Child abuse inquiry recommends an end to seal of the confessional

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – the official independent inquiry in Australia, has recommended that the failure to report child sexual abuse in institutions should be made a criminal offence. And it said that there should be “no exemption, excuse, protection or privilege from the offence […]

Anglican shelter for child victims of human trafficking to open in 2018 in Ghana

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new Anglican-run community shelter to provide a home for trafficked children is on course to open next year in Accra, Ghana. Bishop of Accra Daniel Mensah Torto told journalists this week that the Hope Community would resettle and educate trafficked children who had been rescued. The refuge, funded by the Diocese […]

WCC deputy chief speaks on ‘tragic reality’ of violence against children at Geneva event

[Anglican Communion News Service] The World Council of Churches deputy General Secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri has told a Geneva-based event that churches and organizations working together can prevent and address “tragic reality” of violence against children. As part of a World Vision campaign called “It takes a World to End Violence against Children” speakers included children […]

Episcopal partners celebrate 5-year program achievements for healthy children in Zambia

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development and Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Programs (ZACOP) celebrated the five-year achievements of their flagship integrated Early Childhood Development program at a forum in Lusaka on May 24. More than 70 attendees participated in the forum, including The Most Rev. Albert Chama, archbishop and primate of […]

New Diocese of Texas curriculum empowers kindergarten to 7th graders

Training meant to help youth stay safe

[Diocese of Texas press release] New programs to help children and youth keep themselves safe have recently been released, the Rev. Canon Carol Petty, canon for wellness & pastoral care/safe church minister for the Diocese of Texas has announced.A new curriculum for K-4 A new curriculum for K-4th grade and 5th -7th grade, “I KNOW! […]

Archbishop of Canterbury shocked at government’s plan to block child migrants from entry

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is shocked and saddened over a government decision to end a plan to let unaccompanied migrant children into the United Kingdom. Welby said the U.K. had a “great history of welcoming those in need” and hoped the government would reconsider its decision. Full article.

Bishops say Church has failed children, women, and indigenous peoples

[Anglican Communion News Service] A group of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops have acknowledged both churches’ failure to protect children, women and indigenous peoples. In a statement issued by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) on Nov. 25 following the group’s historic meeting in Canterbury and Rome last month, the […]

US-Ghana partnership to tackle child slavery

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Diocese of Accra, in the Province of West Africa, has won the backing of the US government for its ambitious programme to tackle modern-day slavery and child trafficking. The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, was in Accra last week for the launch of a five-year project that will […]

San Antonio church engages neighborhood children in pen-pal program

[Diocese of West Texas] On All Saints’ Day, Regina Walker, a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas, opened the thin spiral notebook from her fourth-grade pen pal at nearby S.H. Gates Elementary School and discovered that the light-hearted exchange of letters had taken an unexpectedly somber turn. The letter from her […]

Drones map Welsh burial grounds with schoolchildren’s help

[Anglican Communion News Service] A diocese of the Church in Wales is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, in a pilot project to map centuries-old churchyards. For hundreds of years, burial records have been confined to written registers, books, and hand drawn maps and plans. But cutting-edge technology is helping to […]