An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice. Christians who reject conversion to Islam or the restrictive conditions “are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” said the online statement reputedly from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the BBC reports.
A Christian, an Atheist, a Muslim, a Jew and an Agnostic sounds like the beginning of a well-worn novel. But at a meeting hosted by the NSW Council for Christians and Jews at the Archdiocese of Sydney's offices at the Polding Centre yesterday, a group of young French men aged between 20 and 23 proved not only that this was no joke but that those of different faiths as well or no faith at all could respect one another's beliefs and live in harmony together.
Australia's first Islamic museum has opened its doors to the public - showcasing the rich history, arts and culture of the religion.
North Korean authorities yesterday morning released 75 year old Australian missionary John Short, arrested on February 16 on charges of "illegally distributing religious material". Short, who has lived for decades in Hong Kong with his wife, arrived a little while ago at Beijing airport. He said he was "very, very tired," and added that for now, he "intends only to rest". Pyongyang released him "in consideration of his age" and "in light of the fact that he confessed his crimes and apologized. This is a generous decision".
If St Paul wrote a letter to the young people of Australia today, what message might he like to impart and how would he make the gospel relevant to us now? We asked noted theologian and Pauline scholar Rev Dr Chris Monaghan CP, president of YTU, a college of the University of Divinity, based in Melbourne, to play the role of Paul. Here's that letter.
Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Donal McKeown, auxiliary bishop of Down and Connor, as bishop of Derry. The See of Derry became vacant on 23 November 2011 with the retirement of Bishop Séamus Hegarty. Donal McKeown was born on 12 April 1950 and brought up in Randalstown, Co Antrim, the first of four children. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Down and Connor on 3 July 1977.
BPAS tells us that contraceptive pills have a “perfect use” failure rate of one per cent when used exactly as instructed, “but with ‘typical use’ around nine in 100 women will become pregnant a year”. Likewise perfect condom use results in two pregnancies per 100 users while “with typical use – in which the condom is sometimes not put on or taken off properly – that increases to 12 in every 100”.
"The Church needs your courage, to proclaim the Gospel at all times, both in season and out of season, and to bear witness to the truth."
The chairman of the Council of Cardinals has suggested that a married couple should head a renewed Pontifical Council for Families.
Mass at Casa Santa Marta kicked off the third round of sessions for the Council of Cardinals. They advise Pope Francis on Church governance and reform of the Roman Curia.
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