Saturday, January 26, 2008

A loving Personality dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and breathing fragrance over every scene. Always a living Person is present, speaking, pleading, loving, working, and manifesting himself whenever and wherever his people have the receptivity necessary to receive the manifestation. ... A. W. Tozer image

Stand Firm: Presiding Bishop “Removes” the San Joaquin Standing Committee



Mrs. Hughes

Mere Comments: Leviathans Make Nice Pets, Don't They?
Posted by Anthony Esolen
January 24, 2008

From Romano Guardini, Power and Responsibility (1956):

We cannot escape the impression that nature as well as man himself is becoming ever more vulnerable to the domination -- economic, technical, political, organizational -- of power. Ever more distinctly our condition reveals itself as one in which man progressively controls nature, yes; but also men; the state controls its citizens; and an autonomous technical-economic-political system holds all life in thrall. This growing defenselessness against the inroads of power is furthered by the fact that ethical norms have lost much of their influence, hence their ability to curb abuses of power is weakened . . .

Father Guardini, despite the Italian name, was a German philosopher, and sometimes writes like one. But he has that rare combination of farsightedness, both backward and forward, and attention to the particulars of the day. And in his day, the particulars were terrible enough. Guardini always writes under the burden of the evil that his native land vomited forth upon the earth, made manifest in that strutting artist named Adolf, but not slain with Adolf in the bunker in Berlin. He sees, too, that Nazism was but one manifestation of the modern age gone deranged. Nazism died, but the will to power did not. Guardini argues that the whole of modernity, from the late Renaissance to the bombing of Hiroshima, can be characterized by the naive trust in power -- with the magnificent achievements in the natural sciences that we all know of, and the destruction of cultural variety and community that we also know of, but do not want to think about.

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TitusOneNine: Resolution Passed by South Carolina Diocesan Convention Today
Posted by Kendall Harmon

Resolution: Be it resolved that the 217th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina dissociates itself from the affiliation of The Episcopal Church (TEC) with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).

Explanation:

On the 12th of January 2006, the Executive Committee of The Episcopal Church voted to formalize the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the RCRC, a registered political lobby, which advocates for unlimited abortion rights in the political realm. The literature and website of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice reveal that it advocates positions specifically at odds with those of the Episcopal Church as expressed by a resolution of the 1994 General Convention declaring that, “As Christians, we believe strongly that if [the right to abortion] is exercised, it should be used only in extreme situations. We emphatically oppose abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection, or any reason of mere convenience.” Further on this the final day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it must be noted that this affiliation represents yet another divergence from the normative moral teaching of Catholic Christianity.
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TLC: Virginia Bishop: Conflict a Religious Liberty Issue
January 25, 2008

The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, Bishop of Virginia, told members and guests attending the first day of the diocese’s annual council in Reston that the current “shadow” of litigation over the diocese is worth the expense because of the cause’s “serious consequences for religious liberty.

“If the attorney general’s view of the law prevails, it will mean that the Commonwealth of Virginia gives preference to churches with congregational governance, discriminates against churches that are hierarchical or connectional in their governance, and intrudes into the doctrine and discipline of communities of faith,” Bishop Lee said in his Jan. 25 address.
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100 Anglican clergy renew vows;
ALLEGIANCE TO CHURCH REAFFIRMED IN CEREMONY

Saturday, January 26, 2008

In a united show of support, about 100 Anglican clergy with the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador reaffirmed their allegiance to the church Monday in the wake of a rift over same-sex unions that led to the departure of their previous bishop. One by one, retired and current clergy signed declarations renewing their licences a move the diocese has not taken in at least two decades.

Rev. Cyrus Pitman, the diocese's current bishop, said he called on the clergy to attend the mandatory meeting to offer them a sense of renewal after his predecessor, Donald Harvey, left the Church in protest.

"Today, my friends, is a fresh start,'' Pitman said in his sermon at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. "It's not a power grab as has been suggested by some.
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Australia: Churches unite in leap of faith
Michael Blaxland and Sarah Price
January 27, 2008

THE Anglican and Catholic churches are about to embark on a joint venture - a first for NSW.

Three regional heads of the two denominations will sign a covenant of co-operation in Newcastle on April 2.

Although co-operation exists on parish levels in some areas, it will be only the second time in Australia that Catholic and Anglican dioceses have agreed to a formal covenant.

Anglican Bishop of Newcastle Dr Brian Farran said that although there were issues dividing Christian churches, the covenant was an indication of what they had in common and a commitment to heal differences.

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New Anglican American bishop to visit Christ Church Sunday
Jennifer Edwards
Midland Reporter-Telegram
01/26/2008

The new Anglican bishop for protesting Episcopal churches, including Christ Church Midland, will pay a visit and lead worship Sunday.

On Sept. 2, Anglican Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi of Uganda consecrated the Rev. John Guernsey as bishop over all American Anglican congregations currently under the protection of the Uganda's Anglican Church.

Though he visited the area before his consecration, it will be the first time he's visited Christ Church Midland, he said. While here, he'll also visit Good Shepherd Church in San Angelo and an emerging group in Lubbock.
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Live Stream of the Consecration of Bishop Mark Lawrence

Friday, January 25, 2008

Lord, what a change within us one short hour
Spent in Thy presence will prevail to make!
What heavy burdens from our bosoms take,
What parched ground refresh as with a shower!

