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Gaza: prayers for peace as violence escalates

Gaza: prayers for peace as violence escalates

THE Egyptian-led diplomatic efforts to end the violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel have been conducted against a background of calls from church leaders for prayers for peace

Agencies warn of famine in South Sudan


Agencies warn of famine in South Sudan

THE spectre of famine is looming over South Sudan, three years after it celebrated its independence, charities are warning

Malala campaigns for the release of schoolgirls

Malala campaigns for the release of schoolgirls

THE Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, Malala Yousafzai, this week met the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. She pressed for the release of the 200 schoolgirls captured almost 100 days ago by the Islamist group Boko Haram

Dean Jensen to resign

Dean Jensen to resign

THE Dean of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, the Very Revd Phillip Jensen, has announced that he will resign at the end of the year.

Schori urges compassion on migrants

Schori urges compassion on migrants

RELIGIOUS leaders have called on President Obama to respond "compassionately" to the mounting humanitarian crisis along the Texas border, where thousands of unaccompanied children have been trying to cross over from Central America.

Patriarch makes plea for vanished Iraqi nuns

Patriarch makes plea for vanished Iraqi nuns

THE most senior Christian cleric in Iraq, the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon and Archbishop of Baghdad, the Most Revd Louis Raphael Sako, has appealed for the release of two nuns and three orphans, who went missing in militant-controlled territory last week

Strasbourg upholds ban on face-veil in France

Strasbourg upholds ban on face-veil in France

THE ban in France on wearing "clothing that is designed to conceal the face" in public places is not a violation of human rights, the Grand Chamber of the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg ruled by a majority of 15 votes to two

Photo: in step

Photo: in step

In step: nuns process during the funeral ceremony for Metropolitan Volodymyr, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) since 1992, who died on Saturday, aged 78​. He was seen by many as a unifier within Ukrainian Orthodoxy.Obituary to follow

Boko Haram captives in Nigeria escape

Boko Haram captives in Nigeria escape

SIXTY-THREE of the women and girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nigeria, have escaped their captors, Nigerian officials have said

South Africa welcomes Welby

South Africa welcomes Welby

IN A ceremony of remembrance and reconciliation, on Thursday of last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury laid a wreath at the door of the house where Nelson Mandela first lived in Johannesburg

World Briefs

World Briefs

Cathedral sanctuary attacked by militia in CAR; Floating fleet boosted at anniversary ball; Kenyan Christians threatened in beach-resort leaflets

Pope asks abuse victims to forgive the Church

Pope asks abuse victims to forgive the Church

POPE FRANCIS has begged forgiveness from survivors who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests

Canon is changed on confession

Canon is changed on confession

CLERGY who hear confessions of serious offences, such as child sexual abuse, may not always be obliged to keep the confession secret after a legislative change made last week by the Australian General Synod

Vatican examines why its teaching on sex is ignored

Vatican examines why its teaching  on sex is ignored

THE Vatican has published a working document to address a crisis of widespread rejection of Roman Catholic teaching on sexual morality and family life.

Paris hosts gathering of Iranian opposition

Paris hosts gathering of Iranian opposition

AN OVERTURE preceded the arrival of the leader of the opposition in Iran, Maryam Rajavi, on the stage of Paris Nord Villepinte, an exhibition centre in Paris, last Friday.

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A poet who sets puzzles

A poet who sets puzzles

After the publication of a new edition of Rowan Williams's poems, Cole Moreton asks the priest-poet what goes on behind the verse  Subscribe to read more

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Comedian tells Christians how it is

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Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @JustinWelbyPraying for the well-being of girls and progress at @GirlSummit #girlsummit, campaign against FGM and child/forced marriage very important

Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @David_CameronI'll make reporting FGM mandatory for doctors, teachers and social workers. Let's end this abhorrent practice once and for all. #GirlSummit