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After his wife passed away from brain cancer last month, Barna Group president David Kinnaman announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from the company.
Source: Barna Group President Takes Bereavement Leave after Wife Passes Away from Brain Cancer
On Monday, a Pakistani high court ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl allegedly abducted and forcibly converted and married to a Muslim man must remain in a government shelter home until she reaches 18 years of age.
Source: Parents Denied Custody of Allegedly Kidnapped Daughter
Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church died after attending funeral of Montenegro counterpart who also had COVID-19.
Church bells tolled and mourners flocked to light candles as the Serbian government proclaimed three days of national mourning for Patriarch Irinej. The 90-year-old leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who passed away November 20, became the world’s highest-ranking cleric to die from COVID-19.
Evangelical leaders in Serbia described him as “kind” and sincere in his dialogue with them.
The Orthodox lost a towering figure, who nurtured the church through the Soviet era.
“I knew the patriarch as a simple man, modest in his needs, and of strong moral character,” said Zoran Filipovic, an Orthodox priest who served on his staff.
“His greatest concern was the welfare of the church.”
It may have contributed to his death.
The patriarch was hospitalized with the coronavirus early in November, soon after attending the funeral of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Bishop Amfilohije [profiled by CT], who also died from complications caused by COVID-19.
Thousands of mourners, most of them without masks, gathered at the November 1 funeral for Amfilohije in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, in violation of pandemic-fighting measures proclaimed by the small Adriatic state’s authorities. The burial turned out to be a superspreader event, with several high-ranking church officials and other attendees later testing positive.
After Amfilohije’s death and Irinej’s hospitalization, Serbian priests have started to appeal for their parishioners to take the deadly virus seriously. They had previously downplayed the threat from the global pandemic and largely ignored bans on large gatherings and preventive measures during prayers and other church services.
Irinej was buried …
Pastor Tim Keller is opening up about his fears following his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Source: 'My Fear Isn't Dying, It's Leaving My Wife Behind': Tim Keller Speaks Out following Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
Despite the decline in Angelican church membership in the United Kingdom, the church appears to be even more active than ever in the community.
Source: Anglican Church in the U.K. Is More Active Than Ever in Communities, Despite Shrinking Congregations
A Catholic charity is asking that a kidnapped and forcibly converted Christian teen girl be granted asylum in England.
Source: Christian Charity Asks British Prime Minister to Grant Asylum to Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted 14-year-old Girl
In a Thursday statement, a prominent group of Christian medical professionals called on churches to stop meeting in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Source: Christian Medical Group Urges Churches to Stop Meeting: Pandemic 'Has Reached a Crisis Point'
A Christian teacher in northeastern Egypt posted comments on Facebook and is now facing charges of insulting Islam.
Source: Christians, Others in Egypt Arrested for 'Insulting Islam'
Over the weekend, 2 people were killed and 3 others were critically wounded in a stabbing at San Jose’s Grace Baptist Church.
Source: 2 Killed, 3 Critically Wounded in Stabbing at Grace Baptist Church in California