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WCC head says migration is ‘human side’ of globalisation

Global migration poses new challenges for churches worldwide, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches has told Christians in Wales at the start of a trip to Britain and Ireland. The phenomenon is the "human side" of globalisation – especially for churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia said in remarks to staff of Cytun (Churches Together in Wales) and ...

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Yeltsin transformed Church-State relations

Patriarch Alexei II of the Russian Orthodox Church has praised Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, who has died of heart failure in Moscow, for enabling a religious revival that took place across the former communist country during his presidency. "In the new Russia, to the building of which the departed president directed his efforts, the Russian Orthodox Church ...

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Killings at Christian publishing house in Turkey condemned

The killing of three Christians at a religious publishing house in eastern Turkey has triggered strong condemnation by US and international church and advocacy groups. Twelve suspects were charged on 22 April with the killings of the three men, Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel, both Turkish Christians, and Tilman Ekkehart Geske, a German national, in slayings that have prompted concerns ...

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Uniting Church President questions refugee arrangement with USA

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Gregor Henderson, today (Friday 20th April) wrote to the Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Hon. Kevin Andrews MP regarding the Government’s agreement to accept Cuban and Haitian refugees from the US in exchange for refugees currently detained under Australia’s Pacific Solution. In a joint letter with UnitingJustice, the President asked ...

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US Christian leader urges curbs on arms access after shooting

US and world religious leaders have noted the horrors that easy access to firearms can wreak, in expressing shock over a shooting rampage, the worst in US history, at Virginia Tech University which resulted in the deaths of 33 people. "The escalation of gun violence compels us to call for an end to the manufacture and easy distribution of such ...

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Italian Protestant both praises and criticises Pope’s book on Jesus

Pope Benedict XVI’s new book on Jesus Christ has received both praise and criticism from Italian Protestant theologian Daniele Garrone who was invited to take part in its official presentation at the Vatican. The book, "Jesus of Nazareth", is a "passionate meditation that gives us a portrait of Jesus in the New Testament", said Garrone, dean of the Waldensian faculty ...

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Moderator: Outrage at Traveston Dam proposal

Governments need to be more compassionate and understanding of the human cost of their decisions, said the Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland in a submission to the Senate’s Traveston Dam inquiry. Rev Dr David Pitman reflected on his visit to the proposed site of the dam in June last year in his submission to the Inquiry into Additional ...

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Mayor OK’s ‘baby hatch’ at Japan church hospital

A city in southern Japan has approved plans for the country’s first "baby hatch", or "baby post", as it is known at a local Roman Catholic hospital, where parents can drop off unwanted infants anonymously, as is already the case at similar European institutions. "We have approved the plan by the hospital," the mayor of Kumamoto, Seishi Koyama, said on ...

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US church leaders affirm McDonalds move

US church leaders are lauding a wage agreement between the McDonald’s fast-food chain and a group representing migrant farm workers in the state of Florida. The agreement between McDonald’s USA and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers requires the restaurant chain to pay one US cent more for every pound of tomatoes picked by the farm workers, a move that will ...

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Hindus plead for the right to cremate their dead in Britain

Leaders of Britain’s Hindu community of more than 500 000 are asking to be given the same full cultural and religious freedoms enjoyed by other major religions in the United Kingdom, such as Christians, Muslims and Jews. "We are asking for the right to cremate our dead in the way they have been cremated in India and other places for ...

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