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Allah ban unconscionable, archbishop declares

Archbishop Lapok disappointed that a Malaysian appellate court has refused to review the ruling banning a Catholic newspaper from using the world “Allah” to refer to God

 

Indian bishop warns of ecological disaster if rivers diverted

Plans to link three Indian rivers could see a disaster akin to the destruction of the Aral Sea, Bishop Thomas Oommen warns

 

Kitgum bishop sues Archbishop Ntagali

The Bishop of Kitgum has brought a legal action against his primate, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, accusing him of using unlawful means to remove him from office

 

Creating disciples takes prayer, not cash says archbishop

Money is a very powerful tool and manipulation can happen with varying degrees of subtlety. ... but the best defence is for ordinary Christians to have renewed minds that are profoundly shaped by the Bible. When each local church is able to see itself as a colony of heaven, its members will be much more resistant to being colonised by non-Christian ideologies.

 

Maryland Standing Committee asks Bishop Cook to step down

"Bishop Heather Cook can no longer function effectively in her position as Bishop Suffragan."

 

Anglican Bishops March Proclaiming “Every Life is a Gift”

A delegation of one dozen bishops from the Anglican Church in North America joined in the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22 in Washington, D.C.

 

Statement by York on the consecration of a traditionalist bishop for Burnley

The Archbishop of York will delegate the consecration of a traditionalist bishop in his province to bishops who do not ordain women priests

 

African Anglicans fall out over support for the Episcopal Church of the USA

CAPA is on the verge of disintegration after leaders of the Gafcon coalition called upon its chairman, the Archbishop of Burundi, to repent or resign in the wake of an October communiqué he endorsed that backed the Episcopal Church of the USA.

 

Gafcon letter to Burundi

A letter was sent from the December 2014 Gafcon primates meeting in Nairobi to Archbishop Ntahoturi, and as no reply has been received, the letter is now being made public in order to avoid misunderstanding.

 

Foley Beach's Martin Luther King Day sermon

“Dr. King demonstrated that one man, devoted to Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, and obeying the call of God, can literally change a nation, and impact other nations throughout the world.”

 

"Onward, Christian Soldiers" manuscript to be auctioned

BOSTON, MA – A rare handwritten manuscript of “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” signed by Sabine Baring-Gould will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this week. Baring-G

 

Pretoria bishop backs call for holiday honoring martyred miners

Bishop Jo Seoka has asked the South African government to declare August 16 a national holiday in honor of the 34 mineworkers killed by police in a 2012 labor strike.

 

Religion not poverty is driving Boko Haram, Anglican leaders warn

The threat posed by Boko Haram to the people of Nigeria was the focus of discussion at last week’s meeting of the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria.

 

Anglican greetings for Francis in Sri Lanka

The Anglican bishops of Sri Lanka were amongst the ecumenical guests to greet Pope Francis on his tour of Asia last week.

 

Kamikaze pilot turned bishop speaks to Marines

One of the last living Japanese naval aviators, Bishop Paul Saneaki Nakamura spoke to members of the U.S. Marine Corps last month recounting his conversion to Christianity.

 

Turn the other cheek some of the time, Pope says

Pope Francis says there are "limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith."

 

Bishop Cook out on bail

A "Connecticut Six" rector has bailed Heather Cook out of the Baltimore County Jail

 

York's new book on morality and the economy set for Tuesday launch

Dr John Sentamu’s book ‘On Rock or Sand?’ is to be published next week with contributions from experts in economic, political, social and religious disciplines

 

Dublin archbishop welcomes govt investigation of church mothers' homes

The Archbishop of Dublin has welcomed the announcement of an Irish government commission over past abuses at “mother and baby homes”.

 

Ceylon bishop resigns under pressure from Canterbury

The Bishop of Kurunegala of the Church of Ceylon has resigned his see following a meeting in London last week with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

Cuban church welcomes shift in US policy

The Episcopal Church of Cuba has welcomed last month’s announcement by the US government that it wi

 

Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Maryland on the Heather Cook affair

Heather Cook, not the diocese, bears the guilt of her actions, bishop told by his colleagues

 

“In Each Generation” : A programme for reform and renewal

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have prepared a paper for the forthcoming meeting of General Synod on the necessity for reform and renewal of the Church of England.

 

Court rejects bishop's plea for reduced bail

The Suffragan Bishop of Maryland must post a $2.5 million cash bond in order to be released from prison pending her trial.

 

Bishops denounce govt U-turn over prohibition

The deputy moderator of the Church of South India, the Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen has denounced the Kerala State government’s U-turn on prohibition.

