News From Around The World

Shorten to speak at Christian conference

October 24, 2014 SBS: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will tell a Christian political conference he supports gay marriage.

Christian lobby: ‘double refugee intake’

October 24, 2014 The Age: Christians are now the most persecuted people in the world, according to the Australian Christian Lobby, and Australia should take more as refugees.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli accused of insulting religious schools

October 24, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: The head of Christian Schools Australia has berated NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for insulting religious schools by suggesting some turn their back on needy students despite their wealth.

Anglican Church acknowledges access to choir for pederast cleric

October 24, 2014 The Australian: THE head of Australia’s Anglican Church has acknowledged the “cover-up’’ of child sexual abuse in Queensland and Britain as it emerged a pedophile clergyman was still allowed access to choirboys after the first complaints were made to church officials.

Anglican Church ‘covered-up’ abuse in Qld

October 24, 2014 News.com.au: THE head of the Anglican Church in Australia says he is profoundly disappointed after a report in the UK found allegations of sexual abuse of children at a north Queensland school during the 1970s were covered up.

Episcopal Church Still Counting Breakaway Diocese in Membership Numbers

October 23, 2014 Christian Post: When The Episcopal Church recently released its statistics on membership among its dioceses for 2013, the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina was listed along with the others.

Pakistani court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of insulting Islam

October 23, 2014 Fox News: Asia Bibi was harvesting berries in Pakistan five years ago when she took the drink of water that could cost her her life.

Pakistani court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of insulting Islam

October 23, 2014 Fox News: Asia Bibi was harvesting berries in Pakistan five years ago when she took the drink of water that could cost her her life.

Archbishop of York ashamed over Church of England’s abuse case failures

October 23, 2014 The Guardian: John Sentamu said the church had not been vigilant enough and failed to act when children were at serious risk.

US Couple Facing Jail for Not Hosting Gay Weddings May Be Saved by State Law

October 23, 2014 Christian Post: Idaho couple Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post Lakeside Chapel of Coeur d'Alene, are facing thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for refusing to host gay wedding ceremonies, which the city claims violates its anti-discrimination ordinance.

Three evangelical Christians sentenced to six years imprisonment

October 23, 2014 Fides News Agency: An Iranian Islamic court has sentenced three leaders of the evangelical house church movement to six years imprisonment.

Mark Driscoll surfaces at evangelical conference: ‘I’ve cried a lot lately’

October 22, 2014 Seattle Post Intelligencer: Mark Driscoll has resurfaced less than a week after resigning as senior pastor at Mars Hill Church, getting a star’s welcome at a major evangelical conference in Dallas/Fort Worth on Monday and saying he wants to “sing, to pray, to learn, to grow, to repent.”

Bishop wants parishioners to pay more

October 22, 2014 Western Advocate: A MONTH after being asked to come up with $200,000 to help save the Bathurst Anglican diocese, Orange’s Anglican parishioners are a long way from the target – and the Anglican diocese debt has increased by about $14 million.

Between two worlds, Ebola victim’s fianceé found Bible class

October 22, 2014 Dallas Morning News: Sunday’s Bible class at Wilshire Baptist Church began like many others: with a word for absent members. For Linda, fighting cancer. For Betty May, struggling to walk.

Qantas worker accuses airline of banning crucifixes while allowing head scarfs

October 22, 2014 Daily Telegraph: A FORMER Qantas employee has accused the airline of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs.

Nigeria announces truce with Boko Haram; fate of schoolgirls unclear

October 21, 2014 Nine MSN: Nigerian officials Friday announced they had agreed to a cease-fire with Boko Haram, but their statements left confusion over the fate of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group in April.

Claim of truce raises hope that kidnapped Nigerian girls will be released

October 21, 2014 World Watch Monitor: Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls will be released as part of a truce between militant Islamist group Boko Haram and government forces, the Nigerian army said Friday.

Christian school ‘downgraded for failing to invite an imam to lead assembly’

October 21, 2014 UK Telegraph: Christian group warns ‘British values’ rules imposed after Trojan Horse scandal leading to schools with a religious ethos being marked down by inspectors for failing to promote ‘tolerance’.

Bathurst Anglicans owe $39.3 million

October 20, 2014 Western Advocate: It has been revealed that the Anglican Development Fund (Bathurst Diocese) owes approximately $39.3 million to its creditors.

Graduate glut puts trainee teachers on the scrapheap

October 20, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal government funding is being spent on trainee teachers who have little chance of getting a job.