We kneel, and all around us seems to lower;
We rise, and all, the distant and the near,
Stands forth in sunny outline brave and clear;
We kneel, how weak! we rise, how full of power!

Why should we ever weak or heartless be,
Why are we ever overborne with care,
Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
And joy, and strength, and courage are with Thee?
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X Games competitors ride with Jesus
By Jason Blevins

The Denver Post
01/25/2008

In a sports world where believing in yourself is an essential tool — you need that kind of faith before you can hit a three-rotation 1080 on a snowboard — the notion of believing in something bigger can be difficult to fathom.

But a swelling corps of Jesus fans is making itself known in the inherently hedonistic world of extreme sports.

At this year's Winter X Games in Aspen, born-agains sport Jesus stickers on their rides. They eschew the party scene that saddles just about all the action. They wade through the excesses, living a chaste life while pushing the boundaries of their sport, hoping their lifestyle inspires others.
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What a strange place Canada is
EZRA LEVANT
Special to Globe and Mail Update
January 21, 2008


A few days ago, I was interrogated for 90 minutes by Shirlene McGovern, an officer of the government of Alberta. I have been accused of hurting people's feelings because, two years ago, I published the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in the Western Standard magazine.

Ms. McGovern's business card said she was a "Human Rights Officer." What a perfectly Orwellian title.

Early in her interrogation, she said "I always ask people … what was your intent and purpose of your article?"

It wasn't even a question about what we had published in the magazine. It was a question about my private thoughts. I asked her why my private feelings were of interest to the government. She said, very calmly, that they would be a factor taken into account by the government in determining whether or not I was guilty. the rest

Commentary: The “Secret” Sacrament of the Archbishop of Canterbury
By Randy Sly
1/25/2008
Catholic Online

An on-going story revolving around the activities of the Archbishop of Canterbury will not go away quietly. At the end of November the archbishop presided at a secret Eucharistic service with a group of homosexual Anglicans in London. While the event did, in fact, take place, it really wasn’t much of a secret, it upset many church leaders within Anglicanism, and it points to a fatal flaw.
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ENS: Anglican Women's Empowerment to welcome delegates to 52nd UNCSW assembly
January 25, 2008

[Episcopal News Service] In February, women from every region of the world will arrive in New York to participate in the
52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), held at the United Nation's headquarters. This year's theme is "Financing for gender equity and the empowerment of women."

The annual gathering, dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women, draws thousands to caucus, draft resolutions, learn, and exchange information about the progress being made toward fulfilling the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Beijing Platform for Action.

Hundreds of non-governmental organizations will be represented during the February 25-March 3 assembly including all the mainline denominations.

This will mark the fifth year of the Anglican Women's Empowerment (AWE) full-scale participation. The delegations will be smaller than previous years, but more experienced and targeted in their approach so as to have a sustainable impact on women in the Anglican Communion throughout the year. Anglican women are accredited to the U.N. through the Anglican Observer's office. The
International Anglican Women's Network (IAWN) will also be represented at the events.
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Spiritual Consumerism's Upside
Why church shopping may not be all bad.

1/25/2008

Recently I read yet another lament of evangelicalism's "consumerist" approach to spiritual matters. Such critiques usually say that evangelicals encourage people to shop around to find the kind of church that meets their spiritual "needs." This needs-centered understanding of the Christian life has fostered a widespread breakdown of denominational and congregational loyalty, critics say. Faithfulness to a specific theological or ecclesiastical tradition has been replaced by "church shopping."

I must confess that I am more vulnerable than most in light of this charge. I am presently co-chairing, on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the officially sponsored dialogue between representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and four denominations in the Reformed tradition. In a sense, I am the most ecumenical member of the dialogue, having belonged at one time in my life to three of the four sponsoring Reformed denominations: I was raised in a parsonage of the Reformed Church in America, then belonged for 17 years—during my time on the Calvin College faculty—to the Christian Reformed Church, and am now a member of a PC(USA) congregation. Furthermore, my wife and I often attend services in a local Episcopal parish. So when I hear people refer disparagingly to "church shoppers," I feel that I need to defend my own shopping.
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New Research Could Help Reverse The Biological Clock For Dementia Patients
ScienceDaily

(Jan. 24, 2008) — Medical experts in the North-East of England believe they could have found the key to turning back the brain’s biological clock and reverse the effects of dementia and memory loss.

Independent research at the University of Sunderland has shown that regular exposure to safe low level infra-red light can improve learning performance and kick-start the cognitive function of the brain.

The results are a scientific breakthrough as to date medical treatments for dementia can only slow down brain deterioration and now human trials are to start to see if the treatment could provide a cure to illnesses like Alzheimer's.

Independent research carried out at Sunderland has demonstrated that low power infra-red (1072nm) can improve the learning performance.

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First Things: Waking Up to Springtime
By Richard John Neuhaus
Friday, January 25, 2008

It’s a good day to be thinking about the Christian mission, this Day of the Conversion of Saint Paul. Today is also the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an observation that has, regrettably, become more anemic in the last decade or so. In 1990, John Paul the Great issued the encyclical Redemptoris Missio—the Mission of the Redeemer. There he expressed his intuition, his hope, his prayer, that the beginning of the Third Millennium would be a “springtime of world evangelization.”

