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Francis condemns anti-Zionism

Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, Pope Francis told a Portuguese journalist last week,

 

West Buganda bishop dies

Godfrey Makumbi died on 31 May 2015 at the Cancer Institute Mulago in Kampala. He was 52.

 

Australian archbishop urges tougher carbon target

Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier has joined other religious leaders in urging more ambitious emissions targets to halt climate change

 

Bishops report on GTS

"We believe that our Seminary will be stronger for this experience – more transparent, and more united ..."

 

Welby China bound

The Archbishop will be visiting the country at the joint invitation of the China State Administration for Religious Affairs and the state sponsored China Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Association of the Protestant Churches in China

 

Archbishop Robert Morse dead at 91

Archbishop Robert Morse of the Anglican Province of Christ the King died on 28 May 2015.

 

Province of South East Asia will not ordain women, new bishop says

The Church of the Province of South East has no plans to ordain women to the priesthood and is firmly opposed to the innovation of same-sex marriage, the new Bishop of Sabah in North Borneo said.

 

Pentecost broadcast by the Archbishop of Cape Town

In an audio message recorded for Pentecost, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has linked the celebration of the beginnings of the Church to the creation of a society that is "neither Afrophobic nor xenophobic."

 

Natural disasters not result of the fall

Volcanoes, earthquakes and floods are not the result of a fallen world, argues Bob White, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Cambridge,

 

Statement by Core Issues Trust on the Irish Referendum on Gay Marriage

Core Issues Trust offers its gratitude to the many thousands of citizens who voted against changing the Irish Constitution to replace marriage as the union between one man and one woman for life

 

Where do Irish Christians go from here?

"Ireland is spiritually and morally bankrupt, at war with itself, and Hell-bent, detesting the idea of Christianity - at least the version of it that has been presented to it by the Roman Catholic church."

 

Irish gay marriage referendum will not change church practice, bishops declare

A Statement from the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Ireland Following the Result of the Marriage Referendum (RoI)

 

Transgender Motion submitted to General Synod

The Diocese of Blackburn has submitted a motion to General Synod calling upon the House of Bishops to create a liturgy to note sex changes

 

Pentecost pastoral letter from Gafcon chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

"The Holy Spirit is given to those who repent, but the continuing crisis of the Anglican Communion has come about through a failure to call to repentance those who are systematically grieving the Holy Spirit by claiming that what Scripture calls sexual immorality is in fact new truth revealed by the Spirit."

 

Police expell ZANU-PF militants from Harare church farm

A joint military-police operation removed the members of the youth wing of the ruling ZANU-PF party from the church farm in Chitungwiza

 

American terrorism policies misguided says Wabukala

The Archbishop of Kenya urged Western nations to adopt a united front in the battle against Islamist terrorism

 

Nigerian archbishop endorses muscular Christianity

A healthy body helps form a healthy soul -- Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

 

Chilean archbishop offers support to breakaway diocese

The Most Rev. Tito Zavala has assured the breakaway Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina that its secession from the national Episcopal Church in 2012 did not end its membership in the Anglican Communion.

 

Irish Anglican woman bishop votes "no" on gay marriage

The Rt. Rev Patricia Storey has written a pastoral letter to her clergy in the United Diocese of Meath and Kildare, saying she will vote “no” in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum on gay marriage as it would harm children and the family.

 

NW Texas to use proceeds of camp sale to fund diocesan budget

Bishop Scott Mayer writes that parishes will see a 1 per cent cut in their asking

 

Priceless 15th century church artworks recovered by police

Two priceless 15th century oak panels, stolen from the rood screen of a Devon church in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust in August 2013, have been recovered by the police.

 

Second Church Estates Commissioner named

The Church Commissioners for England have today welcomed the Crown appointment of the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP as Second Church Estates Commissioner, replacing Sir Tony Baldry.

 

Chiefs may not compel pagan worship, court rules

The Bayelsa State High Court has upheld a petition prohibiting local chiefs from compelling Christians to participate in pagan cults

 

Interim Bishop of Leicester appointed

The Bishop of Leicester is pleased to announce that the Rt Rev John Holbrook the Bishop of Brixworth in

 

Archbishop appoints new lead bishop in the Lords

The Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart, has been appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Convenor of the Lords Spiritual.

