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Monday
Apr062015

Churches burned in Niger - Slaughter in Nigeria downplayed  

THE JAN. 24th edition of The Economist reported two very troubling stories out of Africa:

At least 43 churches were burned in Niamey, the capital of Niger, as protests against the publication of satirical images of Mohammed in [the French magazine] Charlie Hebdo turned violent…. Niger, a majority-Muslim former French colony sitting on the edge of the Sahara, has seen …. the deaths of at least ten people and the burning of 45 churches. Hotels and bars have been razed to the ground, prompting speculation that Islamist extremists were among those inciting the mobs.

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Monday
Apr062015

Court favours Diocese of South Carolina

(Staff)  THE SOUTH CAROLINA Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein ruled that the Diocese of South Carolina, the Trustees of the Diocese and 36 parish churches successfully withdrew from The Episcopal Church (TEC) in 2012 taking with them all their property, including churches, symbols and other assets. The Episcopal Church has no legitimate claims to their property, names and symbols.

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Monday
Apr062015

Jewelry generosity in Boston

(Staff)  COINS, paper money and sometimes transit tokens are regularly dropped into the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles – but this past December expensive jewelry was slipped in as well. People of all faiths and none are supportive of the Christian denomination’s work to fight poverty. But in Boston a widow quietly dropped in her wedding and diamond engagement rings. Inspired by this generosity another Bostonian dropped a diamond-encrusted cross pendant into another of the charity’s red kettles. All she asked was that the proceeds be used to buy toys for poor children. Then another widow donated US$21,000 – ten times what the rings were worth – so she could return them to their original owner. “There’s something special happening here in Boston,” said Salvation Army Capt. Myron Smith.

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Monday
Jan052015

Modern slavery opposed

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined Pope Francis and a dozen religious leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish faith communities in Rome on Dec. 2nd to sign an historic declaration aimed at eradicating modern slavery permanently around the world by 2020.

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Monday
Jan052015

Protestantism growing rapidly in Latin America

   By Sue Careless

 

   HECTOR (Tito) Zavala, the Anglican Bishop of Chile and the Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, told the Anglican Planet in 2013: “We have to learn from Pentecostals how to evangelize.”

   A recent study by the Pew Research Centre has proven him right. Over the last four decades the world’s most Roman Catholic continent has become more Protestant. And two-thirds of Latin American Protestants identify as Pentecostal.

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Monday
Jan052015

Radical new community at Lambeth Palace

Rev’d Anders Litzell appointed Prior of new community at Lambeth Palace

   (Staff) ON NOV. 10th the Archbishop of Canterbury announced that Lambeth Palace, his official London residence on the south bank of the Thames, diagonally across from the Houses of Parliament, will become home to a radical new Christian community.

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Thursday
Dec182014

Canadian couple still detained in China

(Staff) DESPITE Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent trade mission to China in mid-November, two Canadian nationals being detained there on spy charges seem no closer to freedom.

 

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Thursday
Dec182014

Female bishops in England

(Staff) THE CHURCH of England held a final vote that will now allow women to become bishops. An earlier vote had been taken in July. Since that time the legislation has been approved in Parliament and received Royal Assent. So on Nov. 17th the Instrument of Enactment was read aloud to the General Synod and the motion was put without debate, with only a simple majority required for approval. After it passed, the legislation was signed immediately into law by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York before the whole Synod.

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Thursday
Dec182014

North Korea frees two Christians 

(Staff) NORTH KOREA has released a Christian tourist and a Christian missionary who had both been imprisoned. Christian proselytizing is considered a crime in North Korea where less than two percent of the population is Christian.

 

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Thursday
Dec182014

Emotions linger after memory fades 

(Staff) FAMILY and caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s may wonder whether any of the support they offer provides any comfort to a person who can’t remember it. A new study has found that in fact the emotions associated with memories linger long after the memory itself is gone.

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