Pay climate change compensation, says CSI bishop
RICH countries must compensate poorer countries for the impact
of climate change, the Deputy Moderator of the Church of South
India and Bishop of Madhya Kerala, the Rt Revd Thomas K. Oommen,
has said. In a new paper, "Change Development Paradigm and
Lifestyle", he describes climate change as "a social justice issue
rather than an extension of Christian environmentalism", and calls
for rich countries to write off poor countries' debts and "transfer
their technological knowledge".
Archbishop condemns killing of hostage in Yemen
THE Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has
expressed his shock and sadness at the death of Pierre Korkie, a
South African teacher shot during an attempt by US forces to rescue
his fellow hostage Luke Somers from militants in Yemen. The BBC
reported that the rescuers were unaware that Mr Korkie was being
held with Mr Somers, a photojournalist who was also killed. "We
need to ask who benefits from their terror tactics and what is
missing in our efforts to end such hostage-taking and killing,"
Archbishop Makgoba said.
Iranians appeal against sentences
THREE Iranian priests appealed against six-year prison sentences
on Tuesday, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports. Behnam Irani,
Matthias Haghnejad, and Deacon Silas Rabbani were charged in
October with "action against national security" and "creating a
network to overthrow the system". Their lawyer, Moshkani Farahani,
argues that people cannot be sentenced on political charges for
simply belonging to a religious community.