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Anglican Communion 'Hanging by a Thread'

A group of African Anglican bishops said gay bishop Gene Robinson should resign.

Its move comes as part of the Anglican Communion's Lambeth conference which meets every 10 years.

Hundreds of bishops from around the world have gathered for Lambeth.

But Anglican expert David Virtue told CBN News that deep divisions are splitting the conference and ultimately, the worldwide Anglican church.

"The real underlying issues here are Gene Robinson, homosexuality," Virtue said. "And really, the truth is the whole Anglican communion is hanging by a thread at this point in time. The Americans are breathing loud and long about the inclusion of Robinson and the Sudanese have said Robinson should resign.

Anglican Church in Crisis over Sexuality

China Not Living Up to Olympic Promises

The Olympics are less than three weeks away, but some say China has not lived up to its promises.

The Communist country vowed to improve its human rights before hosting the games, but advocates say the Olympics have made the government even more repressive.

"Regrettably, we have seen a crackdown inside China, especially over the past few months and weeks that appears to make a mockery of those promises," Rep. James McGovern said.

"Every indication shows that the human rights situation and religious persecution are becoming worse and deteriorating," Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association, said.

Human rights advocates hope President Bush and other world leaders will discuss the issue while attending the opening ceremony.

Colombians March, Pray for Hostages' Release

Earlier this month, CWN told you about a daring raid to rescue hostages from a terrorist group in Colombia.

Now, Colombia's churches are demanding the guerillas release hostages that it's still holding.

Thousands of Colombians took part in this march on July 20, Colombia's independence day.

While they marched, the country's churches held special prayer services for the hostages.

"We are living this day with so much hope. Hope that comes from God.We are living a day of hope, a day of change, a day of transformation and I am proclaiming a day of conversion," Pastor Hector Pardo, with Faith Tabernacle Church, said.

"God acts in different ways, and I do not doubt that He has allowed this event for the Colombian people to turn their eyes to God," he said.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Marxist rebel group known as FARC, have kidnapped hundreds of soldiers, businessmen, and pastors over the years.

Freed Hostages Tell Others to Keep Hope

Hostage Reunited with Children

Israeli Role in Colombian Rescue

Colombia's Children Fed by Faith

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