*** DEBUG END ***

World news in brief

23 October 2015


Mourned: a guitarist plays and sings during a candlelight vigil on Tuesday in memory of Lucas and Christopher Leonard, teenage brothers who were beaten during a church counselling session at the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford, New York, on 11 October. Lucas died as a result of the attack

Mourned: a guitarist plays and sings during a candlelight vigil on Tuesday in memory of Lucas and Christopher Leonard, teenage brothers who were beate...

Call for zero carbon emissions

RELIGIOUS leaders from across the world have called on the UN to push for a zero-carbon future at the forthcoming climate conference in Paris, in December. In the statement, released on Tuesday, 154 faith leaders urge governments “to commit to building climate resilience, phasing out fossil energies, and reaching zero emissions by mid century”. This week, 194 countries will gather in Bonn to outline a draft for the Paris talks.


Australian bishop defrocked

THE former bishop of a regional New South Wales diocese has been deposed from holy orders after allegations of his mishandling of abuse at a children’s home in Lismore, in the diocese of Grafton. Keith Slater was Bishop of Grafton for nine years until his early resignation in May 2013, after an audit revealed that he had not referred some sexual-abuse allegations concerning the children’s home to the diocese’s Professional Standards Director. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, at which Slater gave evidence, recommended that he face disciplinary action for ignoring complaints from sexual-abuse victims.


Asia Bibi in solitary confinement

A PAKISTANI Christian on death row for blasphemy has been moved to solitary confinement for fear she may be targeted by vigilantes, ATP reported last week. Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after she was accused by former colleagues of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. She denies the charges (News, 24 July, 19 November 2010). ATP reported that Mrs Bibi had received death threats while in prison in Multan, eastern Pakistan, and is now in a high-security unit.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events


Church Times/RSCM: 

Intercultural Church for a Multicultural World

28 May 2024

A Church Times/Church House Publishing webinar

Tickets are FREE


Church Times/Modern Church:

A Political Faith?

Monday 3 June 2024

This panel will explore where Christians have come to in terms of political power and ask, where should we go next?

Online tickets available


Church Times/Modern Church:

Participating in Democracy

Monday 10 June 2024

This panel will explore the power of voting, and power beyond voting.

Online tickets available


Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards


Church Times/Canterbury Press:

Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

Early bird tickets available



Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)