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World news in brief

07 October 2016


Solemn: the Archbishop of Rouen, the Most Revde Dominique Lebrun, at a requiem mass for Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in a church in Rouen in July. Pope Francis has authorised a preliminary investigation for Fr Hamel's postumous canonisation

Solemn: the Archbishop of Rouen, the Most Revde Dominique Lebrun, at a requiem mass for Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in a church in Rouen in Jul...

India agrees to ratify Paris climate deal
INDIA has agreed to ratify the Paris climate-change agreement at the United Nations, on Sunday, the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, an environment ministry spokesman confirmed this week. India accounts for about 4.1 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement, drawn up last year, is to restrict global temperature rises to 2°C above pre-industrialisation levels (News, 18 December 2015). Tearfund called it a “landmark” deal, this week.


Church of Christ the King in Libya struggling
THE President-Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Dr Mouneer Anis, has said that Christ the King Tripoli, in Libya, is “struggling to manage and run” on its current income. The country has been in a state of disarray, left to rival forces and militant groups, including IS, since the death of its dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. “We will never lose hope, and keep battling in faith to keep the Church alive and more vibrant,” Dr Anis wrote on the diocesan website.


Archbishop Hiltz writes to dissenting bishops
THE Primate of Canada, the Most Revd Fred Hiltz, has written to the seven Canadian bishops who dissented from the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada last July, because it considered a motion to enable the Church to solemnise same-sex marriage, which was later carried (News, 12 July). In his letter, on Monday, Archbishop Hiltz defended the vote, and questioned the bishops’ ability to “make room” for others, including LGBT Anglicans, in their duty of pastoral care, the newspaper Anglican Journal reported.


Correction: In our story on the New York bombing (News, 23 September), we confused the names of the Bishops of New York and New Jersey. Andrew Dietsche is the Bishop of New York, and William Stokes is the Bishop of New Jersey. We apologise for the error.

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