Nigerian primate’s ‘delight’ at release of Chibok girls

[Anglican Communion News Service] The release of 21 schoolgirls who had been held by Islamist terror group Boko Haram has been met with “delight, relief and optimism” by the Anglican Church of Nigeria. The 21 were among 276 students kidnapped from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014. A spokesman for Nigerian President […]

West African Anglicans plan five-year post-Ebola mission strategy

[Anglican Communion News Service] It is 10 months since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the two-year Ebola outbreak in west Africa was at an end; but the aftermath of the health crisis will take many years to resolve. The effects of the Ebola crisis are wide ranging; and include damage to infrastructure, barren […]

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 […]

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 […]

Re-hospitalised Archbishop Desmond Tutu thanks well-wishers

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has turned to social media to thank well-wishers after he was once-again hospitalized. Tutu was discharged from hospital on Sept. 14 after a three-week stay, which included surgery to treat a series of recurring infections. On Sept. 17 he was re-admitted as a precaution after signs of […]

Archbishop of Central Africa writes to Ban Ki-moon on refugees

[Lambeth Palace press release] Anglican Archbishop of Central Africa, the Most Rev. Albert Chama, has written to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the Global Summit Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, being held this week at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Writing on the request of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Chama – […]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu discharged from hospital

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has been discharged from hospital after undergoing what has been described as “a minor surgical procedure.” Tutu was admitted to hospital three weeks ago for treatment for a recurring infection. Last week, he underwent surgery “to address the cause of the infection,” the family said […]

Archbishop comes to defence of South Africa’s finance minister

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has published an open letter affirming his support for South Africa’s embattled finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister is being investigated by police to see if he used the tax system to spy on politicians, including the country’s president, Jacob Zuma. Zuma was heavily criticized earlier […]

Large crowds witness installation of new archbishop of Congo

[Anglican Communion News Service] The president and prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed a list of dignitaries at the installation of the new archbishop of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo – the Anglican Church in the Congo – on Sept. 11. Archbishop Masimango Katanda, the former bishop of Kindu, was […]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu undergoes surgery

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu is recovering in hospital “in good spirits” after surgery on Sept. 7. Tutu has battled recurring infections since mid-2015 and was admitted two weeks ago for treatment to control the infection. Full article.