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Hindu group hold rally for Adani port stalled by Indian fishing community

India Vizhinjam protestors and police

Vizhinjam, India Reuters Hundreds of people from a Hindu group marched on Wednesday in support of the construction of a $US900 million port in southern India, shouting slogans against a local Catholic church that is trying to stall the project. Police in riot gear set up barricades and blocked the supporters before they reached the […]

Pastors say Johnny Hunt, former SBC president accused of abuse, can return to ministry

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United StatesRNS Disgraced former Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt plans a return to ministry after completing a restoration process overseen by four pastors, according to a video released last week. Hunt, a longtime megachurch pastor in Georgia, was named earlier this year in the Guidepost Solutions report on sexual abuse in the SBC, which alleged that […]

Advent 2022 – 24 days of inspiring Christmas films

For our Advent special in 2022, we’re reflecting on 24 feel-good films that have inspired us for the Christmas season. We hope you enjoy… DAY 24 The Nativity Story (2006)It is the age of the Roman Empire and God’s people are burdened with heavy consequences if they do not pay their taxes to the soldiers […]

NGO accuses Italian, Maltese politicians of crimes against humanity on migrants

Mediterranean Sea rescued migrants

Rome, Italy Reuters A German charity said on Wednesday it had reported senior European politicians including Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over their treatment of migrants. Those accused by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights include Maltese Premier Robert Abela and Salvini, who […]

Taliban: At least 10 killed in bombing of Afghan religious school

Afghanistan Aybak bomb blast victim

Islamabad, PakistanAP A bomb blast hit a religious school in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 students, a Taliban official said. The explosion went off at around the time of afternoon prayers at the Al Jihad Madrassa in Aybak, capital of Samangan province, a resident of the city who heard the explosion told […]

NATO seeks to shore up Russia’s neighbours as Moscow attacks Ukraine on multiple fronts

Ukraine Donetsk wounded soldier

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Russia said its forces had edged forward in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday and Kyiv said Moscow was “planning something” in the south, while NATO sought to shore up other countries that fear destabilisation from Moscow. Ukraine’s General Staff said earlier that its troops had repelled six Russian attacks in 24 hours in the […]

Australia struggles to ‘close the gap’ in Indigenous living standards

Australia Aboriginal flag

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia is failing to meet almost half its targets for improving the lives of Indigenous people, including on the problems of adult incarceration and suicide, according to a government assessment published on Wednesday. Australia’s roughly one million Indigenous citizens have inhabited the land for roughly 60,000 years but track well below national averages […]

China vows more “friendly consensus” amid Vatican complaints

Chinese China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian

Beijing, ChinaAP Beijing and the Vatican are once again tangling over the prickly issue of appointing Chinese bishops. After complaints from the Vatican that Beijing was violating a 2018 interim accord, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said the country is willing to expand the “friendly consensus” achieved with the Vatican over bishop […]