Cuba: New church building consecrated after 84 years as mission outpost

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new church building has been consecrated for an Anglican worshiping community in Cuba, some 84 years after it was founded as a mission outpost. The Rev. Vicente Tuzzio founded the community at Bermejas, near the Bay of Pigs, in 1932. A year later some 48 people were confirmed by Bishop […]

Australia: Churches offer sanctuary after High Court refugee setback

[Anglican Communion News Service] Churches in Australia are offering to test the common law principle of sanctuary after the country’s High Court ruled that it was lawful for the government to return some 270 asylum seekers – including almost 40 children – to off-shore detention camps on the island nation of Nauru and on Papua […]

Anglican voices at UN Commission on the Status of Women

[Anglican Communion News Service] When the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women convenes in New York next month to explore women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development it will benefit from the experience and knowledge of some 22 Anglican women from 18 provinces. The 60th meeting of the U.N. Commission on the […]

South India moderator demands end to caste discrimination

[Anglican Communion News Service] The moderator of the Church of South India, the Most Rev. Govada Dyvasirvadam, has spoken out against continuing caste-based discrimination in schools and higher education institutions after meeting the mother of Rohith Vemula, a research student at Hyderabad Central University, who killed himself following “heinous” discrimination. Vemula’s death, on Jan. 17, […]

Anglicans urge prayers for Ethiopian tribal conflict

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans in Ethiopia are asking for prayers following an increase in tribal tensions between the Nuer and Anyuak ethnic groups. Local Anglicans have acted as human shields by escorting students from one tribe through the territory of the other, with the support of the security services. A statement from the Diocese […]

‘Action’ call as 26 refugees drown off Greece

[Anglican Communion News Service] Ten children are amongst 26 Kurdish refugees from Iraq who have been confirmed to have drowned off the coast of Samos Island in Greece yesterday, the Anglican mission agency United Society (formerly USPG) say. The 26 dead – including five boys and five girls – are amongst more than 200 who have […]

England-Scotland ecumenical agreement published

[Anglican Communion News Service] A proposed ecumenical agreement between the Church of England and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland is not about “novel doctrinal statements or additional institutional structures, but about growing in communion and partnership in mission, so that people may be drawn to the good news of peace, the gospel of Jesus Christ,” […]

South Sudan bishops appeal for support as new areas hit by conflict

[Anglican Alliance] Bishops from Equatoria, South Sudan, have given harrowing accounts of how recent conflict is affecting local communities and urged the Anglican Alliance and Anglican partners to advocate for relief assistance. Recently the armed conflict that has severely affected the population of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states for two years has spread to Greater […]

New Zealand churches oppose physician-assisted suicide

[Anglican Communion News Service] The ecumenical body which advises church members of the “spiritual, ethical and cultural issues connected to biotechnology and related issues” in New Zealand has responded to a government consultation by stressing its opposition to the introduction of “physician-assisted suicide.” In making its submission, the InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC), an ecumenical, cross-cultural body […]

Church of England launches primary school savings club

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England has launched a savings scheme aimed at helping primary school children to learn about saving while building up a small nest-egg. The LifeSavers programme has been piloted in schools across south-east London, Nottinghamshire and Bradford and is now being rolled out across the country. The LifeSavers scheme […]