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Mugabe can save himself by stepping down, says Tutu

South African churches have urged President Thabo Mbeki to work vigorously to get Zimbabwe to release full election results without delay, while Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says Robert Mugabe can still redeem himself by stepping down as president. "The delayed release of the results creates unnecessary tension and insecurity for millions of voters and may undermine their ...

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Religious freedom panel urges Bush not to attend Beijing games

An independent US federal body that monitors religious freedom is urging President George W. Bush not to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing unless there are discernible changes in China’s policy towards Tibet. The Washington-based Commission on International Religious Freedom, in a 4 April statement, said that if Bush should decide to attend the games, he ...

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US authorities remove 400 children from religious compound

The Texas children’s service system is taking swift action to find homes and resources for the more than 400 children removed since 4 April from the Yearning For Zion Ranch located outside Eldorado, in the second largest US state. The ranch is the headquarters of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints movement, which allows its members to practice polygamy. The FLDS ...

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Tony Blair explains his faith mission in Catholic cathedral

Tony Blair has told an audience of 1600 people at Westminster Cathedral that his faith foundation, to be formally launched in May, will aim to bring together people of all major religions in pursuit of the United Nations’ millennium development goals for improving conditions in the developing world by 2015. Speaking on 4 April in his first detailed public speech ...

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Conviction and Conflict: Islam, Christianity and World Order

“Conviction and Conflict: Islam, Christianity and World Order” was the title of the 2005 Scott Holland Lectures and then the latest book by the Pakistani born Anglican Bishop of Rochester (UK) Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. From his lifelong engagement with Islam and Muslims, as a theological lecturer, then as a bishop in Pakistan, and general secretary of the Church Mission Society ...

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Zimbabweans and churches still wait for full election results

After Kenya’s disputed elections in December, when the nation’s churches were accused of being biased in favour of certain ethnic groups, Christian groups in Zimbabwe have, like the country’s citizens, waited in silence for the declaration of the result of their presidential elections. At the same time, the common call of Southern African church leaders in the region has been ...

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Welsh Anglican priests vote ‘no’ on women bishops

Welsh Anglican clergy have narrowly voted against a measure, supported unanimously by their bishops, to allow women to be appointed to the episcopate. At a meeting of the Church in Wales synod in Lampeter on 2 April, the bill to provide for the ordination of women bishops failed to get a necessary two-thirds majority in one of the three chambers ...

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Netherlands ‘second only to US’ in number of Christian groups

The reputation of the Netherlands as being a country with many Christian denominations has been boosted by the publication of a new reference book detailing churches. The authors have tallied a list of 648 churches, congregations and meetings, making the Netherlands the country with the second-largest number of Christian denominations and religious movements in the world, after the United States. ...

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Church-backed NGOs fear Mugabe will steal Zimbabwe election

Some church-backed non governmental organizations and church groupings are calling for action to stop what some observers say is an attempt by President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party to steal power following the country’s 29 March polls. Both the Christian Alliance and the Save Zimbabwe Campaign, a network of civil society, church and political parties, issued statements urging ...

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Uniting Church leaders in the Rudd Summit

The Director of UnitingCare Australia and Frontier Services will join other Uniting Church leaders at Parliament House for the Prime Ministers’ 2020 Summit in April. Kevin Rudd is convening the Summit to bring together some of the best and brightest brains from around the country to tackle the long term challenges confronting Australia and help shape a long term strategy ...

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