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09 January 2015

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Bagged: children wait to receive sweets and presents from actors dressed as the Three Wise Men during a traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga.

Bagged: children wait to receive sweets and presents from actors dressed as the Three Wise Men during a traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga.

Sri Lankan bishop resigns after 'complaints'

THE Bishop of Kurunegala, the Rt Revd Greg Shantha Kumar Francis, has resigned, after "numerous complaints that he brought his Church and ministry into disrepute", Lambeth Palace confirmed on Tuesday. Of particular concern, the statement said, was his involvement in "unresolved criminal proceedings relating to misappropriated pension funds. Members of his own diocesan standing committee had requested that he should resign, and he agreed to do so."

Persecution list warns of Middle East exodus

THE exodus of Christians from the Middle East threatens the survival of Christianity in the region, a new report from the charity Open Doors warns. Its World Watch List, published on Wednesday, suggests that there are now just 300,000 Christians in Iraq, compared with 1.2 million in 1990; and more than 700,000 Christians have left Syria since the conflict broke out in 2011. The rise of Islamic extremism is noted as a "major factor" of persecution against Christians in 18 out of the top 20 countries in the list.

www.opendoorsuk.org 

New Principal for Edwardes College

A NEW Principal has been appointed at Edwardes College, Peshawar: Professor Nayer Fardows took charge on 16 December, after being appointed by the Board of Governors. The previous principal of the college - the country's only Church of Pakistan college - the Revd Dr Titus Presler, was removed by the Board last year, a decision that was the subject of a legal challenge (News, 25 April).

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