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Launch of global corruption report

Rich nations benefiting from corruption are making the poor even poorer The first independent report on global corruption since the election of the Rudd Government says Australia’s foreign policy needs to cut off loop-holes in corruption battle. The Uniting Church will today present the first major independent report on global corruption to the new government of Australia at Parliament House. ...

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Kidnapped Iraq archbishop found dead

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of the northern Iraq city of Mosul, who was kidnapped in February by armed attackers, has been found dead, church officials in Baghdad have announced. "We found him lifeless near Mosul. His abductors had buried him," the Rome-based SIR news agency quoted Baghdad’s auxiliary bishop, Shlemon Warduni, as saying on 13 March. In a ...

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Exclusion of gay US bishop could spur African bishops to change

Some Anglican bishops in Kenya say a planned boycott for this year’s Lambeth Conference, a once-a-decade worldwide Anglican church meeting mid-year, would be unnecessary, if gay US bishop V. Gene Robinson and his backers will not be attending. But others indicated they are not reconsidering the boycott as the US Episcopal Church has not repented for the blessing of same-sex ...

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Uniting Church Meets Brendan Nelson

Uniting Church President, Rev. Gregor Henderson, Assembly General Secretary, Rev. Terence Corkin, and National Director of UnitingJustice, Rev. Elenie Poulos, have had an encouraging first meeting with Dr Brendan Nelson, leader of the coalition. “The meeting was held as part of UCA’s ongoing commitment to engage with the political life of the country via both the government and opposition,” said ...

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Thou shalt not steal sermons from the Internet

Poland’s Roman Catholic priests have been warned to stop using the Internet to plagiarise sermons for their Sunday Masses. "A sermon is a composition – as such, it comes under the law on authors’ rights," said Professor Tomasz Naganowski, an expert on media law at Poznan’s Higher School of Social Learning. "If someone’s preaches someone else’s sermon and fails to ...

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UN and WCC heads seek to work closer on climate change

The World Council of Churches says it has reached an agreement with United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, for the two international bodies to work more closely on several global issues, particularly climate change. "Global warming will only be resolved through a global common response and we need your help," Ban Ki-Moon said to WCC general secretary, the Rev. Samuel ...

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Oxford University programme to probe belief in God

An Oxford University centre is from the middle of 2008 to award its first grants to international research bodies that will participate in a 1.9 million British pound (US$4 million) programme examining how people come to believe in God or gods. The Cognition, Religion and Theology project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation established by the 95-year-old US-born billionaire who ...

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US tax service probes denomination over Obama speech

The US Internal Revenue Service is investigating whether a speech at the United Church of Christ’s 2007 general synod by Barack Obama, who is seeking to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, amounts to denominational engagement in "political activities". "We are confident that the IRS [tax service] investigation will confirm that no laws were violated," the Rev. John H. Thomas, ...

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Queensland Governor back for 50th anniversary

Governor of Queensland Quentin Bryce could hardly have imagined 50 years ago as she launched the first door knock appeal in Brisbane to raise money to build a new hospital, that she would be back in 2008 to launch St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital 50th Anniversary celebrations. Who better than the Governor to open the proceedings and unveil a plaque ...

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Protestants now just over half of US adults

Protestants in the United States may soon become a minority in a country long perceived as predominately Protestant, according to a new study of the US religious landscape. The study by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and released on 25 February, found that the number of Protestants in the United States now makes up about 51 ...

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