 

Archbishop consecrates new bishops at Westminster Abbey

Archbishop Justin Welby consecrates Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Bishop of Hertford.

 

St James Newport Beach sold

Diocese to sell parish properties for an estimated $15 million.

 

Dean of Sydney appointed

The Rev Kanishka Raffel has been appointed the new Dean of Sydney, the first person from a non-European background to hold the position.

 

Church defends ownership of Harare parish farm

The land grab by members of the youth wing of President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party of a farm belonging to St Mary’s Anglican Church in Chitungwiza has evolved into a political fight between the ruling government party and the opposition MDC-T party.

 
 

Ordinariate vicar arrested for fraud

A former Church of England priest who entered the Anglican Ordinariate has been arrested for fraud allegedly committed whilst he was serving as an Anglican vicar in Croydon.

 

The Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide remembered at the National Cathedral

The President of Armenia and VP Joe Biden were guests of honor at Washington’s National Cathedral at a service last week commemorating the "Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide."

 

Gay blessings for All Saints Fort Worth

The Episcopal parish at the center of the property dispute between the Diocese of Fort Worth and the national Episcopal Church celebrated its first same-sex blessing last month.

 

Diocese of Oxford fails to elect a new bishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Oxford saying that the search for the new Bishop of Oxford continues.

 

West Texas Episcopalians reject bishop's plan for gay blessings

The Bishop Elliott Society has distanced itself from plans announced by the Bishop of West Texas permit same-sex blessings in the diocese. "We believe that to be detrimental to God's people, not only because it expands the definition of marriage, but because it also convolutes the teaching of Holy Scripture."

 

African church leaders call for govt action to stop Mediterranean migrations

"We encourage African youth to stay in their home countries and work hard to earn their daily keep. They must not assume that Europe and other places outside Africa guarantee automatic comforts and pleasure."

 

Scottish Primus responds to SNP election victory

Those of us who live in Scotland must recognise that we are living through times of profound change -- Bishop David Chillingworth

 

Pastoral letter from the Bishop of Central Florida on the baptism of children of gay parents

"Who is deserving or undeserving? For example, in Scripture there are far stronger and explicit objections to multiple divorces and remarriages than there is to a monogamous gay union. Are you willing to say “No” to the baptism of children from a couple that have in their history multiple divorces? If not, why are you willing to give such heterosexual relations a pass, but condemn civilly married gay Christians? Who actually qualifies?"

 

HM The Queen Leads VE Day 70 Commemorations at Westminster Abbey

HM The Queen led the nation in marking VE Day 70 today (Sunday 10 May), at a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. 

 

Central Florida Baptism Controversy - Documents - Bishop's statement

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Brewer's statement on the cathedral baptism controversy. 8 May 2015

 

Archbishop of Armagh's address to the Church of Ireland General Synod

Average Sunday attendance for the Church of Ireland falls to 58,000 -- 15 per cent of Anglicans are active churchgoers Archbishop tells synod

 

Church of England goes green

Press Release: Investing in a low carbon economy (3 May 2015)

 

WCC calls for day of prayer for South Sudan

As the tragic situation of conflict in South Sudan moves into its 17th month, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to a special day of prayer on Sunday, 10 May, for those affected by the South Sudanese conflict,

 

John Harrower of Tasmania to step down

Evangelical bishop of Tasmania announces his retirement

 

Bishop of Indianapolis to step down

The Rt. Rev. Catharine Waynick told the 178 session of the annual convention of ther diocese that she would step down from office in 2017

 

Anglicans and Jews targets of oppression, warns Welby

"The most common feature of Anglicanism is actually persecution, and that goes with poverty. Of our thirty-seven provinces, roughly twenty-four are in areas of conflict or post-conflict." Archbishop Justin Welby 

 

Welby calls on Britain to open its borders to Mediterranean migrants

The Archbishop of Canterbury has added his voice to the call to open Britain’s borders to migrants fleeing the political and economic crises raging across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

 

Pittsburgh priest reports on Nepal earthquake

Reports from Anglican missionaries in the field in Nepal have begun to reach the West following the 25 April 2015 earthquake that devastated Kathmandu and the surrounding regions.

