by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
May 10 - 17, 2015
selection of religion news stories from Australia.
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).
If you’re after the
unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.
Cuban president Castro thanks Pope Francis
for mediating thaw with US (ABC
May 11 - Cuban president Raul Castro has met Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering an historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman says.
Pope Francis calls Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas "an angel of peace" during meeting in Vatican (ABC
May 17 - Pope Francis has met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and labelled him "an angel of peace", just days after the Vatican announced a treaty to officially recognise the state of Palestine.
Egyptian court seeks death penalty for
ex-president Mursi (The West
May 16 - CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for former president Mohamed Mursi and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
Escaped Chibok schoolgirls urge Boko Haram
survivors to forgive captors, 'start a new life' (ABC
May 11 - Three teenagers who escaped the clutches of Boko Haram militants in Chibok last year have urged the almost 300 women and children rescued from the extremist group in recent weeks to "forgive" their captors.
Third secular blogger hacked to death in
Bangladesh (ABC News)
May 12 - A masked gang wielding machetes has hacked a secular blogger to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since the start of the year, police said.
Militants within kilometres of Syria's
Palmyra raising fears for ancient city (ABC
May 15 - Islamic State (IS) militants have advanced to the gates of the ancient city of Palmyra, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction similar to the kind the jihadists have already wreaked in Iraq.
Girl suicide bomber kills seven, injuring
31 in north-east Nigeria (ABC News)
May 17 - A girl about 12 years old has carried out a suicide attack at a bus station in north-eastern Nigeria, killing seven and injuring 31, witnesses say.
Barack Obama calls on churches, hedge fund
managers to help tackle poverty in US (ABC
May 13 - US president Barack Obama says poverty needs to be addressed by churches in America as passionately as they oppose gay marriage or reproductive rights.
China church criticises proposed rules on
crosses (The West Australian)
May 15 - Shanghai (AFP) - A state-approved Chinese church has issued a rare public criticism of proposed local government regulations on religious buildings, including limits on cross sizes, after a wave of church demolitions and symbol removals in the area.
Church of Scotland allows gay clergy in
civil partnerships (ABC News)
May 17 - The Church of Scotland has voted to allow the ordination of ministers in same-sex civil partnerships in a breakthrough for gay rights.
US Christians ‘bankrolling’ no campaign in
Ireland’s gay marriage referendum (The
May 17 - With just five days to go before Ireland’s historic referendum on the legalisation of gay marriage, a bitter row has broken out between supporters and opponents over the funding of their respective campaigns.
Prevention better than deradicalisation as
number of teenage jihadis grows (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 14 - Mohammed remembers a time when he was looking for something.
ASIO issues 'call to arms' for families to
spot radicalisation of teenagers (Brisbane
May 15 - The head of ASIO has warned teenagers are becoming radicalised quickly, sometimes within weeks, as he issued a "call to arms" for families and communities to provide the first line of defence against Islamic extremism.
The more we fear Islam, the greater the
danger from terrorists (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 16 – (Opinion: Michael Bachelard) Every time we confront a terror threat on Australian soil, the police tell us our first line of defence lies within the community itself.
Revealed: The split that created Al-Furqan (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 16 - THE leader of the controversial Al-Furqan group, whose members have links to three counterterrorism operations, held such radical views Australia’s most fundamentalist Islamic movement cut ties with him.
Why many local Muslim women will never turn
to terror (Brisbane Times)
May 17 - It's a chilling image, three teenage girls walking through airport security, looking purposeful, studious, fresh-faced.
NSW MP Daniel Mookhey sworn in on Hindu
religious text the Bhagavad-gita in Australian first (ABC
May 12 - A new Upper House MP in New South Wales has become the first politician to be sworn in to an Australian parliament on the Hindu religious text, the Bhagavad-gita.
Cory Bernardi forces parliamentary inquiry
into halal and kosher certifications (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 13 - Halal foods will be put under the microscope after Liberal senator Cory Bernardi won a parliamentary inquiry into what he calls the "racket" of certification.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Scientology-funded Youth for Human Rights
group strikes out with Canberra Cavalry baseball club (ABC
May 11 - The Canberra Cavalry baseball club has cut ties with a human rights group linked to the Church of Scientology, after information of its affiliation with the religion was not disclosed to the club.
Melbourne drug rehab centre fined for
May 11 - A drug rehabilitation centre with links to the Church of Scientology has been fined and forced to remove claims from its website that it could completely cure drug addiction with detox treatments, including sauna visits.
Sellicks Hill giant Buddha statue is
welcomed by locals
May 13 - EVEN before Adelaide’s giant new beachside Buddha statue is fully unveiled, the 18m-tall structure is being warmly welcomed by locals.
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