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World news in brief

16 January 2015


Pioneer: Joyce Lamont, a US radio broad­­caster for more than 50 years, and cradle Epis­­­­co­palian, who died at the end of last month, aged 98. She hosted Dayton's Mu­­sical Chimes, and passed on re­­cipes and shopping and travel tips throughout the day. At the height of her career, she received more than 10,000 letters a month. A colleague recalled: "Joyce was the most enthusiastic Episco­palian I have ever known" 

Pioneer: Joyce Lamont, a US radio broad­­caster for more than 50 years, and cradle Epis­­­­co­palian, who died at the end of last month, aged 98. Sh...

Women priests for Southern Cone

WOMEN priests are set to be a reality in most of the Anglican Church in the Southern Cone of America. Six out of seven dioceses are likely to opt into the change. The province's canon law has been amended to permit the ordination of women if desired, and all dioceses apart from Argentina voted in favour of the new canons. A provincial spokesman told the Anglican Communion News Service that for a diocese to have women priests, each House of its diocesan synod needed to vote in favour by a two-thirds majority.

Ugandan Primate dismisses demons

THE Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Revd Stanley Ntagali, has told a convention of Ugandan young people not to live in fear of demonic attacks. It had been reported widely in Uganda that a previous Archbishop had claimed that he had been attacked by demons, but Archbishop Ntagali dismissed the suggestion. "I myself do not believe in the presence of demons, and, if they are there, tell them to come and attack me now," he said.

Romero killed 'in hatred of the faith'

OSCAR ROMERO, the assassinated Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador, is reported to have been officially declared a martyr by the Vatican. Archbishop Romero was shot dead by gunmen in 1980, while celebrating mass, one day after he told soldiers to lay down their weapons. The Italian newspaper Avvenire reported that a panel of theologians had decided that Archbishop Romero had been murdered "in hatred of the faith", a decision said to pave the way for his beatification and canonisation.

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