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South Sudanese Australians protest their treatment at the hands of politicians and the community; a new Anglican family violence program will hold men accountable for their behaviour; Pope Francis concedes the Catholic Church 'abandoned' children

August 24 2018 

Stop 'racialising' crime, says South Sudanese video

A video featuring South Sudanese Australians pleading with the Prime Minister and other political leaders to stop “racialising” crime has been launched at St John’s Anglican Church, Footscray.

The video protests the “devastating” racism that it says has been unleashed on the South Sudanese community as a result of vilification, including knife attacks and abusive language.


Anglican family violence program will hold men ‘accountable’

An Anglican family violence program designed to hold men accountable for violent behaviour has received funding from the Victorian Government.


Pope: ‘We abandoned the children’

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the cover-up of abuse by admitting that the Catholic Church had ‘abandoned’ children.

In a letter addressed to ‘the whole People of God’, he wrote: “If ‘one member suffers, all suffer together with it’. These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.”


Aretha: A life of faith

Faith and church were foundational to the success of American soul legend Aretha Franklin, who died last week.

She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister.


Church of South India Responds to Flooding in Kerala

Members of the Church of South India have been at the heart of relief efforts after flooding devastated swathes of the south-western state of Kerala.

So far, about 350 have died in the floods, and more the 700,000 are displaced and living in relief camps around the region.


Bishop Curry talks about Jesus with U2

AMERICAN Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered the sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry, has met backstage with U2 and front man Bono at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Episcopal Church leader and the Irish rockers discussed Bishop Curry’s ‘Reclaiming Jesus’ initiative. A photo released by the band shows the foursome posing with Bishop Curry.


Nuclear has left its run too late

Energy policy continues to cause bitter division among Australian politicians. Australian nuclear advocate Ian Hore-Lacy suggests that only nuclear power can give Australia reliable and low cost electricity while keeping carbon emissions low, but Robert Farago disagrees.


Women on the Front Line - reflections from Burundi

The wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Caroline Welby, and a team from Lambeth Palace recently spent a week with the wives of Burundi’s archbishop and bishops.

The conversations revealed much of the suffering these women endure daily from living amid conflict. Many of them also struggle to manage the extra responsibilities that come with being a bishop’s wife.


When religious language turns public

A recent book by the Australian Jesuit scholar Gerald O'Collins, A Christology of Religions, discusses the place that Christians might find for other religions and frameworks of belief in their understanding of faith.


Sir John Eccles, Victoria's Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was marginalised in his search for the soul

A reflection on Sir John Eccles, an Australian scientist whose attempt to mix religion and science made him an outsider in the scientific community as it won him fans in the Catholic Church.