Something like that may be happening. Consider the explosive growth of Christianity, especially in the Global South. And who knows what will happen when—and surely it is a question of when rather than if—China opens up? Redemptoris Missio tied together Christian mission and Christian unity. And, of course, the tie between mission and unity was the dynamic that launched what is called the modern ecumenical movement at Edinburgh in 1910. Not for nothing was that meeting called the World Missionary Conference. Unity is in the service of mission, which reflects Our Lord’s prayer in John 17 that his disciples may be one so that the world may believe that he is sent by the Father.
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Hate campaign underway in India
25 January, 2008

This is one of the 700 churches destroyed in India's Orissa State (WBTC Photo).India (MNN) ― While the violence in Orissa, India seems to be a little more calm, Christians are still afraid. Presently, more than 700 homes of Christians have been destroyed and more than 90 churches vandalized. The death toll is unknown.

President of the All India Christian Council Joseph D'Souza is in the United States. In an interview with Mission Network News, he relays that the Christmas-related violence has stopped, "but not the tensions, not the threats. And security of the Christians is very, very poor. According to reports that reach us, the VHP are going on distributing hate literature."

According to D'Souza, this is a lull before another series of attacks take place. He says it's a long-term, well-planned campaign to persecute Christians.
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When Satan Hurts Christ's People
Reflections on Why Christians Suffer Losses

John Piper

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer

... Revelation 2:10

When huge pain comes into your life—like divorce, or the loss of a precious family member, or the dream of wholeness shattered—it is good to have a few things settled with God ahead of time. The reason for this is not because it makes grieving easy, but because it gives focus and boundaries for the pain.

Being confident in God does not make the pain less deep, but less broad. If some things are settled with God, there are boundaries around the field of pain. In fact, by being focused and bounded, the pain of loss may go deeper—as a river with banks runs deeper than a flood plain. But with God in his firm and proper place, the pain need not spread out into the endless spaces of ultimate meaning. This is a great blessing, though at the time it may simply feel no more tender than a brick wall. But what a precious wall it is!
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Election 2008

Peggy Noonan: Breaking Up
Is Hard to Do
January 25, 2008

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Lesbian suit against Christian school tossed
'No triable issues': Academy's right to expel 2 girls in 'relationship' confirmed

January 25, 2008
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A California judge has ruled that Christian schools can set standards for behavior for their students, and impose penalties if they are not met.

The decision comes from Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask, who found "no triable issues" on claims that a Christian school discriminated against two girls because of their perceived sexual orientation, according to a report in the North County Times.
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Synthetic life 'advance' reported
By Helen Briggs Science reporter, BBC News
Thursday, 24 January 2008


M. genitalium has one of the smallest known genomesAn important step has been taken in the quest to create a synthetic lifeform.

A US team reports in Science magazine how it built the entire DNA code of a common bacterium in the laboratory using blocks of genetic material.

The group hopes eventually to use engineered genomes to make organisms that can produce clean fuels and take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. the rest image

Israel's Holocaust memorial launches website in Arabic
By Aron Heller
Associated Press / January 25, 2008

JERUSALEM - Israel's Holocaust memorial launched an Arabic version of its website yesterday, including vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.
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Trinity to revisits deal breaking from church in Indian River County
By Elliott Jones
Friday, January 25, 2008

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Trinity Episcopal Church's initiative to break from the Episcopal Church appeared to be close at hand — until some parishioners recently spoke out about it.
The church's lead minister, the Rev. Lorne Coyle, has been pushing for separation because of disagreements with the national church over religious beliefs, he said last year.

Recently, church leaders and a diocese board reached an agreement in principal that could have allowed the separation, with those in favor of the separation keeping the property, including a new multimillion-dollar sanctuary.

When opponents of the church break-up learned of the proposal, they began voicing their dissent to Bishop John Howe with the church's Central Florida Diocese, based in Orlando. That caused the agreement to fall through, according to Howe's assistant, The Rev. Ernie Bennett.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Earnestness is good and impressive: genius is gifted and great. Thought kindles and inspires, but it takes a diviner endowment, and more powerful energy than earnestness or genius or thought to break the chains of sin, to win estranged and deprived hearts to God, to repair the breaches and restore the Church to her old ways of purity and power. Nothing but the anointing of the Holy Spirit can do this. ... E. M. Bounds image

Bill Requires Hospitals to 'Ignore Fate of Embryonic Children'
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
January 24, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - The Wisconsin State Assembly, controlled by Republicans, has passed a bill requiring hospitals, regardless of religious affiliation, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims who want it.

The vote was 61-35, with 16 Republicans joining Democrats to pass the bill. One Democrat voted against it.The bill now returns to the Democratic-controlled state Senate, where it is expected to pass easily. Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, is expected to sign it into law.
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Anglican Journal: Archbishop Williams 'cannot support' interventions or irregular ordinations
Solange De Santis

staff writer
Jan 24, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said that he “cannot support or sanction” ordinations of priests or bishops that take place outside a national church’s jurisdiction, but he has “no canonical authority to prevent these things.”

