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20 November 2011
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your question on modern-day martyrs, I consider the Melanesian
Brothers killed by Keke in 2003 to be martyrs. So does
the Anglican Communion, if the final Eucharist of Lambeth
2008 is anything to go by.
well remember getting so annoyed at the fuss
being made of Gene Robinson being elected bishop when the
deaths of seven men trying to live Christ-like lives barely
got a mention.
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
14 November 2011
the Military Cemetery in Tripoli
to your lead article on martyrdom: I
attended on Friday the Remembrance Day commemoration at
the Military Cemetery in Tripoli, Libya. Since
I was a child I have attended such services including some,
years ago, in the same Tripoli Cemetery. For the first
time on Friday, it made sense. It was the North African
context that did it.
Tunisia, in Egypt and in Libya, people have died for freedom
over the past year, in the case of Libya, in their thousands.
They did not want to die. They did not offer to be martyrs.
Many died because they were simply slaughtered, even in
their own homes. But whatever the circumstances, whether
on the battlefield or caught in crossfire or blown to eternity
by tank fire on their houses, their death made freedom
were all martyrs to its cause.
freedom which we have seen so expensively bought in Libya
was the same freedom so expensively bought in two world
wars and in other wars since. Those whose died in then
did not want to die. Most of them desperately wanted to
be safely elsewhere. They too were martyrs to freedom's
as the militaries of many countries laid their wreaths
at the foot of the miiltary cemetery cross in Tripoli,
I stood with tears in my eyes — and I was far from
the only one there in such condition — thanking
God for those who died for freedom.
I'm glad I went.
No Anglican one nearby in France so local RC church
FRANCE and SAUDI ARABIA
14 November 2011
editor of the Robert Stephen Hawker website (http://www.robertstephenhawker.co.uk),
I'm writing to say how
much I enjoyed reading your recent article.
I admire most about Hawker is the generosity of spirit
he showed towards his poor parishioners and his fierce
determination to see that wrongs are righted, so I was
particularly pleased to see the more radical aspects of
his character being celebrated alongside his undoubted
eccentricities. The references to Giles Fraser and the
Occupy protests were also of great interest, as I've been
following the stories in the news over the past few weeks
but hadn't got around to making that specific connection.
very much for providing a link to our website — a group
of us are setting up a Hawker Society and are hoping to
hold our first event next summer in Cornwall. I'm about
to write my monthly 'News' piece for the Society's section
of the website and will include a link to your article
as I'm sure the members will enjoy reading it.
There's now a new article
on our RSH site, 'The Poor Man and His Parish Church',
inspired by your published piece.
Exeter, Devon, UNITED KINGDOM
16 November 2011
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