The Statistic

20th April, 2018
Age of Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, believed to be the world's oldest man when he died in Chile this week: 121 years
Source: The Guardian


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20th April, 2018
QUIT: Craig Meller, CEO of Australian wealth management company AMP, after the country's banking royal commission heard how AMP had routinely charged fees for services that weren't delivered and misled corporate watchdog, ASIC, about it.
CLAIMED: That paediatrician Hans Asperger, after whom Asperger syndrome is named, had actively aided and supported Nazi programme on euthanasia, by Herwig Czech, of Vienna’s Medical University.
RENAMED: The Kingdom of Swaziland, as the Kingdom of eSwatini, by King Mswati III to mark 50 years since independence from British rule. 


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US academic and author SAMANTHA BASKIND, in an article first published on Religion News Service, says while the Warsaw Ghetto uprising provides something of a "small salve" for the wounds of the Holocaust, it's important to also remember the stories of "lost innocence and mercilessness"...

In an article first published on The Conversation, LISA MARIE DAUNT flags a warning over the loss of Australia's "smaller, unassuming" post-war church heritage... 

Religion News Service columnist THOMAS REESE on why Pope Francis was right to ask for forgiveness over his handling of the sex abuse crisis in Chile...

They Said It

"It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949."
- Queen Elizabeth II in comments made at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in support of her eldest son, Prince Charles, taking over headship of the Commonwealth.


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This Week on the Web

10th April, 2018
Mosul-based journalist and translator Ali Y Al-Baroodi has documented some of the story of what has befallen the Iraqi city in recent years in a photo essay - 'An Armenian church in Mosul after liberation from ISIS' - published on the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis' website. You can see the photo essay here.

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The Word Explained

16th April, 2018
Charismatic movement: Effort begun around the 1960s to bring spiritual gifts, such as healing and speaking in tongues, back to the church. It has some similarities to the beliefs and practices of Pentecostal denominations.


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  • In the first of a new column looking at how great works of art celebrate the Christian faith, DAVID ADAMS takes a brief look at Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper...

  • In a Know It All special to mark World Water Day on 22nd March, MEGAN ROWLING, of Thomson Reuters Foundation, looks at some facts and figures about water use around the world...

  • DAVID ADAMS looks at the growing push to make flying cars a reality...





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