News From Around The World

Methodists in England ‘like an iceberg ... crumbling into the sea’

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.”

Islamists want to ‘wipe out’ Christian presence in northern Mali

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.

Ancient Last Supper charm discovered

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.

Refuge for Iraqi Christians could play into Islamic State’s hands – bishop

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.

After kidnapping schoolgirls, Boko Haram takes aim at churches in northeast Nigeria

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.

Fashion a pathway to new life for refugee

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.

Repression of Christians in Iran

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.

The Great War Soldiers saved by a pocket Bible, a whistle and a camera

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.

Doctors warn on euthanasia

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.

Frustration grows among asylum seekers as PNG yet to offer resettlement

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.

Tracking Life From Its Smallest Form

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.

‘We want to stay in Iraq, but can’t live like this anymore’

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.

Stem Cell Concerns Don’t Freeze Evangelical Enthusiasm for Ice Bucket Challenge

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.

Protesters heckle World Congress of Families conference

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.

Nepali pastor leaves prison after 2 years for killing a cow

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.

UK must offer asylum to terror refugees - Archbishop of York

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.

Victory for Christian sacked over gay weddings

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.

Can You See Too Much Jesus in the Bible?

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.

Surrogacy laws damaging women’s health

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.

Baptist minister Leslie Nixon, 82, charged with hijacking plane

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.