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Congregations invited to celebrate Blue Care Sunday

Congregations are being encouraged to celebrate the life of the Queensland Uniting Church at mission with Blue Care Sunday on 19 August. “This particular Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to incorporate thanksgiving and prayer support for Blue Care into their worship services,” Acting Director of Mission Rev Jan Chalmers said. To help congregations celebrate, Blue Care has prepared a ...

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Mixed reception for papal Latin Mass announcement

The decision by Pope Benedict XVI to authorise a wider use of the old Latin Mass has been welcomed as offering a possibility of healing a rift with traditionalists, but has also faced criticism that it might open up new divisions within the church. "Pope Benedict XVI has tried to heal a painful wound within the church," said French Cardinal ...

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Church backs plan to hold Anglican Communion together

The Church of England’s governing general synod has agreed to support the drawing up of draft code for endorsement by all 38 churches that belong to the worldwide Anglican Communion, as an attempt to provide a way of settling internal rows. The code, called a "covenant", would set out the shared beliefs of Anglican churches and a process for dealing ...

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Manchester Cathedral ‘not satisfied’ with Sony apology

The dean of Manchester Cathedral says he is not satisfied with an apology issued by the Sony Corporation for using a representation of the interior of the cathedral as a backdrop for a violent video game. "We asked Sony to withdraw the game. It has refused to do this. We asked Sony to make a substantial donation to community groups ...

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National Council of Churches in Australia meets on the Sunshine Coast

“Life Together” is the theme for the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) 6th National Forum to be held at the Uniting Church’s Alexandra Park Conference on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Centre from 13-17 July. Life Together is the title of a book by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. More than 60 years after his martyrdom at the hands of ...

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Credit Union flies to the rescue

The McKay Patrol has been awarded a Queensland Country Credit Union Community Grants to the value of $10,000. The Queensland Country Credit Union, which started in Mt Isa and has an ongoing commitment to rural Queensland, has given the money to help support the Patrol, mostly assisting with air craft repairs and maintenance. North Queensland Presbytery Chair Rev Bruce Cornish ...

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Indigenous child abuse worse in Victoria but no government emergency response

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church has revealed that Government’s statistics on Indigenous child abuse are worse in Victoria than in any other State but yet Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory will still be singled out to endure the Government’s harsh emergency response measures.  National Administrator of the UAICC Rev Shayne Blackman said ...

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Pope’s permission to use Latin Mass revives discussion

The Vatican is expecting mixed reactions to a papal document that will allow for wider use of the traditional Latin Mass. According to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI will release the document, titled "Summorum pontificum", on 7 July. Its aim is said to be to make it easier for priests to celebrate the Latin Mass, sometimes called the Tridentine ...

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Polish exhibition promotes latest clerical ‘must-haves’

Isothermal winter-wear cassocks for priests, and MP3 bell chimes were two of the items on display at SACROEXPO, a trade fair of church supplies in Poland, sponsored by Roman Catholic leaders and the Polish Ecumenical Council, which groups other denominations. "This event, the largest in Europe, is a source of satisfaction and hope," Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Vatican’s ...

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Japan’s court upholds rules of allegiance to anthem and flag

The high court in Tokyo has rejected the appeal of a Christian teacher, who was reprimanded for wearing a ribbon that she says stood for her pupils’ freedom from being required to show allegiance to Japan’s national anthem and flag. "I take this [court’s] decision as a warning about the future direction of this country," said Miwako Sato, a 53-year-old ...

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