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World news in brief

29 May 2015


Award-winner: "Take me to church", by Hozier, was named Best Song at the Ivor Novello Awards this week. The video depicts a homophobic attack

Award-winner: "Take me to church", by Hozier, was named Best Song at the Ivor Novello Awards this week. The video depicts a homophobic attack

Lambeth Palace clarifies South Carolina visit

THE Primate of the Anglican Church of South America, the Most Revd Hector Zavala, visited the diocese of South Carolina last week. A press release from the diocese said that he had told the gathering that he was present "with the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury".

On Tuesday, a Lambeth Palace spokesperson said: "The Global South Primates Steering Committee announced in 2014 the establishment of Primatial Oversight for the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, which had seceded from the Episcopal Church.

The steering committee informed Archbishop Justin of their decision when he joined them for the final day of their meeting in Cairo. Archbishop Justin has since had discussions in order to clarify how the arrangements will work, exploring the exercising of pastoral oversight by Bishop Zavala.

Archbishop Justin discussed these developments with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, at a meeting last autumn in Washington."


Interfaith co-operation in the West Indies

MUSLIM and Christian leaders in Barbados have pledged to continue to work together, at a meeting in a mosque on the island last week. The Archbishop of the West Indies, Dr John Holder, attended the gathering, which was convened by the Barbados Muslim Association.


Thousands fleeing Burundi to Tanzania face cholera

THE killing of a Burundian opposition leader has been condemned by the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon. The leader of the Union Pour la Paix et le Développement Zigamibanga party, Zedi Feruzi, and his bodyguard, were shot dead on Saturday.

Almost 100,000 Burundians have fled the violence, many to Tanzania, where the government has declared a cholera epidemic.

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