News From Around The World
September 3, 2014 Religion News Service: The Methodist Church in Britain is hemorrhaging members and has been described by a leading religious affairs commentator as “a bit like an iceberg that’s just crumbling into the sea.”
September 3, 2014 World Watch Monitor: It’s not only in the Middle East that the advance of Islamist jihadists is exercising the international community. While attention has been focused on Northern Iraq and Syria, the French government has been bombing Islamist militant positions in Africa to stop the emergence of jihadists in the Sahel.
September 3, 2014 BBC News: A 1,500-year-old papyrus charm thought to be "the first ever found to refer to the Last Supper and use magic in the Christian context" has been discovered in the vaults of a Manchester library.
September 3, 2014 UK Telegraph: Granting asylum in the UK and other western countries to large numbers of Christians and other minorities fleeing Isil militants could help them achieve their plan to 'cleanse' Iraq, says Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali.
September 3, 2014 Religion News Service: Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the country’s northeastern region, church officials there said.
September 2, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: A refugee has told how a fashion social enterprise helped her find her feet in Australia after she was kidnapped and close relatives killed by militias in her native Sudan.
September 2, 2014 Washington Post: Iran's leaders are preparing for another visit to New York this month for the U.N. General Assembly, but many of their citizens aren't going anywhere as they languish in the regime's prisons for political crimes. One notable case is Farshid Fathi, an evangelical Christian pastor who this week will spend his 35th birthday in jail.
September 2, 2014 Daily Telegraph: Of all the stories of luck and survival to emerge from the Great War, they are among the most remarkable.
September 2, 2014 The West Australian: WA palliative care specialists are urging Federal MPs to reject the legalisation of euthanasia, warning doctors do not want to be put in the position of having to end patients' lives.
September 2, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy.
September 2, 2014 New York Times: The earliest stages of life have been the subject of intense fascination for eons. Aristotle, for instance, observed and recorded the development of a chicken embryo in its egg.
September 2, 2014 World Watch Monitor: When IS captured Mosul on June 10th the most devastating part of its seizure was its outright targeting of all non-Sunni Muslim groups. This has resulted in a mass loss of life, forced conversions and seizure of homes for Iraq’s minority Christians, Shia Muslims, Yazidis and Turkmen.
August 31, 2014 Christianity Today: Tens of thousands of Americans—including dozens of evangelical leaders—have eagerly shivered and shaked their way through the ice bucket challenge, despite concerns from Catholic leaders and pro-life groups that the viral video craze may be sending millions to fund embryonic stem cell research.
August 31, 2014 The Australian: PROTESTERS heckled attendees of a controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne today, amid two prominent politicians pulling out at the last minute.
August 31, 2014 Wall Street Journal: A Nepali pastor sentenced to 12 years in prison for slaughtering a cow has been released early after a court declared him not guilty on 17 July.
August 31, 2014 BBC News: The Archbishop of York has urged the government to do more to offer asylum to Christians and others being persecuted by Islamic State terrorists.
August 31, 2014 The Sunday Times: A MARRIAGE registrar has been vindicated by a council’s reversal of its decision to sack her for refusing to marry same-sex couples because of her Christian beliefs.
August 28, 2014 Christianity Today: Throughout history, Christians have affirmed that Jesus is the focus of Scripture. But one Bible scholar is being forced to take early retirement by a conservative seminary for seeing too much Jesus in the Old Testament.
August 28, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Overseas surrogacy arrangements are taking place in an unregulated environment that is exposing babies and the women who carry them to a higher risk of bad health outcomes, a study shows.
August 28, 2014 Daily Telegraph: THE Baptist minister who allegedly attempted to take control of a plane over central NSW, forcing a young pilot into a death-defying, powerless landing in a paddock, was last night charged over his apparent suicide mission.