by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 12 - 19, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Churches, schools could
be held criminally liable for abuse: report (Brisbane Times)
July 16 - Churches, schools and hospitals could be held criminally liable for child sexual abuse perpetrated by people linked to them, according to a report before a royal commission.
MH17 The Sunflowers:
Sister Philomene Tiernan a loved, 'charmingly persistent' force of nature (Brisbane Times)
July 14 - If your roots are Irish Catholic, you'll be able to decode the contours to the life of Sister Philomene Tiernan – and you might even ask if its neat bookends are a message from God.
Catholic priest found
guilty of common assault after giving child a 'smack' in church (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - A Catholic priest has been found guilty of common assault and dismissed from his Sydney parish after he smacked a child in church.
Church of England
leaders call on worshippers to fast for climate change (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - The Church of England has pledged to fast for climate change action and pray for the Paris talks to succeed, urging the world's 70 million Anglicans to take up the global warming fight.
Cashing in on the Pope's
visit to Philadelphia (The West
July 18 - New York (AFP) - For enterprising dwellers in Philadelphia, the pope's maiden visit to the US means one thing: mega bucks and listing their apartments on Airbnb for thousands of dollars a night.
Cardinal George Pell
criticises Pope Francis over climate change stance (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - Cardinal George Pell has publicly criticised Pope Francis' decision to place climate change at the top of the Catholic Church's agenda.
New York's Empire State
Building glows green for Eid (The
July 18 - New York (AFP) - New York's Empire State Building was lit in green late Friday to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
Ginger jihadi Abdullah
Elmir weds British runaway Amira Abase (The Australian)
July 13 - Notorious Bankstown Islamic State fighter Abdullah Elmir has reportedly married one of three British schoolgirls who secretly travelled to Syria five months ago.
Abu Dhabi mother 'lured
into jihad' executed for murdering US teacher (Brisbane Times)
July 14 - Cairo: An Emirati woman said to have been lured into Islamist militancy by her husband has been executed for stabbing to death an American teacher in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.
Islamic State ordered
failed jihadist attack on France military: prosecutor (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 17 - Paris: A thwarted attack on a French naval site that was to include the beheading of the base's chief officer followed a direct order from a Syria-based member of Islamic State to "hit France", the Paris prosecutor said on Friday.
Poison gas projectiles
used against Syrian, Iraqi Kurds and civilians by Islamic State militants (ABC News)
July 18 - The Islamic State (IS) group used poison gas projectiles in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq in late June, Kurdish militia backed by UK groups monitoring the Syrian conflict have said.
Islamic State detonates
massive car bomb in Khan Bani Saad, north of Bagdhad (news.com.au)
July 18 - RESCUERS in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad were searching collapsed buildings for bodies on Saturday after a car bomb ripped through a busy market, killing at least 115 people.
against Islamic State in Iraq stutters (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 19 - Baghdad: A US-backed offensive against Islamic State faltered in its first week as several hundred militants entrenched in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, withstood punishing airstrikes and held off a far-larger force of Iraqi ground troops, senior US and coalition commanders said.
Christians take revenge
on IS (The Australian)
July 18 - Anthony Loyd Syrian Christian militia are ‘taking our revenge for what has been done to us’ by jihadists, with brutal results.
ISIS claims first
missile attack on Egyptian navy off North Sinai (The Australian)
July 18 - Islamic State says it carried out a missile attack on an Egyptian navy vessel off North Sinai, the first such incident in a two-year insurgency.
rampage, suspect texted friend link to Islamic verse (The West Australian)
July 19 - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) - Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five U.S. servicemen, the suspected gunman texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse that included the line: "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him."
monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in prison in China, relative says (ABC
July 14 - A Tibetan monk who was one of China's most prominent political prisoners has died in jail, a relative and Tibet's government-in-exile say.
