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Artists fashion a Christmas tree for Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral from the lifejackets of Syrian refugee children; Sydney's Archbishop replies to NZ Anglicans; and Tony Abbott calls for acknowledgement of Christianity, not just country.

November 21 2018


Refugee installation comes to St Paul's Cathedral for Christmas

A Christmas tree made from the lifejackets of Syrian children is on show at St Paul’s Cathedral this festive season as a reminder of the plight of the world’s refugees, the Cathedral’s Hannah Hornsby reports.


Archbishop Glenn Davies’ response to NZ rejection of his overlapping Anglican jurisdiction proposal

Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop, Dr Glenn Davies, says it is sad but “now inevitable” that two Anglican Churches will arise in New Zealand, but without mutual recognition, after the leaders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia rejected his proposed overlapping Anglican diocese or province to cater for Anglicans there opposed to the blessing of same-sex marriage.


Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs, ex-PM Tony Abbott, keen on prayer, not acknowledgement of country

Former Prime Minister and Government-appointed Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs Tony Abbott tells a Sydney book launch that he attended the recent official opening of Sydney’s Northern Beaches Hospital and noted the absence of religion. Read Greg Dunlop’s report for NITV (National Indigenous Television) News.


After the Bourke Street attack, once again Muslims suffer from politicians' double standards

Secondary school teacher and an active member of the Muslim community Nancy Umm Rashid says her co-religionists seek no special treatment after the recent tragic incident in Bourke Street.


Podcast – Asia Bibi: sentenced to death over a cup of water

Listen to The Guardian’s Memphis Barker and Harriet Sherwood trace the story of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who was kept in solitary confinement on death row after being convicted of blasphemy over an argument about a cup of water – and who even now, after her acquittal eight years later, is in fear for her life.


BBC sticks to atheist and humanist ban on Thought for the Day

The BBC has resisted the latest attempts by humanists and atheists to open its long-running Thought for the Day radio program to speakers beyond faith traditions. Read Patrick Sawer’s report in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.


Bishop of Colombo dismayed about ‘arbitrary’ removal of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister and suspension of Parliament

Bishop Dhiloraj Canagasabey expresses “shock and great dismay” at President Maithripala Sirisena sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as his suspension of Parliament, the Anglican Communion News Service reports.


Mission to Seafarers nominated for Australian shipping welfare award

ACNS reports that the Brisbane branch of the international Anglican agency, the Mission to Seafarers, has been recognised with a nomination for a national award.


Time to stop punishing the unemployed

Since the 1990s, Australia’s income support system and employment services have shifted to an ever harsher regime of compliance and penalty, while failing to find work for hundreds of thousands of people, writes El Gibbs, who has experienced the system, in this article for the Australian Jesuits’ online journal on politics, religion and culture, Eureka Street.


English cathedral releases its own brand of gin

Blackburn Cathedral in England’s north has launched its own gin, Cathedra, which is designed to cash in on the current enthusiasm for the drink and provide an income for the Church’s mission and ministry.