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Overseas news in brief

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05 January 2011

Most people feel ‘anger’ towards God

NEARLY two-thirds of people report feeling angry at God, particularly during a time of crisis, a new study in the United States suggests. Julie Exline, the author of the study, published in this month’s Journal of Person­ality and Social Psychology, said: “People who are more religious don’t get as angry. They may be more likely to think God caused the troubling event, but they’re also more likely to put good intentions on the event, saying things like, ‘God is trying to strengthen me.’”

Peshawar and Iran dioceses forge ‘link’

THE dioceses of Peshawar and Iran have established a “diocesan link”, a joint communiqué issued by the Bishop of Peshawar, the Rt Revd Humphrey Peters, and the Bishop in Iran, the Rt Revd Azad Marshall, said. A service was held at St John’s Cathedral, Peshawar, in late November to establish the link.

Bishop of Colombo resigns as he approaches ten-year limit

THE Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera resigned as Bishop of Colombo on 31 December. Bishop Chickera was due to complete ten years in the post in May, the maximum time allowed by the Church of Ceylon Constitution. A statement issued by the diocese of Colombo said that he had “decided that the end of a calendar year is the most appropriate time to go”.

Accused bishop-elect to be consecrated

THE Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, announced on Tuesday that the Revd Daniel Martins, who has been accused of disloyalty to the Episcopal Church (News, 5 November), will be consecrated as Bishop of Springfield on 19 March, after receiving consent from a sufficient number of the Church’s diocesan stand­ing com­mit­tees. Last year, the standing committee of Mr Martin’s former diocese, San Joaquin, sent a letter to Episcopalian bishops urging them to with­hold their consent, alleging that he had been involved in the attempted separation of the diocese from the Episcopal Church during his time as Rector of St John the Evangelist, Stockton, from 1994 to 2007 (News, 5 November).

New Jersey diocese agrees buildings sale

A CHURCH that broke away from the Episcopal Church in the United States has been allowed to keep its property after reaching a settlement with the diocese of New Jersey. The congregation formerly known as St George’s Episcopal Church in Helmatta, New Jersey, which in 2008 joined the Anglican Church in North America, a coalition of conservative Anglican groups, agreed to buy church property from the diocese last month. The sale was approved by the Bishop of New Jersey, the Rt Revd George Councell, after it was agreed that buildings could be sold if it was “not inconsistent with the mission objectives of the diocese”.

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