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World news in brief

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09 December 2016

PA

Gift: the Pope receives a painting from the film director Martin Scorsese, in a private audience at the Vatican, last week, after a screening of his film, Silence, for 300 Jesuits. The film tells the story of missionaries in 17th-century Japan. The Pope has seen the Shusaku Endo novel on which the film is based (Features, 23 September). The Vatican said that the paintings were “connected to the theme of ‘hidden Christians’”

Gift: the Pope receives a painting from the film director Martin Scorsese, in a private audience at the Vatican, last week, after a screening of his film, Silence, for 300 Jesuits. The film tells the story of missionaries in 17th-century Japan. The Pope has seen the Shusaku Endo novel on which the film is based (Features, 23 September). The Vatican said that the paintings were “connected to the theme of ‘hidden Christians’”

Three Nigerian theological students die in crash

THREE members of St Francis College of Theology, an Anglican theological college in Nigeria, have been killed, and others have been critically injured, in a car crash. The group was travelling in a college minibus to a function. The Archbishop of Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, sent a delegation to the college to express his condolences. The delegation met the college community and members of staff. The Dean of the College, the Rt Revd Praises Omole-Ekun, said that the college’s focus now was to care for the widows and children of the three members who died.

 

Eight accused of proselytism in Nepal acquitted

EIGHT Christians in Nepal who were accused of trying to convert children through the distribution of a comic book about Jesus have been acquitted. The group were arrested in June and held in police custody for nine days before being released on bail. The charge is the first to evoke Article 26 (3) of the newly adopted constitution. The article states that no person shall convert another person from one religion to another. The comics were distributed at two trauma counselling sessions organised by Teach Nepal, which addressed the needs of children affected by the earthquakes in April 2015.

 

Christian political prisoner dies in prison

A CHINESE political prisoner, Peng Ming, has died while serving a life sentence for “terrorist activities”. Mr Peng, a Christian, was an advocate for democratic reform in the 1980s and 1990s, but was imprisoned in 2005 after fleeing to Thailand and then to the United States to avoid arrest. After later crossing into Burma, Mr Peng was arrested and transported back to China. His brother, Peng Zhangming, said that the death certificate gave no details of the cause of death and that on 24 November he had been in “good health”. This caused supporters of Mr Peng to call into question the official version of events.

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