by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
January 17 - 24, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Gypsy life led Gil
Docking into feted arts administration career (Brisbane Times)
Jan 22 - In March 1952, the students and staff of the Theological Hall in Queen's College, at the University of Melbourne, met in retreat before the beginning of the academic year.
Pell calls on rich to
pay debt (The Australian)
Jan 18 - Societies such as Australia are unwilling to admit to living beyond their means, says Cardinal George Pell.
Catholic teachers rally
again (Brisbane Times)
Jan 22 - About 200 Catholic school teachers in Queensland have staged a rally once more over claims of inequitable wages and increasing workloads.
Homeless woman gives
birth outside Vatican, gets offer of home (The West Australian)
Jan 21 - VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A homeless woman gave birth on a cardboard box just outside St. Peter's Square early on Wednesday in near-freezing temperatures and later received an offer of one year's hospitality in a Vatican institution.
Texts, internet, social
networks are 'gift of God' if used wisely: Pope Francis (Brisbane Times)
Jan 23 - Vatican City: Pope Francis, who has acknowledged being "a disaster" when it comes to technology, said on Friday that the internet, social networks and text messages were "a gift of God" if used wisely.
Pope defends traditional
Jan 23 - Pope Francis has issued a stern reminder of the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage as a fierce debate raged in Italy ahead of a vote that would give legal recognition to homosexual couples.
Danish town makes pork
mandatory in public institutions, pleasing anti-Islamic lobby (ABC
Jan 20 - A Danish town's decision to make public institutions serve pork has won praise from the anti-immigration lobby, which cited its own "fight against Islamic rules and misguided considerations".
The 'Obama is a Muslim'
conspiracy theory is still reverberating in the Middle East (Brisbane Times)
Jan 22 - When Barack Obama stepped onto the US political stage almost a decade ago, rumours swirled that he was secretly a Muslim.
Chess is gloriously
rebellious. Maybe that’s what Saudi Arabia’s mufti fears (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 22 - (Opinion: Stephen Moss) The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, does not like chess.
Dutch far-right leader tells
women to carry self-defence spray against ‘Islamic testosterone bombs’ (news.com.au)
Jan 24 - THE Dutch debate on refugees and asylum seekers has come to this: Firebrand politician Geert Wilders handing out self-defence sprays to women fearful of what he describes as “Islamic testosterone bombs” in the wake of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.
Istanbul explosion: 10
charged with terrorism over bombing which targeted tourists (ABC News)
Jan 18 - A Turkish court has charged 10 people over the suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district that killed 10 Germans, local media reports.
Australians kidnapped in
Burkina Faso devoted lives to providing medical relief (ABC News)
Jan 18 - An Australian couple kidnapped by extremists in Burkina Faso run a medical clinic and have dedicated their lives to helping people in the West African country, a family spokesperson says.
Islamic State abducts
400 civilians in Syria, monitor says (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 18 - Cairo: Islamic State fighters have abducted at least 400 civilians in eastern Syria after an attack by the Islamist militants in which at least 135 people were killed, a monitoring group said Sunday.
Jakarta attacks: Death
toll rises (Sydney Morning
Jan 18 - Jakarta: The death toll in the Jakarta blasts has risen to eight after an Indonesian security guard who had been shot in the head died on Saturday night.
Islamic State kills 300
Syrians (The Australian)
Jan 18 - Jihadists from Islamic State have killed up to 300 Syrian civilians after capturing new ground in a major assault.
Gunmen attack Bacha Khan
University in north-west Pakistan (ABC News)
Jan 20 - Three gunmen have broken into a university in Charsadda in north-west Pakistan, local media reported, a little over a year after Taliban gunmen killed 134 students in a school in the city of Peshawar.
'Jihadi John' dead, says
Islamic State (Sydney Morning
Jan 20 - Dubai: A media outlet associated with Islamic State on Tuesday released a eulogy for "Jihadi John", a member of the militant group who gained notoriety for his filmed execution of hostages, the monitoring organisation SITE reported.
Families of ISIS
schoolgirls fear they have all been killed in war-torn Syria (news.com.au)
Jan 20 - THREE British schoolgirls are feared dead in a “hellishly dangerous” Syrian city where bombs have been exploding close to their last known location.
