Dr Sentamu visits Lonmin mine
THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, visited the site in
Marikana, South Africa, on Sunday, where 34 striking miners were
killed over the summer. Dr Sentamu, accompanied by his wife,
Margaret, prayed with the families and friends of those who were
killed when police opened fire on a crowd of several hundred
striking miners (News, 24 August).
Dr Sentamu criticised Lonmin, the company that owns the mine, for
making large profits while expecting its workers to live in bad
Occupy camp causes Trinity Hallowe'en
THE Rector of Trinity, Wall Street, New York, the Revd Dr James
Cooper, said on Sunday that the church had cancelled its Hallowe'en
activities this year because of "escalating illegal and abusive
activity" at the Occupy camp in front of the church. He expressed
"regret" at the decision.
Bishop Bennison to stand down
THE Bishop of Pennsylvania, the Rt Revd Charles Bennison,
announced last week that he would retire at the end of the year. In
2010, the US House of Bishops called on Bishop Bennison to resign
(News, 24 September
2010). In 2008, Bishop Bennison was suspended and removed from
office after he was found guilty of failing to act when his brother
abused a 14-year-old girl from his congregation. The decision was
reversed by an appeals court, and Bishop Bennison returned to work.
A statement from the diocese of Pennsylvania said that it would
be seeking the "prompt election" of a provisional bishop to serve
while it elects a new permanent diocesan bishop.
Dr Tveit congratulates EU on Nobel Peace
THE General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Dr Olav
Fykse Tveit, has congratulated the European Union after it was
awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize last Friday. "After two world
wars that killed millions of people and destroyed entire regions,
it has been at the heart of the project of the European Union to
bring peace and stability to the war-torn continent," he said.
Compass Rose anthem sung
"ADVENT Calendar", an anthem on a poem by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, and composed by the US Episcopalian composer Peter
Hallock, was performed last week, for the first time, by Canterbury
Cathedral Choir at the annual meeting of the Compass Rose Society.
Canon John Peterson was elected the new president.