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Overseas news in brief

15 April 2009

Easter prayer: a Roman Catholic Bosnian woman takes part in a morning service at Vares, north of Sarajevo, on Sunday AP

Easter prayer: a Roman Catholic Bosnian woman takes part in a morning service at Vares, north of Sarajevo, on Sunday ...

Report on priests’ abuse will shock, bishop warns

THE RC Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Diarmuid Martin, has warned that a report to be published next month on child sex abuse by clergy in the Church will be shocking. Speaking during a mass at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, he said: “It is likely that thousands of children or young people across Ireland were abused by priests in the period under investigation, and the horror of that abuse was not recognised for what it is. The report will make each of us and the entire Church in Dublin a humbler Church.”

Germans plan to ‘tweet’ the Bible

GERMAN PROTESTANTS plan to publish the Bible in a day on the micro-blogging service Twitter next month. They will “tweet” a shortened form of the Bible at the bi-annual Kirchentag Protestant Convention in Bremen on 24 May. Organisers are currently dividing the Bible into 3000 sections to be summarised as “tweets”. Melanie Huber, of the website that is running the record-breaking attempt, said she hoped it would “encourage a debate” and “show the modern possibilites that exist to receive and make known the Word of God”. www.evangelisch.de

Warnings against condoms and Virginia Woolf

THE RC Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has echoed recent comments by Pope Benedict XVI on condoms. Cardinal Pell told Sky News: “The idea that you can solve a great spiritual health crisis like AIDS with a few mechanical contraptions like condoms is ridiculous.” He argued that the AIDS infection rates in the Philippines, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, were lower than those in Thailand, which he described as “awash with condoms”. The Dean of St Andrew’s (Anglican) Cathedral, Sydney, the Revd Phillip Jensen, has said that the sexual revolution “came out of Virginia Woolf and that crowd” and “is ruining our society”.

Police demolish church in Nigeria

ARMED police demolished St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ugbuwangue, on a Sunday earlier this month, when the Bishop of Warri had worshipped there. The demolition was allegedly carried out on “orders from above”, although the church being properly registered.

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