The Statistic

20th July, 2018
Number of people evacuated from the Syrian towns of Foah and Kafraya this week after enduring an almost three year siege there: 6,900
Source: OCHA

 

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Moments

20th July, 2018
INVITED: Vladimir Putin, to visit the US, by US President Donald Trump, later this year; it follows the much discussed meeting of the two leaders in Helsinki this week.
PASSED: A controversial new law in Israel which explicitly defines the country as the national home of the Jewish people with Jerusalem as its "united" capital.
REFUSED: A Turkish court, to allow the extradition of accused Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash to Australia to face trial.

 

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Essays

Academics CLAUDIO MILANO, JOSEPH M CHEER and MARINA NOVELLI, in an article first published on The Conversation, look at the rising problem of 'overtourism'...

In an article first published on The Conversation, JOANNE M PIERCE, professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in the US, looks at the Christian concept of Heaven...

Uniting Church minister, radio commentator and Sight contributor PAUL CLARK looks at why, if Australia's Federal Parliament considers removing the recitation of the Lord's Prayer from its proceedings, the bigger picture of Parliament's foundations should be taken into account...

They Said It

“As far as Philip Wilson is concerned, he should have resigned - he should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, referring to the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson who has been convicted and sentenced to 12 months detention for covering up sexual abuse, in comments made before he met with Australian Catholic archbishops in Sydney on Thursday (as quoted on The Advertiser).

 

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This Week on the Web

20th July, 2018
Branded as witches, children in Nigeria endure horrific abuse as a result. MARC ELLISON presents this special report for the BBC...

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The Word Explained

16th July, 2018
Stations of the Cross: Roman Catholic tradition of 14 incidents leading to Jesus' crucifixion which are often pictured around the church for prayer and meditation.

 

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For July and August, 2018, we're reading Melissa Cain Travis' Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God. To buy the book, follow this link - Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God

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