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US soldier honoured for rescuing Jews

Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds

(Photo: Yad Vashem)

By Aron Heller

THE NAZI officers made their orders very clear: Jewish American prisoners of war were to be separated from their fellow soldiers and sent to an uncertain fate.

But Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds would have none of that. As the highest-ranking non-commissioned officer held in the German POW camp, he ordered more than 1,000 American captives to step forward with him and brazenly pronounced: “We are all Jews here.”

He would not waver

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Paris terror attacks

‘Perhaps it is in the darkest hours that the light shines out the brightest,’ says Archbishop Mouneer Anis.

(Photo: Sue Careless)

Statement by Archbishop Mouneer Anis

Many world leaders spoke out after the Nov. 13th terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 130 people and left 368 injured, nearly 100 critically. One of the most profound statements came from Anglican Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Egypt. We have reprinted it here in full for our readers:

ONCE AGAIN, the world has been shocked by acts of unspeakable violence and brutality. Once again, the world mourns with the families and friends of victims of tragedy. Once again, the world searches

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Church of England: ‘Dumbed-down’ Baptism


(Staff)  THE CHURCH of England is testing a new version of the baptism service in which parents and godparents are no longer asked to “repent of…sins” and “reject the devil.” In fact, sin is only mentioned once – in an optional prayer. And Christ is no longer called “Lord” and “Saviour” or “the way, the truth and the life.”

The new wording – which is being piloted in over 400 parishes until Easter – was devised to be more “culturally appropriate and accessible.”

In the older 1988 version, the minister asks: “Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?” prompting the reply: “I reject them.” Parents and godparents are then asked: “Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?” to which the expected reply is: “I repent of them.”

No mention of the devil or sin is made in the new version; parents and godparents are instead asked

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John Tavener 1944-2013

John Tavener

(Staff)  THE COMPOSER of the hauntingly beautiful Song for Athene, which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, died on Nov. 12th. Sir John Tavener, who was renowned for his sacred music, was aged 69. He was considered the most popular British classical composer of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Tavener had a brief partnership in 1968 with the Beatles when

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A quarter of Britons have no religion

By Steve Doughty

For The Daily Mail


ONE IN FOUR Britons does not identify as a religious believer of any stripe.  The 2011 national census reported that in the past decade the number of Christians fell by 4.1 million to 33.2 million. Of these, only a third attend church outside of weddings, baptisms or funerals.

Christians are increasingly likely to be older or retired people. Many young people, young men in particular, appear to be rejecting

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