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World news in brief

29 November 2019


A home in the Albanian village of Thumane, which was damaged after an earthquake hit the country on Tuesday

A home in the Albanian village of Thumane, which was damaged after an earthquake hit the country on Tuesday

Dozens killed in Albanian earthquake

POPE FRANCIS has expressed “heartfelt condolences” to the people of Albania, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck north-west of the capital, Tirana, in the early hours of Tuesday, collapsing buildings and killing at least 26 people. More than 650 people are reported to be injured. Hundreds of residents are sleeping in tents and cars as the aftershocks continue. The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, wrote in a letter to the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania: “The poignant images of devastation and destruction grieve us greatly, as do the accounts of families left destitute by this event, especially as winter fast approaches.”


‘Third of women and girls suffer physical abuse’

ONE third of women and girls around the world will suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, a new report from the mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA) states. “The litany of violence involves rampant female infanticide, forced child marriage, sexual assault, domestic violence, slavery, prostitution, trafficking, genital mutilation, and defenceless honour killings,” it said. More than 100 million women are missing. The report, Ending Violence Against Women, was released on Monday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The founder of GFA, Dr K. P. Yohannan, said: “The horror story of violence against women begins when people no longer see others as being made in the image of God.


CSW supports investigation of Xinjiang region

THE agency Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has supported the Foreign Office’s calls on China to allow UN observers “immediate and unfettered” access to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (News, 15 November). It comes after leaked documents, seen by the BBC’s Panorama, suggested that hundreds of thousands of Muslims were locked up, indoctrinated, and punished in high-security camps in the region. The China ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said that the leak, made to 17 media organisations, was fake news. The chief executive of CSW, Mervyn Thomas, said: “We call on other members of the international community to join the UK in condemning these detentions, and support efforts at the UN to establish an independent fact-finding mission to the region.”


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London and Home Counties

Our suburban parish on the border between the London Borough of Croydon and the lovely Surrey countryside and with a spacious modern Rectory, is seeking a Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) to lead our church as we seek to fulfil our mission to proclaim Jesus, change lives and serve our community.   We are looking for a leader who, with energy and dynamism, who will develop the vision for the church to enable the children and families work to be a priority in order to grow the church both in numbers and spiritual maturity. In addition, the new person will care and tend for the existing ageing congregation many of whom have ¬faithfully served the church for many years.   The person we are looking for should have: strong communication skills, the ability to engage and encourage people across the age ranges and to convey the church’s mission, vision and priorities; a commitment to preach the Word of God in thoughtful and stimulating ways; an energy and dynamism probably more extrovert than introvert; a pastoral heart, showing empathy and good listening skills, the ability, willingness and experience to help us to develop and enjoy a variety of worship styles, including a wider range of musical worship and a deeper corporate prayer life -whilst recognising and valuing our heritage;   For further information and to apply, please click the 'apply for this job' button below.   For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA Kathleen.bailey@southwark.anglican.org to arrange a time for a phone conversation.   Closing Date: Sunday 12 June 2022 Parish Visit for shortlisted candidates: Monday 11 July 2022 Interviews: Monday 11 July 2022   Please note we have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title in an Anglican church in the British Isles.   This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure

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