Son Held for Cleric Father’s Murder

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of his cleric father, Free State police said on Saturday. Times Live: “He was arrested on Friday after a lengthy interrogation by the police,” spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said. The 60-year-old clergyman and his future son-in-law were killed at their home on Thursday night. The cleric…

Jerusalem Meets Russian Patriarch Kirill

Plenty of photos here. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who arrived in Jerusalem on Friday, was accompanied by a solemn procession of clerics and laypeople on his way from the Jaffa Gate to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre inside the Old City. Thousands of believers…

I Don’t Recognize Jesus in the Protestant Church Today

The Times of Israel: Protestant clergymen painted a largely pessimistic view of the church’s relationship with Israel and the Jewish community during a  visit to the Holy Land, suggesting that anti-Semitism is a deep-seated problem based in Christian theology that will be difficult to uproot. Jewish-Protestant relations are currently undergoing a severe crisis after senior…

Chaplains Support Sandy Relief Operations

US Department of Defense: National Guard chaplains are providing support as part of Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery operations. “The chaplains are providing religious services and prayer for recovery teams,” said Air Force Chaplain Brig. Gen. Alphonse Stephenson, director of the National Guard joint chaplaincy at the National Guard Bureau and Air National Guard assistant…

So What Happened to Archbishop John Sentamu?

Could it have to do with the colour of his skin? When I tweeted this morning a certain un-awed wonder at news reports that a middle-aged white dude, Durham bishop Justin Welby, has apparently been tapped as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, one of my Twitter followers snapped quickly back: “Almost all the candidates were middle-aged…

Africa Warms to New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Members of Africa’s largely conservative Anglican communion say Welby understands the challenges that the church faces on the continent and can stave off a schism The Christian Monitor has the rest. In South Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town says he is delighted at the appointment. … “It is clear that he will bring great…