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Cold Tutu says humanity must act on climate, now

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has called for urgent action against the threat of climate change, while speaking in Tromso, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. "We hold the planet’s future in our hands. ‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and ...

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Uniting Church rejects Howard’s comments on “sick” refugees

The Uniting Church has expressed its extreme dismay at the Prime Minister’s comments that migrants and refugees with leprosy and HIV/AIDS should not be allowed into Australia. Rev. Elenie Poulos, National Director of UnitingJustice Australia said, “The Christian church is founded on the words and actions of Jesus, who reached out to those with leprosy and other diseases. He touched ...

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Latin American bishops urge campaign to win back faithful

Roman Catholic bishops in Latin America have ended a two-and-a-half week meeting by calling for a "great continental mission" to win back millions of faithful who have left the church to join the region’s burgeoning neo-Pentecostal movements. "Our initiative is not proselytising, because we are looking for believers who have been baptised in our own church," said Cardinal Claudio Hummes, ...

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Christians seethe as pagans rejoice over their festival in Scotland

Many Christians in Scotland are irate that Edinburgh University has approved a request by the international Pagan Society for its annual congress to be held on campus grounds not far from the city’s Grassmarket. There, witches and heretics were burned to death in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are angry because only recently the same university vetoed a request ...

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South Africa’s ‘green bishop’ takes Christians to task on earth usage

South African Anglican bishop Geoff Davies stirred debate among church leaders and theologians attending an Ecumenical Water Network conference in the Ugandan capital when he asserted that Christians were making a mistake if they believed God only cared about humanity, while the rest of creation existed for the benefit of people. "Everything God created is good and has value. We ...

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A weekend of hunting for book lovers

Book lovers will revel at the opportunity to spend 36 hours over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend hunting for books at the annual Lifeline Bookfest.  With 1.5 million books on 4 kilometres of tables, this time around the Lifeline Bookfest is running Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8am until 8pm. Lifeline Brisbane Public Relations Manager Elissa Jenkins said it was a ...

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Hong Kong regulator decides not to deem the Bible is indecent

Despite more than 2000 people in Hong Kong complaining that the Bible is indecent, the local media watchdog has refused to submit the holy book to a tribunal for classification as being obscene. Hong Kong’s media regulator rejected the calls to bring the Bible before the Obscene Articles Tribunal to reclassify it as an indecent publication after complaints that it ...

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US Muslims feel assimilated, part of society, survey finds

Muslims in the United States appear to have been largely assimilated into the broader US society, finds a new survey which also reports that nearly eight in 10 Muslim Americans overwhelmingly condemn the practice of suicide bombings. Still, the survey released this week by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of young Muslim Americans feel there are ...

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Unions call for “Right to Worship” protection in AWAs

Unions NSW today called on the Howard Government to establish a ‘right to worship’ protection in its so-called Fairness Test covering Australian Workplace Agreements. The call follows revelations a member of the Hillsong congregation was refused the option of taking Sundays off to worship when negotiating an AWA with a call centre. Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said the worker ...

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Gay US bishop ‘not invited’ to world Anglican gathering

Openly-gay US Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 consecration sparked controversy in the worldwide Anglican Communion, has not been issued with a formal invitation to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference of the world’s Anglican bishops. A spokesperson for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the Anglican Communion, confirmed to Ecumenical News International that Robinson was one of several bishops ...

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