by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
April 26 – May 3, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Paedophile priest David Edwin Rapson to be
sentenced for molesting young boys (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 - DAVID Edwin Rapson made a career out of destroying lives.
hears about financial failings within Anglican Diocese of Bathurst (ABC News)
Apr 28 - The management board of the debt-ridden Anglican Diocese of Bathurst in western New South Wales has admitted huge loans weren't properly examined before being approved.
The architectural legacy of WA's Roman
Catholic church (ABC News)
May 1 - The Roman Catholic church has had a strong presence in Western Australia since the 1840s, when it was established by a handful of European settlers.
New pilgrimage set to begin (The West Australian)
May 1 - If Father Robert Cross has his way, a walking pilgrimage from Northampton to Geraldton will become a world-class attraction.
Bill to allow schools to exclude children
on basis of faith progresses in Tasmania (ABC
May 1 - Legislation allowing religious schools to exclude children of a different faith has passed Tasmania's Lower House.
Discrimination will preserve religious
faith (The Mercury, Hobart)
May 3 – (Opinion: Archbishop Julian Porteous) THERE is debate in the Tasmanian community about changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act.
Labor's own in dark on private school deal (The Age, Melbourne)
May 3 - The Labor government's contentious guarantee of special funding to private schools blindsided the experts selected by the party to shape its education policy.
Church of England sells off $23 million of
investments in fossil fuel to help curb climate change (ABC
May 1 - One of the world's wealthiest religious institutions, the Church of England, says it has divested about $18 million in investments in thermal coal tar sands companies to promote a transition to a low-carbon economy.
Pope Francis meets UN chief ahead of key
environmental statement (ABC News)
Apr 28 - Pope Francis has met with United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for informal talks, just weeks before the Vatican is due to issue a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the worldwide debate on global warming.
Vatican gave out 1.5 million euros in
charity in 2014 (The West
May 1 - Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.
Does a long, black skirt flout France's
treasured secularity? (The West
Apr 30 - Paris (AFP) - Is a long, black skirt a "conspicuous" sign of Islam?
Anger as Algeria pores over new alcohol
measures (The West Australian)
May 2 - Algiers (AFP) - Alcohol has resurfaced as a hot-button issue in Algerian politics, with ultra-conservative Muslims angered by plans to liberalise sales in a country torn between respect for Islam and freedom of choice.
Nearly 300 women rescued from militant
stronghold, Nigeria army says not kidnapped Chibok girls (ABC
Apr 28 - Nigeria's military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army spokesman says the hostages were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.
Nigerian troops rescue more women and girls
from Boko Haram stronghold in Sambisa forest (ABC
May 2 - Nigeria's military says it has rescued another group of women and children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militia and were being detained in Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa forest.
Trial begins in case of mob lynching of
Afghan woman which sparked widespread protests (ABC
May 3 - Dozens of Afghan men including several policemen have faced trial on over the mob killing in Kabul of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran.
Yazidi captives killed by Islamic State
militants near Mosul (news.com.au)
May 3 - ISLAMIC State group militants have shot to death captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, a says.
Bali nine pair Chan and Sukumaran choose
their execution witnesses (Brisbane
Apr 27 - The families of Bali nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have received the news they were dreading - they will be forced to say their final farewells on Tuesday afternoon.
Bali Nine pair An drew Chan and Myuran
Sukumaran denied spiritual support before executions (ABC
Apr 28 - Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been denied their right to spiritual support in the final moments before their executions.
Bali 9 executions: Final insult as
condemned pair denied pastor, outraging families (Brisbane Times)
Apr 28 - Indonesian authorities have refused Bali nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran the right to have a pastor of their choice to witness their executions, outraging their families.
The terrible fate that awaits the Bali Nine
Apr 28 - IN the case of Indonesian woman Rani Adriani, who was shot on July 18, it took six minutes for her to be pronounced dead.
Thousands welcome arrival of 400-year-old
King James Bible in Papua New Guinea (ABC
Apr 28 - Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Papua New Guinea to mark the arrival of a rare 404-year-old King James Bible donated by an American missionary.
Irish priest jailed for hiring IRA to
intimidate nephew (The West
May 1 - Dublin (AFP) - An Irish priest was jailed on Thursday for hiring men who said they were IRA paramilitaries to issue death threats and intimidate his nephew into dropping legal action.
Doctor in Islamic State video worked in
Queensland (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - A DOCTOR who appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video once worked in Queensland, at Mackay Base Hospital.
Young Aussie ISIS doctor was a manipulative
‘sleaze’ and ‘creep’ (news.com.au)
Apr 27 - THE Australian doctor appearing in a video on behalf of ISIS was a “fraud”, “sleazeball” and a “creep” who had slept with nurses, doctors and even patients — one of them a sex worker — former colleagues claim.
Australian Islamic State doctor: Tareq
Kamleh a 'lazy doctor who flirted with patients' (Brisbane Times)
Apr 28 - Australian jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh was a lazy doctor who would flirt with his patients and use his charm and good looks to get nurses to do his work, former colleagues say.
Medical Board of Australia takes action
over doctor's decision to join militant group (ABC
May 2 - The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is investigating West Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh, after he appeared in a propaganda video for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group urging other medical professionals to join him in Syria.
Star IS recruit Tareq Kamleh: SA educated
doctor won ‘Golden Speculum’ sex contest gong (news.com.au)
May 3 - A PRIZE for the most promiscuous intern at Royal Adelaide Hospital that was once awarded to Adelaide-trained ISIS doctor Tareq Kamleh has been condemned by the health minister.
Mosque attacker 'likely acting alone' (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - It's thought one man is behind repeated arson attacks on a Toowoomba mosque.
ISIS Inc: Why the lure of this death cult
is in the marketing (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 – (Opinion: Paul Toohey) ONE of his first memories is seeing the planes crash into the Twin Towers.
Islamic State-linked group Al-Furqan still
meeting at suburban sports centre after shutting book shop (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 - A CONTROVERSIAL Islamic group that has been linked to three counter-terrorism operations and a key IS recruiter is still meeting after claiming to have disbanded.
Senior Rabbi Moshe Gutnick says anti-halal
campaign 'ignorant and prejudiced' (The
Apr 27 - One of Australia's most senior rabbis has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, saying the anti-halal campaign headed by the group Reclaim Australia and backed by some parliamentarians is an attack on religious freedom.
Have nothing to do with IS: Qld premier (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Queenslanders to have nothing to do with Islamic State after a doctor who once worked in the state appeared on a recruitment video.
Baird government assures Fred Nile that
pokie reforms are in play (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 28 - The horse trading between the Baird government and the Reverend Fred Nile is under way just weeks after the state election delivered him the balance of power, with gambling policy first up for grabs.
Government invests $1.6m in groups fighting
radicalism (The Australian)
May 2 - The federal government is handing out $1.6 million to community groups to steer vulnerable individuals away from ideologies of hate and violence.
Nepal earthquake: Nepalese students in
Tasmania without temple for prayer vigil (ABC
Apr 27 - Nepalese students in Tasmania are planning to hold a prayer vigil on Friday, 1 May in the wake of the Nepal earthquake, however there is currently no temple to support the service.
Men praying outside adult shop causes
confusion (Brisbane Times)
Apr 28 - What's going on in this picture?
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