Religion

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

Nigel Farage hits out after Archbishop says 2016 has left world ‘awash with division’

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FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at the Archbishop of Canterbury, after he said the past year had left a world “awash with division and fear”. Sunday Express In his Christmas Day sermon, the Most Rev Justin Welby said 2016 had left people facing a future that… Nigel Farage hits… Read More »

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

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A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts conflict that will bring ‘THE END OF THE WORLD’

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A CALAMITOUS conflict in 2017 will create “the End of The World” according to an ancient ritual using the blood of an Italian patron saint. Express Aletha Adu Italy’s Catholic Church perform a global miracle three times a year which declares the safety of the world, using San Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples known globally as Saint Janarius. In January and September, the religious… Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts… Read More »

If we made contact with alien, how would religion react?

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The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. BBC News Brandon Ambrosino Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino. In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the… If we made contact with… Read More »

Peru: The Sodalitium scandal

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Investigating allegations of corruption involving one of Latin America’s wealthiest Roman Catholic societies. Al Jazeera News The leaders of the Sodalitium of Christian Life, a secretive sect within the Peruvian Catholic Church, were accused last year by 30 former followers of physically, emotionally and even sexually abusing them, some while they were… Peru: The Sodalitium… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

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(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Angela Merkel endorses party’s call for partial ban on burqa and niqab

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German chancellor tells CDU conference ‘full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible’ The Guardian Philip Oltermann Angela Merkel has for the first time endorsed her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in Germany, telling delegates at the Christian Democratic Union’s conference in Essen “the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible”. The German chancellor’s CDU party is expected this week ... Read More »

‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of church and state, there’s no need

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Polling about spiritual beliefs and how they intersect with politics shows some disconnection between our inner worlds and the physical world we share The Guardian Peter Lewis While the separation of church and state is enshrined in the Australian constitution, the presence of religion has never been far beneath the surface of our political system. The Australian Labor party is in many ways a creature of… ‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Aliens Don’t Exist, But They Tell Us A Lot About Atheists

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Lacking any evidence of an actual alien, Hollywood’s aliens speak more about the modern psyche fueling the imaginations of their designers. The Federalist By Peter Burfeind  In his movie “Expelled,” Ben Stein challenged Richard Dawkins about the remarkable phenomenon of life on planet earth: how … Aliens Don’t Exist… Read More »

Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons

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Melbourne’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government’s decision to house teenagers in the “harshest of adult prison settings”. ABC Jean Edwards Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier said they had taken the unusual step because they shared a deep concern about the welfare of “the most vulnerable and impressionable children” in the youth justice system. The Andrews Government last week started… Melbourne archbishops condemn… Read More »

Dutch parliament paves way for approval of partial Islamic veil ban

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Lower house approves ban on clothing that covers faces, including burqa and niqab, in official buildings, schools and hospitals The Guardian The lower house of the Dutch parliament has approved a limited ban on “face-covering clothing”, including the burqa and niqab. The legislation, approved on Tuesday by… Dutch parliament paves way for… Read More »

Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for using 2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse

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Jehovah’s Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ABC Michelle Brown Last year, the commission examined the experiences of two abuse survivors within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. It also looked at evidence from case files that… Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for… Read More »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… Read More »

Child abuse survivor worries community ‘fatigued’ by issue

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A child abuse survivor says his biggest fear is that the momentum generated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will dissipate, stopping any meaningful reform. ABC David Marchese Peter Gogarty was abused by a Catholic priest in the New South Wales Hunter region as a child and now spends his time advocating for other survivors. He will address a hearing of… Child abuse survivor worries… Read More »