Media Watch Around The World

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Christianity may disappear from Syria and Iraq—a call for international intervention

October 24, 2019 Religion News Service: The Christian exodus from parts of the Middle East has reached alarming proportions. It can only be stopped if the international community acts now. That is the…

Northern Ireland’s abortion law change is a travesty for devolution

October 24, 2019 The Spectator: Short of a miracle, abortion will become legal in Northern Ireland tomorrow. It’s a…

Forgiving the Sri Lanka bombers

October 24, 2019 BBC News: Six months ago, on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by one of the world’s worst terrorist attacks this century.

Christian young adults are less anxious about the future than peers who don’t go to church, study says

October 24, 2019 Newsweek: Religiosity in the United States may be declining , but millennials and Gen Zers who adhere to a religious tradition and attend church report better mental…

How many people in your suburb live in poverty?

October 24, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: More than 888,000 people – or 13.3 per cent of the population of NSW – live in poverty, with children, single women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

Anglican Archbishop denies driving a wedge through the church

October 21, 2019 2GB: The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has defended his comments about the church’s view on same-sex marriage.

Melbourne Anglicans find same-sex blessing ‘profoundly disappointing and saddening’

October 21, 2019 SBS: Melbourne's Anglican church has voted in a majority to express "sorrow" over the decision to offer same-sex blessings in the regional Victorian city of…

Melbourne Anglicans vote to express ‘sorrow’ over blessing of same-sex marriages

October 21, 2019 The Guardian: The Melbourne synod, held at St Paul’s Cathedral, pictured, voted to record its ‘sorrow’ over a regional Victorian diocese’s decision to bless same-sex…

My words were for the bishops and I stand by them

October 18, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Every year at about this time I am asked, "Why don't you update what you believe – it doesn't fit with modern Australia." The subject lately has been same-sex marriage, but it has been a kaleidoscope of issues over the years.

Study: Religious attendance flatlining, but giving remains strong

October 18, 2019 Religion News Service: All the available hard evidence — not to mention a look around many houses of worship — shows that religious congregations are declining. As congregants…

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

October 18, 2019 Associated Press: The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians,…

Religion Is on the Decline as More Adults Check ‘None’

October 18, 2019 Wall Street Journal: Only 45% of adults polled in the PEW study said they attended church at least once a month. Photo: cj gunther/EPA/Shutterstock By Ian Lovett Ian Lovett The Wall…

Sydney’s Anglican archbishop tells same-sex marriage backers to leave the church

October 16, 2019 SBS: One of Australia's most senior Anglicans has told those lobbying for the church to accept same-sex marriage to "please leave" rather than push for reform merely…

‘Please leave us’: Archbishop tells same-sex marriage agitators to abandon Anglican church

October 15, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has told Anglican supporters of same-sex marriage they should leave the church rather than "betray God's word" in a…

Religious discrimination bill will not override laws to ban gay conversion therapy, Porter claims

October 15, 2019 The Guardian: Attorney general Christian Porter says the religious discrimination bill preserves states’ rights to pass their own laws.Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP The attorney…

Seven years after losing its fight with the Episcopal denomination, The Falls Church Anglican opens its new home

October 15, 2019 Washington Post: The Falls Church — the church that is such a landmark that the Northern Virginia city was named for the congregation — is for the first time in its nearly…

Religious laws to be debated by Christmas

October 15, 2019 9News: Religious freedom laws will be introduced to federal parliament by the end of this year, but are unlikely to take effect for at least…

PM talks up power of prayer

October 15, 2019 News.com.au: PM says Australia needs ‘more love and prayer’.

Christian Leaders Say Turkish Invasion Of Syria Raises Risk Of ‘Genocide’

October 14, 2019 NPR: The airstrikes and artillery bombardments had barely begun in the Syrian city of Qamishli, just across the border from Turkey, when Bassam Ishak's cellphone…

Wallabies rocked by another Israel Folau scandal

October 14, 2019 News.com.au: Israel Folau has reportedly been “inundated with messages of support” after the mother of a Wallabies young gun infiltrated his family church before describing…