Islamic State holds
about 3500 slaves in Iraq, UN says (Brisbane
Jan 20 - New York: The United Nations has revealed details of the "staggering civilian death toll in Iraq" over the past two years and estimated some 3500 Iraqis continue to be held captive as "slaves", since the Islamic State's insurgency flared at the beginning of 2014.
attack that killed 20 exposes Taliban divisions (ABC News)
Jan 21 - An attack on a university in Pakistan's north-west has exposed divisions within the Taliban, analysts have said.
To fight Islamist
radicals, Tajikistan shaves off beards of 13,000 men (Brisbane Times)
Jan 22 - In a bid to curb Islamist radicalisation, authorities in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan shaved the beards off nearly 13,000 men.
Iraq's 1,400yo St
Elijah's Christian monastery destroyed by Islamic State militants (ABC
Jan 23 - Satellite images confirm the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been destroyed by Islamic State (IS) militants.
restaurant attack by al-Shabab kills at least 14 (Brisbane Times)
Jan 23 - Mogadishu: At least 14 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded after Islamist militants struck a popular beachside restaurant in Somalia's capital that had become a symbol of the city's struggling renaissance, officials said.
Islamic State hijack
Justin Bieber hashtag to try and spread graphic video about the terror group (news.com.au)
Jan 23 - ISLAMIC State has released a graphic video using the Justin Bieber hashtag on Twitter, in a worrying ploy that could see the militant organisation’s propaganda exposed to the tens of millions of mostly young people who follow the megastar.
Was cleric Jakarta
mastermind? (The Australian)
Jan 23 - Jailed Indonesian cleric and Islamic State supporter Aman Abdurrahman is believed to be behind last week’s attacks.
expected to announce more civilian casualties in strikes on Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 23 - The US-led military coalition has called its war against the Islamic State the “most precise air campaign in history” despite having identified 16 civilians mistakenly killed and another nine injured in strikes last summer.
CNN roasted for
‘jihotties’ segment detailing online push to promote ISIS bachelors (news.com.au)
Jan 23 - That is the romantic sentiment Islamic State militants are apparently hoping will attract foreign brides to Syria.
Spain's pet blessings
see tails and scales flock to church on Day of Saint Anthony (ABC News)
Jan 18 - Dogs, cats, rabbits and even iguanas, many decked out in colourful sweaters to keep warm, have trooped into Spanish churches for a blessing on the Day of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals.
evangelicals, says Christianity 'under siege' (The West Australian)
Jan 19 - Lynchburg (United States) (AFP) - Donald Trump declared himself a defender of besieged Christians in a campaign speech to more than 11,000 people, as the Republican presidential frontrunner openly courted evangelicals two weeks before the first nomination vote.
Vietnam's sacred turtle
in Hoan Kiem lake dies as Communists gather (ABC News)
Jan 21 - A giant turtle considered sacred in Vietnam and venerated as a symbol of the country's independence struggle has died, according to state media.
British extremist Abu
Haleema turns to Australia (Brisbane
Jan 21 - A British preacher considered so extreme in his home country that he has been kicked out of mosques and spurned by the Islamic community has turned his gaze to Australia and is quickly building a support base in Sydney and Melbourne.
Australia Day 2016:
Muslims to distribute 'loyalty to country' leaflets (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 23 - This Australia Day, Muslims will be distributing leaflets adorned with the national flag around Canberra to profess their loyalty to the country.
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull to articulate Australia's Islamic State fight (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 19 - The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will use a speech during his first day of his visit to Washington, DC, to explain both why Australia is engaged in the battle against Islamic State, and why he refuses to use heated language that casts the battle against terrorism as a broader ideological war.
Uniting Church ministers
face pension shock after being caught welfare crackdown (Brisbane Times)
Jan 19 - More than 1200 retired Uniting Church ministers have been kicked off the age pension or had their payments slashed after being caught up in a government crackdown on former public servants claiming welfare payment.
Why Trump and Islamic
State are two sides of the same (ignorant) coin (Brisbane Times)
Jan 21 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Donald Trump and Islamic State: the populist property buffoon and the jihadist militants.
Youth pastor Kris
Guglielmucci killed by lightning strike at Cornerstone College at Mount Barker (Adelaide Now)
Jan 23 - A MAN who was struck and killed by a bolt of lightning during a church camp in the Adelaide Hills was a father of four and a youth pastor with a northern suburbs church.
How did my communist
family get it so wrong? Because politics was their religion (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 23 – (Opinion: Martin Kettle) The first public event I can remember took place in 1953. I was three years old.
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