The Statistic

13th December, 2018
Benefit to the economy in the Australian state of Victoria for every person that walks 20 minutes to work and back: $AUD8.48
Source: Victoria Walks (based on a Queensland Government study)

 

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Moments

13th December, 2018
SURVIVED: British Prime Minister Theresa May, a Brexit policy-driven Conservative Party leadership spill by a vote of 200 to 117.
SENTENCED: To three year's prison, Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, for his role in making illegal payments to women to help the President's 2016 election campaign and for lying to Congress about a Trump construction project in Russia.
ONGOING: A massive manhunt in France for a suspected extremist believed to be behind a shooting spree near a Christmas market in Strasbourg which left two dead, one more brain dead and 12 injured.

 

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Essays

US Catholic commentator, THOMAS REESE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, reflects on the state of the world this Advent - and the hope that Jesus Christ brings despite what we see around us...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SOPHIE RUSSELL, of UNSW, and CHRIS CUNNEEN, of the University of Technology Sydney, argue that evidence shows investment in designing local solutions to overcome the drivers of crime and incarceration is working to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates...

JOHN G STACKHOUSE, Jr, in an article first published on Religion News Service, looks at how American John Allen Chau - killed by North Sentinelese Indigenous people in the remote Andaman Islands - can be viewed as a martyr...

They Said It

"Recently the President tweeted a statement calling me weak, and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds." 
- Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, speaking as he was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including campaign finance violations stemming from payments to two women alleged to have had affairs with Trump (as quoted on The Hill).

 

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This Week on the Web

13th December, 2018
Prior to his execution at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a letter while he was imprisoned in Germany in which he compared Advent to being in a prison cell. In an article on Christianity Today, Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, assistant professor of moral theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, takes a closer look...

 

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The Word Explained

10th December, 2018
Culus regio elus religio: A Latin phrase meaning 'the religion of those in power dictates the religion of the people'.

 

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