by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
September 20 - 27, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Geelong College rocked
by historical sex abuse claims (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 23 - An exclusive Geelong school has revealed for the first time that former students have accused teachers of sexual abuse, putting the focus on a second elite school in the regional city.
Philip Wilson seeks permanent stay on charges of concealing child sexual abuse (ABC News)
Sept 25 - The lawyer acting for a Catholic Archbishop accused of concealing child sexual abuse is calling for a permanent stay of proceedings.
Archbishop Philip Wilson moves to stop criminal case over sexual abuse (Adelaide Now)
Sept 25 - Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop is attempting to permanently halt criminal
Francis meets Fidel and
Raul Castro after mass at Havana's Revolution Square (ABC News)
Sept 21 - Pope Francis has met with Fidel and Raul Castro, the brothers who have ruled Cuba since its 1959 revolution, after celebrating an outdoor mass attended by tens of thousands in Havana's Revolution Square.
Pope says Mass in
officially atheist Cuba on anniversary of his calling to priesthood (Brisbane Times)
Sept 21 - Holguin, Cuba: On a special anniversary for him, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in east Cuba on Monday on the last full day of a trip where he has been praised for aiding rapprochement between the communist government and the United States.
Pope's Cuba message long
on faith, short on politics (The
Sept 23 - Havana (AFP) - Pope Francis stuck mainly to religion during his visit to Cuba, steering clear of delicate topics like democratic reforms and human rights -- and risking criticism from some at his next stop, Washington.
Mecca crush: Pope speaks
out (The Australian)
Sept 25 - The Pope has expressed his solidarity with Muslims after more than 717 people were killed in a stampede near Mecca.
Pope in USA
Pope Francis arrives for
historic first US visit, meets president Barack Obama (ABC News)
Sept 23 - Pope Francis has arrived in the United States for his first visit, a historic six-day trip to the spiritual home of capitalism after his tour of communist-ruled Cuba.
Pope wows Washington but
takes on controversy (The West
Sept 24 - Washington (AFP) - Pope Francis received a rapturous welcome to Washington on Wednesday but did not shy away from controversy, addressing church sex abuse and urging action on immigration and climate change.
Pope addresses US
Congress: Presidential candidates react to speech with cheers and tears (ABC News)
Sept 25 - American presidential candidates have had a wide range of emotions and reactions to Pope Francis's historic address to the US Congress — in short, cheers and tears.
Pope Francis calls for
Congress to 'reject a mindset of hostility' towards immigrants (ABC News)
Sept 25 - Pope Francis has told Congress the United States should reject hostility to immigrants and treat them humanely, directly addressing a thorny subject that is dividing the country and stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Pope Francis challenges
Congress to heal world's open wounds (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 25 - Washington: Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, challenged Congress and by extension the United States on Thursday to break out of its cycle of polarisation and paralysis to finally use its power to heal the "open wounds" of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.
Madonna gives the Pope a
shout-out (The West Australian)
Sept 25 - A woman with plenty of experience tangling with the Vatican has given Pope Francis her endorsement during his first US visit.
Pope Francis gets
rapturous welcome in New York (The
Sept 25 - New York (AFP) - Pope Francis received a rapturous welcome to New York, where adoring crowds cheered the head of the Catholic church gliding down Fifth Avenue in his popemobile before being counselled against greed at evening prayers.
Pomp and poverty: Pope
Francis sees two sides of Washington (The West Australian)
Sept 25 - Washington (AFP) - Pope Francis tasted two extremes of Washington on Thursday, going from the pomp of a speech to Congress to the gut-punch of a meal for the homeless.
Can the pope's moral
anti-death penalty argument sway American lawmakers? (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 25 – (Opinion: Lucia Graves) There are many substantive policy reasons for opposing the death penalty: the risk of executing innocent people; the unfairness inherent in the judicial process; the persistent evidence of racial discrimination; and lack of evidence that killing some people deters other people from killing anyone.
Pope Francis pays
respects to 9/11 victims in multi-faith prayer at Ground Zero (ABC News)
Sept 26 - Pope Francis has continued his tour of New York leading a multi-faith prayer at the 9/11 memorial after addressing the United Nations.
At U.N., Pope rails
against craving for wealth and power (The West Australian)
Sept 26 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty.
Muslim teen Ahmed
Mohamed reportedly withdraws from Texas high school after 'hoax bomb' arrest (ABC News)
Sept 23 - The 14-year-old Muslim teen who was arrested after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb has reportedly followed through on a threat to withdraw from his Texas high school.
Putin opens huge new
mosque in Russian capital (The
Sept 23 - Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group.
Muslim Americans welcome
first NY Eid school holiday (The
Sept 23 - New York (AFP) - New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality Thursday when 1.1 million children in America's largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid al-Adha.
Syria's Assad makes rare
public appearance for Eid prayers (The
Sept 24 - Damascus (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attended holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque on Thursday, state media reported, in a rare public appearance for the embattled regime head.
Saudi Arabia orders
investigation into Mina crush that killed more than 700 people (ABC
Sept 25 - Saudi Arabia's King has ordered an investigation into a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage that has left at least 717 people dead and 800 others injured.
Hajj pilgrimage: How
does a human stampede happen? (ABC
Sept 25 - The deaths of hundreds in a stampede during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia raises the question: how does a stampede happen, especially during a peaceful religious gathering?
UN's Ban Ki-moon 'deeply
saddened' by stampede deaths of more than 700 (ABC
Sept 25 - UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says he is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of more than 700 Hajj pilgrims in a huge stampede in Saudi Arabia.
