Cuba: New church building consecrated after 84 years as mission outpost

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new church building has been consecrated for an Anglican worshiping community in Cuba, some 84 years after it was founded as a mission outpost. The Rev. Vicente Tuzzio founded the community at Bermejas, near the Bay of Pigs, in 1932. A year later some 48 people were confirmed by Bishop […]

Australia: Churches offer sanctuary after High Court refugee setback

[Anglican Communion News Service] Churches in Australia are offering to test the common law principle of sanctuary after the country’s High Court ruled that it was lawful for the government to return some 270 asylum seekers – including almost 40 children – to off-shore detention camps on the island nation of Nauru and on Papua […]

Anglican voices at UN Commission on the Status of Women

[Anglican Communion News Service] When the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women convenes in New York next month to explore women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development it will benefit from the experience and knowledge of some 22 Anglican women from 18 provinces. The 60th meeting of the U.N. Commission on the […]

South India moderator demands end to caste discrimination

[Anglican Communion News Service] The moderator of the Church of South India, the Most Rev. Govada Dyvasirvadam, has spoken out against continuing caste-based discrimination in schools and higher education institutions after meeting the mother of Rohith Vemula, a research student at Hyderabad Central University, who killed himself following “heinous” discrimination. Vemula’s death, on Jan. 17, […]

Anglicans urge prayers for Ethiopian tribal conflict

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans in Ethiopia are asking for prayers following an increase in tribal tensions between the Nuer and Anyuak ethnic groups. Local Anglicans have acted as human shields by escorting students from one tribe through the territory of the other, with the support of the security services. A statement from the Diocese […]

Seafarers’ ministry goes digital

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers has teamed up with the North American Maritime Ministry Association to launch a new international digital center for Seafarers’ Ministry. The MARE project (pronounced mar-a) will bring together a number of seafarers’ ministry organizations to deliver support, information and professional development using social media. […]

Pope Francis apologizes for treatment of non-Catholic Christians

[Anglican Communion News Service] Pope Francis has apologized for behavior towards Christians from non-Roman Catholic churches that “has not reflected Gospel values.” The Pope made his comments during a Vespers service in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome last night attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, […]

Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman takes seat in House of Lords

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman on Jan. 26 become the second female bishop in the Church of England to take her seat in the U.K.’s House of Lords – the upper house of the U.K. Parliament. The ceremony took place the day after her neighboring bishop secured a Lords’ victory over […]

Archbishop Justin Welby reflects on Primates Meeting

[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury has written a reflection on the meeting of Anglican Primates in Canterbury last week. Last week the Primates of the Anglican Communion gathered in Canterbury for a week of prayer and discussion. You might well have been following the events in the media. I want to share some thoughts […]

Welby apologizes for persecution on the grounds of sexuality

Anglican Primates Meeting concludes with commitment to walk together

[Episcopal News Service – Canterbury, England] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized Jan. 15 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the hurt and pain they have experienced by the Anglican Communion over the years. Speaking at a press conference following a five-day meeting of Anglican primates in Canterbury, Welby referred to a group […]