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Foreign news in Brief

27 November 2008



Restorers are to spend 19 years working on the stained glass of the Mariendom in Erfurt, Germany

Bethlehem visitor numbers rise this year
THE NUMBER of visitors to Bethlehem went up 96.5 per cent in the nine months to September, figures released by the Israeli Civil Administration show. The increase was the result of a “significant improvement” in the security situation, as well as the easing of restrictions on movement for visitors and residents, it said. A total of 1,123,000 tourists and pilgrims visited the two West Bank sites of Bethlehem and Jericho. The Israeli Tourism ministry had posted a representative at the Bethlehem crossing to assist pilgrims, it said. Palestinians said that they continued to experience long delays and harassment at border crossings.

Canadian Church faces cutbacks
THE Anglican Church of Canada is to cut seven posts from its national office in Toronto to help save $1.3 million and reduce its deficit to $800,000, it was announced on Tuesday. Five staff were culled from the finance and com­muni­cations departments, and two posts from other departments would not be filled when they become vacant next year, the Anglican Journal website reported.

Bishop Iker inhibited by Jefferts Schori
THE Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt Revd Jack Iker, was inhibited by the Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, on Friday of last week. The Presiding Bishop acted after a review com­mittee had certified that the Bishop had aban­doned the communion of the Episcopal Church in order to align himself with the Province of the Southern Cone.

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