Archives for September 2012

Chaplains for schools in Hong Kong to be trained in Wales

[Church in Wales] The Centre for Chaplaincy Studies in Cardiff, Wales, has been chosen to train chaplains for more than 150 church schools in Hong Kong. The center is part of St. Michael’s Theological College and Cardiff University, both of which have signed a partnership agreement with SKH Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong […]

New Zealand: Foundations laid for Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral

[NZ Herald and Taonga News] The laying of concrete foundations for Christchurch’s “cardboard cathedral” started Sept. 24. Concrete trucks have been on the Latimer Square site pouring since 4 a.m., and are expected to be there for seven hours. The first truckload of 180 cardboard tubes for Christchurch’s transitional cathedral was delivered to the city […]

Pakistan bishops condemn attack on church compound

[Anglican Communion News Service] Thousands of people Sept. 21 broke into a church compound in Pakistan, burnt down the church, and destroyed the homes of two priests and the school headteacher. The motivation behind the attack in Mardan, near Peshawar, is not yet clear, but the school was looted with newly installed computers being stolen […]

Bishop calls attention to humanitarian crisis in Congo

[Anglican Journal] An Anglican bishop from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is urging the world to focus its attention to the “neglected” humanitarian crisis in northeastern Congo, where nearly half a million people have been displaced by armed conflict. Bishop Bahati Bali-Busane Sylvestre, of the Diocese of Bukavu, recently visited refugees from North Kivu […]

Kenyan churches demand action on strikes and ethnic clashes

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] Roman Catholic and Protestant churches in Kenya, in a rare show of unity, are demanding decisive action from the government on industrial strikes that have paralyzed schools and hospitals and ethnic clashes that have left scores dead. The leaders spoke on 20 September in Nairobi as 260,000 teachers in public […]

Communiqué: Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order

Emmaus Centre, Dublin 12-19 September 2012

[Anglican Communion News Service] All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5.18) Gathered in the name of the Triune God, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO), under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop […]

Religious leaders seek inquiry into misuse of Pakistan blasphemy law

[Ecumenical News International, Geneva] Christian, Muslim and Hindu leaders from Pakistan attending an international hearing on Pakistan’s blasphemy law said the law is leading to “blatant violations of human rights” and called for the government of Pakistan to investigate misuse of the law. About 90 participants from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, including Christian, […]

South African church leaders plead for mining dispute resolution

[Ecumenical News International, Cape Town, South Africa] Two church clerics in South Africa have pleaded for a peaceful end to the mine workers unrest following a warning by the government that illegal protesters would be “dealt with accordingly.” Strikes and labor actions have rocked South Africa’s platinum mines, about 100 km northwest of Johannesburg, since […]

Church of England bishops agree on legislation for women bishops

[Church of England] The House of Bishops on Sept. 12 by an overwhelming majority settled the text of the legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England. The House of Bishops made clear its desire for the draft legislation to be passed into law when it goes forward for final approval […]

Activists hail release of Christian pastor in Iran, teen in Pakistan

[Ecumenical News International] Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released on Sept. 8 after a six-hour hearing, reported the American Center for Law and Justice, which worked to garner American support […]