Catholic and Protestant Leaders Take Helm in Belfast
The pair got the necessary support from Unionists and Nationalists after three members of the Alliance Party, which represents Catholics and Protestants, were allowed a temporary re-designation as Unionists. They received more than 70% support in the Northern Ireland Assembly, including unanimous support from the Catholic side of the house.
Bin Laden Calls Conflict a ‘Christian Crusade’
“Muslims in Afghanistan are being subjected to killing, and the Pakistani government is standing beneath the Christian banner,” the letter said. “The world is split into two. Part of it is under the head of infidels Bush [sic], and the other half under the banner of Islam. The Pakistani government has stood under the banner of the cross. Adherents to Islam, this is your day to make Islam victorious.”
The letter was dated Nov. 1, four days after an attack on a Catholic church in Pakistan left 16 people dead.
First British Cathedral Closure Since Reformation Eyed
A dwindling congregation and soaring repair costs have led Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway to petition Rome for permission to close the church, which was consecrated in 1957. If the Vatican approves, St. Joseph's Church in Kilmarnock may become the new cathedral of Galloway.
The diocese, at 1,600 years old, is Britain's oldest, but its Catholic population is falling 1% a year.
Chinese ‘Christian’ Sect Spreading to United States
The sect has been one of the subjects of a two-year police campaign against “evil cults,” including Falun Gong. Lightning from the East targets ill-formed Christians with aggressive apologetics and warns of an imminent apocalypse, Time reported.
Last year, a man claiming to be Lightning's coordinator for north China met with a senior aid to a Catholic bishop in Hebei province to try to convert the Catholic leadership there. He failed, and the bishop has warned priests to remain vigilant against the sect.
- November 18-24, 2001