27 January 2022

20-26 January

Anglicans launch appeal for ‘unprecedented’ Tonga disaster 

Anglicans have been urged to give generously to help the Tonga recover after a volcanic eruption caused a tsunami which hit the island nation.  

Anglican Overseas Aid has launched an appeal to raise money for after “unprecedented disaster” in the Pacific Island nation. 

AOA’s disaster response and resilience co-ordinator Tim Hartley said the volcanic eruption had been a “double-whammy” for the island, with an immediate catastrophe followed by the ongoing effects of ash and acid rain. 


Australia opens more places for Afghan refugees after scathing report  

Australia will prioritise more than 15,000 Afghan refugees through its humanitarian and family reunion programs over the next four years. 

It comes after claims Australia has been “dishonourable” by leaving hundreds of interpreters and other citizens at high risk of brutal reprisals from the Taliban. 

Reverend Tim Costello said the Morrison government’s move was “mean and tricky”, and “more spin”. 

Nigeria again worst in the world in killed, kidnapped Christians 

Three Christians were killed in attacks in Nigeria last week, in an ambush in the predominantly Christian village of Tyanna. 

Sources say more Christians were killed for their faith in Nigeria in 2021 than any other country in the world. 

It is suspected the January 10 attacks were conducted by Fulani herdsmen. 


Want faith? Go to the homeless, says doctor of the streets 

Daniel Nour finds the strongest faith in the homeless people he treats. 

The 26-year-old doctor’s program Street Side Medics take free medical services to homeless people across NSW. 

Named 2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Dr Nour finds his own motivation for service is his relationship with God. 

And he finds the service’s patients are often unashamed to talk about God. 

Communion is asked: ‘Do you want to help choose the next Archbishop of Canterbury?’ 

Anglicans around the world are being asked if they should have a greater say in the choice of the next Archbishop of Canterbury. 

An international consultation has put forward the suggestion of increasing voting members on the Crown Nominations Commission from across the Anglican Communion.  

It could mean a very different looking nominations commission. 

If I don’t celebrate Australia Day, does that make me unpatriotic? 

It’s officially described as a change to “reflect on our history, its highs and lows”. But Australia’s national holiday tends to take on a celebratory, even triumphal, tone. 

And while we can get tangled in the semantics of patriotism, many argue some form of national glue is necessary to bind us. 

Whatever we end up with might be an uncomfortable mix, Peter Mares writes. 

Christ and cocaine: Rio’s gangs of God blend faith and violence 

They go to church, but they carry guns. Many of Rio de Janeiro’s drug traffickers have embraced Christian beliefs, symbolism and language. 

Here Guardian journalist Tom Phillips explores the new generation of “narco-Pentecostals” in the city’s favelas. 

‘Now there is no one’: The lament of one of the last Christians in a Syrian city 

Michel Butros al-Jisri is among one of three known Christians in Idlib, a Syrian city that once contained a vibrant community of Christians. 

On Christmas Day Mr al-Jisri didn’t attend church, because the Islamist rebels who control the area had long ago locked up the church.  

Instead, he went to the city’s Christian cemetery, now disused, to sit among the graves of his forbears and mark the day quietly, by himself. 

Thich Nhat Hanh, who worked for decades to teach mindfulness, approached death in that same spirit 

The Zen Buddhist monk responsible for popularising mindfulness in the West has died in the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue Vietnam. 

Thich Nhat Hanh was 95 when he died on January 21. He began teaching mindfulness in the mid-1970s, using books as the main vehicle for his teachings.