Mecca stampede: The Haj
tragedy explained (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 25 - More than 700 people were killed on Thursday during a catastrophic crush near Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, while performing an important Islamic pilgrimage called the Haj or Hajj.
Saudi Arabia under
pressure to improve safety at Mecca after fatal hajj crush (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 25 - Saudi Arabia is under increasing pressure to improve safety for pilgrims in the wake of the deaths of at least 717 people in a stampede outside Mecca at the annual Muslim hajj.
Saudi authorities blamed
after Hajj stampede kills 717; Iran holds protest over deaths (ABC
Sept 26 - Saudi authorities have been blamed for the stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage which killed at least 717 people, in the worst tragedy to strike the annual Muslim pilgrimage in a quarter-century.
Myanmar Muslims mark Eid
as monks urge curbs to ritual slaughter (The West Australian)
Sept 26 - Yangon (AFP) - Muslims in Myanmar marked Eid on Friday with the ritual sacrifice of cattle amid pressure from Buddhist nationalists to curb the animal slaughter in a country where religious tensions have flared in recent years.
ISIS defectors tired of
brutality (The Australian)
Sept 21 - Islamic State fighters are defecting amid growing disquiet and disillusionment at the promise of a “jihadist utopia”.
sparks global calls to spare life of young Saudi Ali Mohammed al-Nimr (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 24 - New York: An international campaign calling on Saudi Arabia to halt the beheading and "crucifixion" of a young man arrested when he was still at high school is growing, but there are fears he could be killed at any time.
Islamic State suicide
bomber dressed as woman attacks mosque in Yemen, killing 10 people (ABC News)
Sept 25 - At least 10 Muslim worshippers performing Eid al-Adha prayers were killed when an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up at a mosque run by Yemen's Houthi group, security sources said.
Malaysia warns of
planned terrorist attack (Sydney
Sept 25 - Bangkok: Authorities in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur have credible information about a planned terrorist attack amid concern about growing support for Islamic State among Muslim extremists across south-east Asia.
Republican candidate Ben
Carson says Muslims unfit to be US president (ABC
Sept 21 - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has said Muslims are unfit to be president of the United States, arguing their faith was inconsistent with American principles.
Also: A new wave of
Islamophobia has American Muslims worried (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 23 - Anaheim, California: Muslim Americans are feeling a mix of frustration, exasperation and anger towards what many see as a growing wave of Islamophobia fuelled by two of the Republican Party's most popular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
Prophet’s Prey reveals how fundamentalist Mormon church survives (news.com.au)
Sept 23 - IN the hills between Utah and Colorado City, a man named Warren Jeffs was going about his business quietly.
Selena Gomez offends
Hindus with tattoo (The West
Sept 23 - Selena Gomez has upset Hindus with her new tattoo.
No halal link to terror,
inquiry told (The West Australian)
Sept 24 - A former army officer has told an inquiry he finds it strange that in a non-Muslim country such as Australia it's difficult to find a chicken that's not sacrificed to Allah.
Police hunt Logan
anti-Islam abuser who exposed backside to woman (Brisbane Times)
Sept 24 - A Muslim woman told police she was subjected to a sustained anti-Islamic tirade outside a Logan shopping centre on Wednesday, during which time she captured the man on video baring his backside at her and her two young children.
Also: 'They're all
terrorists': Muslim woman films hate filled tirade at shopping centre (The West Australian)
Sept 24 - Police are looking for a man who launched a vile tirade at a Muslim woman and her children in a shopping centre carpark, before exposing himself.
Also: Man charged after rant
at Muslim woman (Brisbane Times)
Sept 25 - A man accused of verbally abusing a Muslim woman at a Logan shopping centre may be charged under Queensland's anti-discrimination laws.
Many among dead would
have spent life savings to attend, Muslim leader says (ABC News)
Sept 25 - The Hajj pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many Muslims, making this year's stampede fatalities all-the-more tragic, a senior member of Australia's Muslim community has said.
abattoir caters for Eid al Adha ritual (ABC News)
Sept 25 - An abattoir in country New South Wales has put aside its normal processing for several days to accommodate the ceremonial slaughter and packaging of meats for a major Muslim festival.
Mosque backers stare
down bigotry (The Australian)
Sept 26 - As Bendigo faces another protest against a planned mosque, a local figure calls on residents to stare down bigotry.
Sexuality and Islam (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Sept 26 - Gay Muslims in the West can face lack of acceptance within their families and their religion, as well as experiencing wider prejudice against their faith, fostering a complex and contradictory identity.
Cory Bernardi gets in
touch with his inner conservative (The
Sept 20 – (Opinion: Irfan Yusuf) Tony Abbott is gone.
Did Ray Hadley commit an
offence in bruising encounter with Scott Morrison? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 21 - The giving and taking of offence is a shock jock's stock-in-trade.
From bikie to prison
chaplain: the priest offering comfort in our harshest jails (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 21 - When Rod Moore sits down with inmates, some of whom are coming off drugs or wearing their prison greens for the first time, he knows better than most how they are feeling.
suspended for preaching to sick patients (The West Australian)
Sept 24 - A Sydney psychiatrist has been slammed by an industry authority and disqualified from practice for preaching overt religious messages to sick patients.
Newcastle bishops to
work together to welcome Syrian refugees (ABC
Sept 25 - Newcastle's Anglican and Catholic bishops are working on a joint strategy to welcome potential Syrian refugees, being resettled in response to what's become a humanitarian crisis.
Javanese Boro Ganesa
statue: The raising up of a Hindu God at the Adelaide Zoo (Adelaide Now)
Sept 25 - FOR more than 70 years a piece of Hindu religion was sitting in the corner of Adelaide Zoo unbeknown to staff and visitors.
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