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Israel Folau implies bushfires are God’s punishment for same-sex marriage – video report

In a video posted online, Israel Folau has implied the recent Australian bushfires are a punishment from God for the country legalising abortion and same-sex marriage. During the 10-minute recording, Folau says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no c…

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Israel Folau under fire for saying bushfires are God’s punishment

Former Wallabies player’s comments in sermon follow controversy over his sacking for social media postsScott Morrison has labelled comments by sacked rugby union star Israel Folau linking devastating bushfires to Australia passing laws to legalise abor…

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Israel Folau reportedly tells Australian Christian Lobby he would ‘absolutely’ repeat anti-gay posts

Folau, who was the headline speaker at ACL conference, reportedly said he knew posts would ‘be offensive to a lot of people’Israel Folau has said he knew telling homosexuals they were destined for hell would be “offensive” but would “absolutely” repeat…

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Church criticises Wayne Rooney over Derby gambling tie-up

Former England captain’s surprise move to Derby partly funded by online casinoThe Church of England and healthcare professionals have criticised the footballer Wayne Rooney over his transfer to Derby County, which involves a lucrative deal to promote a…

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Israel Folau’s cousin dismissed by Catholic school over religious beliefs

Josiah Folau reportedly called the school ‘a synagogue of Satan’ and labelled the Catholic mass ‘a paganistic ritual’The cousin of the sacked rugby star Israel Folau has reportedly been let go from his job at a Sydney Catholic school after calling the …

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Israel Folau and Rugby Australia headed for court after failing to resolve dispute

Rugby player said he was ‘disappointed’ a settlement could not be reached at Fair Work CommissionRugby Australia and Israel Folau have failed to reach an agreement over the ex-Wallaby’s sacking after a nearly four-hour meeting, with the dispute now des…

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Israel Folau donations soar past $2m – as Australian Christian Lobby cashes in

Support ‘overwhelming’, ACL says, announcing it will suspend campaign for nowA campaign to raise funds to support Israel Folau’s legal stoush with Rugby Australia could soon be suspended after donations reached $2m.The Australian Christian Lobby, which…

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Israel Folau: Australian Christian lobby hosts new fundraising effort

ACL steps in after GoFundMe pulls plug on former Wallabies star’s online appealThe Australian Christian Lobby is hosting a fundraising effort on its website for the former Wallabies star Israel Folau after his GoFundMe page was shut down.As at 7am Tues…

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Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service

Digital fundraising platform says it is committed to fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and will refund donorsIsrael Folau’s fundraising page for his legal challenge against Rugby Australia has been taken down for breaching GoFundMe’s terms of servi…

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Israel Folau and the tension at the heart of religious freedom | Andrew West

Two core democratic principles are at stake in the Israel Folau case, and they will not be challenged at the pulpit or on the football fieldStanding at the lectern of his evangelical church in Sydney’s north-western suburbs last Sunday, Israel Folau wa…

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Israel Folau targets support for transgender children in church sermon

‘God has called us,’ ex-Wallaby says in video as he renews attack on homosexualityIsrael Folau has used a sermon at his Sydney church to describe homosexuality as a sin and criticise young people being allowed to “change their gender”.In a video posted…

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Vatican launches women’s football team with pope’s blessing

Team to make its debut against AS Roma’s women’s team on 26 MayThe Vatican has launched its first women’s football team, with a debut challenge against AS Roma’s Serie A women’s squad on 26 May.More than half of the team is made up of staff working wit…

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Bishop warns ministers over delay to £2 fixed-odds betting cap

Bookmakers and football clubs ‘privatising profit and nationalising the consequences’, says bishop of St AlbansA senior Church of England bishop today launched a blistering attack on the government’s delay in introducing limits on fixed-odds betting te…

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‘The greatest of greats’: Margaret Court’s name should remain on arena, says PM

Malcolm Turnbull says former player’s tennis achievements should still be recognised despite her boycott of Qantas over airline’s support of gay marriage

Margaret Court is one of tennis’ “greatest greats” and the arena named after her should recognise that, not her opposition to gay marriage, the prime minister says.

Related: Margaret Court vows to stop flying Qantas over marriage equality stance

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Police open fraud inquiry into ‘mismanagement’ at evangelical church

Charity Commission report found Kingsway International Christian Centre lost most of £5m invested by the former Charlton footballer Richard Rufus

The City of London police are investigating an alleged fraud involving a former Premier League footballer who lost £3.9m from one of Britain’s richest evangelical churches in a disastrous investment scheme.

The criminal investigation follows a Charity Commission report into “mismanagement” at Kingsway International Christian Centre, which invested £5m with the former Charlton Athletic player Richard Rufus. Rufus was found by a civil court judge in 2015 to have operated a Ponzi-style scheme between 2007 and 2011, losing or spending £8m from several investors.

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Sports-loving nuns respect the game ‘but it’s not our God’

Video of selfie-taking, beer-drinking impostor nuns went viral but real sisters explain what it’s like to be fans in an industry that treats athletes as saints

Praise be to the internet gods, there’s not much better than a selfie-taking Miller Lite-drinking nun sitting in the stands of a baseball game, like this one enjoying the Phillies versus Diamondbacks game in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

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How Tyson Fury’s words shine a light on Traveller faith

The boxer’s comments have shocked many, including those in his own community. But he believes he is reflecting the views of an influential and growing evangelical movement

Everyone has an opinion on Tyson Fury. The holder of all three world heavyweight boxing titles (although he was stripped of one last week on a technicality), he has rarely been out of the headlines since beating Wladimir Klitschko. However, the cause has not been his prowess in the ring but a string of comments that have seen him branded a sexist homophobe and led to calls for him to be kicked off the shortlist for next weekend’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.

But why does Fury, 27, say the things he does? In part, the explanation lies in the most interesting thing about him: his religious faith. Born into an Irish Traveller family with a long boxing history, Fury became a born-again Christian thanks to his uncle Ernest, a Pentecostal preacher in Congleton, Cheshire. From there, he appears to have fashioned a series of beliefs that are a mixture of traditional Roman Catholic – in a 2011 interview with the Catholic Herald he talked of going to church every Sunday and added “going to heaven is the most important thing a man or a woman could ever do” – and a particularly literal interpretation of evangelical Christianity.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The Walter Scott shooting, the aftermath of the Garissa attack in Kenya, the ongoing crisis in Syria, the 2015 Masters at Augusta – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Vatican cricket team set to play Anglican side and Royal Household XI

Light of Faith Tour will include two Twenty20 matches The world of sports needs to be healed, says Vatican Continue reading…

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Oh God A perfect World Cup prayer

Bravo to Nick Baines, one of the few bishops with a genuine interest in football, for his short but sweet offeringFive incantations for England Continue reading…