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5 things we learned this week

Fri 19 Feb 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's five things we learned this week in the world of Christian news

1. The Pope's not a Donald Trump fan


The Pope has questioned the Christian faith of presidential hopeful Donald Trump. During a press conference Francis said, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian". Trump has spoken in the past of his desire to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

2. Las Vegas style casinos could open in Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a committee to explore possibilities for opening up to four casinos in the southern resort of Eilat. The Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin and the prime minister believe that casinos will pull the region out of an economic slump, caused partly by a lack of tourism.

3. The Bishop of Burnley thinks the Church is neglecting the poor

Diocese of Blackburn

The Church has taken a preferential option for the rich, the Bishop of Burnley has claimed at the General Synod. Rt Revd Philip North accused the Church of England of not investing enough money in poorer areas and instead focusing on the rich.

4. Steve Chalke wants to radicalise young people with a positive message

The founder and leader of the Oasis Network, Revd Steve Chalke, is calling on Christians to radicalise young people with a positive message. Speaking on Premier Christian Radio's Inspirational Breakfast programme, Mr Chalke said he was "radicalised into a good story" when he became a Christian. Speaking of the Church, Mr Chalke said, "We've got to be really clear about our message and what it means in real terms and real English - rather than Christian jargon - that actually changes a young person's life and gives them hope...Radicalise them into a story that's worth living by."

5. Ding Dong - call for bell ringing to be a sport


Bell ringers are pushing for their hobby to become a recognised as a sport. The task is said to improve muscle coordination, improve agility and tone muscles. Some campanologists, better known as bell ringers, argue it is a form of exercise and being given sports status would give the activity more funding and encourage new recruits.

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