News Round-up: May 15
Donate now to help Nepal after second quake
Sad news this week that Nepal suffered another powerful earthquake, prompting UnitingWorld to renew its call for donations to help humanitarian efforts.
The 7.3-magnitude quake struck north-eastern Nepal, near the Everest base camp. About 2000 people have been injured and 80 killed, with Nepal still reeling from the earthquake three weeks ago that killed almost 8000 people and left a trail of destruction through Kathmandu and remote villages.
UnitingWorld is a member of the ACT Alliance, which has agencies assessing situations across Nepal. Current needs continue to be search and rescue, water, food and blankets and shelter.
To donate now and support ACT Alliance’s work, CLICK HERE.
Homeless Jesus in Dublin
A unique reminder about Jesus’ continued bond with the poor and needy has been unveiled in Ireland.
Created by an American artist, the seven-foot sculpture of Jesus sleeping on a park bench is situated outside Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. Homeless Jesus is an unusual yet powerful testimony to the continued plague of homelessness worldwide, and how The Messiah offers hope to those who suffer.
“The Homeless Jesus is a reminder of their plight and terror, whatever their nationality or creed – and an icon of solidarity with them,” stated Michael Jackson, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin.
Oscar is a false idol: Natalie Portman
Star of the Star Wars prequels, Natalie Portman has told the Hollywood Reporter that the Best Actress Academy Award she won for Black Swan is a “false idol”. In a frank and wide-ranging interview where Portman discusses Israeli politics and other issues of society and art, she reveals that she doesn’t know where her Oscar is.
“I think it’s in the safe or something,” guesses Portman. She explains that during production of Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky told her he had been reading “the story of Abraham” to his children and talking with them about “not worshipping false idols”. Referring to her Oscar, Portman draws a link between what Aronofsky brought up and displaying an Academy Award in her home. “This is literally worshipping gold idols — if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”
China will be the largest Christian nation
Statistics can be presented in all kinds of ways. But the way that a professor of sociology from Purdue University reads the figures about professing Christians in China, has caused him to speculate that by 2030, that nation will have the highest population of Christians.