In a Jan. 16 letter to the Canadian primate (national arcbishop), Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Archbishop Williams acknowledged that Canadian church leaders have appealed “to (me) about interventions and irregular ordinations.”
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Grand Chief Stan Beardy brings ideas, proposal to Church House
ALI SYMONS
GENERAL SYNOD WEB WRITER

JANUARY 24, 2008 -- When Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) visited the General Synod offices on Jan. 21, he had two main messages for the Anglican Church of Canada: help advocate for Aboriginal rights, and allow Aboriginals to take greater responsibility for their own leadership within the church.

A proposal for a new Anglican structure within NAN was presented to the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, in a personal meeting.

"We want to set up our own diocese that is managed by First Nations people, and that follows the doctrines of the Anglican Church of Canada and its teachings," said the Grand Chief in a later interview. "We're not talking about a breakaway group here. We like the teachings of the Anglican Church of Canada. We understand its functions and the sacraments. We believe in those and we believe in the core teachings of the gospel itself."
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Episcopal Church Urged to Table Disciplining Bishop
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Jan. 24 2008

A leading Episcopal conservative is urging the national church to halt the process of disciplining Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, who is currently moving toward disaffiliation.

"In brief, I would urge TEC (The Episcopal Church) and other Anglican bishops to pray for and take action so that this process pauses indefinitely," the Rev. Ephraim Radner said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Episcopal Church's three senior bishops stopped short of banning Duncan from his religious duties last week when the presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, sought to inhibit him. Duncan was, however, certified as having "abandoned the Communion of this Church" and Episcopal bishops are expected to vote on a final decision later this year.
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Discipline and the Bishops in a Time of Confusion and Discernment: The Case of Bishop Duncan
Written by Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner
Wednesday, 23 January 2008

As Anglican Christians, both within and outside TEC, what are we to make of the disciplinary process against Pittsburgh's Bishop, Robert Duncan, now initiated by the Presiding Bishop? In brief, I would urge TEC and other Anglican bishops to pray for and take action so that this process pauses indefinitely. They should do this for the sake of genuinely seeking discernment and resolution as to the ordering of our common life as Anglicans. There is nothing that legally demands that the process be carried through at this point and in the manner now laid out. There is every Christian reason to work for some other outcome.
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Episcopal congregation in Somerset splits over biblical debate
Thursday, January 24, 2008

(AP) -A western Pennsylvania Episcopal congregation has split, the latest in a long line of divisions in the church over interpretations of Christianity's basic tenets.

Rev. Mark Zimmerman of the St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Somerset announced in a statement Friday that he was leaving. Zimmerman said he would be creating the Somerset Anglican Fellowship, which will also be governed by the Anglican Communion.

The Somerset church is the latest western Pennsylvania congregation to split due to a clash between those who choose to interpret the bible liberally and the more evangelical sectors of the church. Several have voted to cut ties with the more liberal Presbyterian Church USA.

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ENS: PITTSBURGH: St. Francis' parish leader departs church, leaves property

LA Archdiocese Offices Sold for $31M
By JACOB ADELMAN
The Associated Press
January 22, 2008

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has sold its 12-story administrative headquarters building to help pay last year's $660 million settlement with people alleging sex abuse by clergy, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The Archdiocesan Catholic Center was sold to Jamison Properties of Los Angeles for $31 million, archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said.
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More On The Strange Case Of The Worldwide Persecution Of Christians
By: Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin
01/18/2008

Why was their more public attention and media coverage of the alleged abuse of Ellen DeGeneres' doggie placement than there was on the 45 million Christians killed for their faith across the 20th century and still being killed and persecuted at an increasing rate?

Why was their more attention on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his dog fighting ring than on the 600 million Christians now suffering persecution (bodily harm or the threat thereof) and various forms of harassment because of their religion?

Why has the world, the U.S. and organized religion been relatively indifferent, silent and inactive on doing something to stop religious discrimination of any faith and of any kind, which is rampant in the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia?

Are morality, conscience and sanity unraveling worldwide? What is going on? I started focusing on this issue of religious persecution after coming across an article by Lela Gilbert in the Jerusalem Post on the worldwide discrimination against Christians. She is one of the leading experts on the subject and provided the shocking statistics cited above.
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Canada Anglicans can't halt conservative defections
Wed 23 Jan 2008
By Randall Palmer

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head of the Anglican church has made it clear he is powerless to stop conservative Canadian and U.S. congregations, upset with their national churches' positions on homosexuality, from leaving and affiliating with orthodox branches in Latin America and Africa.

It was a frank admission by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, of the limits of his power, even though he is opposed to cross-border ecclesiastical moves.

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TLC:Archbishop Williams: I Can’t Stop Defections

Laura Echevarria: Hillary Clinton on Abortion

Read the
transcript of Clinton's entire July 17th speech before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Please note that, to my knowledge, this is the only transcript available of this speech. If you quote it, please acknowledge that you pulled it from this site. By acknowledging this site as the source, you will help cut down on misquotes of this speech (some of which are already out there in cyberspace).

