Archives for December 2011

Rapidísimas, Diciembre 29 de 2011

[Episcopal News Service] Para sorpresa de muchos el gobernante Raúl Castro anunció ante el pleno de la Asamblea del Poder Popular (una especie de parlamento) que indultaría a 2,900 presos en su mayoría personas enfermas, ancianas, mujeres y jóvenes que aunque no habían cumplido sus condenas, tienen posibilidades de reinsertarse en la sociedad cubana. Entre […]

Video: Presiding bishop’s Christmas Eve sermon

'We gather to celebrate his birth'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “The eternal hope and yearning of the human race emerges from darkness into light in the birth of this child both humble and divine,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori noted in her homily for Christmas Eve, 2011. “We gather to celebrate his birth and recover that eternal […]

UK churches strive for an environmentally ‘green’ Christmas

[Ecumenical News International] As the concept of “going green” continues to gain traction among consumers and businesses, churches in the United Kingdom are using the Christmas season to highlight their role in improving the environment. In early December, St. Luke’s, a Catholic church in the London suburb of Pinner, switched on its solar panels, while […]

After carnage in Nigeria, spiritual leaders seek unity

[Ecumenical News International] After Muslim militants bombed a Nigerian church over the Christmas weekend, northern Nigerian Christians say they will fight to defend themselves against a possible religious war in Africa’s most populous country. On Christmas Day, a suicide bomber tried to force his way into St Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Madella, on the […]

Episcopal Church launches new ‘experiential’ website

New features, new opportunities abound at

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church website – – has undergone a complete transformation and redesign into a welcoming, eye-appealing, easy-to-navigate, experiential site. Launched on December 28, the new website features a motif of stained glass windows, each of which holds a small piece of our contemporary church. Taking direction from […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon

'Don't build lives on selfishness and fear'

[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury says Christmas challenges individuals and whole societies alike not to build lives based on selfishness and fear, but to be open to searching questions about identity and solidarity, stark questions that are more pressing in the wake of falling confidence in institutions and challenges to social order. In his […]

Congolese religious leaders urge election dispute settlement

[Ecumenical News International] Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo are calling for urgent dialogue over the current election dispute, where two leaders are claiming the presidency. The disagreement appeared to heighten after police on Dec. 23 blocked opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi from accessing a stadium in Kinshasha where he planned to stage his […]

Christmas services go outdoors as quakes again hit New Zealand

[Ecumenical News International] Many Christmas church services in Christchurch, New Zealand will be held outdoors this weekend after four strong earthquakes struck within three hours on Dec. 23, injuring 60, and causing further damage to the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals. Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the quakes, which included 5.8 and 6.0 magnitude temblors, were […]

Filipinos urged to moderate festivities, give to storm victims

[Ecumenical News International, Manila, Philippines] A tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines eight days before Christmas has prompted church and government leaders to ask Filipinos to tone down their festivities this season and give to hundreds of families left homeless and hungry. Some churches that celebrate morning or evening pre-Christmas services from Dec. 19-24 […]

St. Mark’s Cathedral votes against Occupy Seattle tents on campus

Vestry in favor of maintaining dialogue with protestors

[Saint Mark’s Cathedral] The Vestry of Saint Mark’s Cathedral voted in a majority vote against a motion allowing Occupy Seattle to place tents in its parking lot.  In a second motion, the Rev. E. Michael Jackson, an assisting priest at the Cathedral, was voted by majority vote to act as liaison to Occupy Seattle on […]