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09 March 2018

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A worshipper places his head on an altar in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after it reopened its doors to visitors. The church had closed its doors in protest at a “systematic campaign of abuse against Churches and Christians” (News, 2 March). The Archbishop of Canterbury and the RC Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, called on the Israeli government to protect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem, in a joint letter to Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, sent on Monday in response to the closure of the church

A worshipper places his head on an altar in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after it reopened its doors to visitors. The church had closed its doors in protest at a “systematic campaign of abuse against Churches and Christians” (News, 2 March). The Archbishop of Canterbury and the RC Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, called on the Israeli government to protect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem, in a joint letter to Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, sent on Monday in response to the closure of the church

 

Pope Francis clears way for Romero to be made canonised

POPE FRANCIS has approved a miracle attributed to Óscar Romero, the Latin American archbishop assassinated during mass in 1980 after publicly criticising the military oppression of the poor, clearing the way for him to be recognised as a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. This means that Romero, the former Archbishop of San Salvador, can be canonised next year, despite opposition from conservatives within the Roman Catholic Church. Romero was declared a martyr and beatified in 2015 (News, 29 May 2015).

 

State of Emergency declared in Sri Lanka after violence

A STATE of Emergency was declared in Sri Lanka on Tuesday after violence between the country’s Sinhalese and Muslim communities in the past week around the city of Kandy. Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported that dozens of buildings belonging to Muslims had been destroyed in arson attacks, including at least four mosques. There has been one reported death. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka said that it was of the “utmost importance that extremist elements are not nurtured and given the space to influence and dictate the words and actions of the communities”.

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