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News in brief

16 July 2009

Rebuilding: the Bishop of Peru, the Rt Revd William Godfrey, takes a com­munion service for the new Anglican com­munity in Tacama, estab­lished as part of the recovery effort after an earth­quake claimed 519 lives and displaced 400,000, in 2007 USPG

Rebuilding: the Bishop of Peru, the Rt Revd William Godfrey, takes a com­munion service for the new Anglican com­munity in Tacama, estab­lished as par...

Canadian PM breaches RC discipline

THE Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, an Evangelical Protestant associated with the East Gate Alliance Church, in Ottawa, has been criticised for taking communion at a Roman Catholic mass during a state funeral in Memramcook, New Brunswick. Mr Harper was initially reported to have slipped the Host into his pocket, but his office later confirmed that he consumed it.

Coptic Christians’ houses burnt

AN ISLAMIC MOB set fire to the houses of Coptic Christians in the Egyptian town of Meet El Korashy after a Muslim man was killed in a fight with a Coptic shopkeeper.

Zimbabwe Christians condemn Mugabe ‘youth’

THE Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) has condemned the behaviour of supporters of President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party who stormed the First Constitutional All Stakeholders Conference. A statement by the SCMZ said: “It is highly deplorable and unacceptable that some purportedly ZANU-PF youth (who are visibly geriatric) . . . would jeopardise the future of many Zimbabweans.”

No common baptism, say Orthodox confessors

ORTHODOX CLERGY, Religious, and lay theologians in Greece have signed a manifesto, “Confession of Faith Against Ecumenism”, calling on the Orthodox Church to resist all ecumenical ties with Roman Catholics and Protestants, rejecting the possibility of a “common baptism with heretics” The long list of signatories, open for the addition of names, is now headed by those of six metropolitans. The document identifies various errors among non-Orthodox Christians, and says that they should not be prayed with. An unofficial English translation is at www.odegr.com. (The original Greek version is online at www.impantokratoros.gr.)

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