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Sydney Archbishop election begins, Nazi symbols could be banned in Victoria, Welby condemns Nigerian Primate's homosexuality comments, when the Pope meets the Ayatollah, and more...

March 10 2021


Slow start to elections for next Archbishop of Sydney

There has been a low-key response to the opening of nominations for the election of the next Archbishop of Sydney. The summons to the Election Synod was issued on January 25. A one-day ordinary Synod in May will be followed by the Election Synod, which would consider those nominated. However, as Southern Cross went to press in late February, there were no names yet announced.


Swastikas to be banned?

The public display of the swastika and other Nazi images could soon be banned and deemed a criminal offence in Victoria following recommendations delivered in a report by a state parliamentary committee on Wednesday 3 March.


What’s the equivalent of a Christian who is a never-Trump Republican in Australia? We need that now…

Read the opinion piece by Nathan Campbell in Eternity that has caused quite the stir this week, with editor John Sanderson today following it up with a clarification. 


Justin Welby condemns Nigerian archbishop's gay 'virus' comments

The archbishop of Canterbury has issued a rare public condemnation of a fellow Anglican primate who described homosexuality as a “deadly virus” which should be “radically expunged and excised”. Justin Welby, said the comments made by Henry Ndukuba, the archbishop of Nigeria, were unacceptable and dehumanising.


When the Pope meets the Ayatollah

The historic meeting between Pope Francis and the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is a glimpse of the future of the Middle East — one that puts spirituality and social justice above politics and sectarianism. By visiting the “Shi’a capital” of Najaf, the Pope is reaching out to an often invisible but hugely significant school of thought in the Muslim world.


Harry, Meghan say they married before royal wedding, sparking debate on which ceremony was valid

The 2018 royal wedding is looking a bit less royal this week, after Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about their decision to quit the British royal family’s inner circle and move to the United States with their son, Archie. But was the royal wedding even a proper wedding? That question is up for debate, sparked by a brief comment made by Markle during the interview, in which she said the couple actually were married three days earlier, in a private ceremony with just Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.


Anglican Bishops call for a halt to Drilling in the Kavango, Namibia

The Bishop of Namibia has warned that exploratory drilling for oil has commenced in the Kavango Basin, Namibia, by Canadian Company ReConAfrica despite what he says has been a closed process that hasn’t considered locals. He has created a petition to halt the drilling, which has already been signed by 38 Anglican bishops and archbishops around the world. 


Science-faith partnership is vital for tackling climate change

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told an international gathering of faith leaders that the fight against climate crisis would benefit from the relationship between science and faith. He made his comments in the first of a series of online meetings being held in advance of the UN’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow later this year.


Calls grow to prioritise Italy's priests for Covid vaccination 

Calls are growing in Italy to prioritise the vaccination of priests against Covid-19 as the death toll among members of the clergy, many of whom have assisted and comforted the sick since the beginning of the pandemic, approaches 270.


‘Absurd, useless, Islamophobic’: Swiss narrowly back burqa ban

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to ban face coverings, both the niqabs and burqas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters. Experts estimate that at most a few dozen Muslim women wear full-face coverings in the country of 8.5 million people.