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Topic: Regional

Major Dengue Fever Outbreak

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Aug 03, 2007 – 03:06 AM | Read 997 times

Dengue Aedes Mosquito Malaysia’s dengue deaths mount, worst not yet over KUALA LUMPUR – DEATHS from dengue fever in Malaysia have risen by a third so far this year and health authorities said that the worst is yet to come.

The mosquito-borne virus has killed hundreds in South-east Asia this year, prompting the World Health Organisation to warn that the Western Pacific region could be at risk from a major dengue outbreak.

Malaysia recorded 30,285 dengue cases so far this year with 65 deaths, up from 20,258 cases and 49 deaths in the first seven months of 2006, said Mr Hasan Abdul Rahman, director of the Health Ministry’s Diseases Control Division.

‘There is a rising trend of dengue cases across the country,’ he said in a statement on Friday.

He said the bulk … Read more

Topic: 5.Geneva

LWF Invites Online Contributions

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Jul 31, 2007 – 12:34 AM | Read 1070 times

Donate LWFAn Opportunity to Support the Communion’s Worldwide Activities

It is now possible to donate directly online to the humanitarian, mission and development work of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), as well as to its general programs. A new donation portal with the slogan "Get Involved – Make a Difference – A Better World is Possible," invites Internet users to support the communion’s worldwide activities.

Make your contribution to the LWF through: http://donations.lutheranworld.org

An opportunity is offered to enter into partnership with the LWF and accompany its work on a long-term basis. As described by LWF Office for Communication Services Director, Ms Karin Achtelstetter, the portal allows LWF Web site visitors to "go on a voyage of discovery, find out about the LWF’s many different programs and projects, be … Read more

Topic: 5.Geneva

LWF Press Release on the New Vatican Document

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Jul 13, 2007 – 05:04 AM | Read 998 times

LWF Dismayed by Vatican Document Despite Significant Ecumenical Results
General Secretary Noko Affirms Lutheran Churches’ "Understanding to Be Fully Church"

GENEVA, 11 July 2007 (LWI) * The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has expressed dismay and disappointment that a document released this week by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reasserts again for Roman Catholic theologians that the title "church" is not properly to be extended to Christian communities such as the LWF and its member bodies.

In a statement issued today in response to the Vatican document, "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church," LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko affirms that "Lutheran churches do not accept the understandings of church or the description … Read more

Topic: Ecumenical

Protestant dismay at new Vatican document

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Jul 11, 2007 – 10:28 PM | Read 1019 times

Rome/Geneva (ENI). A new document authorized by Pope Benedict XVI restating Roman Catholic views that Protestant denominations are not churches “in the proper sense” has been criticized as setting back the quest for Christian unity. The document says that Protestant denominations of the Reformation “have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery [and] cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense”.

The general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev. Setri Nyomi, said of the document, “It makes us question the seriousness with which the Roman Catholic Church takes its dialogues with the Reformed family and other families of the church. It makes us question whether we are indeed praying together for Christian unity.”

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Topic: Ecumenical

Anglicans move to avoid division over gay pastors

Posted by: Arul_Aram on Jul 10, 2007 – 09:18 PM | Read 995 times

Members of the Church of England’s General Synod voted Sunday to begin drawing up a set of rules in a "covenant" that they hope will ward off future crises over gay issues within the Anglican Communion. Anglicans back ‘covenant’ to avoid schism over gay clerics

LONDON (AFP) – Members of the Church of England’s General Synod voted Sunday to begin drawing up a set of rules in a "covenant" that they hope will ward off future crises over gay issues within the Anglican Communion.

The covenant aims to commit the communion’s churches to a set of procedures that would help solve disputes, thereby avoiding future schisms.

The issue of gay marriage has split the 77-million-strong Anglican communion after the US Episcopal church, the communion’s American branch, … Read more

Topic: 3.Church

Canadian Lutherans elect their first national woman leader

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Jun 25, 2007 – 10:59 PM | Read 1167 times

Vancouver (ENI)
The Rev. Susan Johnson is to become the first woman to hold the post of national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. "I’m just overwhelmed and honoured by this incredible honour," Johnson said after her election at the denomination’s national convention in Winnipeg. She will succeed National Bishop Raymond Schultz, who announced in January that he will retire on 1 September 2007. Meanwhile, the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg at the same time as the ELCIC, has elected Bishop Fred Hiltz as its new primate, or national leader. He defeated Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton in the final ballot.

LWI news online: www.lutheranworld.org/News/Welcome.EN.html

Canadian Lutherans Elect First Woman as National Bishop
Susan Johnson’s Election Reflects Commitment to … Read more