by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
January 26 – February 2, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Jan 28 - An inquiry into child sexual abuse will today examine cases of abuse that took place at four Salvation Army boys' homes in Queensland and New South Wales.
Also: Salvation Army locked boys in cage, raped and beat them, royal commission hears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 28 - Young boys were locked in a cage for days on end as part of a brutal regime of physical and sexual abuse meted out to dozens of youngsters at Salvation Army homes in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, a royal commission into child-sex abuse has heard.
Also: Boys' carers at Salvation Army home, 'they were cruel bastards' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 30 - Some boys knew it as ''the cage'', others ''the lock-up'' - a small cell with iron bars built into the door.
Also: Salvos 'tricked man into waiver' (The Australian)
Jan 30 - A QUEENSLAND man raped and locked in a cage for weeks at a time by a Salvation Army officer was subsequently told to sign documents waiving his right to sue, despite the organisation knowing he could not read.
Jan 31 - Claims of child sexual abuse at Lismore's North Coast Children's Home are the focus of findings and recommendations just released.
Teen charged over Sydney minister bashing (The Australian)
Jan 31 - A TEENAGER has been charged with bashing a church minister who was trying to stop a pizza delivery driver from being robbed on Sydney's north shore.
If you're offended, don't go (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Feb 1 – (Opinion: Editorial) THE Adelaide Fringe derives its anarchic flavour from being an open-access event.
Feb 2 - Adelaide Fringe Festival organisers say they will not cancel a Melbourne comedian's show that has come under fire as being anti-Christian.
Feb 2 - THE head of South Australia's Catholic Church has asked Premier Jay Weatherill to cancel a "blasphemous" Adelaide Fringe show that encourages the audience to "heckle Jesus Christ".
Gold and the Incas exhibition puts wrought magic on display (The Australian)
Feb 1 - THREE great centres of civilisation arose in the Neolithic Age across the Eurasian land mass - in the Near East, in the west of India and in China - and in due course these Mediterranean, South Asian and East Asian civilisations came to dominate the world, converting those peoples who had not reached the same level of development on their own, and influencing each other in ways that continue to unfold today.
Sex with students claims: female teacher quits top Catholic boys school (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 31 - A teacher has resigned from one of the north shore's leading Catholic boys schools, St Aloysius College, after an internal investigation revealed she had been having "inappropriate relationships" with a number of boys in year 12 last year.
Jan 30 - A CROWDED western Sydney Islamic school is using public parks for play activities after building a hall and toilet block on playgrounds without council approval.
Feb 2 – THEY are elite, boast enviable student academic results, expansive facilities and immaculate grounds and represent the hopes and aspirations of parents around the country.
Also: Private schools aren't a drain on the system (The Australian)
Feb 2 – (Opinion: Adam Creighton) AUSTRALIA'S perennial "school wars" erupted again this week when the Productivity Commission confirmed the inexorable trend towards non-government schools.
Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul (The West Australian)
Jan 27 - ROME (Reuters) - The Catholic Church has appealed to thieves to return a reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II that disappeared in what it called a "vile and sacrilegious theft".
Also: Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church (ABC News)
Jan 28 - A reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a small church in the mountains east of Rome.
Jan 28 - A TUBE containing Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search involving sniffer dogs and 50 police officers.
Jan 31 - Police have recovered a stolen gold and glass case that once contained the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, only to find the cloth stained with the blood itself was missing.
Also: Is Holy Blood the Holy Grail of the black market? (news.com.au)
Jan 31 - SATANISTS? Extremists? The deepest, darkest of black markets?
Also: Thieves throw away relic with Pope John Paul II's blood (The Age, Melbourne)
Jan 31 - Rome: Thieves accused of stealing a religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II's blood threw it away thinking it worthless, Italian media said, reporting the police had detained three people.
Jan 30 - POPE Francis seems to have made up with the world of birds.
Feb 2 - THOUSANDS of pro-choice campaigners converged in Spain to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.
'Allah' rings out in Malaysian churches despite ban (The West Australian)
Jan 26 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysian churches defiantly continued to use the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God in Sunday services despite the Muslim-majority country's leader saying they must obey rules against it.
Jan 31 - The International Commission of Jurists says Brunei's new penal code, which includes death by stoning for adulterers, would violate human rights.
Gunmen kill at least 62 in Nigeria, including in church (The West Australian)
Jan 27 - YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected insurgents armed with guns and explosives killed at least 62 people in northeast Nigeria, including at a church service, in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military crackdown, witnesses said on Monday.
Gunmen kill Egyptian general; ousted Mursi defiant at trial (The West Australian)
Jan 28 - CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamist militant gunmen on a motorcycle killed a top Interior Ministry official in Cairo on Tuesday in the latest blow to a military-backed Egyptian government struggling to curb violence and suppress dissent.
U.N. seeks funds for African force in Central African Republic (The West Australian)
Feb 1 - ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The United Nations is asking donors for more money to fund African Union peacekeepers trying to end inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic, a U.N. official said on Friday.
Grammys turn mass wedding in gay marriage celebration (The West Australian)
Jan 27 - Los Angeles (AFP) - The music industry's top night turned into the big day for 34 couples on Sunday as Madonna and other stars presided over a mass wedding in a celebration of gay marriage.
Jan 30 - A HAMMER-WIELDING madman allegedly bludgeoned his girlfriend and her daughter to death because he believed they were "witches" doing voodoo on him.
JK Rowling sues Daily Mail for libel (The West Australian)
Feb 1 - Harry Potter author JK Rowling has filed a libel lawsuit against bosses at British newspaper the Daily Mail over a 2013 report published about her past as a struggling single mother.
Next generation of jihadi family joins Syrian war (The Australian)
Jan 28 - WITH an arm rested on a ute-mounted heavy machine-gun while the flag of al-Qa'ida offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham waves next to him, Australian man Mohammed Ayub smiles wildly and poses for a battlefront photo in Syria.
Al-Qaeda terrorist threat to Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 2 - Al-Qaeda-linked groups that are enticing dozens of Australians to join the bloody conflict in Syria have begun setting up camps to train foreign fighters to launch terrorist attacks when they return home.
NSW baby girl circumcised in Indonesia (The West Australian)
Jan 28 - An Australian father charged with organising to have his baby daughter circumcised allegedly travelled to Indonesia for the procedure.
Qld attorney-general could vet billboards (The Australian)
Jan 31 - QUEENSLAND'S attorney-general could become the moral arbiter of roadside billboards if advertisers post sexually explicit images.
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