Media Watch Around The World
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December 8, 2002 : Firefighters in New South Wales are working through the night to strengthen containment lines and carry out backburning, in preparation for worsening weather conditions....
Meanwhile, the Anglican Church has launched an appeal for victims of the bushfires.
Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen says immediate grants can be distributed to victims who speak to their local minister.
December 8, 2002 : Many Christians have heard of the "underground church" in China, where believers are forced to meet in secret and often endure persecution. But could the same thing eventually happen in Western Europe as well?
Even in Switzerland, known as the country of peace and neutrality, some Christian leaders believe recent laws and the pervasive anti-Christian sentiment in Europe, point in that direction.
December 8, 2002 : When a generation of young people began wearing the four-lettered WWJD bracelets - it publicly signified the influence of Christianity in their lives.
That type of dedication to the faith could be waning during the next decade, say a group of pastors surveyed about the religion's future in America.
December 7, 2002 : More than 2,000 bushfire victims were seeking help today as 80 fires continued to threaten homes and property across NSW. ...
Applications could be made to DoCS for money to repair homes, replace clothes, beds, bedding, and damaged floor coverings as well as essential household items, appliances and whitegoods, Mr Olney said.
Meanwhile, local Anglican parish ministers had been given funds to help victims in their areas, Sydney's Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen said today.
December 7, 2002 : THE Anglican church has launched an urgent appeal to provide assistance for victims of the NSW bushfire crisis.
More than 80 fires are burning across the state, with scores of houses threatened as fires ring the city's outer suburbs.
Sydney's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Jensen, said money collected would be distributed through local Anglican churches in Sydney, Wollongong and the Shoalhaven.
December 7, 2002 : Christians in India's state of Tamil Nadu are angrily protesting against a controversial new law banning so-called forced religious conversions.
December 7, 2002 : The leader of an underground Chinese church, sentenced to life in prison during a closely watched trial, has gone on a hunger strike to protest his jailers' refusal to allow him to write letters and file an appeal, a religious activist has said.
December 7, 2002 : Inasmuch as liberals are demanding that Americans ritualistically proclaim, "Islam is a religion of peace," Muslims might do their part by not killing people all the time.
Recently, the Religion of Peace suffered a p.r. setback when Muslims in Nigeria welcomed the Miss World beauty pageant by slaughtering Christians in the street and burning churches to the ground. At last count, more than 200 people were dead, hundreds more were injured and thousands were left without homes. Also, the Nigerian contestant’s chances of winning "Miss Congeniality" were dashed.
December 7, 2002 : Overcoming police blockades, legal threats, and lashing rain, hundreds of low-caste Hindus (Dalits) converted to Christianity and Buddhism today in the Indian city of Chennai.
Police arrested 10 Christian activists and threatened the Dalit pastor who rented his premises for the meeting. Authorities also blocked Dalit Hindus from hundreds of villages in Tamil Nadu state from reaching the venue. Organizers said police blocked or misdirected around 24 trucks, four buses, and seven vans carrying Dalits. In addition, four persons were missing in the melee.
December 7, 2002 : Organisers of a mass religious conversion ceremony in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu say about 500 new converts have now gathered there and declared themselves new Christians or new Buddhists.
December 6, 2002 : The Most Rev Dr Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, has today launched an urgent bushfire appeal with funds being made available for immediate distribution to the victims of the fires currently engulfing Sydney and the South Coast.
December 6, 2002 : Good progress was being made in fostering unity between the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches, two Australian Archbishops said today.
December 6, 2002 : Includes news, opinion and features from the Diocese of Sydney. Please note the print edition of Cross has been held up due to the bush fires affecting the electricity supply to our printers.
December 6, 2002 : Follow the link to view the new website created for Archbishop Rowan Williams.
December 6, 2002 : The Canadian museum currently displaying an ancient box purported to be the ossuary of Jesus' brother James is no longer using the Christian designations of B.C. and A.D. to mark the calendar, opting instead for more "modern and palatable" terms.
December 6, 2002 : "It should be said that many parts of the Church are in a much more thriving condition than one would imagine from reports in the press. An immense amount of unglamorous, thus unreported, voluntary work takes place each week under Church auspices the length and breadth of the land."
December 6, 2002 : The Anglican Church in Melbourne has moved to apologise to victims and the wider community for sexual abuse within the church, after an internal review condemned the way it deals with complaints.
The review, Power and Trust in the Church was commissioned by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Watson. It acknowledges more than 153 complaints of inappropriate sexual behaviour by 111 clergy, employees and volunteers in the past decade.
December 6, 2002 : After centuries of battle, scientists and theologians are finally forging a grand unified theory. Think Eternity = mc²
December 6, 2002 : Staff of Vision Valley at Arcadia in Sydney's north have issued an SOS for emergency generators as fire fronts encircle the conference centre from
All communications to the Wesley Mission Centre have been cut and electricity supplies were lost at 3 pm yesterday. The loss of food and other perishables has been estimated in the thousands of dollars.
December 6, 2002 : The Anglican Church in Melbourne has recommended a new protocol for dealing with sexual abuse claims.
An internal review has found the current approach impractical.