Religion

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Thousands of children are feared to have been abused by Priests, prompting the unusually strong comments by the Vatican.

The Vatican expresses 'shame and sorrow' over child sex abuse in Pennsylvania

Clergy raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state.

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The community’s leaders are looking to set up a new health food enterprise on the West Coast.

Family of 11 leaving Gloriavale for new life get help from Givealittle page - 'Start their lives from scratch'

Leaving the exclusive West Coast community will mean they are shunned and will no longer be able to contact the people there.

US baker sues Colorado after refusal to bake cake celebrating gender transition opposed

The incident is the second time Jack Phillips has sued the state.

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'Priests were raping little boys and girls' - hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1000 children, new report finds

The Washington DC archbishop was involved in the cover up, and it's feared the true number of victims totals in the thousands.

Shin Ok-ju, the founder of apocalypse cult Grace Road Church, has been arrested in South Korea, accused of enslaving some 400 followers in Fiji.

Fiji Government tight-lipped on links to Korean cult accused of slavery, ritual beatings

The Church first lay its roots in Fiji in 2014 - at the same time it was being ostracised in South Korea.

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Mr Johnson, a rival to British PM Theresa May, said Muslim women wearing the burkha “look like letterboxes”.

Boris Johnson draws ire by saying burqa-wearing women look like 'letter boxes' and bank robbers.

Some suspect the UK politician's comments are intended to boost his appeal among right-wing followers.

First openly gay Anglican priest says his ordination offers hope to LGBT Christians in NZ

Reverend Swannell presided over communion yesterday in Russell.

Simon Bridges' sister accused of using science classes to teach creationism

A student says the teacher played a video claiming to show science had found proof of God's existence.

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Professor Peter Lineham says the sect's application to the Regional Development Fund is inventive, if nothing else.

'I wouldn't give them the money' - Professor praises Gloriavale's 'inventive' application for taxpayer money, but says they do well enough already

1 NEWS yesterday revealed the West Coast religious community, which has tax-free charitable status, has applied for millions to set up a health food business.

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The community’s leaders are looking to set up a new health food enterprise on the West Coast.

Exclusive: Gloriavale seeking millions of taxpayer dollars to set up new health food enterprise

Gloriavale's application to the $3 billion fund is already on the radar of Shane Jones, Regional Economic Development Minister.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of McCarrick after sex abuse claims

The Pope ordered US prelate McCarrick to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" before a church trial.

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011 file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore. Revelations that the most respected U.S. cardinal repeatedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians has raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew, and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out, will Francis revoke his title of cardinal, sanction him to a lifetime of prayer or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest? (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pope's response awaited after revelations of US cardinal's alleged sex abuse

The accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick include a new case involving an 11-year-old boy.

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Three gay men spoke about the conversion therapy they’ve been through, and Sunday goes undercover to find people offering it.

'Pray the gay away' – Homosexual conversion therapy happening in NZ

Three gay men spoke to TVNZ1's Sunday about the conversion therapy they’ve been through, and the programme went undercover to find people offering it.

Spanish religious ceremony sees men dressed as the Devil jumping over babies

'El Salto del Colacho', or The Jump of the Colacho, takes place every year in the village of Castrillo de Murcia.

US preacher asks followers to help fund $77 million private jet

Jesse Duplantis, a televangelist, said he was initially hesitant about the price tag but Jesus "wouldn't be riding a donkey"

A statue outside the Red Bank Baptist Church in South Carolina

US Baptist church removing statue of Christ because it looks too 'Catholic'

The statue has been in place for ten years, but it is being taken down this week after congregants complained.

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1 NEWS Australia correspondent Kimberlee Downs went to Gosford, to meet Father Rod Bower, who is fast becoming a political firebrand.

'It's time for churches to stand up' – meet the Aussie priest standing up for gay rights, US shooting victims and asylum seekers

1 NEWS Australia correspondent Kimberlee Downs went to Gosford, to meet Father Rod Bower, who is fast becoming a political firebrand.

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Yvette Olsen says she is grieving the fact that Hopeful Christian didn't get the justice he deserved while alive.

'He deserved to rot in jail' - woman who claims she suffered sexual abuse at hands of former Gloriavale leader gives emotional interview

Yvette Olsen says she is grieving the fact that Hopeful Christian didn't get the justice he deserved while alive.

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'He's going to go to hell' says woman sexually abused by Gloriavale leader Hopeful Christian in the '80s

For some, like Yvette Olsen, the Gloriavale founder's death has simply brought relief.

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Sunday’s Jehan Casinader interviewed the religious leader before he died, and says the community will adapt to go on without him.

Gloriavale: Death of Christian community’s leader will create ‘power vacuum’ with 12 ‘shepherds’ vying to take charge

The West Coast community is in mourning after the death of leader Hopeful Christian yesterday. TVNZ1 Sunday's Jehan Casinader analyses what will happen next.

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The controversial religious leader died today after a battle with cancer.

Watch the first and only TV interview with Gloriavale leader Hopeful Christian, where he revealed inner-workings of secretive religious sect

The controversial religious leader died today after a battle with cancer. He spoke with Sunday's Janet McIntyre in this 2007 piece.

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The controversial religious leader died from cancer on May 15, 2018.

Hopeful Christian, founder of West Coast religious sect Gloriavale, dies

Hopeful Christian, previously known as Neville Cooper, founded Gloriavale in 1969.

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Amanda Evans has visited the reclusive Christian community three times and says she simply doesn’t see the dark realities the media enjoys repeating.

'People genuinely seem relaxed and happy' - Gloriavale series producer says life inside the community very different to what people think

Amanda Evans says she's only every seen a positive side during her three all-access visits. Gloriavale: The Return will be available on TVNZ Ondemand this month.

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'It's a good thing' - Auckland Anglican vicar welcomes vote for same-sex blessings

Reverend Helen Jacobi of St Matthew in the City sees it as a first step.

Isreal Folau of Australia after the The Rugby Championship match between Argentina and Australia at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham - 08/10/2016
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'Shut the ruck up' - Peter FitzSimons pleads for Israel Folau to stop anti-gay antics

FitzSimons wants to see action taken after Folau's latest outburst.

Most read: Gloriavale member 'thrown out' after pamphlets delivered by 'night raiders' changed 'whole concept of God'

John Ready said "the light came on" that God was not holding him over Hell and threatening him.

Watch: Brian Tamaki's wife jokes about how he was a 'terrible patient' after being badly burnt by rubbish fire - 'I felt like a chambermaid'

The Destiny Church leader was absent from the church during his recuperation from what he says was a self-made rubbish fire gone wrong.

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