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 […]

Canada: Indigenous bishops criticize same-sex marriage vote

[Anglican Journal] In the wake of July’s vote on same-sex marriages at General Synod, Indigenous Anglicans intend to “proceed towards self-determination with urgency,” the Anglican Church of Canada’s three Indigenous bishops say. General Synod voted this summer provisionally to approve changes to the marriage canon, which would allow same-sex marriages. The proposed changes must pass […]

Seafarers mission comes to aid of Hanjin crew members

[Anglican Communion News Service] The global Anglican agency Mission to Seafarers has come to the aid of stranded crew members working for Hanjin Shipping. The South Korean company operates one of the world’s largest shipping lines, but filed for receivership in August. As a result, some 97 of its container ships with 2,500 seafarers on […]

England: Bishops begin journey towards Eco Diocese status

[Anglican Communion News Service] The U.K.-based Christian environmental charity A Rocha is expanding its already-successful Eco Church award scheme and is now looking to recognize Eco Dioceses. Ruth Valerio, A Rocha’s director of churches and theology, outlined the scheme last week at a breakfast seminar attended by Christian conservationists and more than 50 Anglican bishops. […]

Canada: Diocese of Toronto elects first openly gay bishop

[Anglican Journal] A gay man living with a male partner is among three priests who were elected suffragan bishops in the Diocese of Toronto last weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 17, members of an electoral synod elected the Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw, the Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson and the Rev. Canon Jenny Andison as suffragan, or assistant, bishops. […]

Church of England names sexuality reflection group members

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England has confirmed the membership of its new Bishops’ Reflection Group which has been established to help the church’s bishops as they continue to reflect on issues relating to human sexuality. The group was established by the archbishops of Canterbury and York following discussions at last week’s meeting […]

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 […]