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The preacher to the Pope, the Church of England and the discernment of spirits

"For those who pray, for those who like Ignatius and Pope Francis do what Christians have always been urged to do, ‘discern the spirits’ then it is clear that those who are at the helm of the Church of England seem to be in danger of doing the work of the father of lies for him."


Brazilian archbishop's statement in the wake of the Mariana dam break

The bursting of the Fundão and Santarém dams, of the mineral company Samarco, controlled by the Vale do Rio Doce and by the Anglo-Australian company BHP, occurred on the 5th November, provoking an


Preacher to papal household addresses General Synod

Sermon by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, chaplain to the papal household, delivered at Westminster Abbey on 24 Nov 2015 to the General Synod of the Church of England


World War III has begun Archbishop of Canterbury tells synod

Text of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Presidential Address to the Church of England's General Synod on 24 Nov 2015


Pope Francis appoints first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

HOUSTON — Pope Francis has named the Rev. Monsignor Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St.


The Queen's speech at the Inauguration of the Tenth General Synod of the Church of England

Following a service of Holy Communion in Westminster Abbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Inaugural Group of Sessions of the Tenth General Synod.


Patrick Sookhdeo steps down from Barnabas Aid

It is with great sorrow that the board of trustees of Barnabas Aid International announce the resignation of Dr Patrick Sookhdeo as a trustee of Barnabas Aid International and from his positions as


Seven reasons to ban the Lord's Prayer

Britain woke up this morning to the news that the Lord’s Prayer has been banned from cinemas.


Archbishop of Canterbury on the Church of England's prayer advert

Archbishop Justin Welby commented today on the decision by leading cinemas not to show the Church of England's 'Just Pray' advert.


Groundbreaking for Zimbabwe college

To mark the 34th anniversary of its foundation, the Diocese of Manicaland in Eastern Zimbabwe has broken ground on the construction of a new college for women.


Bishop Gray of Te Waipounamu dead at 68

The Maori bishop who had been suspended by the Archbishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia in February for criticizing Muslim leaders for their silence in the wake of ISIS terror has died.


Slander charges brought by suspended "gay" clergy against their bishop

Three Kenyan priests suspended by the Diocese of Mount Kenya West have brought suit against the Church Commissioners for Kenya and their bishop, the Rt. Rev.


Abuse apology by former archbishop offered to Royal Commission

Archbishop Peter Hollingworth conceded there had been a "massive failure" in the church's handling of abuse allegations in Brisbane


St Andrews opens international institute for analytic and exegetical theology

The Logos Institute will be a centre for excellence in the study of analytic and exegetical theology


Ahmadiyya Muslims in Britain denounce ISIS terror attacks

Muslims will converge on Britain’s biggest mosque complex, in south London, following the terrible attacks in Paris last week.


Winning the war on terror is impossible without Christ

The West cannot win the war on terror without first understanding the religious imperative driving Jihadists, the Church of Uganda's director of Muslim Evangelism writes.


Violence on the agenda for the West Indian synod

The 39th Provincial Synod of the Church of the Province of the West Indies is meeting this week in Barbados


Church ransacked in town invasion in Southern Nigeria

Six armed men terrorized a Nigerian town on the evening of 8 November 2015, robbing an Anglican Church and hospital before kidnapping a 16 year old girl.


Archbishop of Canterbury welcomes Metropolitan Police to Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury prayed and worshipped with police officers at Lambeth Palace this morning.


Church call to end gambling in The Bahamas

Nassau’s bishop has urged his government to end gambling in The Bahamas, saying the perceived economic benefits were outweighed by the moral harm incurred.


German Lutheran leader re-eleted

The Lutheran Bishop of Bavaria, the Rt. Rev. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm has been re-elected chairman of Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).


Surrey clergyman sentenced to 13 years for child abuse

Guilford Crown Court convicted last week the Rev. Roger Wakely of 25 counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 years and two counts of attempted buggery on a boy under the age of 16 years between the 1960s and early 1980s.


