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Pope to work with World Council of Churches for Christian unity

Pope Benedict XVI has pledged to continue working with the World Council of Churches – the world’s biggest church grouping – in promoting Christian unity. "We look forward to continuing this journey of hope and promise, as we intensify our endeavours towards reaching that day when Christians are united in proclaiming the Gospel message of salvation for all," said Pope ...

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Christians, Muslims must join hands to douse cartoon ‘fire’ says WCC

Christians and Muslims must work together to "put out the fire" created by recently published cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad, the World Council of Churches’ top official has said. The Rev. Samuel Kobia said the WCC’s ninth assembly which runs from 14-23 February "may well have something to say" about the furore surrounding the cartoons. But ending the crisis, which ...

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Touchdown for McKay Patrol

McKay Patrol’s Rev Garry Hardingham is flying high quite literally with a new engine/propeller refit for the Patrol’s Cessna 182 aircraft. The Patrol named after the late Rev Fred McKay, successor to Royal Flying Doctor Service founder John Flynn, covers an area of over half a million square kilometres across north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory. The flying padre ...

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Norwegian editor apologises for publication of Muhammad cartoons

The editor of a Norwegian Christian magazine that published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad which have sparked worldwide protests, some violent, has apologised to Muslims for the journal’s action in printing the caricatures. "I am deeply sorry that you as Muslims have experienced that your religious feelings have been offended through what we have done," said Vebjorn Selbekk, the editor ...

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Tutu apologises to Muslims over cartoons, urging tolerance

Noble Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has apologised to the global Islamic community over cartoons in a Danish newspaper caricaturing the prophet Muhammad, but urged Muslims incensed over the publication to exercise tolerance and forgiveness in their protests. "We would wish to send to the [Muslim] community the message of our distress, and hope they will be able … ...

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Reds centre wins the heart of UCA lads

Queensland Reds centre Steve Kefu is preaching the Rugby Union gospel outside of Ballymore, coaching a group of youths from the Park Road Tongan Uniting Church in the game they play in heaven. Kefu jumped at the chance to give back to the various island communities in Brisbane. “When I was asked by the kids from the youth at church ...

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Every Day with Jesus author dies aged 77

Selwyn Hughes died on 9 January 2006 ending a ministry that spanned more than six decades, in which he uniquely combined the roles of writer, pastor, counsellor and teacher. He also founded CWR (Crusade for World Revival), an international organisation that has spearheaded the training of Christian counsellors, leaders and workers in this country and abroad and that continues to ...

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Number one whistle blower for youth and children’s ministry

NRL referee Tim Mander was set to blow the whistle on youth issues when he took on the role of CEO of Scripture Union Queensland, one of Australia’s leading Christian youth and children’s organisations, on January 9. The move comes just months after being named the world’s number one referee. SU Queensland is renowned for its camping and holiday programs ...

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Korean feminist theologian can forgive Japan but cannot forget

Korean theologian Hyun Kyung was brought up to see Japan an enemy but now says she can forgive the nation which once colonised her country. "I cannot forget the Japanese colonialism, but I can forgive this nation," she said speaking during a lecture tour of Japan that took her to Tokyo and other major cities. An associate professor of ecumenical ...

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University of Ulster to honour former Uniting Church President

The University of Ulster today unveiled its list of honorary graduates for the summer 2006 ceremonies which included Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Reverend Professor James Haire. A native of Belfast he served as Chairperson of the Youth Committee of the Irish Council of Churches in 1966. After moving to Australia, Professor Haire became President of ...

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