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World news – 21st June

Recruiting for new position to spearhead Anglican Alliance work in Asia; After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled; Nigerian church blasts kill 21 in Kaduna state; Council meeting looks at freedom of religion in China    

Recruiting for new position to spearhead Alliance work in Asia
ACNS – The Anglican Alliance is looking for a dynamic and committed person spearhead its work in Asia as the regional facilitator.

Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the person will be responsible for supporting development, relief and advocacy work of Anglicans throughout Asia, focussing especially on South Asia which is home to nearly half the world’s poor.

Leading the Alliance work on peace and reconciliation, women’s empowerment and support for minority churches, the Asia facilitator will also have a major role in developing Anglican work in economic empowerment and food security.

To apply candidates must complete the application form after downloading the advertisement, job description and background information.  The closing date for completed application forms is Saturday July 14th and interviews will take place at the end of this month.

Completed application forms should be sent along with a CV and covering letter to

The Anglican Alliance will have a total of four regional facilitators in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Two are already in position: the Africa facilitator is organising a micro-finance workshop to be held in Nairobi in September, and the Latin America and Caribbean facilitator is organising the Anglican presence at Rio + 20.

In addition to their work in development, relief and advocacy, the facilitators will build up regional structures to ensure that the Anglican Alliance is driven by the priorities of the developing world.

Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance director, said: “This is an important post in taking forward the Church’s work in the region with the largest proportion of poor people in the world.  The Alliance is grateful to Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh for supporting this position.”

After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled
When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Nigerian church blasts kill 21 in Kaduna state
The Guardian – Suicide bombings at three churches in northern cities of Zaria and Kaduna prompt state curfew amid fears of reprisal attacks

Three suicide bomb attacks on churches has rocked the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing at least 21 people and wounding about 100, officials said.

They prompted protests in a region that has previously been hit by religious tensions. The first two blasts occurred within minutes of each other and targeted churches in the city of Zaria, police said. A third blast hit a church in the city of Kaduna about half an hour later.

An official working for a relief agency involved in rescue efforts said 21 people had been killed and at least 100 people wounded. The Zaria attacks killed the bomber and at least one other person and left 51 wounded, a Nigerian Red Cross official said earlier. The Kaduna attack claimed 10 lives and wounded 29 people, he said.

Police said security prevented the suicide bombers from ramming explosive-laden cars into the churches. “If not for security, there would have been (many) more casualties,” said Mohammed Abubakar Jinjiri, the Kaduna state police chief.

Nigeria Churches rocked by more attacks
At least 21 people have been killed in suicide bomb attacks on three churches in northern Nigeria

Council meeting looks at freedom of religion in China
ENI – Christianity is growing in China, but continues to face difficulties and an increasing need for resources, according to the head of a major Christian organization.