Welby browned off after grilling on church closures

Jul 11, 2020 by

by Pat Ashworth, Church Times: THE instruction to churches to close down completely following the Government’s announcement about places of worship on 23 March (News, 27 March) had not been “all about us”, a testy Archbishop of Canterbury told General Synod members at the end of a string of questions about that decision. The Archbishop, addressing members during an informal Q&A session on Saturday morning, said that he found the focus of those questions “depressing and slightly surprising”...

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Hate and Targeted Violence Against Christians in India Half Yearly Report 2020

Jul 10, 2020 by

Report from the Evangelical Fellowship of India Religious Liberty Commission 135 instances of atrocities against Christians documented in the first half of 2020 The absolute sense of impunity generated in the administrative apparatus of India by the Corona pandemic lockdown, and the consequent absence of civil society on the streets and in the courts, has aggravated the environment of targeted hate and violence against Christians in major states and the National Capital territory, as seen in...

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Video to mark South Sudan’s Ninth Independence Day – July 9

Jul 10, 2020 by

To mark South Sudan’s Ninth Independence Day on July 9th, Anglican International Development put out a live broadcast featuring Archbishop Badi of South Sudan, and work of the Episcopal Church in Microfinance, Sanitation, Training Health Professionals and Church Strengthening. Tabitha Muthui the AID projects officer was live from Nairobi, and a message of support was received from Baroness Caroline Cox. AID was founded at the same time as South Sudan emerged as an independent nation on the...

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Sombre Days: Infections rising again, fear of death pervades: Bangalore lockdown diary

Jul 9, 2020 by

Vinay Samuel continues his lockdown diary from Divya Shanthi Christian Community Services, Bangalore Sombre Days: Infections rising again, fear of death pervades The mood in weather matched the monsoon weather in Bangalore last week with its dark clouds and rare sunshine. The city was congratulating itself on the lowest rate of infection among large cities in India since the end of March. The easing of the lock down began in mid June with the hope that people will continue to maintain the...

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Truro report on persecution of Christian reviewed, one year on

Jul 9, 2020 by

By CEN on 09/07/2020 ‘Spectators at the carnage’ was how The Times carried the story of launch of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the UK Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Support for Persecuted Christians on July 4 2019. This week, on Wednesday 8 July, the House of Lords hosted a ‘Zoominar’ for 300 invited participants to hear Bishop Philip Mounstephen, Lord Alton, Jeremy Hunt, who commissioned the report when Foreign Secretary, Rehman Chishti MP, the Prime...

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South Sudan celebrates nine years of independence: AID internet broadcast

Jul 2, 2020 by

Thursday July 9th is South Sudan Day when the country will celebrate nine years of formal independence from Sudan. Following civil war from 1983, and a subsequent truce period, the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly in January 2011 for independence from Sudan which was enacted on July 9 2011. The newly formed Episcopal Church of Southern Sudan under Archbishop Moses Deng Bul refused to take aid from the Episcopal Church of North America and similar Anglican agencies and provinces...

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