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September 22, 2011
A pastor's wife was killed and churches and schools destroyed in the Sept. 18 earthquake that killed more than 100 people in several countries in the Himalaya mountains north of India. Among the six dozen dead in the Indian state of Sikkim was 28-year-old Nirmala Tamang, wife of a pastor of the Believers Church. "The young woman died when the church wall collapsed on her," the Rev...
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August 1, 2011
Deputy Minister Zhang Lebin of China's State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA), along with 23 Chinese religious officials, visited the Episcopal Church Center in New York Aug. 1 to learn about how the church engages in charitable work. In her welcoming remarks, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori quoted the late Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, who once said, "the...
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June 22, 2011
As agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) nations meet in Paris, France, this week to discuss how to combat food shortage and soaring prices, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, urging "consideration of the needs of people in developing countries most affected by food insecurity." Jefferts Schori, noting that most of the...
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March 25, 2011
As recovery efforts in Japan proceed, the full impact of the earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago continues to be felt by many churches that are providing disaster relief while grieving lost members and buildings. At the same time, prayers, letters of solidarity and donations are coming in from the ecumenical community in Asia as well as around the world. A magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent...
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February 25, 2011
The mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, has vowed that the iconic Anglican cathedral in the center of that earthquake-ravaged city will be rebuilt "brick by brick, stone by stone" because "we need to find some symbols like that." Bob Parker told the Dominion newspaper that in the wake of the Feb. 22 magnitude-6.3 quake that struck very near Christchurch "we will have to...
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February 16, 2011
One of the leaders of the post-denominational Protestant churches in China recently met with the presiding bishop and others in the Episcopal Church to explore the possibility of future seminary education partnerships and exchanges, and to ask for support for an upcoming Bible exhibition. "We came here to renew friendship with Episcopal Church and explore possibilities where we can...
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July 21, 2010
Two Christian brothers in Pakistan were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on July 19 outside a district court of law in Faisalabad moments after they'd attended a trial hearing for charges of blasphemy. A police escort also was injured in the attack, the latest incident of ongoing Christian persecution in a country that is predominantly Muslim. The murders of Sajjid and Rashid Emmanuel have...
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May 17, 2010
Filipino church leaders, who began the presidential election race in their country with optimism, now say they have much lower hopes of the person who is likely to become the next president. "It is too soon to say but based on his campaign line, it will be hard work pressing him to address people's issues," said the Rev. Rex Reyes, general secretary of the National Council of...