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This page last updated 21 April 2019
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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

21 April 2019: Easter messages
Thinking Anglicans has, as usual, gathered Easter messages from around the Anglican Communion. We find this message from Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, particularly welcome. The Anglican Communion News Service has also gathered some Easter messages.

21 April 2019: Church bombings and burnings
The coordinated bombings of three Roman Catholic churches in Sri Lanka made international headlines. The burning of a small old wooden church last week in Roseneath, Ontario did not.

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.


28 March 2019: Bishop in Europe: press the pause button on Brexit
The Church Times (London) reports on the recent statement from the Bishop in Europe, Dr Robert Innes, that he supports calls to revoke Article 50 and delay Brexit, so that a 'national consensus' can be built.

28 March 2019: Anglican Church of Canada announces five candidates for Primate
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada has nominated five of its number for election of a new Primate and Archbishop. The current Primate of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, will retire on 16 July.

28 March 2019: Draft agenda for upcoming ACC meeting announced
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the seventeenth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council begins 28 April in Hong Kong. The ACC, one of four Instruments of the Anglican Communion, includes Archbishops, bishops, priests, and laity from the 40 autonomous churches of the Anglican Communion. The draft agenda for the meeting has just been published. ACC members will be asked to approve the agenda as their first item of business. The Church Times notes that the agenda includes a consultation on the Church of England's sexuality review.

27 March 2019: Diocese of Vermont announces slate of candidates for bishop
The Diocese of Vermont has announced the names of the finalists to be its next bishop. The election will be held on 18 May.

25 March 2019: University of Kent to raise concerns with ABC over Conference ban on gay spouses
The Episcopal Café (USA) reports that the University of Kent, on whose campus the upcoming Lambeth Conference will be held, intends to raise its community concerns about the conference's intent to discriminate with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Independent (London) has a good interpretation of the University's statement of intent.


24 March 2019: Bishop Martín Barahona of El Salvador is dead
The Right Reverend Martín Barahona, bishop of El Salvador, died yesterday afternoon. El Mundo reports in Spanish. also reported in Spanish, but Google Translate produced this credible English version. Bishop Barahona was one of the founders of Cristosal, the renowned human-rights organisation.

22 March 2019: UKC students outraged at university's willingness to host Lambeth Conference
In the wake of the ABC's decision not to invite same-sex spouses to the 2020 Lambeth Conference, outraged students at the University of Kent at Canterbury are protesting the university's willingness to host the event. Kent Online reports.

21 March 2019: UK uses violent Bible verses to deny Asylum to Iranian
Christianity Today (Illinois, USA) reports the British government has been using the Bible against Christians seeking asylum after converting from Islam—most recently, citing verses from Leviticus, Exodus, and Revelation as evidence that the Christian faith was not more peaceful. The Telegraph (London) reports on the Church of England's counter-attack. The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, said the denial showed a 'profound misunderstanding' of the Bible.

17 March 2019: Very special day as bishop confirms 92-year-old
Dorothy Hopwood was baptised as a baby, and attended St Thomas Musbury in Lancashire. But her mother attended the Methodist church, and Dorothy missed out on confirmation classes. Now she lives in Raven Croft, and attends the monthly communion service held in its Community Room. She felt unable to receive communion because she had never been confirmed. The Diocese of Blackburn reports that Bishop Philip North came to the Community Room to confirm her, and she received communion for the first time, 92 years after her baptism.

For news older than 17 March 2019, please refer to our News Archives.

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