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John Cain farewelled, Hong Kong bishops on the coronavirus, CoE apologises for sex statement, Franklin Graham banned from speaking in Liverpool, Asia Bibi in exile - and more.

February 5 2020

Dr Freier lauds John Cain's life of service to others

Former Victorian Premier John Cain has been farewelled in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral after passing away on 23 December at 88. Speaking at the service, Archbishop Philip Freier said the tributes paid to Mr Cain described a life that was consistent with the ancient truth “that life is best lived when it has an outward focus and for the benefit of others”.


Hong Kong bishops’ pastoral letter on coronavirus

The Hong Kong Sheung Kung Hui Anglican bishops have published a pastoral letter in response to the global coronavirus outbreak.


Brexit divisions need healing — but not yet

Church leaders should be wary of heeding British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hasty calls for national reconciliation, argues the Rt Revd Dr Brian Castle, an Assistant Bishop in Bath and Wells diocese and an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter.


Pardon me for getting ‘religious’ about climate change

The broad consensus among climate scientists is that humans have poured so many pollutants into the atmosphere that we are now on the verge of altering the planet’s climate irreversibly, leading to the potential extinction of hundreds of species and the suffering of millions of people, writes Michael Clarke, an ecologist and a fellow of ISCAST — Christians in Science and Technology. “So, for a former Prime Minister, who professes a faith, to dismiss the science because it has ‘almost a religious aspect to it’ disturbs me both as a scientist and as a Christian.”


Church of England apologises for statement on unmarried sex

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, have apologised over a statement issued by Church of England bishops last week, which declared that only married heterosexuals should have sex.


Unprecedented challenges in Europe following Brexit, says Bishop in Europe

The Church of England’s Bishop in Europe, Dr Robert Innes, has warned of “huge and unprecedented challenges in Europe” following Brexit.


Evangelist Franklin Graham banned from speaking in Liverpool

Evangelist Franklin Graham has been banned from holding a speaking event in the UK city of Liverpool over his perceived hostility to the LGBTQ+ community.


The dark side of nostalgia

The call for a return to a time when things were “simpler” can distort how we view the world. Cheryl McGrath explores the dark side of nostalgia.


International court rules in favour of the Rohingya people

On 23 January, the International Court of Justice ruled that Myanmar must protect its Rohingya population from acts that amount to genocide, and preserve all possible evidence of genocidal acts.


Asia Bibi: Pakistani woman jailed for blasphemy releases photos in exile

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, has released two photographs taken in exile, as she prepares for the launch of her autobiography on Wednesday.