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World news in brief

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21 November 2014

Ross MccArthy

Bucket list: David McLachlan-Karr, of the United Nations Development Programme, and Jeanne Kamara, of Christian Aid, at the UNDP headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Bucket list: David McLachlan-Karr, of the United Nations Development Programme, and Jeanne Kamara, of Christian Aid, at the UNDP headquarters in Fre...

Greek chaplaincy celebrates official recognition

A LAW passed in the Greek parliament has formally recognised the Anglican Church in Greece as an "official religion". Other Churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, were also give legal status by the law. Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, Senior Chaplain at St Paul's, Athens, said that the Anglican Church had been seeking recognition for eight years. Members of St Paul's had celebrated the news with a glass of champagne. 

Monks to create digital Advent calendar

THE Society of St John the Evangelist has teamed up with the Anglican Communion Office to create a digital Advent calendar. At 5 a.m. each day during Advent, to anyone who signs up, the Brothers will email a word (such as "#Abide" or "#Thrive"), a meditation, and an associated image. After reading that day's reflection, recipients are encouraged to photograph something that represents their response to the email and post it to the social-media site Instagram with the hashtag "#Adventword". 

Pentecostalists pay tribute to international leader

PENTECOSTALISTS have reacted with shock to the death in a plane crash of the Bahamian evangelist and minister Myles Munroe. Dr Eric Brown, the Pentecostal President of Churches Together in England, said that he had welcomed Mr Munroe to the UK many times to speak and described him as a "giant of our time" with a place in the history of the Church. Mr Munroe, who ran an international Pentecostal ministry and was also an author, died on 9 November, with his wife and seven others, aboard his private jet when it crashed while landing at an Bahamian airport.

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