Archives for August 2017

New primate elected in Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop James Wong of the Seychelles has been elected as the new archbishop and primate of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean. He succeeds Archbishop Ian Ernest who served for 11 years. The election took place on Aug. 26 at the Provincial Synod in Mauritius. Archbishop James has […]

WCC leaders meet Pope Francis in Rome

[Anglican Communion News Service] In an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, World Council of Churches Central Committee moderator Agnes Abuom and WCC General Secretary Olav Fykse Tveit discussed how Christian unity is vital in bringing a true sense of justice to issues the world is facing today. Full article.

Anglican Communion offers prayers for victims of Barcelona attack

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Spain Don Carlos Lopez-Lozano has expressed thanks for the support received from throughout the Anglican Communion in the wake of the deadly attack in Barcelona’s main tourist area on Aug. 17. Priests from the Spanish Episcopal Church have attended to the wounded in hospital and are […]

Canadian indigenous bishop slams ‘doctrine of discovery’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The “doctrine of discovery” – the idea that indigenous people need to be discovered and westernized – has been criticized by the national indigenous bishop of Canada. Bishop Mark MacDonald made his comments during a visit to Australia, where he attended a number of events, including a retreat for Aboriginal and Torres […]

Welsh electoral college to choose next archbishop and primate

[Anglican Communion News Service] An electoral college of the Church in Wales will meet in the small town of Llandrindod Wells next month to choose the province’s next archbishop and primate. Three lay people and three priests from all six Welsh dioceses will join the six bishops as they pray and vote on a successor to […]

Anglican archbishop in Australia speaks against euthanasia legalization

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier has joined six other Christian leaders in Australia from the region in calling on the state premier to reconsider plans to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. In a letter to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox church leaders say that “human dignity […]

Irish bishop and English priest lead cross-cultural mission training in Myanmar

[Anglican Communion News Service] An ecumenical association for theological educators in Myanmar held a training workshop on cross cultural mission and research approaches this month. The four-day event was led by the Church of Ireland’s Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson and a Church of England vicar from the diocese of Birmingham, the Rev. Joshva Raja. Full […]

Synod to consider gifting Christchurch Cathedral to New Zealand government

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Synod of the diocese of Christchurch will consider donating its earthquake-ravaged cathedral to the country’s government as a gift to the people of New Zealand. This new option will go alongside two existing options – to reinstate the existing cathedral or to demolish and replace it with a modern building – […]

Christchurch releases third option for earthquake-destroyed cathedral

[Anglican  Taonga] The Diocese of Christchurch has issued details of a third option for the future of ChristChurch Cathedral that would offer the building as a gift to the government for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. If Christchurch Diocesan Synod selects the new option, it would direct the Church Property Trustees (CPT) to enter […]

Archbishop of Canterbury backs ‘sex-workers’ charity

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has given his backing to a charity set up to support women involved in the “sex industry”. Charis Tiwala works to “give people in the sex industry the opportunity for choice again; a choice to exit if they wish, and a choice to rebuild a new […]