World news in brief

01 February 2013


Burnt-out:  part of a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, on Wednesday

Burnt-out:  part of a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, on Wednesday

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".


Forthcoming Events

16-18 February 2018
Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature

Our literary festival with a theological slant in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Speakers include Francis Spufford, Ruth Valerio, Eve Poole, Mark Oakley, James Runcie and many others. Find out more

5-6 May 2018
Church Times Festival of Poetry
With Sarum College, Salisbury. More details coming soon - register your interest here

The Church Times Podcast

Interviews and news analysis from the Church Times team. Listen to this week’s episode online

Subscribe now to get full access

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

This January, non-subscribers can read up to thirty articles for free. (You will need to register.)