Archives for December 2011

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 […]

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 […]

Anglican church’s Christmas billboard vandalized in New Zealand

[Ecumenical News International, Wellington, New Zealand] An Anglican church’s Christmas billboard, depicting Jesus’ mother Mary dressed in traditional garb and holding a pregnancy test strip while covering her mouth with the other hand, was vandalized over the weekend. The billboard, erected on Dec. 15 by St. Matthews-in-the-City in central Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, has […]

CANADA: Former general secretary is elected bishop of Uruguay

[Anglican Journal] The Ven. Michael Pollesel, former general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, has been elected bishop of Uruguay by the diocesan synod. The election has still to be approved by the province of the Southern Cone, whose House of Bishops meets in May 2012. “I expect the consecration would follow within the […]

Philippine church leaders join movement against big mining firms

[Ecumenical News International, Baguio City, Philippines] Leaders from Philippine Roman Catholic and Protestant groups have joined non-government and indigenous peoples’ organizations in a renewed campaign against big mining firms. “The campaign against large-scale mining is also a campaign against greed,” the Rev. Eduardo Solang, a retired priest of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, told […]

English bishop pleads for agreement on Zurbaran paintings

[Ecumenical News International] The Anglican bishop of Durham is urging a wealthy businessman and the commissioners who manage the Church of England’s assets to “look afresh at what can be done” to keep a set of 17th-century religious paintings in northeast Britain as the center of a planned historical visitor attraction. Bishop Justin Welby’s intervention […]

Papua New Guinea approves Anglican Covenant

[Episcopal News Service] The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea has announced that its Provincial Council has “approved and accepted” the Anglican Covenant, according to an article on the Anglican Communion News Service. The covenant is a set of principles intended to bind the Anglican Communion amid differences and disputes across its 38 provinces. Papua […]