Reconciliation at heart of Pakistani Christian response to persecution

Episcopalians stand in solidarity, explore partnerships

[Episcopal News Service] The Easter Day suicide bombing at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed at least 72 Christians and Muslims and injured more than 300, sent shockwaves throughout the region. But the March 27 attack did not deter Episcopalian Caroline Carson from leaving the Diocese of Louisiana for Pakistan the following day on […]

Debate continues on confirmation in New Zealand

[Anglican Communion News Service] The traditional Anglican initiation rite of confirmation has “lost its pivotal role” for many Anglican churches in New Zealand, a report to this month’s General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia said. But proposals to replace it with a new rite of The Laying on of […]

Primate of Uganda warns against syncretism

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Uganda Stanley Ntagali, has warned against syncretism – the practice of merging different religious beliefs. The warning came after a prominent Christian politician made a public visit to her ancestral shrine to give thanks for her re-election – a practice in line with the country’s traditional religions. “We value […]

Bishop concerned by rising political violence in Zambia

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Eastern Zambia William Mchombo, has expressed his “great concern” about the rise in political violence ahead of the country’s tripartite general election which is due to take place on 11 August. Britain and the U.S. have warned their citizens to be careful of political violence when visiting the country, […]

Becket’s bones return to Canterbury Cathedral

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bones of Thomas Becket, the 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered at the behest of King Henry II, are to return to the cathedral where he was killed and buried at the conclusion of a pilgrimage tour through south east England from their home in Hungary. The arrival […]

Jackson Ole Sapit elected as next archbishop of Kenya

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Kericho Jackson Ole Sapit has been elected to serve as the sixth archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya and bishop of the Diocese of All Saints’ Cathedral. The 52-year-old bishop was baptized in 1977 and confirmed eight years later. His first church role was as evangelist and […]

Scottish Episcopal Church to debate changes to marriage canon

[Anglican Communion News Service] A proposal to amend the marriage canon to permit same-sex weddings in churches will be considered by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church next month. The proposed changes, which were requested by the Synod in 2015, remove the current definition of marriage in the first clause of the canon […]

Australia: Anglicans offer prayer-space for arson-hit Muslims

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Melbourne has stepped in to offer prayer space to Muslims from Geelong, Victoria, whose mosque was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in the early hours of the morning May 18. The blaze, in a former church building, is the fifth suspicious fire to hit places of worship in […]

Japanese Anglicans open support center following earthquakes

[Anglican Alliance] The Anglican Church in Japan is drawing on its experience of the 2011 tsunami to respond to the powerful earthquakes that struck the island nation last month. Twin earthquakes of 6.5- and 7.3-magnitude on April 14 and 16 caused extensive damage in Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu, the southern island of Japan, killing more […]

Church of England investment arm trebles capital in two decades

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England’s investment arm, the Church Commissioners, has almost trebled the value of its investment fund over a 20-year period, it announced this week. The value of the Commissioners’ investment fund has grown from £2.4 billion at the start of 1995, to £7 billion at the end of 2015; […]