Archives for September 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury supports military action in Iraq

[Lambeth Palace press release] Transcript of Archbishop Justin Welby’s speech in the House of Lords debate today on developments in Iraq. “My Lords, a danger of this debate is that we speak only of Iraq and Syria, only of ISIL, and only of armed force. “ISIL and its dreadful barbarity are only one example of […]

International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue

[Anglican Communion Office] In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met at St George’s Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014. The Commission is grateful for the generous hospitality extended by Bishop Suheil Dawani and the […]

Anglican XI beat Vatican in historic cricket match

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby congratulates both sides after historic match to raise awareness of Anglican-Roman Catholic efforts to wipe out modern slavery. Watch video here. Church of England cricketers beat a Vatican team yesterday in a historic match in support of a joint initiative to wipe out modern slavery and […]

Video: Pakistan’s Christians: Persecuted yet steadfast in faith

[Episcopal News Service] One year ago today (on Sept. 22, 2013) two suicide bombers targeted All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar at the end of a Sunday worship service, killing 127 people and injuring 170. Many of the victims were women and children. Bishop Samuel Azariah of the Diocese of Raiwind, moderator of the Church […]

Canterbury statement on anniversary of Peshawar church bombings

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop Justin Welby has issued a statement on the first anniversary of the suicide bombings at All Saints Church, Peshawar, Pakistan, on 22 September 2013 in which more than 100 Christians were killed. Archbishop Justin Welby said: “As we approach the first anniversary of the horrific suicide bombings at All Saints […]

Sydney archbishop calls for increased refugee intake

[Sydney Anglicans] The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, asking for Australia’s humanitarian intake to be lifted to 20,000. Davies again expressed concern about the wave of persecution in Iraq and Syria, saying Christians and other religious minorities have been “persecuted, threatened, dispossessed and in many cases, killed for […]

Diverse churches to address persecution faced by Christians

[World Council of Churches] A recent meeting of representatives from ecumenical organizations, Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Strasbourg, France has promised to address more effectively discrimination, persecution and violence faced by Christians around the world. This theme will be explored in depth through an international consultation to be held in 2015. The meeting in Strasbourg was […]

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Anglicans in Brazil and Chile

[Lambeth Palace press release] The Archbishop of Canterbury today concluded a four-day visit to Anglicans in Brazil and Chile, part of his series of visits to Anglican primates worldwide. Archbishop Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline, spent two days visiting the primate of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, […]

Canon Kenneth Kearon elected as bishop of Limerick and Killaloe

[Church of Ireland press release] The Episcopal Electoral College for Limerick & Killaloe, meeting in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, has elected the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon as the new bishop of Limerick and Killaloe. He succeeds the Rt. Rev. Trevor Williams who retired at the end of July this year. Kearon is secretary general of […]

Christians facing more persecution

[Anglican Journal] ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria; Boko Haram in Nigeria; Kim Jong-un in North Korea; the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt — these are all players in a worsening world pattern of persecution targeting Christians as well as other religious and ethnic groups. The calamitous plight of the uprooted faithful in the Middle East may […]