by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
April 19 - 26, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Nun 'sorry' for letting down abuse victims (Brisbane Times)
Apr 23 - A senior Catholic nun has apologised for the treatment of former orphanage residents who were met with disbelief when they came forward with child abuse allegations.
Girls at Islamic school banned from
running, teachers claim (The Age,
Apr 23 - Girls at Al-Taqwa College have been banned from running at sporting events because the principal believes it may cause them to lose their virginity, former teachers claim.
Former student Lamisse Hamouda says sports
for girls at Al-Taqwa College wasn’t encouraged (news.com.au)
Apr 24 - A FORMER pupil of the Islamic school at the centre of the ban on running because it could cause girls to lose their virginity controversy has spoken out describing her time at the college as a “rollercoaster of frustrations, battles and internalising resentment”.
The number of women in England and Wales
becoming nuns hits 25-year high (news.com.au)
Apr 23 - THE number of women becoming nuns in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high, with many “young and educated” women seeing convent life as “an attractive choice”, says the Catholic Church.
Malaysia urged to punish Muslims over
'cross' protest (The West
Apr 21 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia's government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country.
'Among the Believers' probes ideological
rift behind Pakistan violence (The
Apr 22 - NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A battle for the minds of Pakistan's young people is behind the bloody conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives this year alone, according to two film directors whose latest work focuses on the country's divided education system.
Devout Muslims claim crackdown in
Tajikistan amid Syria fears (The
Apr 23 - Dushanbe (Tajikistan) (AFP) - Rustam Gulov was walking in Khudzhand, a city in Central Asia's Tajikistan, when police detained him and took him to the station. By the time he came out, his beard had been shaved clean -- against his will.
Islamic State: group releases video
purportedly showing execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians (ABC
Apr 20 - The Islamic State jihadist group has released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya.
Islamic State video purported to show
killing of Ethiopian Christians (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 20 - Cairo: A new Islamic State video distributed on social media apparently shows the shootings and beheadings of two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
Al Qaeda leader Younis al-Mauritani jailed
for 20 years in Mauritania over 'plan to attack Australia' (ABC
Apr 22 - A senior Al Qaeda leader accused of planning terror attacks on Australia, the United States and Europe has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania, a judicial source says.
Papua New Guinea police say four accused of
witchcraft now safe (ABC News)
Apr 23 - Four people accused of witchcraft and facing death at the hands of locals are now safe, police in Papua New Guinea say.
Thousands of Ethiopians march in government
rally over murder of Christians by IS militants (ABC
Apr 23 - Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have marched through the capital in a government-organised rally condemning the murder of a group of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State militants in Libya.
French police foil alleged plot to attack
Apr 23 - A man has been arrested in France over an alleged plot to attack churches, after he apparently shot himself by accident and called an ambulance.
Adam Gadahn: California rocker turned
Al-Qaeda mouthpiece (The West
Apr 24 - Washington (AFP) - Adam Gadahn, the Al-Qaeda spokesman believed killed in a US operation, was a teenage rock music fan who grew up on a Californian goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam.
France hunts for accomplices in foiled
church attack (The West
Apr 24 - Paris (AFP) - French police were hunting Thursday for possible accomplices to an Algerian student whose plan to attack churches was foiled when his arsenal of weapons was uncovered purely by chance.
Australian doctor Abu Yusuf in Islamic
State video promoting health service (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 25 - An Australian man claiming to be a doctor has appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video urging other health professionals to join the group's new health service.
Australian doctor joins ISIS medical team
in ‘jihad’ against the west (news.com.au)
Apr 25 - A YOUNG Australian doctor has appeared in an Islamic State video urging other medical professionals to travel to the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria to join the jihad against the west.
Australian-trained doctor Tareq Kamleh
appears in IS propaganda video urging jihad in Syria (ABC
Apr 26 - An Australian-trained doctor who appears in an Islamic State propaganda video calling for other medical professionals to join him in Syria has been identified as Tareq Kamleh.
‘Australian’ Islamist video deplored (The Australian)
Apr 25 - A propaganda video apparently issued by Islamic State showing a self-described Australian medical worker in Syria has been described by a government spokesman as “vile’’.
Suspected Al Qaeda plot targeting Vatican
uncovered by Italian police (ABC
Apr 25 - Italian police have arrested 10 people, and are looking for eight others, suspected of plotting attacks on the Vatican, as well as in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Suspected al-Qaeda militants arrested in
Italy for Vatican plot (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 25 - Rome: Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al-Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.
Boy, 14, faces UK court over alleged
Melbourne Anzac Day parade terror attack (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 25 - A 14-year-old boy has been refused bail in a British court after appearing on charges of inciting a terror attack at a Melbourne Anzac Day parade.
Are the Taliban and their leader becoming
yesterday's men? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington: If you are in the killing business, you understand that proof of life counts for something.
Islamic State seizes dam, kills Iraqi
general and more than 100 soldiers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 26 - Baghdad: Fighters of the so-called Islamic State have captured a dam in western Anbar province and killed 127 Iraqi troops, including a top army commander, in attacks that show the militant group's resilience despite battlefield setbacks elsewhere in Iraq.
Scientology making documentary about Louis
Theroux after he made documentary on Scientology (news.com.au)
Apr 24 - LOUIS Theroux has forged a career exposing underground subcultures in his highly popular documentaries.
A century later, 1.5m victims of the
Armenian genocide made saints (The
Apr 25 - Armenians worldwide are marking the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people, as tensions over Turkey’s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.
Terror plot: teenagers linked to top
Islamic State recruiter Abu Khalid al-Kambodi (Brisbane Times)
Apr 20 - The young Melbourne men arrested on Saturday over an alleged Anzac Day terror plot had close links to a senior Australian jihadist and Islamic State recruiter in Syria.
Numan Haider's death prompts fear and
loathing among young Muslims (Brisbane
Apr 21 - The shot from a police pistol that killed young Afghan terror wannabe Abdul Numan Haider last September has echoed loudly down the weeks and months since he died.
Police fear travel bans on IS followers
could see them switch their focus to local attacks (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Apr 22 - POLICE fear unknown young Islamic State sympathisers in Melbourne are plotting violent attacks against them.
The delicate balance of policing suburban
extremists (The Saturday Paper,
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) The arrest of five teenagers in counterterrorism raids this week sparked fresh claims of racism and police brutality.
How do you solve a problem like radical
Islam? (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - Another Islamic radical organisation crumpled under the pressure of serious scrutiny last week and shut the doors on its shrinking band of followers.
New cooperation with Turkey to prevent
foreign fighters travelling to conflict zones (ABC
Apr 23 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davatoglu have announced plans to stop the flow of Australians travelling to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group.
Children raised by same-sex parents speak
up for traditional families (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 19 – (Opinion: Dan Flynn) As the Andrews government considers using the law to abolish the idea that a mother and father matter to a child, voices of people raised by same-sex-attracted people are starting to be heard.
Gallipoli 2015: Museum keen to give
precious Bible to family of WWI soldier (ABC
Apr 21 - A Victorian museum is trying to return a wartime Bible to descendants of an Adelaide man who served in World War I and was among the first soldiers to land at Gallipoli a century ago.
Anzac Day 2015: The bullet in the bible
that led to salvation (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 21 - Many believers have found salvation in the word of God, but none so literally as Elvas Jenkins.
Enduring symbolism and sacrifice of Anzac
Day (The Australian)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Editorial) Today is our national day of mourning and transcendence, of tribute and kinship.
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