- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 24, 2005

BRITAIN

Archbishop praises families’ forgiveness

LONDON — Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury was to use his annual Christmas sermon today to praise two families who showed forgiveness to criminals who attacked their loved ones.

Archbishop Rowan Williams, the senior clergyman of the Church of England, says both cases illustrate the difference made possible by the “miraculous love” offered by God to the human race, according to an advance copy of the sermon prepared for delivery at Canterbury Cathedral.

Archbishop Williams cites the examples of Gee Walker, whose son Anthony was killed in July, and the parents of Abigail Witchalls, a young pregnant mother left paralyzed from a knife attack in April.

“They have known in their flesh and nerves just what the difference is that Jesus makes; it is not comfort or easy answers, it is the sheer fact that miraculous love is possible,” he says of the two families, according to his prepared remarks.

BELGIUM

Rwandan suspect found dead in canal

BRUSSELS — The body of a former Rwandan government minister indicted on charges of involvement in the 1994 genocide was found floating in a Brussels canal, officials said.

Former Trade Minister Juvenal Uwilingiyimana had been cooperating with the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal that was trying him. He faced a variety of genocide charges when he disappeared from his home on Nov. 21.

His badly decomposed body was recovered from the canal Dec. 17, officials said. A cause of death was not announced.

BRITAIN

Tennyson kin fatally stabbed

LONDON — British police were hunting yesterday for the killer of the great-grandson of poet Alfred Tennyson, who was fatally stabbed at his London apartment.

Hallam Tennyson, 85, was found dead Wednesday with stab wounds and serious head injuries, the Metropolitan Police said. An autopsy gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the neck.

The victim’s great-grandfather was Britain’s most famous Victorian poet and the nation’s poet laureate from 1850 to 1892. His verses — including “In Memoriam” and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” — are still known by millions.

Hallam Tennyson, a retired British Broadcasting Corp. executive, is survived by two children.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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