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Canadian church says two can play ad game about God

Following the popularity of a bus advertising campaign in Britain saying God "probably" does not exist, a Canadian group is planning a similar campaign on Toronto’s buses. One Christian denomination is, however, responding by using the advertisements as an invitation to a dialogue about the existence of God. The Freethought Association of Canada – a group that embraces various secular ...

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Blue Care’s “Blue Blazers” win Regatta

Blue Care’s ‘Blue Blazers’ clinched victory within a matter of seconds at the annual Dragon Boat Regatta at Southbank on Saturday (January 31). To mark the year of the ox, Blue Care joined other organisations throughout Brisbane to compete in the Chinese New Year tradition. Blue Care Sandgate Community Care Service Manager Lyndell Turton said it was the team’s endurance ...

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Think beyond economics, Uniting Church President tells parliamentarians

Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson has asked federal parliamentarians to broaden Australia’s fundamental national goals beyond that of economic growth. Preaching at a service to mark opening of Parliament this morning Mr Henderson said economic growth should never be an end in itself. “It is but one part of what leads to human happiness – other components are the ...

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British nurse faces dismissal after offering to pray with patient

Caroline Petrie, a committed Christian since she was 10, is facing dismissal as a nurse in the Weston-super-Mare, 142 miles (225 kilometres) west of London, after being suspended for offering to pray for an elderly patient suffering from leg injuries. "We have had two separate concerns reported from a carer and a patient about her actions," Richard Forshaw, head of ...

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Poll shows U.S. Protestants ‘more loyal’ to toothpaste than church

Protestants in the United States have less "brand loyalty" to their denominations than they have to their toothpaste or bathroom tissue, a survey has revealed. The survey categorised churches as "brands" and that was released earlier in January, indicated that there is a trend of "church shopping" in a diverse marketplace of religious offerings in the United States. Conducted by ...

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Dalai Lama praises aspects of communism and Marxism

The Dalai Lama has disclosed that he considers himself a Marxist sympathiser and that he once asked to join the Chinese Communist Party. "Communists care most of all about equality and the rights of the destitute," the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism has said in an interview with the Russian edition of Newsweek magazine. "This is very similar to ...

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Pope says noone can deny Holocaust, expresses solidarity with Jews

Pope Benedict XVI says he has "full and unquestionable solidarity" with Jewish people and he has warned against any form of Holocaust denial. The Pope’s statement comes after outrage at his recent reinstatement of an excommunicated bishop, who has said the genocide of Jews in gas chambers never took place. The German-born pontiff was speaking at his weekly audience on ...

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‘Religious beliefs shape male actions’, Guyana interfaith panel says

Religious beliefs have a profound influence in shaping men, including their sense of masculinity and sexuality, members of an interfaith panel have said at a gathering promoting positive masculinity held in Georgetown, Guyana. Religious institutions prescribe boundaries, impose sanctions and affirm identity, the panellists said. Thirty-five pastors, church leaders, theological students and lay persons from Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, South Africa, ...

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Metropolitan Kirill elected as Patriarch in Russian Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad has been elected as the new head of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Orthodox Church after serving a period as interim leader and following an election in which he got an overwhelming majority of votes. Church officials said after the election on 27 January that the 62-year-old Kirill garnered 508 votes in a secret ...

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