Pope prays for seven people killed by melting glaciers
Pope Francis called for prayers for the seven people who died and eight injured in an avalanche triggered by the melting Marmolada glacier in northern Italy. Due to bad weather, rescue teams with helicopters and drones were forced to abandon their search for 13 people, still missing this week. The incident has been linked to climate change. “The tragedies we are experiencing because of climate change must push us to urgently find new ways that respect people and nature,” the pope said on Twitter on Monday.
Arrests in India following the 2002 Gujarat riots
A HUMAN RIGHTS activist, Teesta Setalvad, and a former director general of Gujarat police, RB Sreekumar, were arrested late last month on charges of forgery and criminal association, in connection with the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. Their arrest sparked protests across India, it was reported. Mr Sreekumar has since applied for bail. The couple were arrested on June 25, a day after India’s Supreme Court upheld the 2012 findings of an inquest that absolved Prime Minister Narendra Modi of any criminal conspiracy in relation to communal violence in Gujarat in 2002, while serving as the state’s premier. A statement from more than 2,000 activists this week condemned a ‘naked and brazen attempt to silence and criminalize those who uphold constitutional values and have fought very difficult odds in an attempt to secure justice for the victims of 2002 “.
Archbishop Peter Lee, elder of Virginia, dies
A FORMER Bishop of Virginia (1984-2009), the Rt Revd Peter James Lee, has died aged 84. During his tenure, Bishop Lee voted to confirm the election of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, although he later wrote that he regretted his role in the Episcopal Church had affected “without due regard to the need for mutual submission to the concerns of the wider Anglican Communion” (News, February 4, 2005). But he also criticized the Provinces “deficient in their regard for homosexual people within the Church”. Eleven churches separated from the diocese, and a legal battle over ownership ensued, won by the diocese in 2012.
Nigerians Awaiting Christ’s Return ‘Saved’
AT LEAST 77 people waiting in the basement of the Whole Bible Believer Church in Ondo State, Nigeria for the second coming of Christ were ‘rescued’ by police this week, it said. we reported. Twenty-three children, some as young as eight, were among those brought. A father has told local media he was attacked by worshipers as he tried to rescue his child from the basement. Two pastors have been arrested, but police are still investigating whether the people were forcibly detained.