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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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Prime minister to opt out of choosing Church of England bishops

The Church of England has welcomed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s proposal to parliament to remove the prime minister from the process of choosing the church’s bishops in the future. "I welcome the prospect of the church being the decisive voice in the appointment of bishops, which the [denomination’s] general synod called for 33 years ago," Archbishop of York John Sentamu ...

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Beware of saving scams, Kenyan churches warn

Get-rich-quick saving schemes are mushrooming in Kenya, and church leaders have joined the government in warning people against putting their earnings into these accounts because their promise of high returns is unrealistic. "Kenyans be warned, the schemes are fraudulent and dishonest," Anglican Bishop Gideon Ireri of Mbeere, who heads the Churches’ Peace and Justice Commission, said in an interview with ...

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Rapid urban growth leading to religious renewal says UN report

More people in the world are living in cities than ever before, and this is leading to renewed interest in religion, and confounding those who predicted a growth of secularisation, according to a new UN report. "Rapid urbanisation was expected to mean the triumph of rationality, secular values and the demystification of the world, as well as the relegation of ...

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Church groups denounce Rushdie knighthood

Church groups in Pakistan and India have condemned Britain’s decision to honour the author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood, and claimed it risks inflaming hatred against Christians in their countries. "The British government should have been more sensitive to the feelings of the Muslims.  This is a very bad decision," said Victor Azariah, general secretary of the National Council of ...

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Government proposals on Indigenous communities “miss the mark”

Queensland UnitingCare Director Ms Anne Cross was one of over 130 signatories on a letter to the Federal Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough expressing serious concerns about Australian Government’s response to the abuse of children in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory Other signatories included prominent Indigenous land rights advocate Mick Dodson, the Australian Council ...

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Canadian churches reject same-sex blessings

Canada’s Anglican and Lutheran churches have each turned down proposals to approve ceremonies of blessing for same-sex unions. The general synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg, on 24 June narrowly defeated a resolution that would have allowed dioceses to decide for themselves whether or not to bless same-sex unions. "There is disappointment – a lot of ...

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Pope ‘rebukes’ Blair at meeting that stirred conversion rumours

Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair has met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, fuelling speculation that the UK leader is to convert to Roman Catholicism when he leaves office this week. "Blair, the conversion day", the Rome-based La Repubblica newspaper headlined one article ahead of the meeting. This speculated that the Pope and the prime minister would discuss "specific ...

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