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For Swiss star Bible is as important as soccer, Croat thanks God

Swiss soccer player Johan Vonlanthen says he has undergone phenomenal changes since he made his debut as an international soccer player – he has discovered that much of his success on the field is attributed to his Christian faith. "Before each match I give thanks to God and pray, on the pitch I find strength in him, faith has helped ...

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Get more girls to school, Kenyan official urges African women

The women from five different faiths launched an East African regional Mother’s Cry for a Healthy Africa campaign to empower women so they sang and danced – exhorting education for all girls. "This initiative could not have come at more opportune time than now when some countries in Africa are healing from political unrest," Esther Mathege, Kenya’s minister for gender ...

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Bishop of London to investigate ‘gay blessing’ service

An investigation has been launched by the bishop of London into a ceremony in which two gay Anglican clerics in a civil partnership exchanged rings and vows and used a version of a Church of England marriage service. "Services of public blessing for civil partnerships are not authorised in the Church of England," said Bishop Richard Chartres after it emerged ...

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Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea share memories of ’59 Crusades

An Australian and American film crew have just completed US filming for a television and DVD special on the 1959 visit to Australia of Billy Graham. Host Karl Faase interviewed Crusade soloist George Beverly Shea and song leader and compere Cliff Barrows at ‘The Cove’, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s conference centre in Ashfield, North Carolina. “It was a real ...

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Pope thanks President Bush for defence of ‘moral values’

Pope Benedict XVI received President George W. Bush, not at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, but in the Vatican Gardens’ Tower of St John, a rare move interpreted by some media as papal agreement with the views of the US leader on bioethics and abortion. The Vatican, however, said in a statement after the 13 June meeting the "special protocol" was ...

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Pastor of ‘world’s biggest congregation’ retires

Pentecostal preacher, the Rev David Yonggi Cho, who claimed to have the world’s biggest Christian congregation of more than 800 000 people, has retired following 50 years of ministry, a senior member of his church has said in South Korea. The church is a Pentecostal congregation of the Assemblies of God in Yoido Island in Seoul, Korea. The building holds ...

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China Bible plant has monthly printing capacity of one million

The Amity Printing Company of Nanjing now has the capacity to print one million Bibles a month, and it is printing a special bilingual edition of the holy book so that those attending the Olympic Games will get a copy. "The new printing plant marks a new milestone for the Bible printing ministry of the Church in China," Qiu Zhonghui, ...

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Gay US bishop enters into civil union with male partner

Gene Robinson, the openly gay US Episcopal (Anglican) prelate whose 2003 consecration as a bishop has caused an ongoing battle within the Anglican Communion over the issue of sexuality, has joined into a civil union with his male partner of 19 years. The private 7 June ceremony at St. Paul’s Church in Concord, New Hampshire, was not a wedding. Under ...

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Uniting Church welcomes action for nuclear disarmament

The Uniting Church in Australia has today commended the Federal Government for its latest efforts towards banning nuclear weapons. The commendation comes in the wake of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement of the formation of the new Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission. National Director of UnitingJustice Australia Rev Elenie Poulos said the Uniting Church had long been committed to the ...

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Honours awarded to Uniting Church friends

Former Moderator of the Queensland Synod, Dr John Frank Roulston has been awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia announced today by the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery. Dr Roulston was Moderator in 1990 and 1991 and has been awarded for his service to education, particularly through administrative and teaching roles in the independent schools sector, to the ...

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