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Cardinal criticises Vatican statement for ‘inappropriate’ language

The Vatican’s top official for Christian unity has criticised a Roman Catholic statement published in 2000 that described Protestant denominations as not being churches, "in the proper sense". "I took exception to it – not to the document’s contents, but only to its language. In my opinion, this was inappropriate," said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for ...

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Global meeting of Catholic bishops suggests ‘allow women to preach’

Roman Catholic bishops from throughout the world have ended a three-week gathering at the Vatican by underlining commitment to the unity of the Church and by suggesting that women be given the right to preach in Catholic parishes. In a final message to the world’s Catholics, the 253 bishops urged that bonds with other Christian communities be reinforced. This should ...

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World Evangelical Alliance to focus on Bible, poverty

Evangelicals from more than 100 nations have met in Pattaya, Thailand, for the opening of the main governing body of the World Evangelical Alliance with a call to seek a fresh vision of Christianity based on the Scriptures and with the issue of poverty on its agenda. "We need a fresh vision for and commitment to the work of the ...

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PM listens to UCA concerns

Representatives from the Uniting Church in Australia have met with the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, for the first time, speaking with him on issues of climate change, human rights and the death penalty. Meeting with the Prime Minister in Canberra on 21 October were the UCA President, Rev Gregor Henderson, National Assembly General Secretary, Rev Terence Corkin, and National Director ...

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New Lifeline report exposes big funding gaps for financial counselling in Queensland

Lifeline Community Care Queensland has released a report that exposes Queensland as the only state or territory in Australia whose government provides no funding for generalist financial counselling services. The report entitled A Perspective: Lifeline’s experience of financial counselling in Queensland, highlights astonishing funding gaps and calls on state government and the corporate sector to financially support the community sector ...

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Church condemns killing of aid worker as ‘offence against God’

The United Reformed Church in Great Britain has condemned as "an offence against God" the assassination of Gayle Williams, a 34-year-old Christian aid worker in Kabul, and the chilling comments of those who said they killed her. The Rev. John Marsh, moderator of the general assembly of the United Reformed Church, said in a 21 October statement, "It is deeply ...

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Uniting Church opposes death penalty for Bali bombers

The Uniting Church in Australia has today reaffirmed its opposition to the death penalty, amidst speculation that the execution of three men responsible for the 2002 Bali Bombings is imminent. Uniting Church President, Rev Gregor Henderson, said that while the Church condemns terrorism and continues to pray for those affected by the horrific and devastating events of October 2002, the ...

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Atheist evangelism campaign wants to take people for a God-free ride

The UK’s first ever atheist advertising campaign launches today, with official support from Professor Richard Dawkins, best-selling author of The God Delusion. The campaign will feature adverts across London’s bendy buses. The slogan on the buses will read: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” This appears to be a tactful retreat from Professor Dawkins’ previous ...

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World church leader says Indian PM assured him on Christians

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has said the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, had told him that federal assistance would be provided to rebuild churches and Christian houses destroyed in violence against Christians in eastern Orissa state, and peace will be restored in the region. Singh gave the assurances when Kobia called ...

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New Uniting Church Assembly website launched

The Uniting Church National Assembly has launched a new and improved website (www.assembly.uca.org.au) together with new sites for most Assembly agencies and working groups,. “The sites have been rebuilt into a content management system that allows each of the Assembly agencies and working groups to easily maintain their sites and add and delete content so our sites are now offering ...

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