Australia
Outcry Over Women’S Ordination

An Anglican bishop has ordained ten women in defiance of the Anglican Church of Australia’s official stance. Archbishop Peter Carnley of the Diocese of Perth ordained the women, the first in that country’s Anglican church, before a packed congregation at Saint George’s Cathedral.

Experts say his move will undoubtedly lead to the ordination of other women. “Once you’ve done it, it’s almost the same sort of situation you had in the U.S.,” Jim Solheim, a spokesperson for the Episcopal Church, told Religious News Service.

About a month prior to Carnley’s action, the Sydney Supreme Court issued an injunction that prevented Bishop Owne Dowling of Canberra from ordaining 11 women.

Zaire
Christian Marchers Killed

At least 15 people, many of them clutching Bibles and candles, were killed in mid-February when soldiers opened fire on thousands of Christian marchers in Zaire’s capital city of Kinshasa. The peaceful demonstrators were calling for the reconvening of a national conference to determine the country’s political future, according to a report by News Network International.

Last September rebel soldiers sought to overthrow President Mobutu Sese Seko, ransacking Kinshasa and forcing many missionaries to evacuate the country (CT, Oct. 28, 1991, p. 42).

Evangelism
Graham To North Korea

Billy Graham announced plans late last month to preach in North Korea in late March and early April. At press time, Graham was scheduled to speak in two churches and lecture at Kim Il-sung University, making him the first evangelist from any country to visit North Korea.

Since its inception in 1948, the country has been ruled by communist dictator Kim Il-sung. Only recently has the country opened up to a small Christian ...

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