Australia and New Zealand

Bishops called to repent after Australian synod defeats same-sex marriage motion

Originally published in Church Times The Australian General Synod of the Anglican Church, meeting in Queensland, has failed to pass a formal statement brought by the diocese of Sydney, which sought to declare that both same-sex marriage and same-sex marriage blessings were contrary “to the teaching of Christ and the faith, ritual, […]

Hillsong’s Brian Houston steps down from ministry to deal with court case

Originally published in CBN News Hillsong Church co-founder Brian Houston announced last Sunday that he will “step aside from all ministry responsibilities” until next year amid charges of concealing his father’s child sex offenses. The New South Wales Police Force accused Houston, 67, in August of covering up information about […]

Over 2 500 church leaders urge Australia’s PM not to mandate vaccine passports

Originally published in The Christian Post Nearly 2 500 church leaders from different denominations in Australia are urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison not to implement vaccine passports in the country, warning that it would create “an unethical two-tiered society” and “medical apartheid.” The proposed introduction of “vaccine passports” into Australian […]

New Zealand passes Covid-19 law allowing police to enter homes to check on number of people gathered

By Doug Mainwaring — Originally published in LifeSiteNews New Zealand majorly relaxed pandemic limitations on all gatherings except religious services As part of a phased-in relaxing of the nationwide shutdown, the government of New Zealand has passed new legislation into law that allows only 10 people to attend a religious […]

Israel Folau joins new rugby team, forbidden from talking about faith

Originally published in The Christian Post Israel Folau, an Australian rugby player who’s known for his outspokenness, has joined a new team but is forbidden from talking about his Christian faith. Folau, who was ousted from his contract with Rugby Australia last year over comments he made about homosexuality and […]

WATCH: ‘Vindicated’ Israel Folau settles with Rugby Australia

Originally published in Fox News Israel Folau, a Tongan-Australian Christian athlete who was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) earlier this year for posting a Bible verse that was labelled “anti-gay,” says he feels vindicated after reaching an agreement with the organisation. The months-long battle for Folau centered on his Instagram post that said, “Warning: drunks, homosexuals, adulterers…hell […]

Thousands of Australians protest New South Wales bill to legalise abortions up to birth

Originally published in Life News Thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in the New South Wales city to urge politicians to protect the rights of unborn babies in their state, according to The Guardian. Many carried signs encouraging society to “Love Them Both,” “Choose Life” and “Stand for Life.” The message […]