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A gathering to improve relations between the many Protestant denominations in the Netherlands has taken place on the site of an earlier historic synod.
The Rev Nico Smith, one of a small band of Afrikaner clerics who bucked the apartheid system by choosing to live in a black township, has died in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches has said that a South African church, suspended from the grouping in 1982, cannot be readmitted because it has not renounced the support for the apartheid ideology that led to its exclusion.