Archbishop of Canterbury's speech to the Lord Mayor's Banquet

"We need a financial centre that breaks down barriers between peoples, that is evidently moral and for the good of all, that deploys its vast power for the common good, that denies fear a place, and upholds hope."


Irish Church leaders welcome political accomodation reached in Ulster

With the conclusion of the political negotiations and the publication of The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan entitled ‘A Fresh Start’, involving political parties in Northern Ireland and


Dr Kunonga ordered to repay diocese $428,000

A Zimbabwe High Court has ordered the former Bishop of Harare, Dr. Nolbert Kunoga, to pay back the diocese the value of shares he sold after he led the church into schism in 2007.


Forward in Faith UK Assembly completes transition

At its 2015 National Assembly, held on 14 November at the Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, Forward in Faith completed an important transition.


A Middle-Eastern Perspective on Terrorism

Archbishop Mouneer Anis believes education not arms is the ultimate solution to the threat posed by ISIS


Archbishop Mouneer Anis responds to the Paris bombings

"Once again, the world has been shocked by acts of unspeakable violence and brutality."


Cover up allegations lodged with Archbishop of Canterbury

A senior Jersey political leader has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury accusing the Church of England of suppressing a report that may document misconduct by the Bishop of Winchester.


MEPs on Asia Bibi fact-finding mission in Pakistan

A delegation from the European Parliament last week traveled to Pakistan to deliver a letter of support to Ashiq Masih, the husband of Asia Bibi


Kenyan archbishop calls for voters revolt

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, has called for a citizens’ revolt against the country’s political elites, to "liberate the country from politicians'


Episcopal election dispute leads to lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed against the Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya charging Archbishop Eliud Wabukala with unlawfully manipulating the diocese of Mount Kenya Central's episcopal election.


Irish bishop who resigned after leaving his wife has died

A former Church of Ireland bishop who resigned under a cloud after announcing that he was leaving his wife has died.


Ban on sickle-cell marriages

The Church of Nigeria’s Bishop of Awka has banned his clergy from solemnizing the marriages of couples where both partners are carriers of Sickle-cell disease


Friar defrocked by Brisbane archbishop

An 88 year old priest has been defrocked by the Archbishop of Brisbane following his conviction of making and possessing indecent photographs of children.


Umzimvubu cathedral destroyed by fire

The Primate of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa reports the cathedral, chapter house and offices of the Diocese of Umzimvubu have been destroyed by fire.


Armistice Day marked by Services worldwide

Servicemen and women around the world have joined the nation in marking two minutes’ silence at 11:00 on Armistice Day.


Sydney remembers war dead

The Governor-General, Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Police Commissioner, RSL President and the President of the War Widows Guild have taken part in a Remembrance Sunday service in Sydney.


Bob Duncan to retire

Today the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Archbishop Robert Duncan’s retirement from episcopal ministry.


Wabukala to step down as Archbishop of Kenya

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, has informed the members of the Kenyan House of Bishops that he will step down in June 2016


Ugandan archbishop backs get out the vote campaign

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has lent his support to the Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda's Topowa campaign, backing their push to register young people to vote in the February 2016 elections


Church of Norway approves local option on gay marriage

The Church of Norway’s House of Bishops has approved the creation of rites for the blessing of same-sex marriages


Canadian go-slow on gay marriage

The Anglican Church of Canada’s House of Bishops has urged the church to consider the ramifications of adopting rites for the blessing of same-sex marriages through political means.


Colin Johnson re-elected Archbishop of Ontario

The Archbishop of Toronto, the Most Rev. Colin Johnson has been re-elected to a second six year term as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario at the Provincial Synod, held at St.


Nigerian bishop returns govt hand out

The Bishop of Owerri has returned a cash donation from a state official saying the church would not be party to Nigeria’s culture of corruption.


Lord Pearson calls for a national debate on Islam

This morning Lord Pearson (UKIP) called for a national debate on the nature of Islam.