Thank you.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book
January 19, 2008

GREENWOOD, IN—Sitting in a quiet downtown diner, local hospital administrator Philip Meyer looks as normal and well-adjusted as can be. Yet, there's more to this 27-year-old than first meets the eye: Meyer has recently finished reading a book.

Yes, the whole thing.

"It was great," said the peculiar Indiana native, who, despite owning a television set and having an active social life, read every single page of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. "Especially the way things came together for Scout in the end. Very good."

Meyer, who never once jumped ahead to see what would happen and avoided skimming large passages of text in search of pictures, first began his oddball feat a week ago. Three days later, the eccentric Midwesterner was still at it, completing chapter after chapter, seemingly of his own free will.
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CoE complaint about churches with no Bibles
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
23/01/2008

They may be found in every hotel bedroom, and are widely available in prisons and hospitals, but members of the clergy claim one of the last places you will find a Bible is in a church.

The absence of the Word of God from the pews is of such concern to the Church of England that it is to debate the issue at the next meeting of its General Synod, or “Parliament”, next month.

The complaint was raised by Tim Cox, a Synod member from Blackpool, who said he had been dismayed to discover that churches he visited “all too often” had no Bibles for worshippers to follow the readings and the sermon.
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ESPN anchorwoman trashes Jesus Christ
By far the most offensive thing she said, "F*** Jesus," isn't even addressed! It is obvious, then, that neither Jacobson nor ESPN is dealing with this matter in a professional way.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
By William Donohue

According to some news and sports websites, ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson graphically attacked Jesus Christ at a recent roast of her colleagues; she was reportedly intoxicated. At the January 11 event, Jacobson roared from the podium, "*** Notre Dame," "F*** Touchdown Jesus," and finally "F*** Jesus."

When pressed on this issue, ESPN's response is to e-mail a statement by Jacobson, which includes the following: "My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words."
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Our greatest failures as a nation have come when we lost sight of our compassionate ideals -- in slavery, in segregation, and in every wrong that has denied the value and dignity of life …America needs your good heart in meeting a basic responsibility: to protect and honor life in all its seasons. A compassionate society shows a special concern for those at the beginning of life, those at the end of life, and those who struggle in life with disabilities… Our worth as human beings does not depend on our health, or productivity, or independence, or any other shifting value the world might apply. Our worth comes from bearing the image of our Maker. ...President George W. Bush, 2004 image

Abortion Opponents March on Washington
By Sue Anne Pressley Montes and Joshua Zumbrun
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tens of thousands of abortion opponents took to the cold, gray Washington streets this morning, buoyed by a recent study that showed a steady decrease in abortions across the United States in the last three decades.

Many of the participants in the annual March for Life were teenagers, and they seemed determined to fight to make all abortions illegal. From Texas, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, they held signs that said "Give life, don't take life" and "Abortion, the hand that robs the cradle."
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Videos at AnglicanTV:
Archbishop launches Lambeth Conference 2008 programme

'Miffy' helps make abortion a private affair
RU-486 is quietly changing the way pregnancy is ended

Rob Stein, Washington Post
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, a pill that has largely faded from the rancorous public debate over abortion has slowly and quietly begun to transform the experience of ending a pregnancy in the United States.

On the market since 2000, the French abortion pill RU-486 has become an increasingly common alternative, making abortion less clinical and more private. At a time when the overall number of abortions has been steadily declining, a new survey reported that RU-486-induced abortions have been rising by 22 percent a year and now account for 14 percent of the total - and more than 1 in 5 of early abortions performed by the ninth week of pregnancy.
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New generation carries on antiabortion message
Thousands flock to Washington for March for Life

By Pamela Constable
Washington Post / January 22, 2008

WASHINGTON - Billy Valentine, whose parents met as activists in the 1980s, was virtually born into the antiabortion movement. Now the earnest college student from Alexandria, Va., is carrying on their message with a twist: persuading other young men to take responsibility and "stand up for life" when their girlfriends become pregnant.

"As a sidewalk counselor, I wait outside abortion clinics until the men come out to use their cellphones. I tell them I'm not there to judge them. I'm there to help," said Valentine, 20, one of about 800 participants in Washington on Sunday for the annual conference of Students for Life of America.
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Stand Firm: Stations of the Millennium Development Goals

Bibles destroyed in India's anti-Christian violence
22 January, 2008

Christians stands in front of a church that was destroyed by Hindu extremists.India (MNN) ― Christians continue to be the focus of attacks in India, and now believers are starting to understand why the attacks are taking place.

Sampson is the Director for Distribution with
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Malaysia seizes Christian books
By Elizabeth Eldridge
January 22, 2008

Malaysian authorities confiscated Christian children's books, claiming the illustrations of prophets such as Moses and Abraham violate Islamic Shariah law.

The independent news agency Malaysakini reported the Internal Security Ministry confiscated the literature from bookstores in two cities and one small town in mid-December.
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City sued for arresting pastor on public sidewalk
Police take just 195 seconds to detain 'peaceful' Christian leader

January 22, 2008
By Bob Unruh
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Pastor Mark Holick being arrested for being on sidewalk at Wichita "gay" fest
A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Wichita, Kan., and several of its police officers on behalf of a Christian pastor arrested just for being on public property.
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ACNS: Archbishops of Canterbury and York to Reach New Audiences through Website Revamp
January 22, 2008

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu, have launched new websites to help project the Archbishops’ beliefs, activities and personalities to a wider audience, with the aim of creating sites that utilise the best in web technology and design.

