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May 22 2020 By virtueonline UGANDA: Archbishop Kaziimba rallies Ugandans against pandemic violence

"We have witnessed an increase of cases of GBV during the lockdown. As religious leaders, we appeal and encourage people to work together to prevent it in our homes and communities. We should also provide psycho-social support to the victims during this pandemic," Dr Kaziimba said.

Uganda police registered 328 cases of GBV between March and April. Archbishop Kaziimba attributed the cases of GBV across the country to lack of money and food.

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May 22 2020 By virtueonline IRAN: Anglican Church member given third prison sentence at retrial

Ismaeil, who is appealing against all three convictions, initially faced four charges after his arrest in January 2019 -- also "apostasy", for which he could have faced the death sentence.

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May 22 2020 By virtueonline A British school principal is sorry after teachers assigned a very controversial homework assignment -- including subject matter such as "transgender pornography" and the definition of "hardcore porn."

Other topics reportedly included information on drugs, smoking, and consuming alcohol.

One parent, identified by the outlet as "Mrs. Taylor," said that she was highly disturbed by the assignment.

"My daughter is still very much a child," she told the outlet. "We've still got magic elves, her bedroom is done in My Little Pony. She is very innocent and native."

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May 18 2020 By virtueonline Don't annex West Bank, church leaders tell Israel

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, negotiated a right to annex parts of the West Bank from 1 July in the coalition deal that he signed with Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party. The unity government agreed between the two men was due to be sworn in on Thursday.

The leaders from Orthodox, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Churches also called on the United States, Russia, the EU, and the UN to respond to the annexation plans with a peace initiative.

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May 14 2020 By virtueonline COVID-19 locks down theological education in Africa

Let me clarify the situation in terms of the staff at this Luanda based theological school. Like most Africans, the lecturers at our schools are members of extended, but close-knit, families sharing communal land. Holiday periods coincide with planting and harvesting seasons. Families travel "home" (the farms) to do their part during these seasons. In turn, family living on the communal land provide their city kin with food -- often transported by taxi.

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May 12 2020 By virtueonline UGANDA: Anglican Church calls off Martyrs Day Celebrations due to COVID-19

Over 700,000 believers have attended the mass conducted by dozens of Bishops and hundreds of priests from all over the world. Some pilgrims walk on foot from their home parishes in Uganda and neighboring countries to the shrine as a sign of solidarity.

One of those who has been on the committee to organize this year's celebrations, the Rev. James Okurut said that the function had to be called owing to fears that the virus would spread.

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May 09 2020 By virtueonline Shehata to Lead Influential Diocese of Egypt

Shehata has served as the first Arab bishop in North Africa since 2017, when he succeeded English missionary Bill Musk. He was formerly dean of St. Mark's Pro-Cathedral in Alexandria, and served as principal of the Alexandria School of Theology, which trains ministers for service throughout the region.

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May 09 2020 By virtueonline Many Houses of Worship Have Sought Government Aid, Surveys Show

Of the approximately 17,000 Catholic parishes in the country, about 10,000 applied for PPP loans in the first round of lending, according to Pat Markey, executive director of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference. Of those, 6,000 had their applications approved. About 3,000 additional parishes have been notified that their applications were accepted in the second round, Markey says.

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May 05 2020 By virtueonline SEMINARY PRESIDENT ADMITS SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN HEAVEN, MIRACLES OR CHRIST'S RESURRECTION

Union Theological Seminary's founding constitution stated the seminary's goal was to "promote" the "Kingdom of Christ." Professors were required to affirm they believed "the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the word of God" and the "only infallible rule of faith and practice."

But as Jones made clear, the seminary is a very different school today.

She rejects a literal bodily resurrection of Christ.

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May 05 2020 By virtueonline KENYA: ENOUGH! WITHDRAW YOUR HAND!

2. CARE FOR THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL
We thank the health personnel for their effort and resilience in management of this pandemic. We continue to pray for all of you; for God's protection and wisdom as you take care of the infected and affected. We urge the health providers to resolve their remuneration issues with the Government at national and county levels in manner that is not going to disrupt COVID 19 management. We commend the ongoing testing efforts by the government.

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