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Christians in Iraq begin to see return to normal life

Christians in Iraq begin to see return to normal life

AS THE Iraqi army continues to regain territory captured by Islamic State fighters in 2014, some Christians are beginning to see signs of normality returning to liberated lands

Activists offer Lenten sparkle

Activists offer Lenten sparkle

CHRISTIANS campaigning for LGBTI equality in church are being invited to join a new campaign to wear “glitter-ash” on Ash Wednesday. The organisers, the New York campaign group Parity, describe the glitter-ash campaign “as an inherently queer sign of Christian belief”

Aid called for as thousands face famine in South Sudan

Aid called for as thousands face famine in South Sudan

FAMINE has been formally declared in Unity State, South Sudan: it is the first in the world since 2011. The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Church to pray for peace, as aid agencies warn of a narrow window during which aid can be delivered before the rainy season

On stream

On stream

Water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam, after an evacuation order was lifted for the communities downstream from the dam in California, on Thursday of last week

Irish Church board warns against school changes

Irish Church board warns against school changes

PLANS by the Irish Minister for Edu­­cation and Skills, Richard Bruton, to change the rules of admis­sion to primary schools would create “huge difficulties” for parents of the Church of Ireland and other Protest­ant denominations in securing places for their children in a school of their own ethos, the secretary of the C of I General Synod Board of Education, Dr Ken Fennelly, said on Monday

Fears of food crisis in Mozambique grow in the wake of storm Dineo  

Fears of food crisis in Mozambique grow in the wake of storm Dineo
 

THE tropical storm Dineo, which hit Mozambique last week, killing seven people and destroying the homes of thousands more, is likely to exacerbate the country’s food crisis, aid agencies have warned

Christian Solidarity Worldwide: Christians still unsafe in Egypt

Christian Solidarity Worldwide: Christians still unsafe in Egypt

CHRISTIANS in Egypt are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and suffer from the effects of imprecise legislation and a crackdown on the activities of NGOs, despite expressions of solidarity from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said

Welby inspired by development of Rwandan diocese

Welby inspired by development of Rwandan diocese

THE Archbishop of Canterbury said on Saturday that he was “overwhelmed” by the growth of the Anglican diocese of Gahini, in Rwanda, which he compared with a declining Church of England. Archbishop Welby visited several East African countries, last week

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World news in brief

Lutheran bishop awarded Niwano Peace Prize

Church bells to ring out against racism

Church bells to ring out against racism

CHURCH bells will ring out all over the world in defiance of racism and xenophobia on 19 March, as a result of an initiative by the Dean of Waterford, the Very Revd Maria Jansson, at Christ Church Cathedral, in the south-east of the city

Royal Commission to investigate Tasmanian bishop

Royal Commission to investigate Tasmanian bishop

THE current Bishop of Tasmania, the Rt Revd Richard Condie, has begun a disciplinary investigation into a retired bishop of the see, the Rt Revd Philip Newell, in response to a report issued by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

UN seeks £1.7 billion for Yemeni relief

UN seeks £1.7 billion for Yemeni relief

HUMANITARIAN agencies in the UK and elsewhere have issued urgent appeals for financial donations to the work of caring for millions of people caught up in the war in Yemen

Ukraine situation critical

Ukraine situation critical

A DROP in the intensity of fighting in Ukraine has allowed power to be restored to 16,000 people in Avdiyivka, the town at the centre of the latest clashes between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces

Church hails ruling on Trump’s ban

Church hails ruling on Trump’s ban

EPISCOPALIANS in the United States have welcomed a ruling by the federal appeals court that blocked the reinstatement of President Trump’s executive order on immigration, which includes a temporary ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspends the refugee admissions programme

Report tracks reach of far Right

Report tracks reach of far Right

THE conspiratorial anti-Islam beliefs of the American far-right — which now have a place in the White House under Donald Trump — are beginning to leak into the political mainstream in Europe, the anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate has said

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Fri 24 Feb 17 @ 20:45
.@justinwelby: We pray that there will be humanitarian corridors for the aid that is so desperately needed.” https://t.co/kG3hRUJliW

Fri 24 Feb 17 @ 19:18
"There is no plan B" - Guildford Cathedral's future in doubt after housing rescue plan scuppered https://t.co/xshnQ4cQLj