Ranchers & farmers clash in Igboland

The Mothers’ Union of the Diocese of Enugu North marched on the state capital in the Southeastern Nigerian state demanding the government protect rural women from an epidemic of rape and violence.


Freedom of conscience clause eliminated by Church of Iceland

The Church of Iceland has scrapped its freedom of conscience clause, ending the right of clergy to refuse to solemnize same-sex marriages


Unrest in Zanzibar

Tensions are high in Zanzibar, sources tell Anglican Ink, following the 25 Oct 2015 decision by the Independent Electoral Commission to nullify the recent elections


Six & half years sentence for abuser priest

A retired Diocese of Chichester clergyman, Vickery House, has been sentenced to six and half years imprisonment following his conviction last week on five counts of indecent assault


Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Ecumenical Patriarch - joint communique

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew today concluded a two-day visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury,


LGCM Response to Pemberton ruling

(4 Nov 2015) Those of you who have been awaiting the outcome of Jeremy Pemberton's employment tribunal will, I know, be disappointed to hear this afternoon that he has lost his case.


Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham Statement on the Pemberton Case

Employment tribunal holds: "the constitutional convention means that the State cannot impose same sex marriage upon the Church".


Archbishop of Canterbury Helps Corrymeela Celebrate

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, celebrated 50 years of the Corrymeela Community at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on November 1.


Archbishop welcomes Patriarch Bartholomew to Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Lambeth Palace this morning (2 Nov 2015) as the Patriarch began his two-day visit.


Diocese of San Diego closing St Anne's Oceanside and two other parishes

Pastoral Letter of 25 October 2015 from the Rt. Rev. James Mathes announcing closure of former breakaway parish


Sermon by Bishop Michael Curry on his installation as 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

"And God is not finished with The Episcopal Church yet. God has work for us to do. Jesus has work for us to do and it’s the Jesus Movement. So don’t worry. Be happy!"


Human Rights and Wrongs

The issue of human rights is ever before us. Rightly so. If we want a “newer kinder” mode of politics, then there must be some protections for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.


Abbey celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

HRH The Duke of Kent and HRH Princess Michael of Kent attended a service to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 29th October 2015


Synod on the Family calls for changes in Catholic pastoral practices over divorce/remarriage

The Roman Catholic Synod on the Family wrapped up its work last week without recommending changes in church doctrine, but urging a softer line on church discipline.


Porvoo primates urge European govts to ignore public opinion over immigration

The primates and presiding bishops of the Porvoo Communion of Churches meeting in Edinburgh last week have issued a statement condemning popular opposition to the resettlement of migrants from Afri


Irish rector resigns over flag flap

The Church of Ireland’s rector of Newry has resigned in the wake of the controversy over his removal of Royal British Legion Standards from the parish churches of St Patrick’s and St Mary’s.


Abbey service honors Martyrs of Armenia

HRH The Prince of Wales, His Excellency Serzh Sargsyan, the President of the Republic of Armenia and His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, attended a Special S


Govt backs down on university tuition hikes

South African President Jacob Zuma has agreed to cancel a planned rise in student university fees that had led to student protests across the nation.


Patriarch Bartholomew set to meet Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury will host His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during his visit to London next week.


Malawi bishop backs govt family planning campaign

The Bishop of Southern Malawi has urged Anglicans to practice family planning, allowing families to determine the number and spacing of births. According to the Nyasa Times, the Rt. Rev.


Priest facing abuse allegations takes his own life

A retired Australian priest scheduled to appear before a professional standards board to answer charges of child sexual abuse has died


Bishop reports he too was abused

The Bishop of Newcastle has revealed that as a child he was a victim of clergy sexual abuse.


God the Father is "beyond sex, but not beyond gender"

Gavin Ashenden looks at the claims of the Bishop of Gloucester and finds: "the ordination of women assaults the credal integrity of the Church theologically."


