by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
January 25 – February 1, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Jewish sex abuse victims
pressured not to assist police, secret tapes and emails reveal (Brisbane Times)
Jan 28 - Members of Australia's Orthodox Jewish community who assist police investigating alleged child sexual abuse have been pressured to stay silent, secret tape recordings and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal.
raised into place at St John's Cathedral in Brisbane (ABC
Jan 29 - A trio of biblical figures will now watch over St John's Cathedral in Brisbane following the historic raising of hand-carved sandstone statues.
Sundance filmmaker turns
focus on Mormon offshoot (The
Jan 29 - Park City (United States) (AFP) - The US director of an award-winning film about sex abuse by Catholic priests has unveiled a new documentary, focusing on child sexual assault in a radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.
Jim Parsons set for
celestial role in Broadway comedy 'Act of God' (The West Australian)
Jan 30 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will be ascending to new heights when he plays God on Broadway this spring, the show's producer said on Thursday.
I'm a Catholic feminist,
and my church needs me more than ever (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 28 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) I recall standing in my grandmother’s kitchen with her yellow Bakelite phone to my ear, waiting on hold for a talkback radio program.
Spurred by pope, Spanish
Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse (The West Australian)
Jan 30 - Madrid (AFP) - Spain's Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis.
Spain charges 10
Catholic priests with child sexual abuse (ABC
Feb 1 - A judge in the Spanish city of Granada has charged 10 Catholic priests with sexually abusing a child.
uncovered in Vatican last year (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 1 - The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide paedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday.
Mumbai police arrest
editor for publishing Charlie Hebdo cover (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 30 - Mumbai: Police have arrested the editor of an Urdu-language newspaper for reprinting an anti-Islam cartoon from satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Kurdish forces take
control of Syrian border town of Kobane, monitoring group says (ABC News)
Jan 27 - The siege of Kobane appears to be over, after Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town claimed victory over militants from the Islamic State group.
Sajida al-Rishawi: The woman of terror Islamic State want
Jan 27 - SHE is the would-be suicide bomber on death row, convicted of taking part in a deadly terror attack which killed dozens of people.
At least eight dead as
gunmen storm luxury hotel in Tripoli: Libyan official (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 28 - At least eight people, including five foreigners, were killed when gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday, a local security official said.
Purported Islamic State
message threatens Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 28 - Cairo: An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned on Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live."
Libya hotel attack
signals growing reach of Islamic State (news.com.au)
Jan 29 - MILITANTS loyal to the Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya’s capital Tripoli, signalling an expansion of the jihadist group in the chaotic African country.
ISIS women recruits:
What life is really like (news.com.au)
Jan 30 - HOUSEWORK, death and hipster husband ambitions.
This is what Kobane
looks like after Kurds drove out Islamic State (news.com.au)
Jan 30 - PULVERISED buildings, rubble-strewn streets, torched cars — these are the first images of Kobane after more than four months of intense fighting.
Jordan wants Islamic
State to prove pilot hostage Muath al-Kaseasbeh is alive (news.com.au)
Jan 30 - JORDAN says it will not release an Iraqi female jihadist until it receives proof that a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group is alive.
‘Love jihad’ in India
and one man’s quest to prevent it (The
Jan 30 – (Opinion: Aman Sethi) Every few days, Vijaykant Chauhan WhatsApps me a photograph of himself.
Blast at Shi'ite mosque
in southern Pakistan kills 49 (The
Jan 30 - SHIKARPUR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 49 people were killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers, the latest sectarian attack to hit the South Asian nation.
Iraqi artist aims kick
at Islamic State jihadists (The
Jan 30 - Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group militant glares at Baghdad residents with bulging eyes and bared teeth, but neither kidnapping nor death are imminent, because this jihadist is made from a shoe.
Dozens of worshippers
killed in bomb attack at Pakistani Shiite mosque (ABC
Jan 31 - Karachi: A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years.
survives stoning by Islamic State jihadists (news.com.au)
Jan 31 - A SYRIAN woman stoned by the jihadist Islamic State group for alleged adultery and left for dead has miraculously walked away from the brutal punishment, a monitoring group says.
Islamic State: Japanese
government investigating reports hostage Kenji Goto has been killed (ABC
Feb 1 - The Islamic State militant group has released a video purportedly showing the killing of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, who was kidnapped in Syria in October.
Islamic State beheads
Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (The
Feb 1 - ISLAMIC State has released a video purporting to show Japanese journalist Kenji Goto being executed, after days of apparently fruitless negotiations by diplomats to save him.
