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May 8, 2008: U.S. Priests Foreign-Born, Muslims to Outnumber Christians, Cyclone Nargis Death Toll, PM Praises Christians

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments

For today’s snapshot of Christian news… A study finds interesting trends for newly ordained U.S. priests. Another study indicates Muslims will soon outnumber Christians in Britain. Also, the death toll for Cyclone Nargis is expected to be over a devastating 100,000. And finally, Prime Minister Gordon Brown praises Christians. Now to the links…

The Catholic News Service has reported that many newly ordained U.S. Priests are foreign-born. According to a survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, one-third are from outside the U.S. and 39 percent are in their 30s. For more interesting statistics, read Many new U.S. priests are in their 30s and foreign-born, study says.

Practicing Muslims will outnumber worshipping Christians in Britain within 30 years, according to research published by Christian Research, a think-tank. For another dose of real-world reality, the research indicated that 4,000 churches could close down by 2020.

The Church of England, on the other hand, believes the Christian Research results were “flawed and dangerously misleading."

Pray for the victims and survivors of Cyclone Nargis. According to most reports, the death toll is expected to top 100,000. Myanmar’s military government is finally granting access to the United Nations and other foreign aid groups several days after the massive cyclone hit their country.

In another British news story, Prime Minister Gordon Brown praises Christians and endorses Global Day of Prayer. According to the Christian Today article,

The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movement of collaboration across the Christian church in the capital towards unity, prayer and transformation, and is part of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium.

Prime Minister Brown commented at a reception honoring GDOP,

“Whether it is supporting young single parents, providing education, or helping to improve the criminal justice system, the work of leaders such as yourselves makes an invaluable contribution to British life and I’d like to thank you for that…"

That’s it for today. See you tomorrow!

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