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World news in brief

19 October 2012


Up-ended: Evgeny Chalenko competes in an amateur parkour tournament, in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, last year. The Russian Orthodox Church's St Basil the Great centre for teenage boys, in St Petersburg, is encouraging participation in the urban sport

Up-ended: Evgeny Chalenko competes in an amateur parkour tournament, in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, last year. The Russian Orthodox Church's St Basil the ...

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 conditions.

Occupy camp causes Trinity Hallowe'en trouble

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 Prize

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.

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