Both websites use a fresh and modern design, which share a similar style and structure, but different content. The design themes of each site help complement the public profile of both Archbishops, with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s site using shades of contemplative blue and grey, whilst the Archbishop of York features vibrant reds. New functionality has also been introduced in both sites such as videos, RSS feeds, a ‘contact us’ form and photo gallery.

Archbishop’s Rowan Williams and John Sentamu both have personal pages covering their biographies, background on personal interests - such as poetry, and Russian literature for the former and York City FC for the latter!

A Lambeth Palace spokesperson said: “We recognise the huge potential and increasing importance of web based communication and see it as central to ensuring that the messages of both Archbishops and the Church of England are widely heard. Through our new websites the Archbishops will be able to reach out to fresh audiences through use of video, audio and other facilities. More adaptable and user-friendly websites will make it easier for people inside and outside the church to access the Archbishops and their ministries, and to better understand the part which both Archbishops play in our national life and in the wider Anglican Communion.”

The website addresses are:

www.archbishopofcanterbury.org

www.archbishopofyork.org

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Canada Anglicans can't halt conservative defections
Tue 22 Jan 2008
By Randall Palmer

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head of the Anglican church has made it clear he is powerless to stop conservative Canadian and U.S. congregations, upset with their national churches' positions on homosexuality, from leaving and affiliating with orthodox branches in Latin America and Africa.

It was a frank admission by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, of the limits of his power, even though he is opposed to cross-border ecclesiastical moves.

Williams was responding to a plea by the liberal leadership of the Anglican Church of Canada to address the fact that the orthodox Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of the Americas had started in November giving oversight to some congregations -- or "intervening" in Canada.
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Petaluma congregation won't budge on church
After splitting from Episcopal Diocese, parishioners refuse to hand over historic building

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008

The Petaluma congregation that split from the Episcopal Church over the issue of homosexuality, taking a landmark downtown church with it, has rejected an offer to return the building, and the two sides appear headed to court, a local vestry member said Monday.

The impasse between St. John's Anglican Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California grew from the national schism that began with the ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003 and church support for same-sex unions.

Following the lead of several dozen congregations nationwide, St. John's 240 members voted in 2006 to cut ties with the national organization, renaming itself an Anglican church while holding on to the 117-year-old complex.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be;
Lead me by Thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me.
I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So I shall walk aright.

Choose Thou for me my friends,
My sickness, or my health;
Choose Thou my cares for me,
My poverty or wealth.
Not mine, not mine the choice,
In things great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Strength,
My Wisdom, and my All.
...Horatius Bonar
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A call for patience
He likens praying to sunbathing, he worked on Kirkby’s Tower Hill estate, and he is followed by millions. The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting Liverpool.

Jan 22 2008
by David Charters

Liverpool Daily Post

THERE is the noble dome of his head, the fecund sprouting of a beard still salted by the spray from his native port, and those puzzled eyebrows defying the blow of the wind.

You feel the thunder of an Old Testament prophet in his bearing. If a new Cecil B De Mille chanced upon the scene, our chap would be hauled up a mountain to audition for Moses.
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Anglican World suspends publication, moves to Web-based format
Solange De Santis, staff writer
Jan 21, 2008

Publication of a paper version of Anglican/Episcopal World magazine, published quarterly by the Anglican Communion office in London, has been suspended in favour of an e-mail distribution model, said Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Communion.

“It has been suspended for financial reasons. Distribution costs have been going up. We mail 11,000 copies four times per year,” said Mr. Kearon, adding that the magazine has recently run an annual deficit of £70,000 ($140,500 Cdn), not including staff costs. No staff were laid off as a result of the suspension.

Acknowledging that it is an important communication tool for the worldwide Anglican church and its 70 million members in 160 countries, he said, “I am genuinely sorry to be suspending it, but we had to look at whether that level of expenditure was justified.”
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Six hundred bishops sign up for Lambeth despite threats of schism
Ruth Gledhill Religion Correspondent of The Times
January 21, 2008

Read Ruth Gledhill's blog about the conference

More than 600 bishops from around the world have registered for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, the ten-yearly gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world.
The number represents 70 per cent of the total. More have also pledged to attend.

But about a quarter have still not said whether they will turn up or not, giving rise to fears of a boycott. Some of these are expected to attend instead a “rival” conference, organised by conservatives a few weeks before in Israel.
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Stock Markets Plunge Worldwide
Jan 21, 2008
By TOBY ANDERSON

AP Business Writer

LONDON (AP) - Stocks fell sharply worldwide Monday following declines on
Wall Street last week amid investor pessimism over the U.S. government's stimulus plan to prevent a recession.

