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This page last updated 11 March 2018
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The News Centre
Editor: 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.

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News Stories

9 March 2018: US Episcopal Women's Caucus to dissolve itself
The Episcopal Café (USA) reports that the Episcopal Women's Caucus, confident that it has achieved the goals for which it was created, will dissolve itself 'so that justice for women – lay and ordained – can continue to be pursued in the Church in new ways with new goals.'

9 March 2018: Calcutta priest named area bishop in Diocese of Bradford
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that the newly-selected area bishop for Bradwell in the Diocese of Bradford was formerly a priest in the Diocese of Calcutta, part of the Church of North India.

9 March 2018: Australian church stays alive by unaffiliating with Anglican Church
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that St Aidan in Black Springs, closed and sold by the Diocese of Bathurst, has been privately purchased and has reopened as an independent village church having roughly the same congregation. The Diocese of Bathurst sold 12 small parish churches to raise funds for victims of child abuse.

8 March 2018: Saudi crown prince visits Lambeth Palace
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the recent meeting at Lambeth Palace between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Saudi Crown Prince. A major topic was said to be religious freedom for Christians in Saudi.

7 March 2018: New primate elected for Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia
The Province of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has three primates, one for each of the Tikangas (cultural and geographic sections) making up that province. The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that Don Tamihere, currently Bishop of Tairawhiti, will become the leader of the Maori Anglican Church.

7 March 2018: Former Chichester bishop apologizes to IICSA hearing
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is in full swing in England and Wales. The Church Times reports that former Bishop of Chichester John Hind has apologised for not giving the diocesan safeguarding officers full access to the files containing safeguarding concerns about individual clerics in the diocese.


2 March 2018: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Thinking Anglicans (UK) reports on the upcoming Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which will start three weeks of hearings into the Church of England and the Church In Wales. The Church Times reports that the C of E's National Safeguarding Team has said the IICSA hearings are likely to prompt more disclosures of abuse.

1 March 2018: Facebook to target people with adverts based on their religion
The Telegraph (London) reports on Facebook's plans to allow advertisers to target users based on their religious (or political) views.

28 February 2018: Diocese of Pittsburgh reaches settlement with breakaway parishes
The Diocese of Pittsburgh reports it has reached a settlement with nine parishes that broke away and joined ACNA a decade ago. The bishop sent this letter to members of the diocese. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published this upbeat editorial, and the Anglican Communion News Service filed this report. In a partially related story, John Chilton comments in the Episcopal Café on turmoil within said ACNA over the consecration of a female bishop by one of its members.


23 February 2018: New book by ABC Justin Welby
The Telegraph (London) reports on the upcoming book Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby, who is the Archbishop of Canterbury. As the title might imply, the book is about what he thinks Britain will be like after Brexit.

23 February 2018: Roman Catholic weddings could take place in Church of England buildings
Christian Today (London) reports on a bill in Parliament that would allow other denominations to hold their own wedding services in CofE churches, meaning Roman Catholic vows could be heard in C of E parish buildings for the first time since the Reformation.

22 February 2018: Bishop of Egypt receives ABC's award for peace and reconciliation
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the awarding of the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Inter Faith co-operation to the Rt Revd Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt. The award was presented by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Josiah Idowu-Fearon.

21 February 2018: US church to celebrate with blessing of assault rifles
The Herald (Auckland) reports on a church in Pennsylvania, USA that is encouraging couples to bring their AR-15 assault rifles with them to a commitment ceremony next month. That newspaper reports this church to be an 'offshoot of the Unification Church'. Update 28 February: the BBC reported on the ceremony, with astounding photographs

20 February 2018: Church of Nigeria defends election of Bishop of Lagos
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the provincial secretary of the Church of Nigeria has hit back at accusations of corruption in the selection of the next Bishop of Lagos.

19 February 2018: Conservative Anglican groups in England to merge
Christian Today (London) reports that three of the most prominent conservative groups in the UK are merging, in what will be a major change to the conservative opposition-group situation in Britain.


17 February 2018: Spreading the Word (and everything else) at 5.56 gigahertz
The Guardian (London) reports an ambitious plan to increase internet connectivity in under-served areas of Britain by leveraging the location and height of ancient village churches and their steeples.

17 February 2018: Allegations of bribing bishops in Nigeria
The Sundiata Post (Abuja) reports that the selection of the new Bishop of Lagos has come under fierce criticism because of allegations of significant corruption and bribery of synod members during the election. Given that Nigeria is usually found near the top of lists of 'most corrupt countries', we are assuming that something referred to as 'significant corruption' in Nigeria must be corrupt indeed.

16 February 2018: ACNA defends Gafcon decision not to reveal existence of female bishop
The Episcopal Café (USA) reports on the ACNA's defence of Gafcon's decision to conceal the existence of a female bishop in South Sudan.

16 February 2018: New primate for Tanzania
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the election of the Rt Revd Maimbo Mndolwa, Bishop of Tanga, as the next Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.

15 February 2018: Western Australia bishop refuses to accept authority of female archbishop
The West Australian (Perth) reports that the bishop of North West Australia in the Province of Western Australia has announced that the Most Revd Kay Goldsworthy, new Archbishop of Perth, would not be accepted or recognised as a bishop were she to visit his episcopal area. ABC News reported that when Kay Goldsworthy was installed as Archbishop of Perth, she became the first female archbishop in the Anglican communion. She is used to being a pioneer, and was the first woman in Australia to be ordained deacon (1986, the service was interrupted by a bomb scare), priest (1992) and bishop (2008).

14 February 2018: US Supreme Court asked to review South Carolina property decision
The US Episcopal News Service reports leaders of a group that broke away from the US Episcopal Church in South Carolina have asked the United States Supreme Court to review a state court ruling that property, assets and most parishes must remain with the Episcopal Church.

For news older than 14 February, please refer to our News Archives.

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