Anglican Church of Southern Africa rejects blessing of same-sex civil unions

[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa voted Sept. 30 to reject a proposal to allow “prayers of blessing” to be offered for people in same-sex civil unions under South African law. The vote was taken by the church’s Provincial Synod, its top legislative body, on a proposal by the Diocese of […]

Orthodox-Anglican dialogue explores “complex ethical concerns”

[Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the official Anglican-Orthodox dialogue have met this week to discuss a range of bioethical and moral issues. The discussion was “a practical follow-up” to their agreed statement In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology, which was published last year after their talks in Buffalo, New York. […]

Archbishop Welby, Pope Francis to celebrate Anglican-Roman Catholic relationship

[Anglican Communion News Service] The historic first public meeting between a pope and an archbishop of Canterbury since the Reformation took place 50 years ago in Rome. It was a milestone in ecumenical relations when Archbishop Michael Ramsey paid an official visit to Pope Paul VI in 1966. The visit sent shockwaves around the world […]

Southern African Anglicans seek fossil fuel-free investment portfolios

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) has agreed in principle to divest from fossil fuels. But they face a problem with putting this into practice because there are currently no fossil fuel-free portfolios available in South Africa’s financial markets. The motion approved by the synod empowers […]

Anglican resources to strengthen the Bible in the life of the Church

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new collection of resources to strengthen and support the use of the Bible in the life of the Church has been published by the Anglican Communion. Described as a tool-kit, the Deeper Engagement collection of educational resources has been prepared by the Communion’s Bible in the Life of the Church […]

Prayer urged to keep Anglican church in Libya ‘alive and more vibrant’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Archbishop Mouneer Anis, has said that the Anglican church in Tripoli is struggling to survive. In a message on the website of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, the Archbishop explained that the Church of Christ the […]

Mass baptisms mark 70th anniversary of Church of South India

[Anglican Communion News Service] More than 700 new believers were baptised at a celebratory service held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Church of South India. The moderators of the Church of South India (CSI) and the Church of North India (CNI) were both present at the service in St George’s Cathedral, Chennai, as […]

Canadian women begin monastic journey as ‘Companions on the Way’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Five young women are beginning a year-long monastic journey as part of a new Companions on the Way program. They were commissioned earlier this month by Huron Coadjutor Bishop Linda Nicholls, and will spend the next 12 months living alongside members of the Sisterhood of St John the Divine at their convent […]

Archbishops welcome Northern Ireland parades agreement

[Anglican Communion News Service] The archbishops of Armagh and Canterbury have issued a joint statement welcoming the negotiated end of a three-year stand-off between a protestant group and Roman Catholic residents. The loyalist Protestant Orange Order is organized into local lodges; and, by tradition, they have an annual march from their lodge hall to a […]

Southern Africa: Archbishop calls for calm after violent university protests

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has appealed for calm after violent protests gripped universities across South Africa. After a major series of protests last year, students are once again protesting against course fees. The latest discord came after education minister Blade Nzimande said that tuition fees will rise by eight per […]