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Spanish divided as Vatican beatifies nearly 500 martyrs

The biggest beatification – a process on the path to sainthood – in the history of the Roman Catholic Church has taken place in Rome for 498 people, whom leftwing forces killed during the Spanish Civil War, and who the church now regards as martyrs. Shortly before Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the newly beatified Spanish martyrs, a brawl broke ...

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AGMF becomes “Easterfest”

After ten years growing to become Australia’s largest faith-based festival, the Australian Gospel Music Festival will take on a new name and fresh direction in 2008. Easterfest will be more than a music event on the Easter weekend, according to Chief Executive Officer, Isaac Moody. “This has become an event about Easter,” Moody said, “designed to transform the community with ...

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Debt-ridden Oral Roberts University probes misconduct claims

The university founded by US televangelist Oral Roberts has announced an independent review and audit of allegations against its president, Richard Roberts, the son of the institution’s creator. At the same time, the university based in Tulsa, Oklahoma has revealed it is millions of dollars in debt. "We do not judge those who are accused, and will await the facts ...

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Uniting Church President: poverty figures are a scandal

Australians have lost the plot in caring for those most disadvantaged, said Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson while launching the ACOSS Australia Fair program. Mr Henderson described the latest poverty figures during the current period of economic prosperity and stability as a scandal. “I call on Government and Opposition to take this latest update of rising levels of poverty ...

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Cheree drops in on playgroup

Not many people go by helicopter to playgroup, but that’s how Cheree Callaghan from Fairlight Station does it. She travelled by chopper attend the Frontier Services Remote Area Family Service (RAFS) playgroup at Hann River Roadhouse. RAFS is just one of the ways Frontier Services supports people in remote areas. Uniting Church Frontier Services minister Rev Michelle Cook cares for ...

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British church leaders urge re-examination of abortion law

To mark the 40th anniversary on 27 October of Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act that legalised abortion in specified circumstances, church leaders are calling for a re-examination of the situation. The department of health in Britain reported that in 2006 there were nearly 200 000 abortions in England and Wales, which represented a 4 percent increase from the preceding year. The ...

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Differ but stay together, says gay U.S. bishop

The first Anglican bishop to live openly in a same-sex relationship has described his consecration as a "remarkable experiment", and said it offered the worldwide Anglican Communion a chance to show that people with different experiences could coexist. "In this global village, while we have different experiences and histories, how are we going to live together?" Bishop V. Gene Robinson ...

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Uniting Church defends Sudanese refugees

THE UNITING Church in Queensland has defended the dignity and good name of Queensland’s North African Community from attacks by Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. “The government’s decision to single out the African community in this way is deeply troubling,” according to Queensland Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman. “Mr Andrews singled out the Sudanese and slurred that entire group within our ...

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UC Members join Gore’s Climate Project

Queensland Uniting Church Justice and International Mission Advocate Andrew Johnson and Wendy Miller, member of Oxley congregation, were among the 180 people from throughout Australia who participated in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Al Gore Climate Project training event in Melbourne in September. Mr Johnson said the purpose of the weekend was to train ‘ordinary Australians’ to deliver personalised, ‘Australianised’ versions ...

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Growing rich-poor gap is new ‘slavery’

Leaders of the world’s biggest grouping of Reformed churches have compared the effects of economic globalisation to the transatlantic slave trade, and said that Christians need to combat this modern form of "enslavement". "As a matter of the integrity of our faith, we must say, ‘No’ to slavery in all of its forms," said the president of the World Alliance ...

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