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Obama skipping Kenya due to poor governance, say religious leaders

Nairobi, 29 May (ENI) –Some Kenyan Christian and Muslim leaders say that U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to avoid his father’s home country during his debut visit to Africa as a statement against poor governance in Kenya. Other Kenyans have simply expressed regret that their country is not on Obama’s itinerary. "People are angrier with the government than about ...

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Shared launch upholds partnership

On 29 April Trinity Theological College and St Paul’s Theological College co-hosted a joint book launch to celebrate the publication of David Rankin’s Athenagoras: Philosopher and Theologian (Ashgate) and Orm Rush’s The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church’s Reception of Revelation (Catholic University of America Press). Dr Rankin is Principal of the Uniting Church’s Trinity ...

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Rebecca St James grants Sarah her wish

In amongst the bands, speakers and rain at Easterfest this year, a very special event was taking place. A 13-year-old Sydney girl by the name of Sarah Martin, who has Spinal Bifida and came out of major surgery just last year, had a wish granted by the Starlight Foundation. This wish was to meet one of the headline artists at ...

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‘Can Do’ Campbell’s morning prayers answered

BRISBANE LORD Mayor Campbell Newman commended the church for its role in assisting his council to create an inclusive and harmonious environment in the city last month during his annual prayer breakfast at City Hall. The breakfast was packed with representatives from churches and Christian ministries and organisations. “The churches particularly are the social glue holding our city together,” Councillor ...

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Gold star for St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital has been ranked as one of Australia’s top-performing hospitals in a survey conducted by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS). Research carried out at the hospital which is used to improve patient care received an Outstanding Achievement (OA) – placing this UnitingCare Health hospital among the top few percent of hospitals countrywide. In the ...

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$1.4m investment in palliative care

Two Blue Care facilities will be at the forefront of a $1.4 million research project to improve palliative care resources for residential aged facilities around Australia. Blue Care Amaroo Aged Care Facility in New South Wales and Iona Aged Care Facility in Queensland will be used as demonstration sites for the two-year project led by the University of Queensland/Blue Care ...

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WCC head criticises North Korea for nuclear test

Geneva, 25 May (ENI) At a time when the international community is reviving a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, the latest North Korean nuclear test is a source of profound concern, World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev Samuel Kobia has said. "The World Council of Churches is deeply troubled by North Korea’s nuclear test and profoundly ...

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Indian churches delighted at victory of ‘secular’ coalition

Bangalore, India, 18 May (ENI) Churches and Christian groups in India have hailed as a victory for secular governance and a non-sectarian society the convincing victory of the ruling coalition that did much better than pre-election polls had suggested. The United Progressive Alliance coalition government led by the secular Indian National Congress party won 262 of the 543 seats in ...

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Vatican launches new iPhone apps

The Vatican is launching iPhone and Facebook applications in an effort to help Catholics, especially younger generations, use new technologies to create a culture of dialogue, respect and friendship. The new applications are part of a brand new Vatican Web site – www.pope2you.net – that was to go live on World Communications Day on May 24, The Catholic Spirit reports. ...

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Australian Christian Lobby calls for sacking of NRL advisor

In the wake of the Matthew Johns scandal, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today called on the National Rugby League to sack its gender advisor Catharine Lumby over her public comments in support of group sex. ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that the community has been rightly aghast at the controversy involving sporting celebrity Matthew Johns and the message ...

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