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Prayers said for victims of 16-hour siege at Sydney cafe

Prayers said for victims of 16-hour siege at Sydney cafe

THE Primate of Australia, Dr Philip Freier, has called for an investigation into how the gunman at the centre of Monday's hostage crisis in Sydney had access to a gun

Pakistani Taliban condemned for school massacre

Pakistani Taliban condemned for school massacre

RELIGIOUS and political leaders have joined with public figures around the world to condemn the Pakistani Taliban's massacre this week of at least 132 children and nine staff at the Peshawar Army School

Christmas celebrations banned because of Ebola

Christmas celebrations banned because of Ebola

CHRISTMAS celebrations are being banned in Sierra Leone, as the country tries to fight back against the Ebola virus

Climate-change delegates criticised for weak language

Climate-change delegates criticised for weak language

Joe Ware hears last-minute promises at Lima summit

Solidarity visitors to Iraq report on urgent needs of Iraqi refugees

Solidarity visitors to Iraq report on urgent needs of Iraqi refugees

THE most urgent need for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee their homes in the face of Islamic State (IS) advances is housing, shelter, and food, a report by the Vicar of St John's, Notting Hill, Canon William Taylor, says

UN refugee agency launches Palestine appeal

UN refugee agency launches Palestine appeal

THE UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has launched a £264-million appeal to help support the most disadvantaged families. Other aid organisations have expressed concern at the slow pace of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip

Perth rector protests of strip-search after peaceful demonstration

Perth rector protests of strip-search after peaceful demonstration

THE Rector of a parish in Perth, the Revd Lorna Green, has protested at being strip-searched by police after a recent peaceful demonstration at the Perth office of the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop

Australia to have second woman diocesan bishop

Australia to have second woman diocesan bishop

THE first woman bishop in Australia, the Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy, is to become its second woman diocesan. A regional bishop in Perth, Bishop Goldsworthy has been elected Bishop of Gippsland

World news in brief

World news in brief

RC report says celibacy may be 'unbearable strain'; Nigerian Primate condemns bomb attacks; Iranian pastors' sentence quashed

RC Bishops call for climate deal

RC Bishops call for climate deal

ROMAN CATHOLIC bishops from around the world have called for "an end of the fossil-fuel era" 

Aid sent to Philippines after second typhoon

Aid sent to Philippines after second typhoon

FILIPINO communities devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan last year are cautiously hoping that they have successfully weathered the most recent storm, Hagupit

Charity affirms importance of cards for prisoners

Charity affirms importance of cards for prisoners

AN ANNUAL campaign to send out thousands of Christmas cards to persecuted Christians, human-rights campaigners, and victims of torture in prisons around the world is under way

Film hopes to open up Bethlehem

Film hopes to open up Bethlehem

MILLIONS will sing about the "little town of Bethlehem" this Christmas, but a new documentary hopes to bring home to audiences the reality of life today in the Palestinian city

Pledge given on Afghan aid

Pledge given on Afghan aid

THE huge but fragile gains made in improving the lives of Afghan people could be lost unless the international community maintains its financial support, civil-society groups warned last week

Dr McCarthy slates 'quick fix' for homeless people

Dr McCarthy slates

THE retired Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, has criticised the Irish government's approach to the problem of homelessness

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I was there when the tsunami struck

I was there when the tsunami struck

Ten years ago, Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was torn apart by the tsunami. He tells how they survived  Subscribe to read more

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There is no divine right of managers

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Pakistani Taliban condemned for Peshawar school massacre http://t.co/YN0ofY7Rlf