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World news in brief

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10 June 2016

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA

Talks: Archbishop Okoh (left) with President Buhari, in Abuja, last week

Talks: Archbishop Okoh (left) with President Buhari, in Abuja, last week

Nigerian bishops talk to President about violence
A DELEGATION of Nigerian bishops, led by the Archbishop, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, has held a private meeting with the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss violence and conflict. The group spoke of the growing number of people killed in the south-east of Nigeria in clashes between farmers and herdsmen, and warned that a Boko Haram-like civil war could break out in the region. The bishops also questioned President Buhari on the progress of efforts to rescue the 218 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 (News, 16 May 2014).

Christian hacked to death in Bangladesh
A 65-YEAR-OLD Christian man, Sumil Gomes, has been murdered in Bangladesh. Mr Gomes was stabbed and killed by unidentified attackers shortly after Sunday prayers near a church in his village of Bonpara, in north-western Bangladesh. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the killing through its Amaq news agency, but Bangladeshi officials have said that they suspect that homegrown terrorists were behind it. At least 40 people have been killed in similar attacks in Bangladesh, mostly liberal and secular activists, over the past three years.

Pope unveils safeguarding sanction against bishops
IT WILL soon be easier to deprive Roman Catholic bishops who fail to protect children from paedophile priests under their authority. Pope Francis announced changes to Vatican law on Sunday which spelled out for the first time that a bishop failing to take action to keep children safe could face dismissal. Bishops can already be removed from post for “grave reasons”, but the Pope’s legal document clarifies that negligence over safeguarding was one such “grave reason”. Bishops who repeatedly moved priests known to have abused children from parish to parish rather than report them have come under sustained criticism from campaigners.

Brawler must attend victim’s church
A US citizen convicted of assaulting a Baptist street preacher during a drunken fracas after an ice-hockey game has been ordered to spend three months attending the preacher’s church. The offender, Jake Strotman, a 23-year-old Roman Catholic, got caught up in a squabble with a group of street evangelists in January in Cincinatti. Joshua Johnson, one of the Baptists, was struck in the face by Mr Strotman, who broke his glasses and cut him, according to local news reports. Judge William Mallory ruled that, rather than send Mr Strotman to prison, he would sentence him to attending Mr Johnson’s church for 12 Sundays, and paying a $480 fine. Mr Strotman reportedly accepted the sentence as a welcome alternative to 90 days’ imprisonment.

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