Media Watch Around The World

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Church of Ireland general synod member ready to quit if gender stance changes

June 5, 2020 Belfast Newsletter: A man who has served for about half-a-century on the Church of Ireland’s general synod has said he will leave the church altogether if it recognises “non-binary gender identities”.

Why I’m offended by Trump using the Bible as a stage prop

June 5, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald: As someone who proudly owns the name "Bible-believing Christian", I don’t think I’ve ever been more offended by a political leader than by President Donald…

DNA Analysis Reveals Some of The Mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls Were Made Elsewhere

June 4, 2020 AFP: DNA research on the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed that not all of the ancient manuscripts came from the desert landscape where they were discovered, according…

Wesley Mission selling Vision Valley retreat and conference centre in Sydney’s Hills District

June 4, 2020 Domain: The Vision Valley retreat is set on just under 30 hectares. Jack Needham Jun 2, 2020 Christian charity Wesley Mission is selling its sprawling Hills District…

‘He Did Not Pray’: Fallout Grows From Trump’s Photo-Op At St. John’s Church

June 4, 2020 NPR: President Trump's photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal church in Washington has set off criticism, as law enforcement used tear gas and force to…

Trump’s church visit shocks religious leaders

June 3, 2020 BBC News: Last night he held a Bible in front of St John's Episcopal Church, just across the road from the White House. Today, he'll visit the Shrine to St John Paul II,…

The Museum of the Bible is winning over some of its biggest critics: Jewish scholars

June 3, 2020 Washington Post: In December 2017, the annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, the largest gathering of Jewish scholars in the world, took place in downtown…

‘Grief on hold’: The pandemic changed the way we mourn

June 2, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald: Jacob Elias, 93, died within hours of seeing his daughter Patricia, son-in-law Bob Mitchell and his…

More medical experts needed on aged care boards and executives

June 1, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald: Health experts are warning that aged care homes need to provide more medical staff and…

George Floyd Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston

June 1, 2020 Christianity Today: The rest of the country knows George Floyd from several minutes of cell phone footage captured during his final hours. But in Houston’s Third Ward, they know…

Clergy up in arms as pressure mounts on bishops to reopen churches

June 1, 2020 : The Rev Michael Smith, York Minster’s canon pastor, rehearses a digital Evensong service inside the cathedral.Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA The government is…

COVID rules eased in NSW: 20 people at weddings, 50 at funerals

June 1, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald: Up to 20 people will be able to attend weddings and 50 people can gather at funerals and their…

DNA study supports Bible: Canaanites homogeneous group, lived in Israel

June 1, 2020 Jerusalem Post: A newly published study has shed light on the genomic features of the Canaanites, confirming that the biblical people were indeed a clear and homogeneous group…

No new NSW virus cases, easing imminent

June 1, 2020 Yahoo News: With no new cases and no patients on ventilators, NSW has reached two major COVID-19 milestones in the run-up to a significant easing of restrictions. Zero…

New South Wales records no new cases of coronavirus for the first time in three weeks

June 1, 2020 Daily Mail: Smashing the curve: Authorities say there are no new cases of coronavirus in New South Wales for the first time in almost three weeks No new positive…

Live: NSW Now: $3.5b extra funding for Sydney rail project, construction to begin this year

June 1, 2020 : Here's what you need to know this morning. Western Sydney's new stations Around 14,000 jobs will be created as the construction of the Sydney Metro-Western…

NSW eases limits on church gatherings

May 29, 2020 AAP: NSW will ease coronavirus restrictions on religious services, weddings and funerals from Monday, when measures to increase pub and restaurant patronage come into effect.

‘Many of us are fearful’: South Africa to reopen places of worship

May 28, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald: South Africa's churches and other places of worship can reopen their doors from June,…

Churches must be allowed to reopen, MPs demand in letter to PM

May 28, 2020 UK Telegraph: Boris Johnson has been urged by a group of Conservative MPs to allow churches to open for prayer, weddings and funerals as soon as next month. The 20 MPs,…

How Will We Ever Be Safe Inside?

May 27, 2020 The Atlantic: COVID-19 has mounted a sustained attack on public life, especially indoor…