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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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Saturday
Nov122016

Hurricane then cholera strike Haiti

One of the Haitian clinics using medicines supplied by the WHO to fight cholera.  

Photo: WHO

(Staff)  NEARLY SEVEN years after an earthquake wreaked havoc in Haiti, killing 200,000 people, disaster has struck again.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Oct. 4th close to Haiti’s westernmost tip with winds of about 225 km/h (140 mph). It is estimated that 1,000 people have died and according to the UN, 1.4m people need immediate assistance – many of them are homeless.

In sharp contrast, few deaths have been reported in Cuba where the same hurricane-force winds struck. State-controlled media are trained to warn residents well in advance

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Saturday
Nov122016

Global South Primates issue Communique

Photo:  Michael Adel, Bridges Cultural Center

(Staff)  THE SIXTH Global South Anglican Conference took place in Cairo, Egypt Oct. 3rd – 8th with the theme “Found Faithful,” taken from 1 Corinthians 4:2: “…it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”

Delegates from sixteen Anglican Provinces were present along with Anglican leaders from Bangladesh, the United States, Canada, England and Australia.

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed the Primates while a number of prominent ecumenical guests attended the opening service in All Saints Cathedral.

The Primates were pleased with the steps being taken toward the formation

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Saturday
Nov122016

21 Chibok girls freed

By Michelle Faul & Oyekanmi Olalekan

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – NIGERIA’S GOVERNMENT is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors.

The unwilling girls may have been radicalized by Boko Haram or are ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists

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Friday
May062016

Lutherans and Anglicans: Closest of ecumenical cousins

By Sue Careless

THREE THEOLOGICALLY conservative church bodies, which entered into ecumenical dialogue six years ago with “nervousness” and “low expectations,” have been surprised to discover that they are, while not quite “sister churches,” at least “the closest of ecumenical cousins in Christendom.”

Participants in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Lutheran Church – Canada’s (LCC) ongoing ecumenical dialogue have released

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Friday
May062016

Easter massacre in Pakistan 

(Staff)  A SUICIDE BOMBER blew himself up in a targeted attack on Christians in a large park in Lahore, Pakistan where hundreds of families had gathered to celebrate Easter. Among the 72 victims were more than 30 small children, who were playing outdoor games in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. At least 320 people were injured, mostly women and children.

The Taliban faction Jamaat ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the March 27th bombing. “We carried out the Lahore attack as Christians are our target,” said spokesman Ehansullah Ehsan.

Last year the group carried out a bombing

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Tuesday
Mar222016

1,000-year schism bridged: Pope meets Patriach

The meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in February helped close an historic East-West divide in Christendom. 

IN AN HISTORIC step to heal the 1,000-year schism that has split Christianity, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, met in Cuba Feb. 12th in an attempt to begin bridging Christianity’s East-West divide.

It was the first meeting between the leaders

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Tuesday
Mar222016

Canadian pastor charged with espionage 

Kevin Garratt

(Photo: www.chinawatchcanada.blogspot.ca)

AFTER 18 MONTHS of holding him without charges, Chinese authorities have accused a Canadian Pentecostal pastor of “accepting tasks” to gather intelligence on China for Canadian spy services. On Jan. 28th Kevin Garratt was charged with spying and stealing state secrets in Dandong, the northeastern Chinese city where he and his wife, Julia, ran a popular coffee shop near a river overlooking North Korea.

The couple was detained Aug. 4, 2014. Julia Garratt was released Feb. 5. 2015 on bail

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