‘Church of the
THE TELEGRAPH, Dec. 4 — Archaeologists claimed to have uncovered one of the world’s first churches, built on a site believed to have once housed the Ark of the Covenant, the London daily reported.
The site, emerging from the soil
in a few acres in the hills of the Israeli occupied
“I can’t say for sure at the
moment that it’s the very first church,” said Aharonovitch,
38, as he oversaw a team carrying out the final excavations before winter. “But
it’s certainly one of the first.” He said the site contained an extremely
unusual inscription which referred to itself,
David Rubin, a former mayor of
Shiloh, said: “We believe that if they continue to dig they’ll reach back to
the time of the Tabernacle,” referring to the portable place of worship where
the Israelites housed the
Catholic Elected as Head of
THE UNIVERSE, Dec. 5 — Australian Labor Party members voted 49-39 to replace former leader Kim Beazley with 49-year-old Queenslander Kevin Rudd, reported the British newspaper.
Following his election, Rudd, who
was educated at the
Rudd entered Federal Parliament after the 1998 election. He is chairman of the Australian Labor Party’s Caucus Committee on Faith, Values and Politics.
“We have elected a new style of leadership
Christian and Islamic Leaders Agree to Collaborate
UCANEWS, Dec. 1 — Christian and Muslim
religious leaders in the southern
About 120 Catholic and Protestant bishops, ulama (Islamic scholars), priests and government and diplomatic officials attended the Nov. 28-30 Bishops-Ulama Conference assembly, which had the theme In the Name of the Almighty God of Harmony, Care for the Earth.
Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato and Hamid Aminoddin Barra, a professor at Mindanao State University’s King Faisal Center, presented religious bases for the ecological concerns of Christians and Muslims.
All creation is “God’s gift” and “manifests his power, wisdom and love,” the archbishop said, and as God’s gifts for the collective good of humanity, they are to be respected.
“We cooperate with God by restoring, preserving and fostering the harmonious relationship that was there at the beginning,” Archbishop Quevedo continued, citing passages from Genesis. “Sin has destroyed our relationship to creation and to God. It has to be restored.”