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News in brief

07 May 2009

Sacred space: the Archbishops of Canterbury and York opened and dedicated the Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre, in Sheffield, on Monday, at a service attended by more than 100 people. www.whirlowgrange.co.uk

Sacred space: the Archbishops of Canterbury and York opened and dedicated the Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre, in Sheffield, on Monday, at a servic...

Food crisis threatens Kenyan poor

CARE International, Oxfam, and Concern Worldwide have expressed concern for poor people in Kenya, who face hunger because of the rising cost of food in the country. A joint study showed that 4000 children under the age of five were malnourished in Kiberia, a slum area of Nairobi. The Roman Catholic Church has asked the government to enforce price controls on basic com­modities. The RC Archbishop of Nairobi, Cardinal John Njue, said that prices should be fixed for at least a year.

Appeal for Guantanamo prisoner

THE Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, has joined others in calling for the immediate return to the UK of Shaker Aamar, a Saudi national and British resident said to have been tortured in Guantanamo. In a letter in The Guardian, also signed by other church leaders, the former hostage Terry Waite, and Zinira Ahmed, the wife of Mr Aamar, the Bishop writes: “It is not acceptable that our government allows him to remain in Guantanamo while the Obama administration goes through checks of every one of the 241 prisoners who remain there.” Torture, reported by the Red Cross, had been used against him, he had told his lawyer. Such reports should be taken seriously, the letter said. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said that the UK wanted him back, but the US had not agreed to his return because of its security concerns.

How Calvinist are you?

A QUIZ to discover the extent of Calvin’s teachings, first launched in Dutch in January, has now been translated into English and is available on www.trouw.nl/nieuws/religie-filosofie/article2050113.ece. The quiz, created to celebrate the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, asks such questions as: “In a quarrel, I demand reasonable arguments from the other party. Agree or disagree?” In explaining your response, it says: “Passion for rationality reverberates in the infighting of Calvinists. Calvin himself was rather emotional and short-tempered.”

Christian released early from Libyan prison

DANIEL Baidoo, a Ghanaian who has been in prison in Libya serving a 25-year sentence for distributing Christian literature, has been released after eight years after an official visit by the Vice-President of Ghana, John Mahama, to Libya. He had been arrested when picking up a parcel of biblical tracts in Arabic.

Primate criticises banks for using women

THE Primate of Nigeria, the Most Revd Peter Akinola, has told the Central Bank of Nigeria that it should set an example by not using female employees to attract investors. Preaching in Abuja, at an interdenominational service to mark the bank’s 50th anniversary, the Archbishop said: “Many commercial banks today have turned their single female employees to corporate and official prostitutes, while married ones have become adulterous.”

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