Iraq's PM pledges hard
line against alleged militia abuses (The West Australian)
Feb 1 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister blamed "criminals" on Saturday for alleged mass executions, following reports that dozens of civilians were killed by Shi'ite militias in Diyala province.
US drone strike in Yemen kills four suspected
al-Qaida operatives (The Guardian,
Feb 1 - Yemeni tribal and security officials said on Saturday a US drone strike had hit a car in the Shabwa province, killing four suspected al-Qaida operatives.
Gospel of Mark ‘found in
Egpytian death mask’ sparks controversy (news.com.au)
Jan 26 - THE oldest known fragment of a Christian gospel may have been found glued inside an Egyptian mummy’s mask.
Amazing picture shows
200-year-old mummified monk found meditating in Mongolia (news.com.au)
Jan 29 - THESE are the amazingly intact remains of a monk meditating that have lain undiscovered in Mongolia since sometime in the 1800s.
Finding out how much of
Jesus was true (Brisbane Times)
Jan 29 – (Opinion: Laurie Goodstein) Marcus Borg, a scholar was who popularized a liberal intellectual approach to Christianity with his lectures and books about Jesus as a historical figure.
Bringing science and
religion together (Brisbane Times)
Jan 29 – (Obituary) Charles Townes earned the unusual distinction of winning both the Nobel Prize for Physics, for his work on the theory and application of the maser (the forerunner of the laser), and the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
Hipster churches in
Silicon Valley: evangelicalism's unlikely new home (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 30 – (Opinion: Annie Gaus) Like many San Franciscans, overpriced coffee is a considerable portion of my weekly budget.
Obama to appear in
public with Dalai Lama
Jan 31 - Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said, in a move sure to anger Beijing.
Attempted arson of
Toowoomba mosque could have been catastrophic, police say (ABC
Jan 25 - Detectives investigating the attempted arson of a mosque at Toowoomba west of Brisbane say the fire could have been catastrophic had it taken hold.
Muslim community celebrates Australia Day after fleeing violence overseas (ABC News)
Jan 26 - A small Muslim community in South Australia has joined public Australia Day celebrations, taking part in traditional rituals including the barbeque lunch.
Julie Bishop flags
longer war as 400 Aussies sign up for jihad’s team terror (news.com.au)
Jan 27 - UP to 400 Australians are now estimated to be either fighting for Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East or actively supporting their cause here at home, with security agencies alarmed at the rate young men are turning to terror.
Muslim leaders need
'keyboard warriors' to help fight Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 28 - A leading member of Sydney's Lebanese community, Belmore GP Dr Jamal Rifi, says Islamic State is winning the propaganda war and that a cohort of cyber-savvy " keyboard warriors" may be needed to push back against IS's slick online recruitment campaigns.
Sydney siege inquest
told hostage Tori Johnson forced to kneel before being shot (ABC
Jan 29 - The inquest into last month's Sydney siege has heard chilling details of the final moments of hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.
Sydney siege: Man Monis
forced Tori Johnson to kneel before executing him (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Jan 29 - HOSTAGE victim Katrina Dawson was killed by ricocheting fragments of a police bullet or bullets after officers stormed the Sydney Lindt cafe following the execution of Tori Johnson, an inquest has heard.
Rivett mosque resolution
is an example to us all (Brisbane
Jan 31 – (Opinion: Editorial) Planning disputes around mosques have a long, ugly history in the ACT and they never end well.
importance of IS fight: PM (The
Feb 1 - THE apparent beheading of a Japanese hostage has steeled Tony Abbott's determination to keep up the fight against Islamic State extremists.
encourages parents to join fake church (Brisbane Times)
Jan 28 - A controversial anti-vaccination group is encouraging people to sign up to a fake church because it may help them bypass Australia's emerging "no jab, no play" childcare laws.
Church leaders given
spent convictions after children in detention protest at Julie Bishop's
electorate (ABC News)
Jan 28 - Church leaders charged with trespass after a sit-in protest at the electorate office of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have been given spent convictions.
Tasmanian churches ring
bells in united protest against mandatory detention of asylum seekers (ABC
Jan 28 - Tasmanian churches are ringing their bells in unison to express their opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.
Hate speech should be
shouted down (Brisbane Times)
Jan 30 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) Here's a startling poll: one in eight Britons think Jews talk about the Holocaust to get sympathy, while one in four believe Jewish people "chase money more than others".
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