by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 9 - 16, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Cult leader and
convicted sex offender William Kamm to be freed within days (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 11 - Cult leader and convicted sex offender William Kamm is set to be freed from jail in NSW within the week.
Little Pebble author
'surprised' by cult leader's impending release (ABC
Nov 12 - The author of a book about jailed Nowra cult leader and sex offender William Kamm says he's surprised to hear he could be released within days after serving more than nine of his 10 year jail sentence.
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church pays tribute to parishioners who fought in WWI (ABC
Nov 12 - The descendants of northern Tasmanians who fought in World War I are set to pay tribute to their forebears in a special service commemorating 100 years since the war started.
Sydney's new Archbishop:
Anthony Fisher steps into big shoes (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 12 - Anthony Fisher steps into one of the most powerful jobs in Australian Catholicism when he is installed as archbishop of Sydney on Wednesday night.
Send me to jail: The
70-year-old supernun prepared to do anything to help children in detention (news.com.au)
Nov 11 - WHEN 70-year-old Catholic nun Sister Jane Keogh was arrested and led to a paddy wagon by eight federal police officers in Canberra yesterday, she wasn’t surprised.
Pope tells G20 their
decisions count (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 12 - Vatican: Pope Francis has warned world leaders attending the forthcoming G20 summit in Australia that they must remember their discussions will affect the lives of many people.
Pope Francis writes to
Tony Abbott, urges PM to ensure G20 delivers improvements for the poor (ABC
Nov 12 - The Pope has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, urging him to ensure the G20 delivers real improvements to the lives of the poor.
Pope urged to boycott
Erdogan's 1000-room palace (Brisbane
Nov 13 - Pope Francis faces a diplomatic quandary when he visits Turkey for the first time this month, after Turkish architects urged him not to set foot in a 1000-room palace built by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Catholic flock thinning
in Latin America (The West
Nov 13 - Washington (AFP) - Although Argentine-born Pope Francis is largely popular in Latin America, the number of adults in the region who describe themselves as Catholic is falling, says a study published Thursday.
'I smell' confession
leads Pope Francis to install showers for homeless at St Peter's Square (ABC News)
Nov 14 - Pope Francis has ordered the installation of showers for the homeless next to St Peter's Square after a street dweller declared himself too smelly to eat with a bishop.
euthanasia as 'sin against God and creation' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 16 - VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when it's a sin against God and creation.
Kerry says steps agreed
to cool Jerusalem tempers (The
Nov 14 - Amman (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said steps were agreed Thursday at talks in Amman to lower tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
restrictions on Al-Aqsa mosque after Kerry diplomacy (The Australian)
Nov 16 - AFTER a diplomatic push by US Secretary of State John Kerry to defuse surging tensions, Jerusalem authorities last night lifted all age restrictions on the Muslim faithful praying at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque.
Islamic State leader Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: claims (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 10 - Beirut: The fate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unclear, with rumours that he was wounded in a US air strike in Iraq still unconfirmed.
Suicide bombing at
Nigerian school kills dozens (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 11 - Damaturu, Nigeria: A suicide bomb attack has killed 48 students and injured 79 others as they gathered for morning assembly at their school in northeast Nigeria.
The fighters of Iraq who
answer to Iran (The West
Nov 12 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali.
European security gaps
fuel jihadi superhighway, warns US Homeland Security Committee chairman (ABC News)
Nov 13 - European security shortcomings have created a "jihadi superhighway", a top US politician has warned.
Israel approves new
settlements as Kerry looks to ease tensions (The West Australian)
Nov 13 - Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel approved new settler homes in east Jerusalem on Wednesday despite mounting unrest, as US Secretary of State John Kerry was set for talks with the Palestinian leader on easing tensions.
Islamic State leader Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 14 - Baghdad: The Islamic State group has released an audio recording it says is of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he was wounded or killed.
Boko Haram seizes
Nigerian town of Chibok, hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls (ABC
Nov 15 - Boko Haram has seized the town of Chibok in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, from where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped more than six months ago.
Isis to mint own Islamic
dinar coins in gold, silver and copper (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 15 - It has gathered its fortune through the tools of modern finance, but now Islamic State (Isis) aims to mint its own coins.
Islamic State terrorist
Jihadi John reportedly injured in US-led airstrike in Iraq (news.com.au)
Nov 16 - THE Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office.
uncomfortable history of church founder's polygamy (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 12 - When Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, received a revelation in about 1831 in which he was commanded by God to break the law and take multiple wives, he at first resisted.
After Bae release,
Christian groups tread carefully in North Korea (The West Australian)
Nov 12 - SEATTLE/SEOUL (Reuters) - Christian groups in North Korea are vowing to carry on their missionary work despite mounting risks since Korean-American activist Kenneth Bae was imprisoned two years ago.
Myanmar parliament rails
at UN's Ban Ki-moon over Rohingya comments (The West Australian)
Nov 15 - Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar's parliament Friday lambasted UN Security General Ban Ki-moon for using the term 'Rohingya', accusing him of interfering in the country's affairs during a visit this week that has kicked off fresh furore over the Muslim minority.
Jesus married Mary
Magdalene, had two children, according to ancient manuscript (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Nov 11 - JESUS married Mary Magdalene and had children, according to a 1500-year-old manuscript that has been discovered at the British Library.
Controversial book makes
new claim about 'married' Jesus (The
Nov 13 - London (AFP) - A new book was launched in London on Wednesday claiming to have fresh evidence that Jesus married and had children with Mary Magdalene, but it drew derision from some quarters.
Alleged funder of
jihadist fighters Hassan El Sabsabi granted bail (The Australian)
Nov 12 - A MAN accused of sending at least $12,000 to jihadist fighters in Syria has been released on bail despite police fears that he may try to flee the country.
Iced coffee maker
targeted by anti-halal social media campaign (ABC
Nov 13 - A Northern Territory Muslim leader has defended the use of halal-certified food amid a social media campaign against the maker of a popular iced coffee.
Also: Social media lunatics unfairly hurting Fleurieu milk company
over halal products (Adelaide Now)
Nov 15 – (Opinion: Nick Ryan ) It’s fair to say there’s more than a few concepts beyond my comprehension but nothing baffles me in quite the same way as the notion a man could so despise another’s faith that he’ll take it all out on a poor defenceless yoghurt.
Four Sydney brothers
suspected of travelling to Syria to fight with Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 15 - Four western Sydney brothers are suspected of travelling to Syria to fight with Islamic State militants.
What being a Muslim in
Australia is really like (news.com.au)
Nov 16 - FROM comics to TV editors, four women reveal what it means to be young and Muslim in Australia today.
Liberal Party campaigner
Scott Harrison a former neo-Nazi (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 12 - A Liberal Party activist working on the party's campaign in key marginal seats is a former neo-Nazi who claimed in 2010 that the Port Arthur massacre was a Jewish conspiracy.
Pope Francis letter to
Tony Abbott calls on G20 to be 'examples of generosity' to refugees (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 12 - Pope Francis has called on G20 leaders to be “examples of generosity” in meeting the needs of refugees, while also taking action against inequality and environmental attacks.
Christian leaders occupy
ACT Liberal senator's office to protest against children in detention (ABC
Nov 10 - Five Christian protesters occupying the Canberra office of ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja, demanding a date for the release of children in immigration detention, have been arrested.
Syrians and Iraqi
refugees fleeing Islamic State militants resettling in Australia on humanitarian
visas (ABC News)
Nov 10 - More than 1,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are resettling in Australia after being granted special humanitarian visas, but this is just a fraction of the estimated number of those forced from their homes by the advance of Islamic State militants.
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