News From Around The World

Christmas in the Holy Land: Pilgrims and the Virgin Mary

December 22, 2014 Jerusalem Post: Christians represented more than half (53%) of all incoming tourists to Israel in 2014.

Salvation Army drops 17 places on charity reputation survey

December 22, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: One of Australia's best-known welfare organisations, the Salvation Army, has dropped 17 places from last year in the 2014 AMR Charity Reputation Index, a yearly survey which measures the overall reputation of the country's 40 largest charities .

God Isn’t Dead in Gotham

December 22, 2014 Wall Street Journal: Thousands pack the services of the evangelical Redeemer Presbyterian Church, most of them single and under 35.

Justin Welby ‘trying to bridge gay marriage split’

December 21, 2014 BBC News: The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage.

Cairns stabbings: Family of eight killed children visit memorial, attend church services

December 21, 2014 ABC News: There have been emotional scenes in Cairns this morning as family members attended a memorial near the home where eight children were killed on Friday.

Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack

December 21, 2014 The Japan Times: My local supermarket plays Christmas music. Yours probably does too. My neighbors have Christmas trees. So do yours, no doubt. At this time of year, in the major cities if not nationwide, you might almost think you were in a Christian country.

Community gathers at Sydney cathedral to remember Sydney siege victims

December 19, 2014 ABC News: First this morning, hundreds of Sydney residents and community leaders gathered at St Andrews Cathedral last night for a memorial service to the victims of this week's Martin Place cafe siege.

Facebook call out feeds Wollongong charities

December 19, 2014 Illawarra Mercury: What started as a casual Facebook challenge to friends by Dannielle Hare has ended in hundreds of strangers donating a mountain of food to charities in the Illawarra.

Scott Morrison allows asylum seeker babies to be processed in Australia

December 19, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: More than 30 babies born to asylum seeker mothers in Australia will be able to stay in the mainland with their families and not be processed on Nauru under a secret deal struck by crossbencher Ricky Muir.

Iraq’s quiet Christian genocide

December 19, 2014 Fox News: They went to church to hunt Christians, again. The blood had splashed everywhere, even on the ceiling of the Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad. The terrorists had arrived dressed as security guards. Then they locked the doors and unloaded their weapons.

Christmas 2014 ‘evokes not joy but fears’ for India’s Christians

December 19, 2014 World Watch Monitor: Christmas is an occasion mostly associated with joy and celebration. But since the start of the holiday season, India’s minority religious groups of Christians and Muslims have been especially under pressure.

Sydney Siege Killer Was ‘Dropped Off Watch List’

December 18, 2014 Sky News UK: The Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, told Sky News there are questions which need to be raised about the events leading up to the siege, but that the evening service was focused on empathising with people in their grief.

First female bishop named as the Reverend Libby Lane

December 18, 2014 BBC News: Reverend Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law.

Archbishop Dr Glenn Davies on Sydney siege service

December 17, 2014 Radio 2UE: The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will attend a special service at 6pm tonight in St Andrew's Cathedral at Sydney Square, for the aftermath of the Martin Place siege.

Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead

December 17, 2014 BBC News: Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.

Turnbull chokes back tears after church service

December 17, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Malcolm Turnbull holds back tears outside a church service for the victims of the Sydney siege, saying Australia has too much love to be corrupted by hatred and violence.

Taliban gunmen storm Pakistan military school in Peshawar hostages reported

December 16, 2014 CBS News: Pakistani officials say Taliban gunmen have stormed a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing more than 80 students and wounding many more. At least one security officer was also killed in the initial siege, according to a hospital official.

Americans mostly OK with religious displays on public property

December 16, 2014 USA Today: When it comes to religious holiday displays, Americans show that their views are a bit complicated.

The War on Christmas is over. Jesus won.

December 16, 2014 Washington Post: Kirk Cameron can breathe easy: the War on Christmas is over. Jesus won.

Last asylum families ship out from Christmas Island

December 16, 2014 The Australian: THE last of the asylum-seeker families held on Christmas Island began leaving for the Australian mainland yesterday as part of ­Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s deal with crossbench ­senators.