U.S. markets were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the downbeat mood from last week's market declines there circled through Europe, Asia and the Americas. Britain's benchmark FTSE-100 slumped 5.5 percent to 5,578.20, France's CAC-40 Index tumbled 6.8 percent to 4,744.15, and Germany's blue-chip DAX 30 plunged 7.2 percent to 6,790.19.
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Stand Firm: Report Of Rector, Christ Church, Savannah
Posted January 21, 2008

Excerpt:

We defend the truth of the Gospel against those who would deny the existence of any ultimate truth at all. Disguised in false humility, we hear of those who present themselves as humble seekers, but not jubilant finders. In fact, anyone who “finds” is held suspect, because the underlying philosophy here is that there is no absolute truth, and therefore the Christian journey is reduced to nothing more than a quest, but a quest that has no object, like an Easter-egg hunt without any eggs. And what we are finding in our young people is the frustration and dismay of such a quest. Post-modern philosophy, spewing forth from our universities and even through our high schools, touts a world that has no ultimate answers.
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Archbishop of Canterbury responds to Primate's letter

January 21, 2008 -- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has written to Canadian Primate Archbishop Fred Hiltz to say that he "cannot support or sanction" foreign interventions in the affairs of the Canadian Church.

Archbishop Williams was responding to a
letter Archbishop Hiltz wrote to all the Primates of the Anglican Communion earlier this year in which he explained where the Canadian Church was in its discussion of same-sex blessings.

In that letter, Archbishop Hiltz appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury "in his capacity as one of the Instruments of Communion and as chair of the Primates' Meeting to address the very serious issues raised by this intervention and to make clear that such actions are not a valid expression of Anglicanism."
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Gay 'climate of controversy' clouds Anglican gathering
Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent
Monday January 21, 2008
Guardian Unlimited

Homosexuality dominated today's official launch of the Lambeth Conference, the 10-yearly gathering of the world's Anglican bishops taking place in Kent this summer, with the Archbishop of Canterbury speaking frankly of the "climate of controversy" in which they were meeting.

Dr Rowan Williams acknowledged that despite the "painful controversies" clouding the life of the communion for the past few years, about 70% of bishops worldwide had formally registered for the conference while a number of others had signalled their intention to attend. It showed, he said, "a strong loyalty to each other and a desire to stay together".
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ACNS: Lambeth Conference program launched

Episcopalians hold an Indian Rite Mass with Hindus and apologize for past religious discrimination.
By K. Connie Kang, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 20, 2008

Hindu nun Pravrajika Saradeshaprana, dressed in a saffron robe, blew into a conch shell three times, calling to worship Hindu and Episcopal religious leaders who joined Saturday to celebrate an Indian Rite Mass at St. John's Cathedral near downtown.

The rare joint service included chants from the Temple Bhajan Band of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and a moving rendition of "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" sung by the St. John's choir.

"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience in worship service," said Bob Bland, a member of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church of Thousand Oaks, who was among the 260 attendees. "There was something so holy -- so much symbolism and so many opportunities for meditation."
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'We want to offer sharia law to Britain'
By Clare Dwyer Hogg and Jonathan Wynne-Jones
21/01/2008

Islamic courts meet every week in the UK to rule on divorces and financial disputes. Clare Dwyer Hogg and Jonathan Wynne-Jones report on demands by senior Muslims that sharia be given legal authority.

Amnah is a modern British Muslim. She is dressed in a denim skirt and her head is covered in a hijab. Poised and self-assured, she has come to meet Dr Suhaib Hasan, a silver-bearded sheikh who sits behind his desk, surrounded by religious books.

"But why would I have to observe the waiting period?" she asks him. "What are the reasons?" There is an urgency to her questions.
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Do-it-yourself 'spirituality' linked to poor mental health
Study: Young adults believing in higher power other than God at greater risk for depression

January 20, 2008
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The first study examining young adults' religious and spiritual thoughts, behavior and feelings in Australia has found those replacing traditional religious beliefs with trendy, self-focused religions and spirituality are not the happier for their attempts at self-transformation.

Rosemary Aird conducted surveys of 3,705 21-year-olds in Brisbane as part of her Ph.D. studies at the University of Queensland's School of Population Health.

"I had a look at two different beliefs – one was a belief in God, associated with traditional religions, and the other was the newer belief in a spiritual or higher power other than God," Aird told the Brisbane Times.

Her research found the newer non-traditional beliefs linked to higher rates of "anxiety, depression, disturbed and suspicious ways of thinking and anti-social behavior" – results, she suggested, arising from New Age beliefs focused on self-transformation, self-fulfillment and self-enlightenment to the exclusion of community.
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Albert Mohler: Christianity vs. Jesusanity -- The Postmodern Temptation
Friday, January 18, 2008

The most hard-core forms of postmodern thought are generally limited to academic campuses, but the postmodern worldview is trickling down in various forms to the popular level. While postmodern literary theorists debate the meaning of "totalizing metanarratives," at the level of popular piety we see the widespread substitution of "spirituality" for biblical Christianity.

In this sense, spirituality is a project centered in the self and constantly negotiable -- more about "meaning" than truth. Where does Jesus Christ fit in all this? Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace argue that popular culture is on a quest "to unseat the biblical Christ." They make their case in
Dethroning Jesus [Thomas Nelson]..

As Bock and Wallace explain, classical biblical Christianity is being replaced by "Jesusanity." In their words:

"Jesusanity" is a coined term for the alternative story about Jesus.