A Christian group is
‘rebuilding’ a full-scale, working Noah’s Ark (Brisbane Times)
July 15 - A creationist group in the United States has raised US$20 million (AU$26.9 million) to reconstruct a full-scale, working model of Noah's Ark – the ship that saved Noah and all of the world's animals from a flood in the Bible's book of Genesis.
How the Church of
Scientology tried to bring down journalist Paulette Cooper, aka Miss Lovely (ABC News)
July 17 - As a journalist working in New York in the late '60s and early '70s, Paulette Cooper lived a glamorous life.
Millions of Muslims
celebrate Eid Al-Fitr around the world (ABC
July 18 - Over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Forget church weddings,
in America it’s all about the funeral homes (news.com.au)
July 19 - DANESSA Molinder entered the courtyard wearing a white dress and matching veil.
Tibetan priest who
became a cause celebre (Brisbane
July 17 – Tenzin Delek was a Tibetan priest and follower of the Dalai Lama who became a cause celebre in the West after he was convicted on what his supporters claimed were trumped-up charges.
China ignores pleas and
cremates body of revered Tibetan monk (Brisbane Times)
July 17 - Beijing: Authorities in south-west China cremated the body of a prominent Tibetan monk who died in prison last week, ignoring the pleas of relatives, religious leaders and thousands of supporters who wanted to carry out funeral rites integral to Tibetan Buddhism.
Religious outpost offers
sanctuary to gay Filipinos (The
July 19 - Manila (AFP) - A gospel serenade of deep baritones echoed through a dim alley in one of Manila's red light districts on a humid Sunday evening -- the joyful sounds emanating from a rare religious outpost for gay Filipinos.
group to rally at Victorian Parliament House (The Age, Melbourne)
July 13 - An anti-Islam nationalist group that has aligned itself with neo-Nazis and other far-right organisations says it will hold Australia's biggest ever "patriot rally" at Melbourne's Parliament House next weekend.
Father who arranged for
daughter, 12, to marry man, 26, jailed for six years (Brisbane Times)
July 17 - A father who arranged for his 12-year-old daughter to marry and have sex with a 26-year-old university student, resulting in her falling pregnant, has been jailed for at least six years.
Dad of child bride
'couldn't feel better' (The West
July 17 - He's been jailed for at least six years for arranging his 12-year-old daughter's marriage and encouraging unprotected sex.
Reclaim Australia, No
Room for Racism protests (ABC
July 18 - There have been chaotic scenes on Melbourne's streets as anti-racism protesters and nationalists clash in demonstrations.
Reclaim Australia rally
set for Sydney on Sunday (ABC News)
July 18 - Reclaim Australia protesters will descend on Sydney's Martin Place on Sunday after similar rallies ended in violence in Melbourne.
Reclaim Australia, No
Room for Racism protests wrap up nationwide, five arrested in Sydney (ABC
July 19 - Rival protests across Australia have wrapped up, with minimal reports of violent clashes between anti-Muslim and anti-racism demonstrators.
Federal MP George
Christensen tells crowd Australia 'at war with radical Islam' (ABC
July 19 - Federal Coalition MP George Christensen has told a crowd of anti-Muslim protesters Australia is "at war with radical Islam".
Pauline Hanson calls for
calm at Reclaim Australia rallies in Sydney, Queensland, Perth and Hobart (news.com.au)
July 19 - ARRESTS have been made at one of the Reclaim Australia rallies today, as police
consistent with religious principles, Christian group says (Brisbane Times)
July 14 - Voluntary euthanasia is consistent with Christian values held by many followers and should be legalised in Victoria, a national Christian group says.
equal to Muslim radicalisation, say academics (Brisbane Times)
July 18 - Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is "close to death" at a federal level, academics have told a conference on social cohesion.
Orthodox Church loses bid to avoid $2m development fee (ABC
July 18 - Canberra's Macedonian Orthodox Church has lost a bid to avoid paying a fee of more than $2 million to develop its land.
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