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Christians flock to Jordan River baptism site despite landmines

January 20, 2017 Jerusalem Post: The river banks were once a war zone between Israel and Jordan, and were littered with thousands of mines and unexploded ordnance.

Gloucester Cathedral removes Muslim prayer clip from Facebook page

January 20, 2017 The Guardian: A cathedral has removed a clip of a Muslim prayer being recited within its precincts from its Facebook page after it was heavily criticised for allowing the event to take place.

Anti-abortion report challenges law reform in Northern Ireland

January 19, 2017 The Guardian: A report by anti-abortion campaigners in Northern Ireland has claimed that 100,000 people were born in the region because the 1967 Abortion Act was never extended to the province.

Christian lobby group takes aim at Volley footwear

January 19, 2017 Nine MSN: Australian footwear company Volley has copped a serve from the nation's Christian lobby group for using sex to sell its sneakers.

C of E archbishops call on Christians to repent for Reformation split

January 18, 2017 The Guardian: It unleashed an orgy of death and destruction across Europe. In England alone, more than 800 monasteries, abbeys, nunneries and friaries were seized, libraries were destroyed, manuscripts lost, treasures stripped and works of art appropriated. Thousands of people were hung, drawn and quartered, or burnt at the stake for their religious beliefs.

Church ‘deeply distressed’ by Koran offence, says primus

January 18, 2017 BBC News: The head of the Scottish Episcopal Church says the Church is "deeply distressed" at the offence caused by the reading of a passage from the Koran in a Glasgow cathedral.

Catch the Fire ministries stripped of charitable status after raising funds for Rise Up Australia pa

January 18, 2017 ABC News: Controversial Melbourne evangelical church Catch the Fire, which solicits donations for the Rise Up Australia Party, has had its charitable status revoked by authorities.

Call to ban ‘extreme’ dress rules at Islamic school

January 17, 2017 The Australian: State and federal governments are under pressure to crack down on taxpayer-funded Islamic schools that force girls to cover their hair and parts of their face, and to wear ankle-length skirts and long-sleeved tops as part of their uniform, even in summer.

Archbishop of Canterbury expected to express remorse for those burned in Reformation

January 17, 2017 Daily Mail: Even though Henry VIII’s war with the Pope began 500 years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is expected to express his remorse this week.

Marriage equality will lead to gender confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims

January 17, 2017 The Guardian: Marriage equality will increase gender confusion because it undermines the “complementarity” of males and females, the Australian Christian Lobby has said.

Voluntary euthanasia laws to come before NSW Parliament this year

January 16, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: NSW is set to debate whether to allow terminally ill adults to legally end their lives, with a voluntary assisted dying bill expected to come before Parliament this year.

Voluntary euthanasia laws to come before NSW Parliament this year

January 16, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: NSW is set to debate whether to allow terminally ill adults to legally end their lives, with a voluntary assisted dying bill expected to come before Parliament this year.

Bishop ‘distressed’ by row following Qur’an reading at cathedral

January 16, 2017 The Guardian: The leader of the Scottish Anglican church has said he was deeply distressed at the widespread offence caused by a reading from the Qur’an at a service to mark the feast of the Epiphany at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow.

Michael Chamberlain and me

January 16, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: Michael Chamberlain was destined to live a wholesome life, promoting God and healthy living, using radio and local newspapers to spread his religious message. The lovely Lindy Murchison was happy to be a pastor's wife. And how it could all have continued! But for a momentary lapse at Uluru on that fateful Sunday night on August 17,1980, when for a moment the tent was unzipped.

Richard Gee, a compassionate judge whose life was literally blown to bits

January 16, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: Richard Gee was well-qualified to take his place as a judge of the Family Court of Australia in 1980. It was a difficult time.

NSW MPs push to require civil celebrants to conduct same-sex marriages

January 13, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: A group of NSW state MPs is pushing for civil celebrants to be required to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies if the federal Parliament makes the unions legal.

Christians in India increasingly under attack, study shows

January 12, 2017 The Guardian: The persecution of Christians in India has risen over the past year, pushing it up a league table of countries where the practice of the faith is a high-risk activity, according to a monitoring organisation.

Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors

January 12, 2017 Religion News Service: President-elect Donald Trump must help persecuted religious groups around the world or his administration will fail, said the leader of a nonprofit at the release Wednesday (Jan. 11) of its annual list of the most dangerous countries for Christians.

Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population

January 11, 2017 SBS: In ex-Soviet Armenia - where families traditionally prefer sons - women are often pressured to have sex-selective abortions to get rid of girl babies.

Sessions on Roe v. Wade and Same-Sex Marriage

January 11, 2017 Daily Telegraph: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said he would put the law above his personal views on same-sex marriage and the right to obtain an abortion, in response to questions during his confirmation hearing to become the next U.S. Attorney General.