Episcopal News Service

Office of Government Relations issues statement on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

[Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations] On Feb. 1, the U.S. government announced it will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The INF Treaty was signed more than 30 years ago, and it is the only remaining arms control agreement from the Cold War. The administration’s decision begins the process of withdrawing from the treaty, to take effect in six months, unless the U.S. believes that Russia returns to compliance during this time.

Trinidadian priest in serious condition after being shot by gunman

[Anglican Communion News Service] A priest in the Diocese of Trinidad & Tobago is in a serious condition in hospital after being shot as he left a cafe. CCTV footage shows the gunman running after another man, shooting at him as he ran into a store. He continued firing indiscriminately, hitting the Rev. Gerald Hendrickson twice in the stomach. Police say Hendrickson, a 54-year-old priest based at St. Margaret’s Church in Port of Spain, was “an innocent victim just going about his daily affairs” when he was shot.

Anglican bishop heads UK review of global persecution of Christians

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England’s Bishop of Truro Philip Mounstephen is to chair an official British government review into the persecution of Christians around the world. Mounstephen, who was executive leader of the Church Mission Society prior to becoming bishop of Truro at the end of last year, appeared alongside Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Jan. 30 at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to launch the review.

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