 

Forcible conversions of Christians to Hinduism prompts anger

Church leaders in North India have denounced the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving its "tacit support" to the “ghar waspi” campaign by Hindu militants to forcibly convert Christ

 

Debt squeezes Australian diocese

Bathurst bishop to move to half time status

 

Trinity Wall Street diversifies into residential real estate

New York’s Trinity Wall Street parish has announced that it will build four residential towers and refurbish an office building as residential apartments to capitalize on the demand for luxury apar

 

Bishop rejects call to resign made by national church leaders

Kitgum Bishop Benjamin Ojwang has rejected the Ugandan Synod's request that he step down

 

Canterbury condemns Paris magazine shootings

“This is an act of the most extraordinary brutality and barbarity," Justin Welby declared.

 

Bail set for Bishop Heather Cook

$2.5 million bond set by Baltimore court

 

Former Bishop of Maryland calls for Heather Cook to resign

In a statement released one day before the state's attorney announced the indictment of the Suffragan Bishop of Maryland for manslaughter, Bishop Robert Ilhoff has called for Bishop Heather Cook to be resign.

 

Virginia bishops respond to Cook indictment

Bishops call for "substantive and pressing conversations" in light of the Cook arrest

 

Maryland Bishop Charged in Baltimore Hit-and-Run

The second highest ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be charged with manslaughter in a December 27 crash that killed a cyclist, according to a Baltimore prosecutor.

 

Maryland statement on Bishop Cook manslaughter indictment

With the announcement today by civil authorities of charges against Heather Cook in the tragic death of Thomas Palermo, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, reaffirms its respect for the course of action the legal system is taking and prays for a just outcome in this case.

 

Bishop Cook charged with Manslaughter DUI

Baltimore States Attorney has announced that Bishop Heather Cook will be charged with manslaughter DUI in the fatal crash that killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo.

 

Okoh calls upon the Nigerian govt to stand and fight Boko Haram

Failure is not an option for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh told a congregation in Anambra State celebrating the dedication of a new church.

 

Diocese of Maryland special meeting on Heather Cook

A report on events the day of the accident, Dec. 27, in which Thomas Palermo, 41, was killed while riding his bike in northern Baltimore, was given by the Rev. Scott Slater, chief assistant to Diocesan Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton to more than 100 clergy.

 

“High Priestess of Abortion” to Exit Episcopal Divinity School

A controversial Episcopal seminary dean is stepping down following several years of friction with faculty and disagreement about the future of the school.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message

Transcript of the Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message, filmed at the National Memorial Arboretum and broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two on New Year's Day 2015.

 

Archbishop of Armagh backs Lambeth 2018 postponement

The Primate of All-Ireland, the Most Rev. Richard Clarke, Achbishop of Armagh, has endorsed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s go-slow approach to the Lambeth Conference.

 

Diocese of Maryland statement on Bishop Heather Cook's background check

As part of the search process, Bishop Cook fully disclosed the 2010 DUI for which charges were filed resulting in a ‘probation before judgment.’

 

Sydney archbishop calls for tough stance towards terrorism

The Archbishop of Sydney has called for God to punish terrorists and protect his people from terrorism.

 

Sudan government seizes Omdurman church property

Emergency appeal filed by the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan with the Constitutional Court in Khartoum to block order from the Ministry of Justice seizing property in Omdurman.

 

Church fights call to make the Bhagavad Gita India's "national book"

Bills put forward by allies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen anti-conversion laws and to make the Bhagavad Gita the national book of India worry Christian leaders.

 

Australian abuse compensation plan released

The Diocese of Melbourne has put forward a plan to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse, without requiring the victims to give up their rights to sue for damages.

 

Lord Williams decries conflict between civil rights and religious freedom

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has called for the reconciliation of secular legal theories of human rights with the right of religious freedom.

 

Scottish bishops ban gay clergy weddings

The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church has issued a statement clarifying the church’s position on same-sex marriage

 

Suffragan Bishop of Maryland placed on administrative leave following hit and run death

The Suffragan Bishop of Maryland has been placed on administrative leave following her involvement in a “hit and run” accident that left a cyclist dead.

 

Christmas cancelled in Peshawar

Christmas was cancelled in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier, the Bishop of Peshawar writes.

 

Archbishop Okoh's address to the Humanum Colloquium

The Complementarity of man and woman in the African Christian context -- an address given by the Primate of All Nigeria to the Humanum Colloquium in Rome on Nov 18, 2014

 

Archbishop French Chang-Him awarded OBE

The former Archbishop of the Indian Ocean and Bishop of the Seychelles, the Most. Rev. French Chang-Him, has been made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

 

Welby out with pneumonia

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, was unable to preach his Christmas Day sermon at Canterbury Cathedral.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas Sermon

At Christmas 1914 soldiers took the risk, crossed a battle-line and kindled an evening of friendship and football. It is the moment all have picked on this year, whether in adverts or sermons.

 

Fort Worth files response to TEC motion for summary judgment in Texas property cases

The Diocese of Forth Worth has filed its response to the Episcopal Church's Motion for Summary Judgment in the Texas property cases.

