Archbishops call on Christians to repent of differences

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called on Christians to repent of the divisions between churches. In a joint statement issued to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the two primates of the Church of England, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, reflect on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. […]

Anglicans, Lutherans, Buddhists forge links at Myanmar gathering

[Anglican Communion News Service] Representatives from more than six Asian countries have gathered in Myanmar to try to develop stronger ties between Anglicans, Lutherans and Buddhists. The consultation has brought people together from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, India and Sri Lanka. One of the key short-term aims is to work towards a publication which could serve […]

New moderator chosen for Church of South India

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Madhya Kerala, Thomas Oommen, has been chosen to be the new moderator of the Church of South India. He was elected by an overwhelming majority at the CSI Synod meeting at Kottayam in the state of Kerala. Thomas had been the deputy moderator. He succeeds Bishop Govada Dyvasiryvadam […]

Scottish Episcopal Church ‘distressed’ at Quran offense, says primus

[Anglican Communion News Service] The head of the Scottish Episcopal Church says the Church is “deeply distressed” at the offense caused by the reading of a passage from the Quran in a Glasgow cathedral. The primus, the Most Rev. David Chillingworth, also condemned a subsequent wave of abuse received by St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Police have […]

Church in India responds to devastating cyclone Vardah

[Anglican Communion News Service] Church leaders from the Diocese of Madras in India distributed food parcels and other aid to some of the thousands of people displaced by Cyclone Vardah. The cyclone hit Chennai on Dec. 12, 2016, killing 10 people. It was the strongest storm in the region for two decades. Trees were uprooted, cattle […]

God provides refuge in face of persecution, Nigerian Archbishop says

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Jos in the Anglican Church of Nigeria has spoken about how Christians are finding refuge in God “in the face of turbulence, persecution and wickedness” in the north of the country. Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi made the comments at the opening service at the annual retreat of Anglican bishops in […]

New Zealand: Archbishop Brown Turei dies at 92

[Anglican Taonga] Archbishop Brown Turei, one of the leaders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, died peacefully in Gisborne Hospital on Jan. 9 surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 92. Turei, who had ties to the Ngati Porou and Te Whanau-a-Apanui Maori tribes, had signaled his intention to retire from […]

Canterbury backs Southern Africa primate in church v state row

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has declared his support for Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba in a dispute with the South African president. In his Christmas sermon, Makgoba had rejected a call from President Jacob Zuma for the church to stay out of politics. In a statement, Zuma later said that […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Christmas Letter

Thursday 22nd December 2016 Read the Archbishop’s Christmas letter to churches around the world Christmas 2016, Lambeth Palace, London Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Word made flesh who by the action of God and the obedience of His blessed Mother, the God bearer, came to dwell among us, Emmanuel. In November, I visited […]

Security services foil Christmas Day Melbourne cathedral terror plot

[Anglican Communion News Service] Police and security services in Australia say that they have foiled a Christmas Day terror attack that had been planned against Melbourne’s Anglican Cathedral. In a joint operation involving more than 400 heavily armed officers, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Federal Police and Victorian State Police arrested six men […]