CHURCH LEADERS have joined politicians, statesmen and royalty
from around the world to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the first
post-apartheid President of South Africa, who died last night, aged
95. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Johannesburg
when he died after a long illness.
MORE than 1.1 million children have been forced from their homes
by the Syrian conflict, and three-quarters of them are under the
age of 12, a report for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) has found.
FOOD prices are being pushed up by speculative investment in
global commodity prices, research released this week by the World
Development Movement (WDM) suggests.
THE Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, the Archbishop
of Brisbane, Dr Phillip Aspinall, has called for federal laws that
would force Churches to compensate victims of sexual abuse.
AN AUGUSTINIAN RC priest who, at a funeral he was conducting in
Cork, prayed publicly that a former mayor of the city, who was on
trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager in 1996, would
be found not guilty, has been condemned by his Provincial, and by
the RC Bishop of Cork & Ross, Dr John Buckley.
A boy in Kolkata adjusts a sign promoting awareness of World
AIDS Day, last Friday.
The clean-up in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has a long way to go,
writes Sudarshan Sathianathan
THE synod of the Church of the Province of Central Africa has
voted not to admit women to Holy Orders. The Bishop of Harare, the
Rt Revd Chad Gandiya, had asked that individual dioceses be allowed
to ordain women when they were ready to do so.
CHRISTIANS in Syria are seeking news about the fate of 12 Greek
Orthodox nuns, and three other women, who were seen being taken
away from their convent by Islamist rebel fighters, after the
latter captured much of the small town of Maaloula, north of
American priest dies in rectory fire; Christchurch rectory set
WHEN the US mini-series The Bible first
appeared on cable television earlier this year, few people expected
its popularity to extend far beyond the living rooms in the Bible
THE claim of the Yoido Full Gospel Church to have the world's
largest congregation has long attracted attention, but now it is in
the spotlight for different reasons. The former leader of the South
Korean Pentecostal church has been accused by church elders of
misappropriating church funds.
THE Anglican Church of Hong Kong is awaiting judgment on its
long-running legal dispute over a £14-million tax bill. The dispute
centres on the sale of the Church's former orphanage, St
Christopher's Home, which was redeveloped for luxury homes in the
1990s, earning the Church millions of pounds.
THE Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke, has led warm
ecumenical tributes to the late Fr Alec Reid, the Redemptorist
priest who was instrumental in the conclusion of the Northern
Ireland peace process.
THE Christian Church has a "tremendous potential" to bring
reconciliation in the Middle East, the Israeli Ambassador to the
UK, Daniel Taub, said after a fringe meeting of the General Synod