Archbishop condemns South Africa mine deaths; Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism after cathedral protest; Killings: Nigeria on brink of anarchy; Sudanese refugees face ‘disaster; Ethiopian church patriarch dies; South Carolina mulls secession
Archbishop condemns South Africa mine deaths
The Archbishop of Cape Town has condemned the deaths of 34 people at a mine in South Africa
Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism after cathedral protest
A Russian court has found punk group Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism
Killings: Nigeria on brink of anarchy
Punch Nigeria – There was a public outcry on Tuesday against the spate of terrorist attacks in the country, particularly the Monday killings at the Deeper Life Bible Church in Kogi State. Many people who spoke to our correspondents on Tuesday said the country was on the brink of anarchy.
Groups and individuals, including the Church of Nigeria Anglican communion; the northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum; and some former police bosses condemned the growing wave of violence in the country.
The Prelate of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, warned that the country was drifting to anarchy.
He said, “At the rate we are going, the country is drifting fast into anarchy and if people now capitalise on that situation, it will degenerate to dog eat dog.
Sudanese refugees face ‘disaster’
People are dying in large numbers in a refugee camp in South Sudan, a medical charity says, describing the situation as a humanitarian disaster.
Ethiopian church patriarch dies
The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Paulos, dies aged 76, the government says.
South Carolina mulls secession
CEN – The Diocese of South Carolina is on the brink of secession from the Episcopal Church, following the 77th General Convention’s vote to permit a local option on same-sex blessings.
At a 25 July meeting of the South Carolina clergy, Bishop Mark Lawrence said he no longer sees a place for the diocese in the General Convention and announced he would spend the next 25 days praying as to what his, and the diocese’s, next steps might be.
At last month’s General Convention in Indianapolis, the Episcopal Church voted to endorse provisional local rites for the blessing of same-sex unions. Some dioceses have interpreted the vote as permission to authorise their clergy to perform gay marriages in states that recognise such unions. Bishop Lawrence and six of the eight members of the South Carolina deputation to the Convention withdrew from its proceedings after the gay blessings vote, perturbed by what they saw as abandonment by the Episcopal Church of the universal witness of the Church on the purpose and meaning of Christian marriage.