ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT—Four armed men opened fire on Armenian Archbishop Shavarsah Kouyoumjian in Damascus, Syria, last month. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Syrian Minister of Interior Amin al-Hafez said the attack stemmed from the archbishop’s refusal to recognize the Catholicate of Antelias, Lebanon, or to have any part in the election of a new catholicos for this branch of the church, which he claims to be a schismatic body. The Armenian church has been split into two catholicates since the fifteenth century. The would-be assassins apparently were fanatical supporters of the Antelias catholicate.
PROTESTANT PANORAMA—Despite record graduate crop, more than 40 requests for full-time church workers submitted by congregations and agencies of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will go unfilled. Biggest deficit is among teachers.
Methodist Council of Bishops launched a program to build up the ministry and called for a series of one-day convocations in each conference area during next year. Methodist seminaries, it was reported, are not graduating enough ministers to meet replacement needs.
Some 100 Protestant ministers, all specialists in pastoral counseling, met in New York last month to establish a permanent organization which will set standards for training and accreditation of pastoral counselors. The two-day meeting was sponsored by the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry. The new organization, which will hold a formal convention in 1964, will be known as the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
A 12-acre portion of an estate in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, was donated to the United Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A. for use as a study center.
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