by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
December 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Cardinal George Pell
accusations do not signify guilt (The
Dec 29 – (Opinion: Graham Downie) With a couple of friends on December 19, I declared I wanted to write in defence of Cardinal George Pell, only to be trumped two days later by Amanda Vanstone writing in Fairfax Media under the same heading.
Pope accepts resignation
of Australian bishop accused of being evasive at abuse inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 1 - An Australian bishop accused of protecting himself and the Catholic church at the child abuse royal commission has resigned.
Private schools benefit
from more than $2 billion in government funding (Brisbane Times)
Dec 31 - Resource-rich private schools receive more than $2 billion in Commonwealth government funding a year, equivalent to nearly one third of the final two years of the Gonski school funding deal.
suspended for riding hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass (ABC News)
Dec 31 - A Filipino priest who sang a Christmas song while riding a hoverboard during mass has been suspended by his diocese, reports say.
Ready for jail, the
woman at the heart of the latest Vatican scandal (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 1 - When Francesca Chaouqui was summoned two months ago to a meeting with Vatican police, the public relations expert – who had served on a prominent Vatican commission examining financial reforms – willingly went along.
Paris attack suicide
bomber buried in unmarked grave as European capitals step up security (ABC
Dec 28 - One of the suicide bombers involved in the terrorist attacks on Paris in November has been buried in an unmarked grave north of the city.
Why I refuse to condemn
terrorism (The Age,
Dec 30 – (Opinion: Rana Elmir) As a Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked – by media figures, religious leaders, politicians and internet trolls – to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism.
Americans attack Sikhs
because they think they're Muslims (The
Dec 30 - Washington: The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on Saturday morning, while waiting for a ride to work.
Muslims tweet: they have
better things to do than join Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 31 - New York: A plea by the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group for Muslims to fight on its behalf against "disbelievers" prompted many to respond online with defiance and sarcasm.
Brussels New Year's Eve
fireworks cancelled due to terror attack fears (ABC News)
Dec 31 - Authorities in the Belgian capital Brussels have called off the city's traditional New Year's Eve fireworks display because of fears of a terror attack.
Austrian girl who joined
ISIS in Syria was ‘used as a sexual present’ before being beaten to death (news.com.au)
Dec 31 - NEW details have emerged to suggest that an Austrian teen who fled Europe to join the Islamic State was used as a sex slave for new fighters before she was beaten to death when she tried to escape.
praised for 'vital' role in Iraqi recapture of Ramadi from Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 31 - The Australian defence force has been praised for its “vital” role in retaking the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Islamic State.
Threat of 'imminent'
terror attack in Germany while France debates passport-stripping (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 1 - Berlin: German police evacuated two train stations in Munich late on Thursday, saying on Twitter they had received a tip regarding a planned militant attack on New Year's Eve in the Bavarian capital.
New Year’s Eve security:
How the world is dealing with the threat of an attack (news.com.au)
Jan 1 - NEW Year’s revellers in the German city Munich were warned of a “serious, imminent” terrorist threat and told to avoid large crowds.
Islamic State planned
mass suicide attack in Munich (The
Jan 1 - Up to seven Islamic State militants planned co-ordinated suicide attacks on New Year’s Eve celebrations in Munich.
Israeli human rights
groups alarmed by Zionist video attack (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 1 - Jerusalem: An ultra-nationalist Israeli group has published a video accusing the heads of four of Israel's leading human rights organisations of being foreign agents funded by Europe and supporting Palestinians "involved in terrorism".
Trump's effect on Muslim
migrant debate reverberates in US heartland (Brisbane Times)
Jan 1 - Grand Forks, North Dakota: After the fire, the patrons of Juba Coffee and Restaurant gathered behind yellow police tape and mourned the charred remains of a place they called their own.
Donald Trump featured in
new jihadist recruitment video (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Last month The Washington Post reported that white nationalists have begun using Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a recruitment tool.
Indonesia arrests three
with suspected links to Islamic State amid terror alert (Brisbane Times)
Jan 1 - Jakarta: Indonesian police on Thursday arrested three men with suspected links to Islamic State as part of an operation in the province of Central Sulawesi to capture the country's most-wanted man, state media reported.
‘They forced us to pray
before raping us’: ISIS sex slave survivor speaks out (news.com.au)
Jan 1 - A BRAVE survivor of ISIS brutality has spoken out about the daily horrors she was subjected to by members of the sick terror group.
Sales up tenfold but Charlie
Hebdo 'died a year ago' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Paris: A columnist who is leaving the French magazine Charlie Hebdo has said the magazine he loved "died a year ago" ahead of a special edition to mark the anniversary of the attack by Islamist gunmen that killed 12 people.
Man who drove car into
French troops guarding mosque was not terrorist (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Valence: French investigators have found no evidence that a man who drove his car into troops guarding a mosque in southern France on New Year's Day was linked to a terrorist group, a local prosecutor said on Saturday.
Muslim leaders including
the Grand Mufti of Australia back fatwa against Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Australia's leading imams have backed a fatwa against the Islamic State terrorist group, warning that any support for the group contradicts Islamic teachings.
Restore Australia: the
party that would ban Islam (The
Jan 1 - A prospective new political party in Australia would make it illegal for people to practice their Muslim faith.
Khawaja: Muslim and
proud (The Australian)
Dec 31 - For the first time, Usman Khawaja has opened up to answer questions about his Muslim faith.
Too often we forget
refugees are not the seeds of the problem but themselves victims of it (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 1 – (Opinion: Jack Waterford) Through much of the Western world, 2016 will again be a year dominated by the politics of caring for the millions of people dislocated by war and oppression.
Christmas still to come
for Coptic community (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 2 - While the rest of us are taking down the tree and the lights and putting away presents, Christmas is still on the way for many Orthodox Christians.
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