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The News Centre
Editors: Helen Gordon and Brian Reid
Contributors: Richard Ruggle and Allie Graham

IN THE NEWS CENTRE we report news of global interest that relates to the Anglican Communion. Sometimes we write news articles ourselves. More frequently, we refer you to some article we have found elsewhere in the world. We focus more on news reported about the church than by the church. New articles are also referenced in our Noted This Week section. We depend on you to tell us about news where you live; here's how to contribute. It is unusual for us to mention news items that contain phrases such as 'youth gather', 'bishop calls for', 'releases report on', 're-envisions', or 'synod debate'.

Simon Sarmiento, our UK correspondent, maintains a list of more specific UK-oriented news articles as part of the Thinking Anglicans site. There you can find items we might not normally link at Anglicans Online.

Other News Centre resource pages: Newspapers Online, Official Church Publications, and Online News Sources. And of course, our News Centre Archives. If you are having trouble finding something, don't forget our search engine.

News Stories

1 May 2016: Nisga'a receive Anglican apology for residential schools
The Terrace Standard (British Columbia) reported on an apology by the Primate of Canada to residential school survivors in the Nass Valley for its role in the federal government’s aboriginal residential school program. Church leaders were unaware that the 1993 blanket apology to aboriginal peoples did not include (or was unknown to) many in Nass Valley.

1 May 2016: Christchurch Cathedral's future remains uncertain
Radio New Zealand covered another setback in the rebuilding of Christchurch Cathedral. A working group of both government and Church interests which had been tasked with 'investigaing whether the two parties could work together on meeting the cost and safety requirements of reinstating the cathedral' with a tentative report date of the end of April has not reported any update.

29 April 2016: President Dilma Rousseff retains the support of Brazilian Anglicans
Following the vote in favor of impeachment in the lower house of Brazil's Parliament, the Anglican Communion News Service reports that Brazilian Anglicans stand by President Dilma Rouseff on financial corruption charges. The upper house will vote next month on what the Archbishop claims stems from 'a political alliance between Brazil’s wealthy elite and Christian conservatives in an attempt to stop social advances for the poor'.

27 April 2016: Another downtown neighbourhood - this one driven by churches - looks for revitalisation
The Florida Times-Union described a new outreach of St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida, USA to revitalize its neighbourhood by forming a for-profit corporation aimed at 'creating a community advocacy association and bring together a unified voice for the churches, non-profits, businesses and residents'.


20 April 2016: ACC-16 summaries
The Anglican Communion News Service has posted the list of resolutions adopted at the sixteenth Anglican Consultative Council meeting just concluded in Lusaka, Zambia. The Church Times published a final report by Madeleine Davies on the gathering. Christian Today published a report by Ruth Gledhill on the meeting.

20 April 2016: Religious leaders express support for UN climate agreement
Voice of America reported on the gathering of more than 200 religious leaders from around the world at the United Nations to show support for the COP21 agreement and to urge countries to quickly sign, approve, and enforce the Paris Climate Agreement.

20 April 2016: Remembering the Revd John Beck
Vatican Radio posted a lovely piece on the late Revd John Beck, 'a great musician and Anglican priest who, for the past fifty years, had put his immeasurable talent, and profound faith, at the service of ecumenism and evangelization'.

18 April 2016: ABC in Zimbabwe
The Herald (Harare) reported on a meeting between Archbishop Welby and President Mugabe that was described as pastoral, not political. The Sunday Mail (Harare) reported on remarks the ABC made upon landing in the country where he called the growing number of people preaching the 'prosperity gospel' deceitful. Anglican Communion News Service posted two reports on the visit. One reported on the discussions Welby had with Mugabe and the other on the celebratory Eucharist attended by more than six thousand people from across the country.

12 April 2016: Diocese nixes Thomas the Tank Engine on gravestone, upsets family
Max Gainard was a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine, whose adventures were chronicled by the Revd Wilbert Awdry. When Max died at the age of three, his parents wanted to put a small engraved picture of his hero on his headstone, and their parish priest supported the idea. The Western Times reports that the Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol denied the request, despite another headstone in the churchyard being engraved with a teddy bear. It noted that Thomas the Tank Engine is depicted in a stained glass window in Rodborough church, where Mr Awdry lived.


17 April 2016: Anglican Consultative Council
The 16th Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-16) is well underway in Zambia. By far the best coverage of ACC-16 is in Thinking Anglicans. We refer you to that, but single out this statement from the Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, which was published in response to criticisms from groups that hoped that the USA and Canada would be forbidden to attend.

13 April 2016: Diocese in Church of England will revert to its official name
When several English dioceses were merged in 2014 to produce the Diocese of Leeds, there was much popular sentiment supporting use of the nickname 'West Yorkshire and the Dales'. Two years on, the diocese has decided to use only the official name 'Diocese of Leeds', and the Bishop of Leeds has issued this statement about the decision.

12 April 2016: New Bishop of Oxford
The Prime Minister's office of the UK (known widely as '10 Downing Street') has announced 'The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Steven John Lindsey Croft, MA, PhD, Lord Bishop of Sheffield, in the Diocese of Sheffield for election as Bishop of Oxford....' The See of Oxford has been vacant for 18 months.

10 April 2016: Archbishop of Adelaide announces retirement
The Advertiser (Adelaide) reports the announcement by Jeffrey Driver, Archbishop of Adelaide, that he will retire this year. He wrote this letter to the members of his diocese.


9 April 2016: All things ACC
The Anglican Communion News Service has devoted a section of their site to reporting on the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting now underway in Lusaka, Zambia.

8 April 2016: Welby's 'personal story of courage better than a thousand sermons'
The Telegraph (UK) reported the Archbishop of Canterbury is the illegitimate son of Sir Winston Churchill's last private secretary after Welby took a DNA test to prove his paternity. The paper also published an opinion piece in the same issue with the title, 'Justin Welby's personal story of courage is better than a thousand sermons'. ACNS summarized the story and subsequent support for the ABC here. In The Church Times report, Welby describes the revelation about the identity of his true father as a story of redemption and hope.

4 April 2016: Presiding Bishop updates staff on investigation
Episcopal News Service (ENS) published the Church's press release which provides an update on the progress and findings of an independent investigation into formal complaints and allegations of potential violations of personnel policies of the DFMS (Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society). The Religion News Service report is here.


2 April 2016: The ring that Rome gave to Canterbury
Christopher Howse writes in The Telegraph about the 1966 gift of a ring to Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey by Pope Paul VI.

1 April 2016: Aleppo congregation celebrates Easter
The Syrian city of Aleppo is one of the most dangerous places in the world. The Church Times paid a visit recently and describes Aleppo's Easter celebration.

1 April 2016: Three African Primates announce boycott of ACC meeting
The Church Times reports the announcement by the Primates of Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda that they will not be represented at the forthcoming meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Lusaka, which begins next Friday.

28 March 2016: Hong Kong’s Primate rejects calls to give up Christian seats on body electing city’s chief executive
The South China Morning Post reports on the refusal by Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island, to relinquish the 10 seats held by Christians on the Election Committee that will elect the next Prime Minister there.


PRIOR TO 20 March 2016: Older news stories are headlined in our Archive Pages.

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