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World news in brief

13 May 2016


Peacemaker: mourners sing outside St Francis Xavier, in New York, last Friday, as they await the funeral service for Fr Daniel Berrigan. Fr Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, who was 94, had been a leader in the antiwar movement in the 1960s

Peacemaker: mourners sing outside St Francis Xavier, in New York, last Friday, as they await the funeral service for Fr Daniel Berrigan. Fr Berrigan, ...

Questions after Korean-Chinese pastor found dead

NORTH Korean authorities have denied any involvement in the murder of the Korean-Chinese pastor Han Choong Yeol, United Press International reports. The pastor of a large Three-Self church, he was found dead last month, with stab wounds. He lived on the Chinese side of the border with North Korea and gave North Korean refugees food, medicines, clothes, and other goods that they needed for survival back in North Korea, Open Doors reports. Lord Alton of Liverpool has asked two questions in the House of Lords about reports that the murder was carried out by North Korean secret agents.


Six accused after killing of Pakistani religion minister

A MINISTER for minority religious affairs in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly, Sardar Soran Singh, was shot and killed this month. The man due to take his seat in the assembly, Baldev Kumar, has been charged with orchestrating the attack. In total, six people stand accused of involvement. The Bishop of Peshawar, the Rt Revd Humphrey Peters, told reporters that he had “lost a very special friend in Soran Singh, and his services for the minorities and for the interfaith harmony will never be forgotten”. A statement from the diocese of Peshawar described him as a “renowned political worker and promoter of interfaith harmony in the region”.


Task group is to keep Primates talking to each other

A TASK group has been appointed to “maintain conversation” among the Primates of the Anglican Communion. Such a group was requested during the Primates’ Meeting in January, with the aim of facilitating “the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ”. The group will meet at least once a year. It includes seven Primates (Ireland, the United States, South India, the Indian Ocean, Australia, South East Asia, and Bangladesh). It also includes three women: the Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Canon Rosemary Mbogo; the Coadjutor Bishop of Huron, Canada, the Rt Revd Linda Nicholls; and the former vice chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, Elizabeth Paver, from England.

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