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Against Islamic Apartheid
By Mark D. Tooley

FrontPageMagazine.com
Monday, January 21, 2008

When others in his church and nation are often blinded by multiculturalism and rigid political correctness, the Church of England’s ethnically Pakistani Bishop of Rochester often speaks boldly. His recent column in The Daily Telegraph warning against encroaching self-segregation and even the growing practice of Islamic Sharia law within British Islamic communities has aroused the ire of some Muslim clerics in Britain.

“There has been a worldwide resurgence of the ideology of Islamic extremism,” Nazir-Ali wrote. “One of the results of this has been to further alienate the young from the nation in which they were growing up and also to turn already separate communities into ‘no-go’ areas where adherence to this ideology has become a mark of acceptability.”
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Learning about the 'three sexes'
By Rick Amato
January 21, 2008

A new law requiring California public schools to, among other things, allow students to 'choose their own gender' when deciding whether to use the boys or girls restroom and locker room is a glaring example of the cultural assault taking place in America. At stake are the minds, values and ideals of the children who parents send off to school each morning. The law went into effect on Jan. 11.

SB 777 as it is known, claims to be about creating safe schools, and prohibiting discrimination against students based upon gender. Instead it is another example of how the influence which special interest groups hold over our lawmakers results in poor legislation that is out of touch and unrepresentative of the values of the American people. The law alters the definition of the word "sex" as being biological in nature and replaces it with the word "gender" in California's Education Code. It further defines "gender" as "sex" based upon a person's gender identity or gender-related appearance and behavior, and not upon their natural sex at birth.
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Pro-Life Students Videotape Abortion Provider Boasting of Lies
By Penny Starr
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
January 21, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - A speech by abortionist Alberto Hodari, captured on video and posted on YouTube and the Students for Life of America Web site, has put the controversial physician in the spotlight once more.

In 2004, a 15-year-old girl, Tamia Russell, died the day after getting an abortion at Hodari's Detroit clinic, WomanCare. The medical examiner called the infection that killed Russell, who was six months pregnant, a "normal" post-abortion condition. In 2007, Hodari spoke to the media about the "dangers" of banning partial-birth abortion.
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Generation Next moves beyond abortions
By Daniel Allott
January 21, 2008

With little media fanfare, Hollywood is creating a new genre of films marketed to the prolific ticket buyers who make up its target demographic, teens and young adults. Though not known as a conservative bastion, the movie industry has always been quick to pick up trends that turn a profit. And among America's young people, pro-life is in.
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More than 100,000 back pope in row with scientists

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — More than 100,000 people filled St Peter's Square on Sunday in a show of support for Pope Benedict XVI after protests by scientists forced him to cancel a university speech.

The pilgrims gave a roar of approval when the Pope Benedict, speaking after his weekly blessing, said: "I encourage all of you, dear academics, to always be respectful of the opinions of others, and to seek the truth and the good with an open and responsible mind."

The 80-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church cancelled a planned speech at Rome's La Sapienza university Thursday after dozens of professors and students protested his presence at the secular school.
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Church Faces A Hard Road After Split
By ELIZABETH HAMILTON

Courant Staff Writer
January 21, 2008

GROTON - As the annual meeting was drawing to an end Sunday afternoon, and the light from the enormous window behind the pulpit was fading, a member of Bishop Seabury Church stood up and announced that the Holy Spirit had sent him a message.

The congregation, he said, should go forward, lay hands on the Rev. Ronald Gauss and the entire vestry, and pray for them, which they did, every man, woman and child, in an emotional moment that spoke clearly about the changes on the horizon for this vibrant, evangelical church.

Bishop Seabury, an Episcopal Church for 132 years, has severed ties with its historic roots by joining the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), and putting itself under the spiritual and ecclesiastic direction of a more conservative bishop.
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Episcopal bishop tested in first year
By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

For a woman sitting on a very warm seat, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, seems remarkably cool.

Even those who disagree with her progressive leadership agree that the 53-year-old remains unflappable under duress.

"She's centered and intense," said the Rev. Kendall Harmon, a well-regarded conservative theologian from South Carolina. "You get a sense when she answers a question that she's trying to channel all her passion in one place."
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pope calls for 'respect of opinions'
January 20 2008

Vatican City - More than 100 000 people sent up loud cheers on Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI urged academics to be "respectful of the opinions of others" following an anti-clerical protest led by physics professors in Rome last week.

"I encourage all of you, dear academics, to always be respectful of the opinions of others, and to seek the truth and the good with an open and responsible mind," the pope said to a packed St Peter's Square following his weekly Angelus blessing.

The 80-year-old pontiff decided to cancel a speech planned at Rome's La Sapienza University last Thursday after dozens of professors and students protested his presence at the secular school.

"I want especially to salute university youths, professors and all of you who have come today in such large numbers to St Peter's Square to... express your solidarity," the pope said, recalling that he himself was a professor of theology "who has met so many students in my life."

'I encourage all of you, dear academics, to always be respectful of the opinions of others'Carrying signs reading "Holy Father We Love You" and "Long Live Freedom of Thought," the pilgrims, including La Sapienza students, filled the famous piazza in sunny winter weather, numbering some 200 000 according to a Vatican spokesperson.

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