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News in brief

12 July 2013


Accustomed: Bishop Inge with the Queen and Prince Philip in Worcester Cathedral during a Diamond Jubilee visit to the diocese, in July 2012

Accustomed: Bishop Inge with the Queen and Prince Philip in Worcester Cathedral during a Diamond Jubilee visit to the diocese, in July 2012

Kiwi Vicar to become Presbyterian minister

THE Revd Glynn Cardy, Vicar of St Matthew-in-the City, Auckland, in New Zealand - which once displayed on a billboard an image of Mary looking at a pregnancy test (News, 23 December 2011) (above) - is to leave in October to become minister of the Community of St Luke's Presbyterian Church in Remuera, a suburb of Auckland. The news was announced to his congregation on Sunday. 

Archbishop Okoh defends capital punishment

THE State should not bow to critics of capital punishment, the Archbishop of Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, said on Tuesday of last week. He told a press conference: "The law on capital punishment for those who rightly deserve it should be enforced. . . The government cannot abdicate from punishing crime in the name of Amnesty International, or whatever." He was speaking after the execution of four prisoners by the Edo State government, the first known executions in the country since 2006. 

Aasia Bibi in jail transfer in Pakistan

THE Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan has been transferred to Central Jail, Multan. Aasia Bibi, a mother of two, was sentenced in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad ( News, 19 November 2010). The city of Multan is hundreds of miles away from her home town, making family visits difficult. 

Canadians defer Covenant decision

THE General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has delayed until 2016 a final decision on whether to accept the Anglican Covenant. The approved motion asked the Anglican Communion Working Group to monitor developments around the Covenant, which was accepted by the Anglican Church in Hong Kong last month (News, 5 July). 

Welby becomes Children's Society president

THE Archbishop of Canterbury - like his predecessors - has become a president of the Children's Society, alongside the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu. Archbishop Welby's presidency would "help to continue the already close and historic relationship between the Church of England and the Children's Society", the charity said.

Christian B&B owner to take case to Supreme Court

A CHRISTIAN B&B owner who was ordered to pay £3600 damages for refusing to allow a gay couple access to a double room lost her appeal on Tuesday (News, 7 December). A judge ruled in October that the hotelier, Suzanne Wilkinson, had breached equality legislation by refusing to let a double room to Michael Black and John Morgan ( News, 19 October). Mrs Wilkinson was granted permission to take her case to the Supreme Court, however, where it will be heard on 9 October.

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