South India alcohol ban could include Communion wine

[Anglican Communion News Service] Churches in India’s southern Kerala state have given a mixed response to government proposals for a total prohibition of alcohol within 10 years. While Christian leaders have welcomed the ban, which will be gradually phased in over the next decade, some are concerned at calls for Communion wine to be included. […]

‘Self-sustainability, unity are church priorities’: Central Africa primate

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Most Rev. Albert Chama, primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA), has emphasized that self-sustainability and unity remain top priorities for the church. “As a transnational province, we’re encouraging investments in the various countries to make sure that the national churches and subsequently the province is […]

Local churches empower communities to stop Ebola spread

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] In Liberia and Sierra Leone, Episcopal Relief & Development’s local Church partners are leveraging their widespread presence and trusted reputation to alleviate suffering and contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,427 people in West Africa since March 2014. Partners in both countries are mobilizing local volunteers to promote […]

Juan David Alvarado elected bishop of El Salvador

  [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Juan David Alvarado was elected bishop of the Anglican-Episcopal Church in El Salvador on Aug. 23 at St. John the Evangelist Church in San Salvador. His consecration/installation is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2015. Alvarado, 52, will succeed the Rt. Rev. Martín Barahona who is retiring. Elected in 1992, Barahona […]

Congo Anglicans re-elect Henri Isingoma as Primate

[Anglican Communion News Service] Congo Anglicans have re-elected the Most Revd Henri Isingoma as Primate of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo, giving him the mandate to lead the church there for another five years. In an exclusive interview with ACNS today, Archbishop Isingoma said the re-election gives him an opportunity to continue with the […]

Supporting Liberian church’s Ebola response

Food, supplies and prevention awareness

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Church of Liberia are mobilizing an awareness-raising campaign about Ebola prevention and treatment through church leaders and local volunteers in five counties.  The Church is also providing food supplies for health workers and quarantined patients through emergency response centers such as Phebe Hospital in […]

Episcopal Relief & Development reaffirms support for Gaza hospital

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development reaffirms its support for Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, as it responds to critical humanitarian needs during the current conflict. The organization’s support has enabled Al-Ahli Hospital to procure fuel to run its generators, which are crucial during […]

2 Episcopal priests among El Salvador bishop nominees

[Episcopal News Service] The Anglican-Episcopal Church of El Salvador recently named five priests, including two in the Episcopal Church, as candidates to be its next bishop. The five nominees are: The Rev. Ricardo Bernal, Diocese of El Salvador; The Rev. Juan David Alvarado, Diocese of El Salvador; The Rev. Juan Antonio Méndez, Diocese of El […]

West Africa archbishop urges Anglicans to pray for Ebola crisis

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo, primate and metropolitan of the Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA) and bishop of Kumasi in Ghana, has called on Christians around the world to dedicate one Sunday as a day of prayer for the deadly Ebola disease that has struck the west African […]

Renewed support for relief efforts in Syria

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches’ (FMEEC) relief efforts in Syria. FMEEC aims to reach 500 families in towns west of Homs – the epicenter of Syria’s civil war – including Mashta el Helu, Kafroun, Wadi Nasara, and Tartous. […]