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Religious leaders revile Russian school massacre
In Russia the head of Russia's Orthodox church
Patriarch Alexei II has urged President Vladimir Putin to maintain the country's "peace and security". The appeal comes after a
bloodbath at the Beslan school siege in southern Russia which left at almost 400
people, many of them children, dead. In his message to president Putin, Patriarch Alexei II said according to
Ecumenical News International, that "News
of the unprecedented brutality of the bandits who seized civilian residents,
women and children in a school of Beslan, has shaken the entire world
community," The attack has been
denounced by Christian and Muslim religious leaders worldwide.
violence in Sudan condemned
by Lutheran churches
The Lutheran World Federation has backed a
call by Sudan's Roman Catholic bishops which demanded the
international community to prevent "terror, rape, torture, murder and
slavery"and "the annihilation of an entire ethnic group" in the
Darfur region in western Sudan.
According to Ecumenical News International, a meeting of the LWF*s council, the
main governing body for the grouping representing more than 62 million
Lutherans, on Sunday also criticised the refusal of the Sudanese government to
accept an international peacekeeping force in its troubled western Darfur
up task force on 'marriage, family
At the Lutherans Worldwide Council a task force was appointed to look at marriage, family and sexuality. The Council
that is a global group representing more than 62 million Lutherans worldwide
appointed the task group amid fears that differences on these issues might
become church dividing. Lutheran
general secretary Ishmael Noko told Ecumenical News International that:
"We have to discuss these issues, no matter how difficult they might
seem." The task force is expected to return with a report by the end of
Expelled Adventists reinstated in Ghana.
In Ghana 70 % of the previously expelled members of
the Seventh day Adventist
Church have been
re-instated. The regional Mid West Ghana Conference recommended the expulsion
of 12 branch churches in January for various offences, including dissent.
Pastor Badu, leader of the Mid West Ghana Conference explained to the Ghanaweb
that the conference had a policy to expel any branch or individual who rebelled
against it. Badu also explained that individuals or groups had 90 days to
reconsider their faith and allegiance to the conference and after 90 days in
this instance it was recognised that 70 % had asked to be accepted back into
the Seventh day Adventist
Anglicans and Muslims to
Meet for Dialogue in Cairo
representatives from both the Anglican Church and the al-Azhar al-Sharif, the
foremost organization of Sunni Muslims, met recently for dialogues concerning
their respective faiths. The Anglican
Communion News Service reports that the meetings are part of an ongoing effort
by the Anglican Church to foster a closer relationship with the Muslim world. The dialogues will be capped off by a visit
from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, this weekend.
Three Life Terms for Man
who Killed Palau Missionaries
In Palau, a
43-year-old man has recently been sentenced to three life imprisonments for the
murders of three Seventh-day Adventist Missionaries. Justin Hiroshi was convicted of the December
22, 2003 murders of Pastor Ruimar DePaiva, his wife Margareth and son
Larisson. The DePaiva’s youngest
daughter was kidnapped and strangled by Hiroshi, but survived the attack. The murders took place when Hiroshi botched a
burglary attempt at the DePaiva’s home.
The DePaiva family had moved from their native Brazil to serve in Palau in August of 2002.
Kenyan Churches Enhance
Links with Catholic Church
In Kenya, leaders of various protestant churches
have resolved at a recent meeting in Nairobi
to build up humanitarian aide ties with the Roman Catholic Church. According to the allAfrica News Service, the
General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Sam Kobia said during the
meetings that although cooperation has occurred at the high levels of
humanitarian assistance, that same cooperation must reach all levels of
humanitarian aide. Kobia specifically
stressed the need for increased cooperation between individual church
Netherlands Antilles: St. Maarten Court Rules in Favor of Sabbath-Keeping
In the Netherlands Antilles,
a court has recently ruled that the American
University of the Caribbean
must administer exams on Sundays as well as Saturdays in accordance with the
nation’s protection of religious freedom.
Five Seventh-day Adventist medical students had feared they would not be
able to take their exams because the tests were scheduled on Saturday, the
Sabbath day observed by Seventh-day Adventists.
However, a Court of First Instance on the island of St. Maartens
has told the school it must make provisions for the students to take their
exams outside of the Saturday Sabbath.
One of the students said was “ecstatic” about the ruling and was
delighted to be able to stay and finish school.