News round-up: February 19
Pope suggests Trump is not a Christian
Way to enter the US Election campaign. When asked about presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall between the USA and Mexico, Pope Francis responded with pointed words about Trump’s claims to follow Jesus. On his way home after visiting Mexico, the Pope’s comments sparked enormous online reaction — and Trump’s own angry response.
Christian leaders arrested for #LetThemStay prayer protest
The Love Makes A Way group, and other Christian leaders, this week held a sit-in protest at the office of Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan. Their prayer session was in support of the #LetThemStay movement. “We are here in part to pray and appeal to Mr Keenan that he might stand for the freedom from oppression for people seeking asylum on our shores,” said a Love Makes A Way spokesperson. The protest led to several arrests.
Video satire of Bible Study groups
Making a joke of something can be one of the best tools for challenging us to think more deeply. A YouTube video called “Shallow Small Group” is an American satire of anyone who doesn’t want to get deep, meaningful or biblical during a Bible Study. As you laugh (“The word ‘super’ is in superficial, and who doesn’t want to be super?”), have a think about what this snappy video is trying to say about Christian growth.
Australia’s oldest boxer — is a Christian
A Catholic priest from Sydney’s Inner West area is set to officially become Australia’s oldest professional boxer. At 54, Dave Smith of Dulwich Hill’s Holy Trinity Church is training for a return to the ring … and a place in the history books of sport.