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World news in brief

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18 March 2016

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In prayer: nuns from the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, join in a special mass for her canonisation, beside her tomb in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday. Pope Francis announced this week that she would be canonised in September as part of his Year of Mercy

In prayer: nuns from the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, join in a special mass for her canonisation, beside her tomb in ...

Wabukala announces boycott of ACC meeting

THE Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Revd Eliud Wabukala, has announced that the Anglican Church of Kenya will not take part in next month’s Anglican Consultative Council meeting because of the presence of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Archbishop Wabukala said in a letter to his Church that, because the Episcopal Church has said it will not reconsider its decision to authorise same-sex marriages, communion between the two Churches was broken, and he could not attend the meeting. Instead, he wrote, the GAFCON movement must now provide the unity and direction the Anglican Communion needs.

 

Netherlands ‘no longer a Christian nation’

A NEW survey, God in Nederland, has concluded that the Netherlands is no longer a Christian nation. The survey, which is run every ten years, questioned 2100 people, and found that only 25 per cent identified themselves as Christians, while 82 per cent said that they never went to church. Some 68 per cent said that they had no religion; five per cent said they were Muslim; and two per cent that they were from other faith groups.

 

South African primate calls for national revival

INSTEAD of demanding that “this must fall” and “that must fall”, South Africans should start building a new national story, the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has said. Referring to the continuing student campaigns at South African universities, sparked by the Rhodes Must Fall protest against a statue of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town, Archbishop Makgoba said that South Africans should instead “create a deafening chorus of what must rise”. With high unemployment, low economic growth,and ineffective and corrupt governance, the nation was standing at a crossroads; it was time to renew South Africa’s social compact and rebuild confidence.

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