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John Lennon approval from Vatican paper triggers blog reactions

When the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano wrote about a statement by Beatle John Lennon that enraged many people in 1966, it unleashed a flurry of reaction in Britain and elsewhere. Lennon had said his group, The Beatles, were "more popular than Jesus", and following what some papers reported as "forgiveness" from the Vatican for Lennon’s pronouncements more than four decades ...

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European bishops demand changes to global financial order

A commission representing Roman Catholic bishops from the European Union has called for a re-examination of values and lifestyles following the recent breakdown of the world’s economic and financial systems. "The financial crisis has exposed a deeper spiritual crisis and a misguided set of values. The sense and value of human work has been pushed to the background in the ...

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Kenyan churches want post-poll violence report implemented

Kenyan church leaders have demanded the recommendations of an official report into post-election violence, which nearly tore apart the East African country at the beginning of 2008, be implemented and that instigators be brought to book. "The time has come for people to accept their mistakes. We should not continue to sweep our problems under the carpet," Roman Catholic Cardinal ...

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Living Water, Thirsty Land – Photo Call

Do you have a keen eye and a passion for photography? As part of the Assembly meeting in 2009, you are invited to explore the theme – Living Water, Thirsty Land – through photographic images. You are invited to submit digital photographs that you, your friends or your congregation have taken, for use before, during and after the Assembly meeting. ...

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Fierce storm tears through The Gap

Members of The Gap Uniting Church are still struggling to come to terms with being at the centre of one of the worst storms ever to hit Brisbane. On 16 November water forced its way through the roof of the new church building causing extensive damage to the church and destroying the kitchen ceiling and floor. The Church’s original hall, ...

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Faith groups straddle both sides in California gay marriage debate

Gay rights advocates, disappointed by the passage of a measure to ban same-sex marriage in California that has deeply divided religious groups, are saying nationwide protests against the prohibition are a milestone in civil rights for gays and lesbians. "What I find most interesting about these protests is the large percentage of straight allies who solidly back gay marriage, people ...

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Great British public’s top toilet habit is reading

Great Britain’s top toilet habit is reading, with more than 14 million people choosing to look at books, magazines and newspapers to pass the time while they are on the porcelain throne, according to a survey published to mark World Toilet Day today. The research, commissioned by aid agency Tearfund, reveals that more than eight million people talk while they ...

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World Protestant grouping demands reform of global economy

A global Protestant grouping representing 75 million Christians says a new global economic order that puts people first is urgently needed to help the poor, following a meeting of the G20 nations about the worldwide financial turmoil. "When crisis strikes, whether it is an economic meltdown or a natural disaster, it is the poor and the dis-empowered whose live are ...

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Breakaway US Episcopal bishop says church has ‘veered’ too far

When the Texas diocese of Forth Worth broke away from the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church, its bishop said his church was "taking a stand for the historic faith and practice of the Bible" and against the "continuing erosion of that faith". Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, also referred to the Bible in response to the ...

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Geneva exhibition shows Calvin approved of laughter and wine

The 16th-century Reformation figure Jean Calvin is often portrayed as a stern Protestant but an exhibition in Geneva of selected passages from his writings shows a dimension of the reformer that many people do not know. The exhibition features Calvin texts displayed as 13 calligraphy drawings created by artist Bridget Dommen of Geneva. One of the texts reads, "It is ...

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