Media Watch Around The World

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Sydney on alert after a woman infected with coronavirus attended five churches

July 26, 2020 Daily Mail: Sydney on alert after a woman with coronavirus attended FIVE churches potentially infecting hundreds as schools are shut down for urgent cleaning Sydneysiders…

Sydney woman who attended multiple church and funeral events tests positive for COVID-19

July 26, 2020 ABC News: Health authorities are urging worshippers and funeral attendees to watch for COVID-19 symptoms after a woman who attended a number of Catholic services in…

Decision to disband Sheffield cathedral choir strikes discordant note

July 26, 2020 The Guardian: F or centuries, the cherubic faces of choirboys in white ruffs have been part of church culture. Choristers usually came from privileged backgrounds, were…

Sheffield Cathedral is closing down its choir – and the church has explained why

July 23, 2020 Sheffield Star: The Anglican cathedral in the city centre wants to set up new singing ensembles which leaders say will be more appropriate for Sheffield’s ‘mixed urban…

China forces Christians to replace images of Jesus with communist leaders

July 23, 2020 New Indian Express: Continuing with its repression of religious minorities, Chinese officials have now ordered Christians to smash crosses and remove images of…

Bible Reading Drops During Social Distancing

July 23, 2020 Christianity Today: The COVID-19 pandemic is shifting Americans’ Bible engagement, with many who are socially distanced from their spiritual communities turning to Scripture less

New virus cases emerge at football club and church, putting NSW on high alert

July 22, 2020 Nine News: New pockets of coronavirus cases have emerged in Sydney's west, following a rapid surge in infections across the state.

China demands religious symbols replaced with Communist images

July 22, 2020 Daily Mail: China 'orders Christians to destroy crosses on their churches and take down images of Jesus in intensifying crackdown on religion' Authorities reportedly…

Anglicare mobile community pantry at Wentworth Falls

July 21, 2020 Blue Mountains Gazette: A group of Blue Mountains…

Bells to ring out at Southwark cathedral for first time since lockdown

July 21, 2020 The Guardian: Southwark Cathedral, on London’s South Bank and campanologists will be able to ring six of its 12 bells as they observe social distancing.

‘I should have been told to wait’: Woman treated with hormone blockers takes NHS to court

July 20, 2020 Sky News: A woman who was treated with hormone blockers to reassign her gender as a teenager is taking the NHS to court, saying she "should have been told to wait". Keira…

J. I. Packer, ‘Knowing God’ Author, Dies at 93

July 18, 2020 Christianity Today: The influential evangelical theologian leaves a final lesson for the church: Glorify Christ every way.

Church revived after decades of neglect and ready for 125th birthday

July 17, 2020 ABC News: The oldest church in Australia's north-west has been revived after decades of neglect and near collapse, thanks in part to a large anonymous donation. Key…

Churches oppose voluntary assisted dying bill but no campaign to fight it

July 17, 2020 Burnie Advocate: Tasmania's draft voluntary assisted dying bill is "unsafe" and open to abuse of the elderly, the Anglican Church says. It appears unlikely the major churches…

Is religion compatible with the workplace?

July 17, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald: Even though the proportion of Australians who claim to be religious is decreasing each year, a substantial majority still identify with a specific faith which…

There is no justification for turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

July 17, 2020 The Spectator: It is official: Hagia Sophia, for a thousand years the world’s largest cathedral, and since 1934 a museum, is to be turned back into a mosque. Ever since I…

Anglicare pushes for JobSeeker extension

July 16, 2020 News.com.au: Aussies facing harsh new reality without JobSeeker...

To win in November, Democrats need some old-time religion

July 16, 2020 NY Daily News: Americans recently watched peaceful protesters being tear-gassed so that President Trump could hold a Bible outside a Washington, D.C., house of worship. He…

Tim Farron accepts £75,000 from evangelical group despite director’s gay conversion tweet

July 14, 2020 The Independent: Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has accepted donations worth nearly £75,000 from an organisation whose director tweeted an article protesting against plans to outlaw gay conversion therapy.

Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges

July 14, 2020 Associated Press: Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are…