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World news in brief

03 May 2013

West Indies rejects same-sex unions

SAME-SEX unions were "totally unacceptable on theological and cultural grounds", the House of Bishops and the Standing Committee of the Church in the Province of the West Indies stated last week. The statement argues that the Caribbean people have a human right to "affirm their cultural and religious convictions" regarding the definition of marriage.

Montgomery church reopens

An Episcopal church in Montgomery, Alabama, which closed six years ago, in the realignment of members of its congregation after the election of Canon Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, reopened on Sunday. The Revd James Muriuki, who will lead services, said: "If I don't talk about my sexual relationship with my wife at home, there is no reason I should come and talk about homosexuality in the church."

African churches asked to tackle road deaths

THE prevention of traffic accidents in Africa could be aided by the "huge and powerful" resource of faith communities, the Ministry of Safety, an African road-safety organisation, said last week. Its urges Christians and Muslims to help to deliver information. The Bishop of Southern Malawi, the Rt Revd James Tengatenga, saw this "as a gospel imperative".

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