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20 December 2013

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Time up: the Doom-sayer, Harold Camping, who died on Sunday in California, aged 92. In 2011 Mr Camping predicted twice that Judgement Day was imminent, first in May, in a broadcast of his television show Open Forum (above), and then in October of that year, when he said that the May prediction had been a mis-calculation (News, 21 October, 2011)

Time up: the Doom-sayer, Harold Camping, who died on Sunday in California, aged 92. In 2011 Mr Camping predicted twice that Judgement Day was imminent, first in May, in a broadcast of his television show Open Forum (above), and then in October of that year, when he said that the May prediction had been a mis-calculation (News, 21 October, 2011)

WCC: South Sudan needs 'a Mandela moment'

THE World Council of Churches (WCC) has urged the people of South Sudan to emulate Nelson Mandela and embrace reconconciliation, after reports of an attempted coup. The UN says that hundreds may have died in fighting in the capital, Juba, earlier this week. The President, Salva Kiir, has accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of attempting to seize power. The WCC called on all sides to allow "latitude for different voices, given [South Sudan's] multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious composition".
 

RC priest claims unfair dismissal

A SCOTTISH Roman Catholic priest has launched a legal bid to overturn his dismissal from St Sophia's, Galston, in Ayrshire, in September. The priest, Fr Patrick Lawson, has been granted legal aid to take the RC Church to an employment tribunal. He says that he was sacked for speaking out about a fellow priest who was allegedly sexually abusing children. If his case is successful, it could set a significant precedent, but the Church said that the move was flawed because there was not an employee-employer relationship. between a priest and his diocese.
 

Correction. In the comment article "Mandela was a lifelong believer" last week, part of the text was omitted. It should have read: "What was needed was for the Calvinist Church worldwide to pressure its members in the Dutch Reformed Church to realise that its teachings were, in fact, unchristian. Ultimately it could be argued that Mandela was faced with a situation that could have been avoided if all the Christian Churches, Catholic and Protestant, could have condemned the Dutch Reformed Church . . ." Our apologies.

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