by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
April 20 - 27, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Apr 24 - THE head of the Catholic Church in Perth has written to all members before next week's royal commission into child sexual abuse hearings, saying “we have failed terribly”.
Apr 21 - One of Tasmania's leading religious leaders has used his Easter message to criticise one of the new Government's key reforms.
Apr 21 - Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity, as the world's Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine, and clashes broke out in Jerusalem.
Pope Francis phones 'sinner' to tell her she can take Communion (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 24 - Rome: Pope Francis telephoned a woman "living in sin" with a divorced man to tell her that she was free to take Holy Communion, it has been reported, in what appears to be a significant departure from Catholic teaching.
Apr 25 - An Italian man has been crushed to death by a giant crucifix honouring John Paul II that collapsed during a ceremony ahead of the late pope's canonisation.
Dancing priest brings #2popesaints to Internet flock (The West Australian)
Apr 25 - Vatican City (AFP) - A priest dances in a famous piazza in Rome surrounded by four gyrating parishioners.
Pope to canonise saints - but do we need them? (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: James Martin) Early on Monday Australian time, at a public Mass expected to attract over 1 million pilgrims to Vatican City, Pope Francis will canonise two of his predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II.
'Miracle' woman honours saint-to-be John Paul II (The West Australian)
Apr 25 - Rome (AFP) - The Costa Rican woman whose healing is the reason late pope John Paul II will be declared a saint on Sunday spoke with emotion about her trip to Rome, saying she would gladly travel the world with a message of hope.
First double pope canonisation since Middle Ages to honour John Paul II and John XXIII (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 26 - Rome: Pope John Paul II, on the cusp of the fastest canonisation in recent history, will be honoured in a double ceremony this weekend in Rome along with a pope whose death 51 years ago spurred the first modern instant-sainthood campaign.
John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans (The West Australian)
Apr 26 - Mexico City (AFP) - Many Mexicans have mixed emotions about seeing the late pope John Paul II become a saint: they loved the man but feel he covered up sexual abuses by priests.
Apr 26 – (Opinion: Angela Shanahan) This weekend, the two greatest popes of the modern era are to be canonised: John XXIII ushered a revolution in the church while John Paul II corrected the post-Vatican II excesses and, by aiding the downfall of totalitarianism in Europe, gave the papacy a new vigour and moral authority in the secular world.
Sainthood for John Paul II, a man of peace (The Australian)
Apr 26 – (Opinion: George Pell) Karol Joseph Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland, in 1920 and was blessed with a wonderful father, who had been a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army. He was named after the emperor Charles, whom he later beatified.
Two popes canonised, but how miraculous should saints be? (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 26 - Vatican City: Catholic saints are said to be the stuff of miracles, celestial servants who bend God's ear to aid the desperately ill. But Pope Francis may be sending a new message to the globe's one billion Catholics.
Apr 27 - As many as one million people are expected in Saint Peter's Square and nearby streets of Rome to witness the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II later today.
Two very different saints come marching in as popes canonised (The Australian)
Apr 27 – (Opinion: James Martin) HERE’S the shorthand narrative about the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II today that you’re bound to hear this weekend (or may have already heard).
Pilgrims pray and unity hopes rise ahead of popes’ sainthood mass (The Australian)
Apr 27 - THOUSANDS of pilgrims began a night of prayer in Rome early today Australian time as Pope Francis and Benedict XVI prepared to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII in a historic effort to unite the Catholic Church.
Pope promises to help Ukraine (The West Australian)
Apr 27 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Saturday that he would "do everything possible" for the country, amid fears that Russia could be about to invade.
Brunei set to implement sharia law (ABC News)
Apr 24 - The Sultanate of Brunei will officially enact the first phase of sharia law during a ceremony on April 30.
Myanmar jails two imams for deadly school blaze (The West Australian)
Apr 26 - Yangon (AFP) - Two imams in Myanmar have been sentenced to eight years in prison for negligence over a fire at a religious school that killed 13 boys, state media said on Saturday.
Assad teams up with al-Qa’ida (The Australian)
Apr 25 - SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad has infiltrated al-Qa’ida’s fighting force in Syria in a “Machiavellian” plot to divide the opposition and bolster his position, terrorism experts and rebel forces claimed yesterday.
Modi asks for less anti-Muslim hate speech (The Australian)
Apr 24 - INDIA’S likeliest next prime minister, Narendra Modi, has appealed to political allies to end election hate speeches against Muslims, warning that the divisive politicking is diluting his centrist message of good governance and pro-development.
US state Georgia approves guns in church and bars (The Australian)
Apr 26 - GUN-OWNING Georgians will be allowed to carry their weapons inside bars, churches and airports, after the state passed what have been called the most extreme gun laws in the US.
US lawmaker urges China to expand religious freedoms (The West Australian)
Apr 27 - Beijing (AFP) - China should act to ensure religious freedoms, a top US opposition lawmaker said at the close of an Asia trip held as President Barack Obama also visits the region.
Apr 22 - Police and ASIO are scrambling to defuse serious tensions between Australian far-right groups and Islamist extremists, which have reached unprecedented heights in recent weeks with death threats and an apparent attempted murder.
Family man sought to rebuild pre-war happiness (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 26 - Andor Schwartz, who spent his adult life devoted to rebuilding the prosperity and vibrancy of his Jewish family life in pre-war Hungary, has died peacefully in Melbourne surrounded by family.
Former senator Brian Harradine remembered as a 'just, principled' man (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 23 - The Catholic Church has farewelled a favourite son, the "just" man, former Senator Brian Harradine.
Onward Christian soldier: a premier's faith (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 26 - As Mike Baird moved into the Premier's office this week so did a significant influence: Jesus Christ.
Some thoughts on Easter (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Frank O'Shea) The US medical facility in Landstuhl in Germany treats casualties from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, often the result of IEDs.
How Easter and Anzac defines our nation (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Apr 25 – (Opinion: Joe Hildebrand) In one of those random yet somehow fitting coincidences the cosmos occasionally delivers us, Australia has just had a week bookended by Easter and Anzac Day.
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