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Monday
Sep252017

TAP Tribute: Irina Ratushinskaya, 1954–2017

Irina Ratushinskaya says that the KGB could not touch her poetry.

(Photo: Mikhail Evstafiev)

BY Sue Careless

The KGB took everything, even her toothbrush.

In 1983, on her 29th birthday the Soviet poet, Irina Ratushinskaya, was sentenced to seven years of hard labour and five years in internal exile for expressing “anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda” in her verse.

“Thank God I was not a sculptor, painter or musician. The KGB would have destroyed my art

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Sunday
Jun112017

Egypt: Palm Sunday church bombings

St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria, where one of the Palm Sunday bomb blasts occurred.

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(Staff) ON PALM SUNDAY, one of the most glorious  days in the Christian year, suicide bombers struck two Egyptian churches, killing 45 worshippers and injuring 126. The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt

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Friday
Apr072017

Starvation in South Sudan

South Sudanese children eating food supplied by the aid agency ADRA in 2013. A worse famine has struck the country this year. (Photo: ADRA)

“PEOPLE ARE STARVING at the door of my house,” The Rt Revd Moses Deng Bol, Anglican Bishop of Wau, South Sudan, writes to an Anglican relief agency. He is describing the thousands of people who have come to the Cathedral compound in Wau looking for help. They are desperate!

The scale of this famine was predicted back in December. According to the Famine Early Warning Network

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Friday
Apr072017

East Africa & Yemen: 20 million facing starvation  

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, a senior United Nations official has warned.

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, “people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die

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Friday
Apr072017

Arab bishop for North Africa 

The Rt. Rev. Samy Fawzy is the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa. (Photo: Diocese of Egypt)

IN A MOVING CEREMONY at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo on Feb. 27th, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis consecrated Rev. Samy Fawzy as the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa.

Fawzy succeeds Bishop Bill Musk, and will preside over the diocese encompassing Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

Archbishop Anis called Bishop Fawzy a “dear brother” who

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Friday
Feb172017

Persecution worldwide: Most dangerous countries for Christians  

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ANTI-CHRISTIAN PRESSURE is rising most rapidly in South and Southeast Asia, according to the annual Open Doors World Watch List, released Jan. 11th.

The rise to power in India of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unleashed a religiously motivated nationalist fervour, according to Open Doors researchers responsible for compiling the World Watch List. This index ranks the 50 countries where approximately 215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution

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Friday
Feb172017

Persecution of Christians in Mexico

MEXICO IS LISTED in the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted. It ranks at 41 on the World Watch List of 2017, and is considered to have “high levels of violence against Christians.” Open Doors, the organization that compiles the list, explained to The Anglican Planet why this was and the factors involved:

Four distinct persecution engines are present in Mexico: organized corruption

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Tuesday
Dec132016

Venables returns

South America is an ‘incredibly diverse’ province that ‘loves to be Anglican,’ says Gregory Venables.

Photo: Sue Careless

By  Gavin Drake and Sue Careless

IN EARLY November the Most Rev. Gregory Venables, Bishop of Argentina, was re-elected unanimously as presiding bishop of the Anglican Church in South America.

The Province includes six nations and seven dioceses. The countries of

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Sunday
Nov132016

Two-year ordeal ends: Canadian pastor released from China

Photo: James Zimmerman

After a ‘horrendous‘ 775-day ordeal, Kevin Garratt and his wife Julia embrace at the Vancouver airport.


(Staff)  Kevin Garratt, the Canadian Pentecostal pastor held for two years in China on suspicion of spying, was released suddenly on Sept. 15th but did not speak publicly about his ordeal for another three weeks.  

On Aug. 4th, 2014 Beijing police arrested Garratt, then 54, and his wife Julia, then 53, and charged them with stealing state secrets. The Garratts are originally from Vancouver. At the time of their arrest, they were running a coffee shop in Dandong, a Chinese city on the North Korean border

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Sunday
Nov132016

UNESCO rewrites history 


Photo: jerusalemmint.theisraelboutique.com

(Staff) On Oct.13th, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to accept a motion that effectively erases any Jewish or Christian connection to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Western Wall, by referring to these sites solely by their Arabic names. Seven Arab states sponsored the resolution.

Part of UNESCO’s mandate is to promote “intercultural understanding” and the protection of “word heritage” sites of universal value. Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova distanced herself from the motion stating that “to deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity

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