News From Around The World

Church of England Leaders Disagree on Marriage, Abortion

November 27, 2014 Newsmax: The Church of England is suffering "serious fractures" among its senior leaders over the issues of same-sex marriage and abortion, the Archbishop of Canterbury says.

Sunday morning inconvenient for church services ... says Church of England

November 27, 2014 UK Telegraph: Sunday morning is an inconvenient time for church services because people are busy shopping and doing DIY, the Church of England has admitted.

Lawyer Representing 3 Christians Facing Prison for Faith in Iran Denied Access

November 27, 2014 Christian Post: The lawyer representing two Christian pastors and a deacon facing six years in prison in Iran for their faith has reportedly been denied access to his clients ahead of an appeal hearing.

Same-sex free vote would lead to chaos: Liberal MPs

November 27, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Conservative senators are warding off a renewed push for a free vote on same-sex marriage for Liberal MPs, warning it would lead to chaos and fail anyway in the party room.

Michael Brown Family’s Church Torched,  White Supremacists suspected

November 27, 2014 Christian Post: A Missouri church attended by Michael Brown Sr. was set ablaze on Monday night and the pastor suspects white supremacists are to blame.

Songs, but what have they done with the Praise?

November 26, 2014 Daily Mail: Broadcasting services from parishes and cathedrals across the country, for more than 50 years Songs of Praise has been much loved as the BBC’s flagship religious programme.

Liberals set to decide on gay marriage conscience vote

November 26, 2014 The Australian: THE Coalition partyroom will be forced to consider changing its position on gay marriage and allow a conscience vote after Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm introduces a bill putting the issue squarely on the national agenda.

Anglicare hampers help spread joy

November 25, 2014 St Marys-Mt Druitt Star: IT MIGHT not be Santa's workshop, but a small piece of Mt Druitt feels like it at the moment.

Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy files appeal

November 25, 2014 The Guardian: A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy has filed an appeal in the country’s top court , her final legal recourse after being found guilty of insulting the prophet Muhammad four years ago.

Vatican Strengthens Ties with Evangelicals and Mormons Against Gay Marriage

November 24, 2014 Time Magazine: In a month when papal conversation about marriage has been all the rage, the Vatican is enlisting a new set of allies to support its commitment to marriage between a man and a woman: American evangelicals and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren and Russell Moore Think about Marriage

November 24, 2014 Christianity Today: Rick Warren turns a Vatican conference into a 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.

Secular Prejudice and Religious Freedom

November 24, 2014 Quadrant Online: The mark of a good citizen used to be the free display of personal conviction about ideas, beliefs and morals. That manifestation of conviction has given way to a fashionable and ostentatious “open-mindedness” which, steeped in hypocrisy, seldom extends to traditional Christianity, especially Catholicism.

Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabab ‘wants religious war’

November 24, 2014 BBC News: The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is a bid to start a religious war, a senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the BBC.

Supermarkets to hide tabloid front pages because of sexual content concerns

November 24, 2014 BBC News: Two of the UK's leading supermarkets are to change the way they display newspapers because of fears about children being exposed to sexual content.

Millennials and the Bible: 3 Surprising Insights

November 24, 2014 Barna Group: Much has been made of the growing post-Christian sentiment among America's youngest generation of adults. But how has this well-documented turn away from religion affected Millennials' views of Christianity's most sacred text?

‘Zoe’s law’ bill lapses, closing controversial chapter

November 21, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: The end of NSW's 55th parliament has closed a controversial chapter concerning "Zoe's law", a bill that would have declared unborn children "legal persons", which many feared could presage restrictions on abortion.

When women bishops come, here’s where conservative Anglicans will go

November 20, 2014 The Spectator: The Anglican Mission in England looks like a support group. But if required, it could turn into rather more than that.

Death sentence for Pakistan woman turned on technicality

November 20, 2014 World Watch Monitor: The Pakistan court that a month ago said Aasiya Noreen, a Christian, must die for the crime of insulting Islam, based its ruling on a legal technicality that it now wants to eliminate.

Church of England approves historic plan for women to become bishops

November 19, 2014 SBS: One of Australia's first female bishops has welcomed a historic move by the Church of England to allow women to become bishops.

Scott Morrison cuts off access to Australia for refugees in Indonesia

November 19, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald: Australia has taken its stand against boat arrivals to a new level, saying it will no longer resettle asylum seekers found to be refugees by the United Nation's refugee agency in Indonesia who registered after July 1.