Updated book helps exploration of Holy Land

[Anglican Communion News Service] An updated version of the book “Land of Promise?” has been published to help people delve deeper into Christian attitudes to the Holy Land and Zionism. “The Travellers’ Guide to Land of Promise?” includes stories and exercises designed to appeal to anyone who wants to engage more with the issues, whether […]

Diocese in Europe opens new parish in France

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England’s Diocese in Europe has opened a new parish in central France. The new church of St. Alcuin of York will serve an English-speaking congregation in the Touraine. It will meet in two separate buildings: l’Eglise Protestante in Tours and the Roman Catholic l’Eglise St Michel in Savigny-en-Véron. […]

Debate continues on confirmation in New Zealand

[Anglican Communion News Service] The traditional Anglican initiation rite of confirmation has “lost its pivotal role” for many Anglican churches in New Zealand, a report to this month’s General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia said. But proposals to replace it with a new rite of The Laying on of […]

Primate of Uganda warns against syncretism

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Uganda Stanley Ntagali, has warned against syncretism – the practice of merging different religious beliefs. The warning came after a prominent Christian politician made a public visit to her ancestral shrine to give thanks for her re-election – a practice in line with the country’s traditional religions. “We value […]

World summit is ‘turning point’ for humanitarian affairs

[Anglican Communion News Service] The first World Humanitarian Summit was a “turning point” in the way the world works to alleviate the suffering of millions, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said as the two-day summit came to an end in Istanbul, Turkey, last night (Tuesday). The event brought together 55 heads of state and governments […]

Lampedusa cross at the Anglican Centre in Rome

[Anglican Communion News Service] A cross made from wood taken from a boat used by refugees crossing the Mediterranean as they sought sanctuary in Europe is to grace the altar of the Anglican Centre in Rome. The cross was made by artist Franco Tuccio on the Italian island of Lampedusa and resembles a pastoral staff […]

Anglo-Scottish ecumenical agreement approved by Church of Scotland

[Anglican Communion News Service] The General Assembly of the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland has this morning approved the Columba Declaration– an ecumenical agreement between it and the Church of England; and – in identical terms approved by the C of E’s General Synod in February– instructed the creation of an ecumenical “contact group” which would include […]

Bishop concerned by rising political violence in Zambia

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Eastern Zambia William Mchombo, has expressed his “great concern” about the rise in political violence ahead of the country’s tripartite general election which is due to take place on 11 August. Britain and the U.S. have warned their citizens to be careful of political violence when visiting the country, […]

Becket’s bones return to Canterbury Cathedral

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bones of Thomas Becket, the 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered at the behest of King Henry II, are to return to the cathedral where he was killed and buried at the conclusion of a pilgrimage tour through south east England from their home in Hungary. The arrival […]

Church implements disaster strategy after devastating floods

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of Ceylon has implemented its disaster management plan in response to devastating floods that have displaced around 225,000 people and seriously impacted a further 200,000 people. Heavy rains have resulted in the confirmed deaths of 92 people; and a significant number of injuries. Scores of people remain missing. Almost […]