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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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Blue Care offers solution to crisis

Queensland’s largest non-profit health and aged care provider Blue Care has defended its decision not to open its new $7.5 million aged care facility at Yeppoon in central Queensland due to staffing shortages. Blue Care Acting Executive Director Bob Gilkes said overseas staff have been hired to help open the 60-bed Capricorn Gardens, which has struggled to find a full ...

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Pope Benedict hails dialogue with Reformed churches

Pope Benedict XVI has praised dialogue with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), saying the dialogue is helping to surmount "tragic divisions" between Christians going back to the 16th century Protestant Reformation. The Pope was speaking at the Vatican on 7 January to a delegation of the Geneva-based alliance led by its president, the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk ...

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Exposure is an opportunity to learn through travel

In his The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, Thomas Moore said, "Travel gives rise to its own kind of spirituality; to a grand appreciation for community, to a passionate love for this earth, and to an urgent longing for transcendence." Uniting International Mission is offering a short term exposure trip to the Philippines Easter 2006 (8-28th April). This trip is part ...

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‘Dummies’ turn to books to seek spiritual knowledge

With titles like "Spirituality For Dummies" and "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jesus", user-friendly books on sacred texts, major religions, meditation, and figures such as Jesus, the Buddha and Pope John Paul II are proving popular in the United States. "Many people in the United States today see spirituality as a tool to be understood and used in life," said ...

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Japanese Catholics mark 500th anniversary of Christian missionary

Roman Catholics in Japan are gearing up to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier, the Catholic missionary who brought Christianity to Japan in 1549. The Nagasaki Archdiocese of the Catholic Church of Japan launched a year of celebrations on 3 December 2005, the feast day of the saint who was born on 7 April 1506. ...

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Uniting Church joins community concern over gambling and alcohol increases in Townsville

Welcome to "Sin City" was the headline in the Townsville Bulletin reporting today on the injection of more than $40 million into poker machines last year. The Bulletin reported that, Townsville punters pumped an average $3.6 million a month into pokies between January and November 2005, compared to $3.1 million a month for the same period in 2004. Uniting Church ...

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Hope through learning for a lost generation

The war is over and the children of Liberia are going back to school.  After 14 years of conflict, teachers and pupils in the poor West African nation face considerable challenges in getting education back on track. Educational programs developed by Mercy Ships are being used in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Education, during the current assignment by volunteer ...

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Queensland Moderator’s Christmas Message

Dear Friends in Christ, We come to celebrate once more the timeless message of Christmas. Sadly, yet again, we are conscious of the conflicts and struggles that divide our world and inflict suffering on so many people. Even here in the “lucky country”, in recent days, the ugly face of prejudice and racism has confronted us with the dark side ...

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Top NRL referee takes on Queenslands top SU job

Australia’s number one whistle blower Tim Mander is set to make the transition from a career with the NRL to blowing the whistle on youth issues. Just months after being named the world’s number one referee and with a bible college degree under his belt Tim Mander will take on the role of CEO for one of Australia’s leading Christian ...

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