I understand what you ordinary citizens ...

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Austrian church urges Schwarzenegger to spare convicted killer

Protestant leaders in Austria are urging the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to suspend the death penalty and spare the life of an elderly convict on death row. "A country which uses the death penalty violates its citizens’ human dignity," the Evangelical Church in Austria said in advance of the scheduled execution of 76-year-old Clarence Ray Allen, blind and wheelchair-bound. ...

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US Catholic bishop declares he was sexually abused

An auxiliary Roman Catholic bishop in Detroit, Michigan, has declared he was sexually abused as a teenager by a Catholic priest while he attended seminary. The statement by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, aged 75, is believed to be the first time that such a prominent US Roman Catholic cleric has said he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest. ...

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Israel halts Christian centre plan with Pat Robertson

Israel has frozen a US$50 million tourism deal with US Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson after he suggested that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for Israel’s pullout from the Gaza strip. "We will not do business with him, only with other evangelicals who don’t back these comments," said tourism ministry spokesperson Ido Hartuv on 11 January. Israel had ...

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