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Photo story: Indigenous leaders visit England

Little Pine First Nation Chief Wayne Semagani (left) stands with Ovide Mercredi, former grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations, outside Buckingham Palace. Mercredi explained: “The trip that we made here was to show Canadians that we still have this connection with Britain and that the treaties were made by our ancestors…” (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

Drumming after the pipe ceremony in Green Park, near Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

The delegation of Saskatchewan and Manitoba veterans, elders and chiefs assemble at the Guards Chapel, London, as part of their visit to celebrate the Royal Proclamation of 1763. (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

Gabrielle Hughes, from Mik'maq Nation, plays the drum in the Honour Song at the Canada High Commission. Hughes is the first Rhodes Scholar to come from the First Nations. (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (centre) examines the Royal Proclamation with other members of the delegation. (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

A copy of the 1763 Royal Proclamation, housed at the National Archives in London, England. (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 (Oct. 7), a delegation of indigenous leaders travelled to London, England, in October 2013.

MCC taps memories of Teachers Abroad Program

In 1965, Ron Mathies works with students to ready a pole and a hoop for a basketball court at Blantyre Secondary School, Malawi. Mathies went on to become MCC executive director from 1996-2005. Photo courtesy of Ron Mathies

Forty years have passed since former Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker Nancy Heisey first stood in front of a classroom in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pope Francis’ explosive new interview

Pope Francis says the church "cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." (Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press)

In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and to cement his reputation as a leader more concerned with a pastoral approach than a doctrinal hard line.

As denominations decline, numbers of unpaid ministers rise

Mark Marmon (right) teaches fly fishing at the Fishers of Men retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Photo by Emily Krueger, Camp Allen | courtesy The Episcopal Diocese of Texas

The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest.

One reason for the excitement? They won’t have to pay him.

Religious leaders rip Kenya vote to withdraw from world court

Roman Catholic Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Kisumu Archdiocese and the chairperson of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission, said the withdrawal will breed impunity and injure human-rights protection. Photos by Fredrick Nzwili

With Kenya’s president and his deputy facing trials at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, parliamentarians here have voted to withdraw the country from the court.

But the Roman Catholic Church and the National Council of Churches of Kenya view the move as “misguided.”


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