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World news in brief

06 September 2013


Muddied: Filipino boys walk along a street in Laguna province, southern Philippines, in the wake of flooding.  At least seven people were killed, and hundreds of thousands were affected by severe flooding across the country last month. Typhoon Utor left thousands of residents in the north homeless. Christian Aid said on Monday that it had released emergency funds to local partner organisations, to provide food and basic household items such as sleeping mats, blankets and buckets, for vulnerable people affected by flooding caused by Typhoons Utor and Trami, and by severe monsoon rains

Muddied: Filipino boys walk along a street in Laguna province, southern Philippines, in the wake of flooding.  At least seven people were kille...

Reunification in the Mid-West

THE reunification of the dioceses of Chicago and Quincy took place on Sunday. They split in 1877 to accommodate growth. In 2008, about 60 per cent of the diocese of Quincy seperated to found the Anglican Church of North America (News, 13 November 2008). An agreement to reunify was made in June. The reunifed diocese will be known as the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. 

Cairo bishop reaches out

A PLEA for support has been made by the President-Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Most Revd Mouneer Anis. Writing from Cairo last month, the Bishop described "traumatic events" in Egypt, including the destruction of churches. He highlights the need for funds to provide food, training, and spiritual guidance to those in need. 

Nigerians prepare to tune in

THE Church of Nigeria is about to launch its own cable TV channel, the Anglican Communion News Service reported last week. Several years in the planning, the channel will be used a a tool for evangelism, the Province's communications director, the Ven. Foluso Taiwo, said. 

Pope appoints new Secretary of State

POPE Francis has named Archbishop Pietro Parolin, currently the Vatican's Nuncio in Venezuela, as Secretary of State. This follows the resignation of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was one of the main targets of the "Vatileaks" scandal in which documents alleging corruption in the Vatican were leaked to the Italian media (News, 1 June 2012). The Secretary of State is one of the Pope's principal advisers.

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