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No world peace if no peace among religions, says theologian Kueng

If there is not peace among religions, there will be no peace in the world, Swiss-born theologian Hans Kueng has noted during an address during a week of ethics and world peace in the capital city of Colombia. "The great religions have the conditions necessary to mobilise people to support a planetary ethic: defining moral objectives, proposing instructions and criteria ...

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Southern African church calls for stronger action on Zimbabwe

Churches in southern Africa are calling on their governments to place direct pressure on the government of President Robert Mugabe, as leaders from the region gather in Tanzania for an emergency summit to discuss the crisis in Zimbabwe. "As the church, we are convinced that Zimbabwe is under the clutches of oppressive rule, and those who are committed to democratic ...

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Russians celebrate Lent with gourmet feasts and cooking contests

Observance of Great Lent, the period of fasting and spiritual reflection that precedes Holy Week and Easter, has become a staple of post-Soviet Russian life, sometimes manifest in ways that might seem out of sync with traditional views of the 40-day period. Several years ago a new Lenten cookie, free of animal products, appeared on the market. Its wrapper had ...

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Kosovo Catholics plan cathedral to honour Mother Teresa

The government of Kosovo has approved plans for a Roman Catholic cathedral in the territory’s provincial capital, dedicated to the ethnic Albanian charity worker, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. "Mother Teresa is like a family member to us – she’s a very good symbol for everyone living here," said Catholic Bishop Dode Gjergji of Prizren in southern Kosovo. "Her parents were ...

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Christian groups turn to God to ‘save Zimbabwe’

Zimbabwean church groups are praying to God to bring an end to mounting political and economic woes in the southern African nation that has been ruled by 83-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party for 27 years. "We call upon Zimbabweans to get into prayer for the nation as only God can save Zimbabwe," the Christian Alliance, a grouping of churches, ...

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Christianity’s growth is reshaping China

Increasing interest in Christianity among Chinese intellectuals is transforming the country’s religious landscape, says Edmond Tang, an academic and consultant on China for British and Irish churches. "Today it is an open secret that Christian fellowships, a new kind of ‘house church’, run by Chinese professors and students, are active in most Chinese universities," said Tang in comments marking the ...

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Townsville welcomes new Korean congregation

At a special time of worship and celebration at Townsville Central Uniting Church last Sunday the North Queensland Presbytery recognized the Korean Christian Faith Community Townsville as a Faith Community within the Uniting Church. The service also recognized Myeong-Hee Seo as the Pastor in that Faith Community. Presbytery Minister Rev Bruce Cornish said a special part of the evening was ...

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$97 million boost for Wesley’s acute services

The Wesley Hospital will be able to treat hundreds more patients every year following the construction of a $97 million acute care facility. The eight-storey complex will include a day surgery floor of 42 beds and a total of 120 acute care beds on four other floors. The new building, known as the East Wing, will also accommodate two floors ...

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Ash and Luttsy help St Andrew’s

One half of the Nova 106.9 Breakfast Team, David Lutteral and Ashley Bradnam joined over 120 other golfers on Friday, March 16 to help raise in excess of $45,000 for the Intensive Care Unit at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. The 12th St Andrew’s annual fundraising golf day was held at the Indooroopilly Golf Club in Brisbane. Money raised from ...

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Zimbabwe’s Ncube calls for street protests against Mugabe

Zimbabwe Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube has called for "peaceful" street protests against the 27-year rule of President Robert Mugabe who has cracked down on opposition protests with ferocity as his country faces economic meltdown. "It’s time for a radical stance and not soft speeches and cowardice and the time is now," Ncube told a 22 March meeting organized by ...

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