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Workers bear the Cross – sweatshop makes “Jesus junk”

A disturbing report from the US based National Labor Committee (NLC) claims that religious goods sold in Christian bookshops are manufactured in a Chinese sweatshop by workers labouring under abysmal conditions. Workers are reportedly paid just 26½ cents an hour, less than half China’s legal minimum wage of 55 cents, which is itself set at below subsistence levels. The report ...

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World Council of Churches leader shocked about university degree

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, says he was shocked and surprised to discover that the institution that gave him a doctorate in 2004 lacked accreditation to award degrees. "The revelation of the status of Fairfax University came as a shock to me," Kobia told journalists at a media conference on 14 February ...

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Archbishop of Canterbury responds to his critics on Sharia law

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has defended comments he made about the role of Sharia, which is part of Islamic law, in the British legal system, saying he was not advocating "parallel jurisdictions". Addressing the general synod of the Church of England on 11 February, the Anglican leader stressed he was not proposing that Sharia had equal standing in ...

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Uniting Church President visits South India

Uniting Church President, Rev Gregor Henderson, visited South India in January, together with Rev John Barr, Asia Executive Secretary, Uniting International Mission (UIM). The two met with new leadership in the Church of South India and attended the biennial CSI national synod meeting, held in the city of Vishnakapatnam, a large coastal port city. Mr Henderson and Mr Barr visited ...

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Pope’s remarks about Catholic Church cause further anger

An Italian Protestant theologian has questioned the point of dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church after Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed a Vatican statement about the nature of the Church that many Protestants found offensive. "If we thought that all Catholics shared the pontiff’s opinions about Protestants, we would suspend any ecumenical relationship with them. There is no sense in having ...

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Malaysian Christian leader denounces confiscation of Bibles

The seizure by Malaysian customs officials of 32 English-language Bibles from a Christian woman who was bringing them into the country for a study group has prompted an outcry from Christians in the Muslim-majority country. "The Council of Churches is flabbergasted that such acts are happening in our country with such frequency and impunity," said the Rev. Hermen Shastri, general ...

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Pakistan-born British bishop gets death threats after Islam claims

Pakistan-born Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali is receiving special police protection after writing an article in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper during January in which he asserted that parts of Britain had become "no go" areas for non-Muslims. Police are investigating phone calls threatening Nazir-Ali that he would be "sorted out" and would "not live long" if he continued to criticise Islam.  ...

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Uniting Church welcomes apology

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance (Luke 3:3) The Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) have today congratulated the Federal Government on its planned formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations. A formal apology was made to Australia’s Indigenous people by the Uniting Church more than a decade ago. The President of ...

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Fielding calls for Rudd to make family impact statement public

Family First wants the Rudd Government to make Family Impact Statements public when the new Parliament sits next week, party leader Steve Fielding said today. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised Family Impact Statements for every Cabinet decision. But Senator Fielding said these statements would be useless unless they are made public so families can read them. “Family First believes these ...

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