Deadly fire at Brazilian nightclub
POPE BENEDICT XVI has expressed shock at the news of a fire at a
nightclub in Brazil on Saturday, in which at least 232 people were
killed. In a telegram to the Archbishop of Santa Maria, the Most
Revd Hélio Adelar Ruper, the Pope expressed his "deepest
condolences" to victims' families.
Sri Lankan bishop condemns Church's silence
THE Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Revd Dhiloraj Canagasabey, has
spoken out against the "complete collapse of the rule of law" in
Sri Lanka, after the government ignored established procedures and
impeached Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake over allegations of
misconduct. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay,
has described her removal as "a calamitous setback for the rule of
law in Sri Lanka". Bishop Canagasabey called for a "day of lament"
on Sunday for the Church's "silence".
Fourth Mark of Mission changed
THE Anglican Board of Mission has welcomed a change to the Five
Marks of Mission made by the Anglican Consultative Council. The
fourth Mark has been changed from "Challenge injustice and
oppression" to "Challenge violence, injustice, and oppression, and
work for peace and reconciliation".