 

Prayers for hostages killed in rescue attempt in Yemen

The Archbishop of Cape Town has released a statement of condolence to the families of two hostages killed in Yemen during an abortive rescue mission.

 

Arson attack on Delhi church

Christians in India staged a mass protest last week, demanding government action following the firebombing of a one of Delhi’s largest churches.

 

Reform statement on the appointment of a woman bishop for the CoE

Conservative Evangelicals "grieved" but "not surprised" by appointment of women bishop

 

Islamist terrorists murder 36 Christian miners in Kenya

The Somali Islamist terror group al-Shabaab has murdered 36 Christian Kenyans miners.

 

PCUSA accused of links with Hezbollah

An Israeli civil rights organization, Shurat HaDin, has filed a “whistleblower” action with the U.S. government seeking the revocation of the tax exempt status of the Presbyterian Church USA.

 

ACNA reflections on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

Bishop John Guernsey writes about the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

 

Protestant numbers skyrocketing in South America

The proportion of Protestants among the people of South and Central America has risen six fold since 1950, the Pew Research Center reports.

 

Bishop on kayak quest

The Assistant Bishop of Auckland has begun a 10-day kayak voyage to mark the 200th anniversary of Anglican worship in the country

 

Kenneth Kearon honored by Rome

Canon Kenneth Kearon has been presented with an episcopal ring in honor of his election as the Bishop of Limerick by the secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

 

Church in Wales working for Fair Trade designation

The Church in Wales hopes to become the first province in the Anglican Communion to achieve “Fair Trade” status.

 

Death of the Rev. Dr. Martha Giltinan

The Rev. Dr. Martha Giltinan died this morning in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital after a yearlong battle with Leukemia.

 

Terror attack kills 200 in Nigeria

A bomb blast at Northern Nigeria’s largest mosque has claimed the lives of almost 200 people, the Nigerian press reports.

 

Archbishop calls for united war on drugs

The Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa has criticized politicians in Ghana for using the arrest of a smuggler caught with 12kg of cocaine at Heathrow Airport a

 

New Muslim Women's report a 'cry for help'

A Muslim British women’s rights group has today published a report which reveals alarming cases of gender discrimination suffered by many Muslim women in the UK.

 

Mouneer Anis named archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

The Synod of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East has changed the titles of its senior bishops.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury on hunger in Britain

The Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Sunday Mail before an all-party parliamentary report on food poverty and hunger in the UK.

 

Bishop of New York's statement on the grand jury decision in the Garner case

"nothing could be clearer than that at a minimum the demands of justice require that any such killings be fully investigated and that everyone involved be held to account".

 

Heaven open to all, Francis says

Cats, dogs and Protestants will be found in heaven, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience at the Vatican on 26 Nov 2014.

 

A Church that sues itself?

The highly litigious Episcopal Church in the United States of America("ECUSA") has settled a lawsuit with itself, according to a press release from its rump group

 

Appointment of evangelical headship bishop of Maidstone

Church Society welcomes the news that a man who upholds the complementarian view of headship will soon be appointed to the vacant See of Maidstone.

 

Gay marriage remarks prompt exodus from Church of Finland

Over 13,000 people have quit the Church of Finland in three days in protest to a statement by the Archbishop of Turku that he “rejoiced” in the vote by parliament to approve gay marriage.

 

Court action promised in Pakistan blasphemy murders

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the government to investigate the 4 Nov 2014 murders of a Christian couple who were burnt alive for allegedly desecrating a page from the Koran.

 

Half of Diocese of Quebec parishes set to close

Secularism combined with rural flight may lead to the extinction of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Quebec

 

Welby warns of coming split

The Anglican Communion is on the verge of institutional collapse, the Archbishop of Canterbury has told The Times.

 

Episcopal Parties File Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Under Neutral Principles

On December 1, 2014, Plaintiffs The Episcopal Church, Local Episcopal Parties, and Local Episcopal Congregations filed a joint motion for partial summary judgment in the 141st District Court, the Honorable John P. Chupp presiding. As the motion states:

 

Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery

We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery

 

Archbishop of Canterbury to sign slavery agreement in Rome

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will join Pope Francis and representatives of other world faiths tomorrow at the Vatican to sign a joint statement calling for the elimination of slavery a

 

Ebola attacks what makes us human, says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Ebola virus “strikes straight into the heart” of what it is to be human, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said Friday.

 

Ebola survivors in need

Christian Aid has joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to distribute essential household items to Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.

 

Welby heads north

The Archbishop of Canterbury has concluded his 18-month round the Communion tour this week with a visit to the Scottish Episcopal Church.

 

Wabukala cracks his whip

The chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans has laid down a three line party whip, calling Africa's wavering bishops to order.

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