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World news in brief

12 December 2014


Gift: a football shirt signed by Pele is among the memora­bilia donated to the Vatican Museums by Pope Francis. His favourite football souvenirs are now on display, including footballs, signed boots, and photos of him with the Italian and Argen­tinian teams

Gift: a football shirt signed by Pele is among the memora­bilia donated to the Vatican Museums by Pope Francis. His favourite football souvenirs are...

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.

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