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‘Pope of Peace’ visits Egypt

‘Pope of Peace’ visits Egypt

POPE FRANCIS was due to arrive in Egypt today for the start of a two-day visit, two weeks after bomb attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority on Palm Sunday (News, 13 April), in which 45 people were killed

Bombing IS will not end Afghanistan war, says charity boss

Bombing IS will not end Afghanistan war, says charity boss

DROPPING quasi-nuclear bombs on Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan will not end the war, but will reinforce the Taliban ideology that the United States is an “occupying force” for its own political and economic gain, the national director of World Vision in the country, Jim Alexander, has said

Paris terror fails to sway France’s voters

Paris terror fails to sway France’s voters

THE first round of the presidential election, taking place on Sunday just days after an Islamic State-inspired terrorist killed one policeman and injured others on the Champs Élysées (News, 21 April), was won by the centrist newcomer, Emmanuel Macron, who received 24 per cent of the vote

US bishops pledge to act on guns

US bishops pledge to act on guns

TACKLING the “epidemic” of gun violence blighting poor communities in the United States cannot be achieved by better firearms regulations alone, bishops from the Episcopal Church have said

World news in brief

World news in brief

Sanctuaries for cows planned in India; Preaching valued by US worshippers; Jehovah’s Witnesses banned in Russia; Vigils held after Arkansas executions

 

Policeman shot dead in apparent Islamic State terror attack in Paris

Policeman shot dead in apparent Islamic State terror attack in Paris

THE Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on police officers in central Paris on Thursday which left one policeman dead and two others wounded

Security in churches tightened as ‘resilient’ Copts hold Easter services

Security in churches tightened as ‘resilient’ Copts hold Easter services

EASTER services went ahead amid tighter security in churches across Egypt following the twin suicide bombings which killed at least 45 Christians on Palm Sunday. The Coptic Church had announced it would scale back the festivities following Easter services as a period of mourning for victims was underway

First woman deacon in The Murray

First woman deacon in The Murray

THE first woman to be ordained in the small South Australian diocese of The Murray — the last Australian diocese to accept ordained women — will be ordained deacon tomorrow

Russian LGBT activists call for support

Russian LGBT activists call for support

LGBT activists in Russia have called on people of all faiths and none to speak out against anti-gay persecution in the country — but said that they did not expect a reaction from the “homophobic” Russian Orthodox Church

Auction shock

Auction shock

A small painting of unknown provenance that depicts the head of Christ with a crown of thorns, in an ornate frame, has exceeded an expected reserve of €800, and sold at auction in Dublin to an unidentified bidder for €120,000

Anglican university to open in South Sudan

Anglican university to open in South Sudan

THE first Anglican university in South Sudan will be a place in which the next generation escapes warring factions and prepares to build a peaceful nation, the theologian who chairs the project said this week

Desecration

Desecration

A damaged statue of Jesus is photographed in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Holy Tuesday. Iraqi Christians are beginning to return to the ransacked town after it was liberated from IS fighters

Thousands attend memorial service for Kathrada

Thousands attend memorial service for Kathrada

ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, Cape Town, hosted a memorial service on Thursday of last week for the ANC member Ahmed Kathrada, who died on 28 March

Bethany home survivors lobby for recognition

Bethany home survivors lobby for recognition

SURVIVORS of the Protestant-run Bethany home, in Dublin, which catered for unwed mothers and their babies between 1922 and 1949, are demanding State recognition of their circumstances in the Redress Scheme set up to compensate victims of similar homes run by RC institutions

Call to help disabled in Middle East

Call to help disabled in Middle East

A CHARITY is raising awareness of the plight and ongoing stigmatisation of the 30 million impoverished disabled people in the Middle East and North Africa, including refugee children, this Easter

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