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Churches urge Australia’s leaders to recognise Iraq’s humanitarian crisis

Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson is one of sixteen heads of churches who have called on the government to act on the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Iraq and the surrounding region. “Australia has a moral responsibility to help protect Iraqi civilians and those displaced by the violence,” the statement said. The heads of churches expressed concerns that the ...

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Europe with fewer Catholics still has the most cardinals

The number of Roman Catholics is diminishing in Europe. But the continent still accounts for half of the cardinals who are able to elect a pope, compared to South America, which has 42.3 per cent of all Catholics in the world, but accounts for fewer than 1 in 5 cardinal electors. Pope Benedict XVI on 24 November created 23 new ...

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Young people turn to Christianity in Hindu-dominated Nepal

When Raju Lama embraced Christianity at the age of 16, his Buddhist parents were furious and virtually expelled him from the family home near the Nepalese capital of Katmandu. Undeterred, Lama, who became a Christian in 1989, began trying to persuade his parents to do the same. Ten years later that persistence paid off, and his parents converted to Christianity, ...

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Catholic-Orthodox statement a ‘first step’ to agreement

Church leaders have cautiously welcomed a document issued by a joint Roman Catholic-Orthodox commission dealing with the papacy, among other things, as an important move towards overcoming a 950-year rift between the two Christian traditions. "We must be clear this is only a first step, a modest step" said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian ...

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Japanese pastor given ultimatum in communion dispute

A pastor of Japan’s largest Protestant denomination says he will refuse an ultimatum from church leaders to resign if he does not stop allowing unbaptised people to receive Holy Communion. "I will ignore or refuse the recommendation," the Rev. Jiro Kitamura, a pastor of the United Church of Christ in Japan, told Ecumenical News International. The denomination’s executive, of which ...

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Uniting Church joins call for decisive action on climate change

The Uniting Church in Australia is one of an unprecedented alliance of groups representing nearly every sector of Australian society which has issued a statement calling on all political parties to rise to the challenge of tackling climate change. The statement brings together churches; business;  farmers; doctors; community, consumer and development groups; miners and environmentalists. The statement, run as prominent ...

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Prepare for shift in global Christianity says world church leader

Asia and Africa may become the centre of gravity for 21st century Christianity, says World Council of Churches general secretary the Rev. Samuel Kobia, who has challenged Philippine church leaders to prepare for this shift. "Christianity is declining in Europe but growing in Asia and Africa," Kobia, a Methodist from Kenya, told bishops and other church leaders on 19 November ...

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Church of Norway opens door to clergy in same-sex partnerships

The (Lutheran) Church of Norway has agreed that living in a registered same-sex partnership should no longer be a barrier to someone serving as a priest, deacon or catechist. "At last, the feeling of holding a second class membership in the church is gone," Arne Groenningsaeter, himself a homosexual and a member of Oslo’s diocesan council, was quoted as saying ...

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Archbishop of Canterbury should tackle Anglican homophobia, says Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Laureate and South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says that Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams should be tackling homophobia in the church and making it a welcoming place for lesbian and gay people. In a BBC radio interview to be broadcast next Tuesday, 27 November 2007, Archbishop Tutu says that he is depressed by the Church’s "obsession" ...

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