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Swedish church says matrimony is only for heterosexuals

The Church of Sweden, the largest national church in the Lutheran World Federation, says it will oppose a recommendation made on 21 March by a one-person commission to the country’s government that laws should be passed to enable homosexual couples to marry. "We support the view that matrimony is between a man and a woman. This is a commonly accepted ...

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$165,000 boost for Blue Care in Warwick region

About 140 elderly people in Warwick and Allora-Clifton will benefit from new funding of more than $165,000 for Blue Care. Blue Care Warwick and Allora-Clifton Director of Nursing Sue Hoopmann said the funds were awarded through the State/Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program. “We are delighted to receive new funding of $165,000 to extend our quality caring services across ...

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Japanese Christian activist protests nuclear accident cover-up

The leader of a Japanese Christian group that concerns itself with nuclear disasters has protested against a nuclear power plant accident in central Japan that was covered up for years. "This is an injustice that cannot be tolerated. We strongly protest [against the accident cover-up]," said Yoshiko Bannai, chairperson of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Issue Project of the National Christian ...

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Lutheranism should not be official religion says Norway’s PM

Lutheranism should no longer be described in Norway’s constitution as the country’s official religion, the Labour Party, the biggest partner in the governing coalition, has stated. The proposal would mean the end of a system under which at least half of the 19 government ministers need to be members of the majority (Lutheran) Church of Norway. But the Labour Party ...

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Uniting Church Assembly goes green

The National Assembly has approved a proposal to go green. In November 2006 the Assembly Standing Committee adopted the statement, For the sake of the planet: A Uniting Church in Australia Statement on Climate Change. At its recent March meeting, the Assembly Standing Committee considered a report detailing how the Assembly itself could put these principles of that statement into ...

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Vatican reprimands liberation theologian

The Vatican has condemned "errors" expressed in two books on Jesus by Roman Catholic priest Jon Sobrino, a noted theologian of liberation in Latin America. However, Rome has not silenced the Jesuit cleric, banned his books or barred Catholics from reading them The British think tank Ekklesia on its Web site (www.ekklesia.co.uk) said the condemnation was a "move which will ...

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Meeting between Pope and Putin said to have bettered relations

Vladimir Putin’s days as a secret service officer in the Soviet KGB came in handy when he met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican to discuss world issues and strained relations between the church in Rome and the Russian Orthodox Church. Benedict met Russian President Putin for the first time officially on 13 March. During their 25-minute one-on-one meeting they ...

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South African churches criticise Mbeki’s silence

The South African Council of Churches, which was at the forefront of the fight against apartheid, condemned the detention by Zimbabwean police of church and opposition leaders, as well as civil society activists and human rights campaigners, who were all participating in the public prayer meeting on 11 March. The manner of the arrest left opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in ...

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Pope reaffirms ban on sharing communion with non-Catholics

Pope Benedict XVI has reaffirmed a strict ruling forbidding eucharistic concelebration with ministries of non-Roman Catholic churches, while at the same time giving priests the go-ahead to revive Latin as the main language used during the church service known as the Mass. "The celebration and worship of the Eucharist enable us to draw near to God’s love and to persevere ...

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British Anglicans, Presbyterians back marriage, at wedding fairs

Churches in England and Scotland are taking part in wedding fairs this year in campaigns to encourage couples to get married and to do so by marching down the aisle rather than into a registry office. The (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland’s Shaw lands Kirk in Glasgow was to host its own wedding fair on 10 March. Resident minister, the Rev. ...

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