News From Around The World

‘Kill the Christians’ call outside Sydney church

September 18, 2014 CHURCH-goers in Sydney’s west have been left shaken after a stranger shouted death threats from a car bearing the Islamic State flag.

Cowboy Churches: Gospel with a little twang

September 18, 2014 Dallas Morning News: At high noon in the Stockyards Station, just after the longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Avenue and just before the gunfight show, a congregation comes to worship.

Archbishop of Canterbury: my doubts about existence of God

September 18, 2014 UK Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists.

Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

September 18, 2014 Religion News Service: ames Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. Then he changed his tune

Abbott urged to lift refugee intake

September 17, 2014 The Australian: BILL Shorten is considering proposals to boost the refugee intake, amid Left faction unrest over military intervention in Iraq.

The Opposition Leader’s move came as the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, appealed to Tony Abbott “as a Christian leader” to restore the intake to 20,000 a year to help protect Iraqi Christians.

Gay rector faces backlash in pews over ‘wedding’ plans

September 17, 2014 UK Telegraph: An Anglican clergyman is facing opposition from parishioners over a service in his local church to bless his same-sex civil partnership.

Nigerian Christians: ‘We are on the run’

September 17, 2014 World Watch Monitor: What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria, a Nigerian cleric says.

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

September 16, 2014 Washington Post: The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death says she had God by her side

September 16, 2014 Fox News: Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity, told Fox, “the situation was difficult but I was sure God would stand by my side.”

Dozens of Christians ‘including women and children’ are arrested in Saudi Arabia

September 16, 2014 Daily Mail: Islamist police in Saudi Arabia have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, and confiscated their bibles, it has been reported.

Raise refugee intake to cope with refugees from Syria and Iraq, Bill Shorten says

September 16, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's refugee intake should be boosted as part of the Abbott government's humanitarian efforts in the Middle East, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said, as he outlined clear parameters governing Labor's support for military action in Iraq.

Archbishop keeps it casual for Lithgow visit

September 16, 2014 Lithgow Mercury: THERE were no airs and graces when His Grace, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney made his first official visit to the Lithgow parish at the weekend.

Asylum seekers: PNG minister seeks to hasten resettlement from Manus Island

September 16, 2014 Telegraph: Rimbink Pato acts to break logjam by separating deliberations about broader asylum policy from resettlement arrangements.

Archbishop of Sydney to join Synod meeting in Bathurst

September 16, 2014 Western Advocate: The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney will make his first visit to the Bathurst Diocese this weekend for the annual Synod meeting in the city.

Lack of Concern for Christians Is One Reason Behind Rise of ISIS

September 16, 2014 Christian Post: A lack of concern for Christians and a lack freedom of expression for religious minorities in the Middle East is one of the reasons behind the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said David Curry, the CEO and president of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.

Church’s insurer refuses to pay out after thieves use scaffolding to steal lead

September 15, 2014 UK Telegraph: Holy Trinity Church in Hartlepool now faces a £3,000 bill because their insurance firm, Ecclesiastical, excludes burglaries where a scaffold is used.

The Middle East’s Friendless Christians

September 15, 2014 New York Times: WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conference organized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit at most a footnote. But sometimes a footnote can help illuminate a tragedy’s unhappy whole.

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews wants first-time parents counselled

September 15, 2014 Daily Telegraph: Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said the Federal Government could be doing more to help couples adjust to the pressures and responsibilities that come with having a child.

Illawarra child poverty figures ‘alarming’

September 15, 2014 Illawarra Mercury: Three in 20 children under the age of 15 are living in poverty in the Illawarra and South Coast according to a new report.

Imam in Residence program at Canadian Anglican Church

September 15, 2014 Calgary Herald: A unique Imam in Residence program is being launched at St. Martin’s Anglican Church in October in conjunction with the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly.