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Hundreds evacuated by sea from island as Greek wildfires rage

Greece Lasdikas wildfire

Athens, GreeceReuters Hundreds of people were evacuated by boat from an island near Athens as Greece braced for a fourth day of wildfires on Friday with emergency services forecasting strong winds and searing temperatures.  Coastguard vessels assisted by tourist boats have picked up 631 people since late Thursday from three beaches on the island of […]

Orlando’s Holy Land theme park sold by TBN to health care company

US Florida Orlando Holy Land Experience theme park

RNS The Holy Land Experience, a Christian-based theme park in Orlando, Florida, has been purchased by a Seventh-day Adventist health care company. Trinity Broadcasting Network, the park’s owner since 2007, sold the roughly six hectare museum and tourist attraction to Adventist Health System Inc. The health care company, also known as AdventHealth, was founded by […]

Australian Christian leaders say government move to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, including reparations, doesn’t go far enough

Brooke Prentis

Last updated 2:50pm (AEST)Sydney, Australia Australian Christian leaders say the Federal Government’s $A1 billion Closing the Gap announcement does not go far enough to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, and acknowledge the past wrongs suffered by the nation’s Indigenous people. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the funding, including $A378.6 million in redress payments for survivors […]

Amid hesitation in African Anglican provinces, Kenya appoints first two women bishops

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Nairobi, KenyaRNS In a predominantly Anglican region of western Kenya, a long-serving female priest has been elected an Anglican bishop, making her the second woman to hold that rank in a country where the consecration of women as bishops is still controversial. Rev Rose Okeno, 52, will lead Butere, a rural diocese where a majority […]

Essay: What is a cult?

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MATHEW SCHMALZ, a professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross in the US state of Massachusetts, looks at what we mean when we talk about a ‘cult’ or ‘cult leader’…