News From Around The World
July 30, 2014 North Shore Times: Chatswood will be home to the state’s first private bilingual Mandarin school, aiming to give students an edge on the “language of the future”.
July 30, 2014 Forbes: The other day I was having dinner with an Anglican priest when the topic of Internet privacy came up. As we discussed how websites often allow third-parties to track their visitors, he wondered whether his own church let companies such as Facebook or Google know who visits the site by allowing them to place bits of tracking data called cookies on their computers and phones.
July 29, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies is set to move in to the Anglican Church's neo-Gothic mansion in Darling Point after the historic property failed to sell.
July 29, 2014 Variety: Freestyle Releasing, which generated strong grosses for “God’s Not Dead,” is offering up a challenge next Valentine’s Day to “Fifty Shades of Grey” with faith-based romance “Old Fashioned.”
July 29, 2014 UK Telegraph: It has already been translated into 1,800 languages around the world, including some of mankind’s most obscure tongues, making it easily the best selling book in history.
July 29, 2014 Sky News: Welfare advocates warn new rules forcing young unemployed people to search for 40 jobs a month and work without taxpayer payments won't get them employed.
July 29, 2014 Daily Telegraph: THE High Court case launched by 157 asylum seekers against the federal government has collapsed with a full bench hearing abandoned because of the government’s move to bring them to the mainland.
July 29, 2014 International Business Times: Seventy-year-old Yacub was among the few Christians who did not obey the Isis ultimatum issued to all Christians to leave the city of Mosul by 19 July. He was too old to leave.
July 29, 2014 Religion News Service: A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, dismissing a lawsuit brought by atheists.
July 29, 2014 UK Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to Pope Francis in a plea to prevent the ordination of women bishops from derailing plans for the eventual reunification between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.
July 28, 2014 World Watch Monitor: Two Finnish women working for a Christian aid charity have been killed by gunmen in Herat, Afghanistan; both had worked in Afghanistan for 16 years, having arrived there together in March 1997.
July 28, 2014 Religion News Service: Christians in Sudan frequently face arrests, impromptu questioning and expulsion. But this month, conditions worsened after the government announced a ban on the construction of new churches.
July 28, 2014 Stuff.co.nz: The congregation of a Hamilton church divided by a denominational debate on the proposed blessings of same sex relationships spent yesterday's services in separate buildings praying for one another.
July 27, 2014 Christianity Today: An executive order President Obama signed Monday prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in federal hiring may not immediately affect many religious organizations, but leaders are still raising their eyebrows.
July 25, 2014 New York Times: As rain brought by Tropical Storm Matmo poured down around them on Thursday, several dozen Christians, weary after a bloody confrontation with the police earlier in the week, stood guard at Salvation Church in Wenzhou, determined that the authorities would not take down their cross.
July 25, 2014 Central Western Daily: WITHOUT church halls and houses, welfare and support services offered by the Bathurst Anglican diocese would suffer.
July 25, 2014 Stuff.co.nz: A funeral home has opened the doors of its chapel to the vicar at the centre of a defection from the Anglican Church as leaders from other denominations beckon the flock to come in from the cold.
July 25, 2014 The Age: The main provider of the controversial Christian religious instruction in state schools has revealed plans to shake up training for instructors, with accredited courses offered through a private college.
July 25, 2014 Daily Mail: An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
July 25, 2014 World Watch Monitor: For the missing Nigerian girls kidnapped over 100 days ago, another trauma has emerged. Eleven of the group of grieving parents have died, many of them after heart attacks and stress-related illnesses.