News From Around The World

Church of England appoints third woman bishop and first to oversee a diocese

March 27, 2015 Religion News Service: The Church of England’s commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward Thursday (March 26) with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of England.

Islamic State: The pushback

March 27, 2015 The Economist: THE coffin contains the body of the latest young fighter killed on the front lines of the war with Islamic State (IS). But few worshippers at Najaf’s Imam Ali mosque pay it heed.

Abuse victims demand national redress

March 26, 2015 The Australian: SURVIVORS of child sexual abuse will band together to force Australian governments to back a national compensation scheme.

Boko Haram headlines hide persecution of Christians in mid-Nigeria too

March 26, 2015 World Watch Monitor: The whole world has heard of the Chibok abduction: the 276 girls, predominantly Christians, kidnapped by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria in April 2014.

Boris Johnson: ‘Sharia law in the UK is absolutely unacceptable’

March 26, 2015 Daily Express: BORIS Johnson has branded Sharia Law in the UK as "absolutely unacceptable", as he slammed Church of England clerics who say the Islamic legal code should be incorporated into British law.

Taunton street preacher convicted for homophobic sermon

March 26, 2015 BBC News: A Christian street preacher has been convicted of delivering homophobic sermons in the middle of a high street.

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions

March 26, 2015 CHOOSE: A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up.

Same-sex marriage: free vote for Liberal MPs stalls in party room

March 24, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: Momentum for a Liberal Party free vote on same-sex marriage has stalled, leaving marriage equality advocates scratching their heads.

Parishes rallying to pay Anglican Diocese of Bathurst’s legal bills

March 24, 2015 Daily Liberal: THE Anglican Diocese of Bathurst remains tightlipped over whether its parishes have raised the funds to defend a lawsuit against the Commonwealth Bank.

Kara Tippetts, a Christian voice against assisted dying, has died

March 24, 2015 Religion News Service: Kara Tippetts, 38, has died. Metastatic breast cancer took her from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children on Sunday (March 22).

Louis Zamperini movie bonus ‘Legacy of Faith’ to tell rest of ‘Unbroken’ story

March 23, 2015 Washington Times: American war hero and Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini’s life was like “a six-act play,” his son says.

Nigeria:Boko Haram Killing ‘Wives’ to Prevent Marriage to ‘Unbelievers’

March 23, 2015 Boko Haram insurgents in the town of Bama, Borno State, have slaughtered their wives as Nigerian soldiers continue to rout them in the North East. Some of them later moved to Gwoza, another Borno town, where they vowed to defend the capital of their so-called Islamic Caliphate with the last drop of their blood, the Agency France Presse (AFP) reports.

Why Loneliness May Be the Next Big Public-Health Issue

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Parallel Bible: This app is like Instagram, but for the Bible

March 23, 2015 Slate: The Bible—that is, the YouVersion app—has been downloaded nearly 175 million times in 780 languages.

In the headlong rush for ‘rights’, children are an afterthought

March 22, 2015 UK Telegraph: It is a cunning feature of general elections, designed by the parties who compete in them, that most issues which matter cannot be discussed.

Same-sex marriage debate to begin next week in Senate

March 20, 2015 The Guardian: David Leyonhjelm urges Tony Abbott to allow Coalition members a conscience vote on his ‘freedom to marry’ bill.

Can execution of Christian woman be halted?

March 20, 2015 Though a variety of factors may be keeping Kelly Gissendaner alive, the local supporters who have waged a savvy media campaign on her behalf may be one of the most influential, drawing national attention.

Vanuatu disaster: the island hit by an earthquake, a volcano then cyclone Pam

March 20, 2015 The Guardian: The island of Ambrym has managed to escape the worst effects of the category five storm but its people will soon need help.

‘I am a Christian’ ad blocked on Facebook for offensive speech

March 20, 2015 Washington Times: Facebook has blocked an advertisement for the upcoming independent film “I am a Christian,” citing marketing rules against ads that use offensive speech, producers said Wednesday.

Anglicans worried about Vanuatu’s northern islands

March 19, 2015 ABC News: So far no one has been able to contact people in the northern islands of Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam struck, where three-quarters of the people are members of the Anglican Church.