Archives for October 2013

World Council of Churches assembly gets underway in Korea

[Anglican Communion News Service] The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) opened on Wednesday 30 October in Busan, Republic of Korea under the themeGod of life, lead us to justice and peace. The opening service of common prayer on the first day of the Assembly honoured diverse faith traditions from around the […]

Welby to GAFCON: ‘Church should seek holiness, unity’

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called for the church to be “holy” and “in unity” as it proclaims the Gospel in challenging circumstances around the world. Welby sent a video greeting to the Second Global Anglican Future (GAFCON) Conference, which is taking place in Nairobi this week. He told them that it […]

British students arrive in Zambia to help build school

[Anglican Communion News Service] St. Mary’s Calne, a leading British independent boarding and day school for girls based in Wiltshire, has sent 15 pupils and two members of staff to Zambia to help build a school in Chama, one of the remotest districts based in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The project is focused on […]

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Nairobi

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop Justin preached in Nairobi Oct. 20 during a visit in the wake of the Westgate mall attack last month. He was a guest of Archbishop of Kenya Eliud Wabukala. During a sermon at All Saints Cathedral, the archbishop said the pain endured by people had been “very great,” adding that Kenya had […]

Antje Jackelén elected Church of Sweden’s first female archbishop

[Lutheran World Federation] The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has congratulated Lund Bishop Antje Jackelén upon her election as the next archbishop of the Church of Sweden. In a letter to Jackelén, LWF General Secretary the Rev. Martin Junge expressed gladness that the Swedish church had elected a leader who would bring to her new role […]

Scam warning for Anglican Communion members

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world are being warned to be vigilant after scammers pretending to be Anglican Communion primates have asked for money. People in countries as far apart as Jamaica, the U.S. and Australia have received e-mails, text messages and even phone calls from people claiming to be Archbishop […]

Archbishop welcomes Amnesty report on violence against Copts

Attacks on Christians highlight the need for Egypt to protect all its citizens, said Archbishop Justin

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has welcomed a new Amnesty International report calling on Egypt to prevent “deeply disturbing” attacks on Coptic Christians. The report describes an “unprecedented” level of attacks against Coptic Christians following the dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo on Aug. 14, with Copts widely perceived as […]

Anglican, Oriental Orthodox leaders lament Christian persecution

[Anglican Communion News Service] See below for the official Communiqué Anglican and Oriental Orthodox Church leaders who met at the historic Hampton Court, London, over the weekend shared not only prayer, worship and fellowship, but also their fears about the future of Christianity in the Middle East. Leading clergy and theologians from both Christian traditions […]

Vatican’s rules on eucharistic sharing could be further relaxed

[Church of Ireland Gazette] The Roman Catholic co-chair of the Third Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) has expressed his personal view that, seeing how in 1993 certain relaxations were made in the Vatican’s rules on eucharistic sharing, further relaxation is possible. Speaking last week to the Gazette editor following a joint session of the National […]

Archbishop to visit Kenya to offer solidarity

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit Nairobi Oct. 19-20 as a guest of Archbishop of Kenya Eliud Wabukala. The purpose of the visit, which has been arranged at short notice, is to be in solidarity with the Kenyan people following the attack on the Westgate shopping mall last month. The program of […]