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World news in brief

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26 July 2012

Strengthening the links: the Bishop of Tonbridge, Dr Brian Castle, ordains two deacons in All Saints' Cathedral, in Mpwapwa, Tanzania, on a recent visit. The dioceses of Mpwapwa and Rochester have been linked since 2005

Strengthening the links: the Bishop of Tonbridge, Dr Brian Castle, ordains two deacons in All Saints' Cathedral, in Mpwapwa, Tanzania, on a recent v...

'Regulate bullets as well as guns'

THE first global arms-trade treaty, currently being negotiated, must cover ammunition, Christian leaders have said. In a joint appeal, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance, Pax Christi International, and Caritas - who together represent 90 per cent of the world's Christians - said: "There is no way ammunition can be omitted from the long-overdue regulation of a trade that has brought such suffering and death to millions of people." The negotiations, under the auspices of the United Nations, are expected to continue for another fortnight.

Violence feared for Coptic women

THE disappearance of Coptic women and girls in Egypt has escalated since the overthrow of President Mubarak in February 2011, a new report from Christian Solidarity International says. The report is based on research conducted in November by Michele Clark, of George Washington University, who gave evidence on Wednesday of last week to the US Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe. The commission is examining evidence that violence against Coptic women and girls is escalating, including kidnappings, forced conversions, and other human-rights abuses.

Families still face eviction in Brazil

PETITIONS in support of 2000 people in São Paulo, Brazil, who face being made homeless, appear to have failed. The families live in two long-abandoned hotels, the Mauá and the Rio Branco, and have conducted a prolonged fight against eviction. Last week, the CAFOD aid agency heard that the eviction had been postponed; a little later, however, it appeared that this decision had been rescinded, and that the families would be ejected within a month.

Priest's son wins writing prize

THE son of the provincial secretary of the Church of Tanzania, Imani Chilongani, aged 14, has won £1000 for his school in an international writing competition. He won in two categories, a mini-saga of 50 words, and poetry. He attends the Canon Andrea Mwaka School.

 

 

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