South Sudan pastors allowed home
TWO South Sudanese pastors who were sentenced to death in Sudan have been allowed to leave the country, two weeks after they were released from prison, after international pressure about their case. Yat Michael and Peter Reith, both from the South Sudanese Evangelical Presbyterian Church, were released earlier this month (News, 14 August), but were initially stopped from flying out of Khartoum airport. They have now reached South Sudan.
Bishop Samir Kafity dies, aged 81
A FORMER Bishop in Jerusalem, the Rt Revd Samir Kafity, died on 21 August, aged 81. Bishop Kafity, the second Palestinian Anglican Bishop, served as a priest in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Lebanon, before his elevation to the episcopate in 1984. He served two five-year terms as the President-Bishop and Primate in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. In 1998, he retired to the United States, where he died in California.
Obituary to follow
Province for Indigenous Canadians proposed
PLANS have been unveiled for a fifth province in the Anglican Church of Canada, to minister to Indigenous Canadians. A commission set up by the Primate presented a draft report on Monday. It called for the creation of a self-governing province, with its own Primate.