Archives for February 2012

Church of England installs alarms to stop copper thefts

[Religion News Service] The Church of England is spearheading a campaign to install high-tech movement sensors on scores of churches in a bid to stop a rash of lead and copper thieves who have targeted the roofs of religious buildings. The stolen metals are fetching increasingly higher prices on international markets. The insurance firm Ecclesiastical, […]

New Zealand churches mark anniversary of devastating earthquake

[Ecumenical News International] As Christians worldwide marked the beginning of Lent, New Zealand church leaders gathered with Christchurch residents to mark the first anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated the city one year ago. Some who attended commemorative church services on Ash Wednesday received ashes marked on the forehead in the form of […]

Harare bishop clarifies status of Zimbabwe’s loyal Anglicans

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop Chad Gandiya of Harare Feb. 22 issued an open letter to stress the difference between the Church of the Province of Central Africa dioceses in Zimbabwe and the churches run by an excommunicated former bishop. Gandiya said in the letter that there appeared to be “still a lot of confusion” […]

New era of freedom and expansion for Cuban church

[Anglican Journal] Most Canadians visiting Cuba in February are there for the sun, the sea and the mojitos. But early this month, Archbishop Fred Hiltz of the Anglican Church of Canada led a delegation with a different purpose: to observe the 103rd synod of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, led in Havana by Bolivian-born Bishop […]

Faith groups participate in peace initiative for London Olympics

[Ecumenical News International, London] Faith leaders and community groups in London are promoting “One Hundred Days of Peace” — an initiative to develop a “peace legacy” for the London Olympic Games this summer. Churches, schools and colleges, together with a coalition called London Citizens that includes more than 300 faith and community groups are organizing […]

Kenyan faith leaders exchange roses as reminder of HIV/AIDS

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] At a Roman Catholic church center near the Kenyan town of Thika, red roses were exchanged among faith leaders on Valentine’s Day as reminder of their call to love and care for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The Christian and Muslim leaders had gathered under the Kenyan […]

Anglican Refugee and Migrant Network seeks diocesan insight

[Anglican Communion News Service] The coordinator of the Anglican Communion’s newest international network, the Anglican Refugee and Migrant Network (ARMN), is looking to connect with dioceses around the world. A letter sent to nearly 800 diocesan bishops by the Rev. Terrie Robinson, in her role as Anglican Communion’s Networks’ Coordinator, introduced ARMN’s new coordinator, the […]

Some church leaders join battle against Uganda’s gay bill

[Ecumenical News International] Following the re-introduction in Uganda of a bill that would harshly punish homosexuality, gay rights activists, including some church leaders, are uniting through Twitter and Facebook to oppose it. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 was revived on Jan. 7 in parliament by David Bahati, the legislator who is its architect, prompting fresh protests […]

Philippine churches care for quake survivors

[Ecumenical News International] Churches in central Philippines have responded after a recent 6.9-magnitude earthquake that left 34 people dead, 52 injured, 71 missing and hundreds of families homeless. “We invite all people of good will to pray for the survivors of this latest disaster in the Philippines as they deal with the trauma of loss […]

Anglicans urge UK action for Nigeria’s threatened Christians

[Ecumenical News International] British Anglicans have called upon the United Kingdom government to support those in Nigeria seeking to protect religious minorities of all faiths and enable them to practice their religion without fear. The resolution passed by 344 votes to 0 with one abstention on Feb. 8 at the biannual session of Synod, the […]