Coptic Patriarch meets ACNA team on US tour

His Holiness Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark, during a visit to a Coptic Orthodox Church in Roseville, California, met with members of Incarnation Anglican Church.


Bishop Cook sentenced to 7 years for killing cyclist

The former suffragan Bishop of Maryland, Heather Cook has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for having struck and killed a cyclist while driving when intoxicated.


Farewell from Katharine Jefforts Schori

‘I am deeply grateful for what God has been up to in the midst of our journey together’


Porvoo Primates Communique

Statement released at the close of the Anglican-Lutheran (Porvoo Group) meeting of Primates held in Edinburgh, 21-22 October 2015


Transcript of the Bishop of Truro's Intervention at the Synod on the Family

Intervention from the Right Reverend Timothy Thornton, Anglican Delegate to the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 16 October 2015


Australian bishop defrocked for abuse cover up

The retired Bishop of Grafton in the Anglican Church of Australia has been defrocked by church tribunal for his mishandling of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in his diocese.


Australian bishop tells parish their ex-vicar was a pedophile

The Bishop of Newcastle told a town meeting for three congregations that their former vicar, the Rev. Michael Cooper, was a sexual predator.


Fraud allegations made against Nigerian bishop

The Church of Nigeria's Bishop of Sapele has been asked by police to respond to allegations of fraud.


Hung jury in Salisbury priest's assault trial

The judge presiding over the trial of a Salisbury vicar for allegedly groping a female parishioner has dismissed the jury after it failed to reach a verdict


Evangelist martyred following debate with Muslim sheiks

An evangelist who worked among Muslims in Eastern Uganda has been murdered.


Bishop of Truro tells Catholic Synod on the family not to fear change

Church of England's Bishop Tim Thornton urged Catholics to emulate Anglicans in finding a mean between doctrine and pastoral care


Former Bishop of Chichester acknowledged to have been a child sexual abuser

One of the most influential Anglican bishops of the Twentieth century, the Rt. Rev George Bell -- who is commemorated in the Calendar of the Episcopal Church on October 2 -- has been revealed to have been a pedophile.


Sharia Courts, Gender Discrimination and the threat to "one law for all"

This Friday, 23 October, the House of Lords will debate a Bill which seeks to help women suffering from religiously-sanctioned gender discrimination.


Cape Town archbishop hosts mining industry discussions

Representatives of the South African mining sector, civil society and faith communities met at my invitation at Bishopscourt on October 9 in Cape Town to discuss the future of the industry in South


St James the Great Newport Beach finds temporary home

The congregation of St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach have found temporary shelter at the Gray Matter Museum of Art and will hold services there beginning this Sunday.


Bishops call on Prime Minister to provide "meaningful and substantial response" to refugee crisis

The Church of England today (17 Oct 2015) has published a letter sent to the Prime Minister in early September signed by 84 of its bishops calling for the Government to increase the number of Syria


Melbourne archbishop reports on church plans to compensate abuse victims

The Anglican Church in Victoria is working on its own corporation to respond to child sexual abuse victims and help survivors obtain redress.


Retired Bishop of Tasmania appointed assistant to Australia's primate

Bishop John Harrower, the recently retired Bishop of Tasmania, was commissioned to a new role assisting Melbourne's Archbishop Philip Freier during Choral Eucharist for the opening of Melbourn


Global South/Gafcon primates accept Archbishop Welby's invitation to Canterbury

The Global South and GAFCON primate have accepted the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend the January primates’ gathering.


Sydney synod reaffirms marriage

A capacity-crowd at the Sydney Synod has voted for a re-affirmation of marriage as between a man and a woman


HIV/AIDS on the rise, Ugandan archbishop warns

The Archbishop of Uganda delivered the keynote address at an UNFPA conference in Kampala examining the place of religious groups in halting the spread of HIV/AIDS.


Diocese backs Jehovah's Witness ban

The Diocese of Jamaica has backed the decision by a church school to ban a Jehovah’s Witness from serving as a student leader at a prestigious girls school.