 

Indian church schools and hospitals shuttered in protest to Hindu persecution

Over one hundred church schools, clinics and institutions around Lucknow closed their doors last month in a one day protest in the wake of the vandalization of a church in Agra

 

Abuse trial date set for Bishop Ball

The retired Bishop of Gloucester appeared before the Central Criminal Court – the Old Bailey – last week in a preliminary hearing to answer charges of child sex abuse.

 

Muslim mob demands cross removed from Malaysian Pentecostal church

Malaysian Anglicans have rallied to the support of a Pentecostal church in Petaling Jaya after a Muslim mob disrupted worship services last week and forced the congregation to take down a cross mounted on the church’s facade.

 

ZANU-PF mob seizes Anglican church

The Diocese of Harare reports that a mob stormed St Mary’s Anglican Church in Chitungwiza during worship and blocked the congregation from leaving the building for over three hours.

 

Welby in Cairo

The Archbishop of Canterbury has made a flying visit to Egypt to offer his condolences to President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the country’s Christian leaders

 

Cape Town archbishop denounces "xenophobic violence"

The Archbishop of Cape Town has called for South Africans to join him in the “One Million March Against Xenophobic Attacks”

 

CEC meets in Brussels

The governing board of the Conference of European Churches met last month in Brussels to review the 2015-2016 agenda for the pan-European church coalition.

 

ARCIC III concludes Rome meeting

The fifth session of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission concluded this week with a decision to hold next year’s meeting in Toronto.

 

Western Louisiana bishop "makes space" for gay blessings in his diocese

"We are simply making space for a minority theological viewpoint within our majority conservative diocese." -- Jacob Owensby

 

Same-Sex Marriage and Infant Baptism

A controversy has erupted in the Diocese of Central Florida over an apparent request by the dean of the cathedral to postpone the infant baptism of a same sex couple.

 

Truth-telling, Islam and the General Election

" ... if it becomes an offence in English law,  to experience and express fear of Islam, many more of us may be unable to tell the truth without becoming criminals."

 

Bishop for church planting approved for London

See of Islington revived to serve as a focal point for church planting in the Diocese of London

 

Conservative Evangelical leader appointed Bishop of Maidstone

"The appointment of Rod Thomas follows a meeting of the Dioceses Commission in December at which unanimous agreement was given to a proposal from the Archbishop of Canterbury to fill the see ... with a bishop who takes a conservative evangelical view on headship."

 

Stopping terrorism will stop the flow of migrants to Europe, writes Bishop of Aberdeen

The tragedy of the ocean liner the Titanic sinking in the North Atlantic is part of our folklore psyche. And yet over the last two weeks or so there has been loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea equivalent to the loss of two Titanics.

 

HRH Duke of Gloucester opens new entrance at Peterborough Cathedral

HRH The Duke of Gloucester officially opened a lighter and more welcoming main entrance at Peterborough Cathedral today

 

The Church of England’s satirical take on climate change

Anglican Bishop Nicholas Holtam has praised Tuesday’s statement on climate change by two pontifical academies. But this praise has all the earmarks of satire.

 

Nominees announced for Presiding Bishop

Ian Douglas, Michael Curry, Dabney Smith, Thomas Breidenthal

 

Church of England welcomes Vatican statement on climate change

"Climate change is the greatest moral challenge of our day" - Bishop of Salisbury

 

Nigerian diocese celebrates bishop's jubilee by paying prisoners' fines

The Diocese of Kaduna has marked the 25th anniversary of the consecration to the episcopate of the Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon by paying the fines of 25 indigent prisoners held in the city’s prison

 

Appeals court denies diocesan motion for reconsideration

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a petition for rehearing, affirming its March 31 ruling that sent vonRosenberg v. Lawrence back to U.S. District Court in Charleston.

 

Archdeacon Brain appointed Assistant Bishop in Canberra

Archdeacon Matt Brain was appointed as a new Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn following a meeting of Bishop in Council earlier today.

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