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News in Brief

23 August 2007

Abducted Colombian priest found
THE Revd Ricardo Morales Gaviria, an Episcopal priest abducted on Monday by outlaw militias in Colombia, was found the following day, said the Bishop, the Rt Revd Francisco Duque-Gomez. Mr Gaviria was disoriented and had been heavily drugged. It was reported that Mr Gaviria had been registered as a mayoral candidate, which suggested a possible motive.

Billy Graham recovers in hospital
THE EVANGELIST Dr Billy Graham was recovering well in hospital in North Carolina on Monday after two bouts of intestinal bleeding. Franklin Graham said that his father, who is 88, was “doing real well”, and had been able to watch a televised worship service.

Afghan police rescue Christian hostage
CHRISTINA MEIER, a German working for a small Christian aid agency, was rescued by Afghan police on Tuesday, two days after being kidnapped from a restaurant in Kabul. Police arrested four people, and suspect a criminal motive of ransom.

Prayer call after mine disaster
THE BISHOP OF UTAH, the Rt Revd Carolyn Irish, said last Friday that Episcopalians across the state “feel deeply connected with those families mourning this latest great loss”, after three people died attempting to rescue miners trapped at the Crandall Canyon coal mine. Six others were injured after a seismic jolt during the attempt.

US Lutherans vote on sexuality
THE ASSEMBLY of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted this month not to overturn the denomination’s bar on the ordination of non-celibate homosexual clergy. But it also approved a resolution discouraging bishops from disciplining gay clergy in committed relationships.

Dr Jensen bans Bishop Spong
THE ARCHBISHOP of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, has banned the Rt Revd John Selby Spong, the retired Bishop of Newark in the United States, from entering churches in his diocese, accusing Bishop Spong of “gutting” the Christian faith in his latest book, Jesus for the Non-Religious, published by Harperluxe. By contrast, the Primate of Australia, the Most Revd Philip Aspinall, has welcomed Bishop Spong.

Anglican administrators meet
AN informal meeting of general secretaries from 40 Anglican provinces was due to start yesterday, in Hong Kong. The meeting will run till next Thursday.

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