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Overseas news in brief

23 February 2011

New USPG General Secretary announced

JANETTE O’NEILL has been named as the new General Secretary of USPG: Anglicans in World Mission. She will succeed Bishop Michael Doe in May, when he retires. Mrs O’Neill has previously worked in the Anglican Church in Africa, and is currently senior programme officer with Episcopal Relief and Development in New York. She said that she was looking forward “to making and renewing relationships with USPG’s partners around the Anglican Communion, and to meeting its many faithful supporters in the dioceses and parishes” in the UK.

CSW reports an attack in Plateau State, Nigeria

A TOTAL of 16 women and children, and two men, have been killed in a further outbreak of ethnic violence in Plateau State, Nigeria (News, 10 December), Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports. Fulani and Hausa men are reported to have used guns and machetes in the attack on Bere village, 68 kilometres from Jos. The incident occurred less than a kilometre from a military checkpoint, the report says.

Progress in US property dispute

THE diocese of Virginia has reached a settlement with the Church of Our Saviour, Oatlands, which left the Episcopal Church in 2006, but sought to keep its building. The congregation has agreed to stop all litigation, and will now lease the building from the diocese, and retain any funds it has in hand. It will “voluntarily disaffiliate” from connections to any networks, such as ACNA and CANA. Meanwhile, the diocese of Pittsburgh has released guidelines for churches regarding property disputes. The Provisional Bishop of Pittsburgh, the Rt Revd Kenneth Price, has written to 41 congregations in an attempt to reach negotiated settlements.

Former seminary student killed by Somali pirates

A GRADUATE of Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States, Scott Adams, his wife, Jean, and two other Americans have been killed by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman. They were on a round-the-world trip distributing Bibles. Their yacht was hijacked last Friday. American forces boarded the yacht on Tuesday, but found that all four hostages had been shot.

Murdered eye-surgeon honoured by Obama

DR TOM LITTLE, who was murdered in Afghanistan in August last year, together with nine colleagues, including a British surgeon, Dr Karen Woo, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously at the White House earlier this month. Dr Little was working with the International Assistance Mission in Afghanistan when the group were killed in August last year. Dr Little’s widow, Libby, received the medal from President Obama.

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