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13 April 2019: ABC insists barring gay bishops' spouses was necessary
The Episcopal Café (US) reports on an interview by The Times (London) with the Archbishop of Canterbury about his decision to exclude the spouses of gay bishops from the 2020 Lambeth Conference. The story itself is behind a paywall, but Christian Today has a summary of the interview that is available without paying. The Anglican Communion News Service reports that more than 500 bishops have already registered for the conference.

12 April 2019: US parish church pays off medical debt for 3,617 families
During its centennial, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Springfield, USA made some important property repairs, and then committed that any remaining money raised would be used outside its walls. The  Journal Gazette-Times Courier (Mattoon, Illinois) reports that the church then purchased $4 million in local medical debt in order to forgive it. Letters were sent to 3,617 financially strapped families informing them that their debt had been paid, and credit agencies were notified, so their credit ratings could improve. The church achieved this at a cost of $15,000, and calculate that was a 26,000 percent return on their investment.

9 April 2019: ABC launches Housing Commission for UK
The Church of England has announced the creation, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, of a Commission on Housing, Church, and Community, to address the housing crisis in that country. Academics, housing experts and theologians will meet over an 18-month period to explore how the C of E can build on its own work in housing and contribute to the UK national debate on policy

9 April 2019: Pope approves updates to Anglican Ordinariate
The Vatican News reports that Pope Francis has approved the updates to Anglicanorum coetibus that were drafted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

9 April 2019: ACNS editor to become Director of Communications for Anglican Communion itself
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that its editor, Gavin Drake, will be the next director of communications for the Anglican Communion. We at Anglicans Online have followed Mr Drake's writing for years, and wish him congratulations on his new position.


6 April 2019: New bishops for Ecuador Litoral and Europe
ENS reports that Cristóbal León Lozano has been consecrated the bishop of Ecuador Litoral by the Most Revd Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church (USA). Mark Edington was also consecrated bishop for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe by the same. The convocation's website lists the order of service and events.

6 April 2019: New bishop consecrated for Canberra/Goulburn
The Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of New South Wales, the Most Revd Dr Glenn Davies, has consecrated Mark Short as the bishop of Canberra/Goulburn, according to the Goulburn Post. The service featured a notable first: an Aboriginal leader, the Revd Neville Naden, the indigenous ministry officer for the Bush Church Aid Society, gave the sermon.

5 April 2019: First female Canon in Diocese of Egypt to be installed in All Saints Cathedral, Cairo
The bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, the Rt Revd Mouneer Anis, will license Mrs Alexandra Wakid as the first female canon in the diocese this coming Friday, 12 April, according to ACNS. She is being honored as a lay canon for her many years of work, including her most recent appointment for the past ten years to the as the bishop's consult for international relations.

5 April 2019: Cancel nuclear deterrent service, Abbey urged
The Church Times reports on protests against a service at Westminster Abbey to be held in thanksgiving for fifty years of nuclear deterrance by the United Kingdom's submarine service. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, along with twenty Anglican clergy, have issued a statement stating that the service sends a 'wrong message'. They also note, per their own statement, that the General Synod has passed a 2018 motion calling for the elimination of these weapons.

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