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Getting away with murder

PASTOR ANDY Pawican, aged 30, was murdered by soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Fatima village, in the mountainous town of Pantabangan, around 180 km from metropolitan Manila. Andy Pawican dedicated his life to spreading the word of God. He was a licentiate pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), a partner church ...

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Press watchdog calls on China to release church demolition reporter

The International press freedom body, Reporters Without Borders, is calling on Chinese authorities to release a journalist detained after posting an online report about a church demolition. Zan Ai-zong, the Hangzhou bureau of Beijing-based China Ocean News, who is said to be a Christian, was arrested on 11 August, the day after being sacked by the news outlet. "This new ...

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Churches in Sri Lanka call for immediate cease-fire

Churches in Sri Lanka have called for an immediate halt to an upsurge of violence between government forces and rebels seeking autonomy for Tamil-majority areas in the predominantly Buddhist island nation of mainly Sinhalese speakers. "We are in a boiling pot with both going for each other’s throat. The only way out is an immediate cease-fire," the Rev. Kingsley Perera, ...

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Step up contacts between faiths in Middle East, church delegation

A World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation to the Middle East has urged a stepping up of talks between Christians, Jews and Muslims to help promote a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue that it sees as the root of the violence in the region. "We need to speak truthfully with each other now," delegation leader the Rev. Jean-Arnold de Clermont, ...

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Christian leaders protest Japan prime minister’s visit to war shrine

Christian leaders are protesting against a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to a Tokyo shrine that commemorates the country’s 2.6 million war dead, including a number of criminals. Such high profile visits at this time of the year are seen by China and Korea as supporting his country’s aggression before and during the Second World War. The Rev. ...

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Israeli bombs up Hezbollah support says world church delegation

Continued Israeli bombing of Lebanon is strengthening support amongst the Lebanese people for the Hezbollah movement, says an international church delegation in Beirut. They reiterated the appeal of local religious leaders for an immediate cease-fire as aid workers said fear is gripping everyone in the Lebanese capital. "There’s one word that has to be spoken and voiced as clearly as ...

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African clerics warn Middle East crisis a danger for their continent

An African church leader has added his voice to those calling on Israel and Hezbollah to agree to mediation, and urging the international community to intensify the search for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, while a Ghanaian cleric has warned the Middle East conflict could have a negative impact in African countries. "It is disturbing that again military intervention ...

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World church leaders call for an end to the violence

Saying the world cannot wait for signs of a "new Middle East," leaders of three prominent international groups representing millions of Christians worldwide issued a joint appeal for an end to the violence in the Middle East today. The leaders included Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Bishop Mark Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation, ...

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Elvis crooner gets aisles rocking at England’s Truro Cathedral

Elvis imitator Johnny Cowling had more than 1000 people – many of them non-churchgoing teenagers – rocking in the aisles of one of England’s best known cathedrals at a Sunday service. "It was a fantastic service. We’ve tried country music and classical composers but never Elvis," Truro Cathedral’s Cannon Perran Gay told Ecumenical News International. "Most of Johnny Cowling’s songs ...

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