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Difficult times to continue for Australia’s most vulnerable

Last night the Treasurer brought down a difficult budget for difficult times. The budget delivered on jobs creation, major infrastructure investment, and a welcome increase in payment rates for some pensioners. The historic commitment to paid parenting leave, long overdue in this country, is also welcome and will make a huge difference to young families. But the difficult times will ...

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Post Cold-War era needs vibrant religion news, says US professor

Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 May (ENI) The 21st century world cannot be understood without understanding religion, says U.S. religion journalist and professor, Gustav Niebuhr. "It’s a terrible irony that religion is so prominent in the world and yet so absent from the news," Niebuhr told a gathering of journalists from two groupings of North American journalists, the Associated Church Press and ...

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Pope and Israeli chief rabbis underline Christian-Jewish dialogue

Jerusalem, 12 May (ENI) Pope Benedict XVI has reaffirmed an "irrevocable" commitment of the Roman Catholic Church to reconciliation between Christians and Jews after praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. "The Church continues to value the spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews and desires an ever deeper mutual understanding," the pontiff told Sephardic ...

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Chinese Christians urge prayers to mark 1989 crackdown

Hong Kong, 12 May (ENI) More than 80 Chinese Christians have urged churches around the world to mark the 20th anniversary on 4 June of the suppression of protesters who had joined thousands of students and civilians in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to call for democracy and clean government. "The fact that this tragic massacre happened 20 years ago and is ...

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Catholics organisations respond to Budget

Catholic Health Australia and Catholic Social Services both gave mixed reactions to last night’s Federal Budget but Vinnies’ President, Syd Tutton, expressed grave concern over those left out in the cold. Catholic Health Australia chief executive Martin Laverty said the health and aged care sectors will have to do the maths on changes to private health insurance and the age ...

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Charity starts with cross-stitch

MORE THAN 16 years after World Vision introduced the LINC program to Australia, a handful of faithful volunteers still offers Love In the Name of Christ. Vera Otto of Petrie is one of the original LINC members and said the movement was about knowing what you could do to help and what works for you. LINC sees six local churches ...

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OM Australia finds new direction

It was at OM’s New Horizons Dinner on April 3 that OM Australia’s National Director, Jonathan Rodwell, welcomed Andrew Carnell to the role of State Director, Queensland. Andrew comes with 15 months’ experience in the OM Ships’ ministry. While continuing theological studies at Malyon College, Andrew will lead the Queensland team. It has been an exciting start to the year ...

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Pitiful pledge bolsters industries’ polluting ways

The Uniting Church has today expressed its total dismay at the Federal Government’s decision to further delay and weaken the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. National Director of UnitingJustice Australia, Rev Elenie Poulos, said the global economic crisis is not an excuse to back away from proceeding with positive, constructive climate change policies. “As the Uniting Church has been saying for ...

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Pastor and farmer tell UN of torture in Philippines

Manila, 30 April (ENI) A Protestant pastor and a farmer have given testimony before the United Nations in Geneva that they have faced torture in the Philippines, giving lie to the government’s claims about its human rights record. "Inside [a] van, I was blindfolded and handcuffed. I was brought to a ‘safe house’ where I was tortured. I was threatened ...

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Remembering SARS, H. Kong Christians pray for swine flu victims

Hong Kong, 30 April (ENI) Christians in Hong Kong, who experienced the deadly SARS epidemic that killed nearly 300 people in 2003, are showing their empathy with the swine flu victims in the Americas, by praying for them. Mexican missionary priest, the Rev. Gabriel Altamirano Ortega, has urged Christians in Hong Kong to pray for those infected with swine flu, ...

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