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Human Remains Found In Crocodile In Australia

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It appears a man may have been eaten by a crocodile in Northern Territory in Australia, after human remains were found inside the creature close to where a man went missing on Saturday.

The Telegraph:

Australian police on Sunday found human remains inside a large crocodile that is believed to have snatched a man from a boat in a popular national park.

Police found the remains inside a 15-foot, 5-inch (4.7-metre) saltwater crocodile that park rangers shot while searching for a 62-year-old man who was attacked in Kakadu National Park on Saturday, Northern Territory Police Sergeant Andrew Hocking said.

The crocodile was one of two that were shot about 1 mile (1.5 kilometres) from the spot where the man was attacked, Hocking said.

Police were told the man, whose name has not been released, was on a boat with his wife, son and daughter-in-law when the crocodile snatched him.

The remains have not yet been formally identified. An investigation into the exact circumstances of the attack is underway.

It was the second deadly crocodile attack this year in Kakadu. In January, a 12-year-old boy was killed and his friend mauled by a crocodile as they swam in a water hole in the park.

Crocodile numbers have swelled across Australia’s tropical north since the species was protected by federal law in 1971. The crocodile population is densest in the Northern Territory, where Kakadu is located.

Salties are the world’s largest living reptiles.

Wikipedia has more on them here.

 

Church

NT Wright On The Bible…

and why he won’t call himself an inerrantist.

TIME Magazine called him “one of the most formidable figures in the world of Christian thought.” Newsweek once labeled him “the world’s leading New Testament scholar.” His name is N.T. Wright, and he has just written a controversial book on the Bible.

In “Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues,” Wright comes out swinging on theological hot buttons such as Darwinian evolution, whether Adam was a historical figure, and why he thinks the Bible makes space for women pastors. Here, we discuss his ideas about what the Bible is and isn’t, and why he doesn’t call him a Biblical “inerrantist.”

Read the interview here.

 

Church

Pentecost 2014

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues   as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

 

Culture

President Jacob Zuma Admitted to Hospital

Photo of: President Jacob ZumaHere’s the official word from the Presidency:

President Jacob Zuma has today, 07 June 2014, been admitted to hospital for tests.

Yesterday President Zuma was advised to rest following a demanding election and transition programme to the new administration.

Doctors are satisfied with his condition.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203 or macmaharaj@icloud.com

Issued by the Presidency.

The Telegraph has more:

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma was on Saturday admitted to hospital for tests following a bout of exhaustion, his office said.

“Doctors are satisfied with his condition,” his office said in a statement without giving details.

Mr Zuma’s spokesman, Mac Maharaj, told AFP the president has been advised to get some rest, but “there is no cause for concern. It’s a case of exhaustion.”

On Friday Mr Zuma “was advised to rest following a demanding election and transition programme to the new administration,” said the presidency.

“It’s been a hectic period and there has been a need for some rest,” added Mr Maharaj.

Two weeks ago, Mr Zuma, 72 was sworn in for a second term after his African National Congress (ANC) party won the May 7 elections with an overwhelming 62 percent of the vote.

 

Church

Islamic Prayers to be Held at Vatican, For the First Time in History

Islamic prayers are to be held at the Vatican this Sunday. Pentecost Sunday.

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians…

Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press….

The Vatican will broadcast a live feed of the event to viewers across the world.

Then there is the official statement from the Vatican:

(Vatican Radio) At a press conference in the Vatican on Friday, the head of the Holy See’s press office, Fr Federico Lombardi, and the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, announced details of a prayer encounter to be held on Sunday with the presidents of Israel and Palestine. Also attending the event will be the spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the encounter on May 25th during his brief but intense visit to the Holy Land.

“Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment.” Those were Pope Francis’ words to the Israeli and Palestinian presidents when he invited them to come to the Vatican to join him in “heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace.” Both leaders immediately accepted that invitation and will be arriving in the Vatican around 6.30pm on Sunday evening, accompanied by delegations of about 20 people representing the different faith communities present in both states. Also taking part in the Vatican delegation will be the Orthodox Patriarch who played such a central role in the Pope’s recent pilgrimage to Jerusalem to recall a similar encounter between their predecessors exactly half a century ago.

Following a brief welcome in the Casa Santa Marta where he lives, Pope Francis will accompany the two presidents and the patriarch through the Vatican gardens to a specially prepared venue surrounded by two tall hedges between the Pontifical Academy of Sciences building and a wing of the Vatican museums.

Fr Lombardi explained that each faith community will present a piece of music, then thank God for the gift of creation, ask forgiveness for sins committed and pray for the gift of peace. Pope Francis and the two presidents will add their own calls for peace in the region, before exchanging greetings, planting an olive tree as a visible symbol of their desire for an end to the conflict and sharing a moment of private conversation together.

Answering journalists’ questions about the aim of the encounter, Fr Pizzaballa said it is a purely religious event designed to provide space for people to stand back from the conflict and “recreate a desire for change”. While the meeting will not lead to any overnight solutions to the complex problems of the Middle East, Fr Pizzaballa said he hoped it might just reopen a path of dialogue and allow people to dream of a world where peace really is possible.

Between two tall hedges…