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Teach your children

There are some in our society who believe you shouldn’t teach religion to children – “let them learn it later when they can make up their own mind”. PICTURE: gpointstudio/iStockphoto Most people in history would think such a view is crazy. Isn’t your faith integral to who you are? Your identity? Your culture? Of course, it is! […]

Love or country: UK families caught up in Sunak’s plan to cut migration

Rebecca Kaya walks through the town centre, following an interview with Reuters, in Dursley, south west Britain, on 18th December, 2023

Dursley, England Reuters In early December Rebecca Kaya was celebrating after she and her Kurdish husband Baran finally hit their savings goal to qualify for a British visa so the couple could move from Icmeler in Turkey to Britain.  A few days later Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hiked the amount a British person must earn […]

Israel’s government faces pressure as hostage families march on Jerusalem seeking answers

Family members, friends and supporters of Israelis and other nationalities who were taken hostage on 7th October by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, complete their march into Jerusalem, on 18th November, 2023.

JerusalemReuters The families of Israeli hostages and thousands of their supporters arrived in Jerusalem on Saturday at the end of a five-day march to confront the government over the plight of those taken captive by Hamas in Gaza. An estimated 20,000 marchers, including well-wishers who joined the procession along the main Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, want […]

In Libya’s devastated Derna, families still search for the missing

Abdul Salam Ibrahim Al-Qadi, 43-years-old, stands on the rubble in front of his house while searching for his father and brother who went missing after the deadly floods in Derna, Libya, on 28th September, 2023.

Derna, Libya Reuters Since a huge flood swept away whole neighbourhoods of Libya’s city of Derna last month, Abdulsalam al-Kadi has been searching for his father and brother. He doesn’t expect to find them alive but he wants to bury them so he has a grave to mourn over. With friends, he has scoured mudbanks […]


Police tape

Did you know that most crimes in Australia are trending down. Some of the few exceptions include youth crime, domestic violence and cybercrime. PICTURE: David von Diemar/Unsplash Cybercrime is booming because that’s where commerce is moving. It’s easier to sit at a computer and steal money than rob a bank. Cyber crime is annoying, but domestic […]

Improve at school

Walking to school

Being married to a teacher and, as a parent, here are some simple things you can do with your children, that will have a huge impact on their schooling. PICTURE: note thanun/Unsplash Be interested and positive about school. Ask your children what they did each day, show interest. Support the teacher. Help them with their homework. […]

Seventy-seven US faith groups get total of $US92 million for innovative faith programs for children

People participate in an Esperanza seminar.

United StatesRNS Dozens of Christian groups seeking to instill faith in the nation’s children have been given grants of as much as $US1.25 million to help them meet their mission. Lilly Endowment, through its Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative, recently approved a total of $US92 million for 77 organisations – including denominations, local congregations and regional districts […]

Pope joins Meloni in urging Italians to have more kids, not pets

Pope Francis delivers his speech flanked by Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni during a conference on birthrate, at Auditorium della Conciliazione, in Rome, on Friday, 12th May, 2023

Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis joined Italy’s conservative premier on Friday in encouraging Italians to have more children, denouncing the financial precariousness facing young couples and “selfish, egotistical” choices that have led to a record low birth rate that is threatening the country’s economic future. Francis urged concrete political action to invert the “demographic winter,” which […]

Beirut port blast justice postponed as renewed probe is rejected

Lebanon Beirut blast protests2

Beirut, LebanonReuters Lebanon’s top public prosecutor on Wednesday charged the judge investigating the Beirut port blast and ordered the release of those detained in connection with the explosion, derailing an attempt to resume the probe into the devastating event.  The moves by Ghassan Oweidat signal escalating opposition by Lebanon’s ruling establishment to efforts by Judge […]