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

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

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.


25 March 2016: Easter messages from Anglican primates
The Anglican Communion News Service has assembled a collection of Easter messages from Anglican Primates.

24 March 2016: Trump/Jesus billboard stolen from Anglican church in New Zealand
The New Zealand Herald reported the theft of a billboard from St Luke's Church in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. It depicted US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Jesus on the cross.

24 March 2016: ABC's chaplain appointed as suffragan Bishop of Dorking
The Archbishop of Canterbury has reported the appointment of his chaplain, the Revd Canon Dr Jo Wells, as the next Bishop of Dorking. Dorking is the only suffragan see in the Diocese of Guildford, whose website has details of this appointment.

22 March 2016: Vast and sparse Australian Diocese explores 'self-service ministry'
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports on experiments by the Bishop of Rockhampton to 'train locals how to minister to themselves'. The Diocese of Rockhampton is very large and mostly empty.

20 March 2016: Group challenges naming of Bishop George Bell as a paedophile
Thinking Anglicans reports on the efforts by a group calling itself 'The George Bell Group' to clear the name of former Bishop of Chichester George Bell, who was posthumously declared by Church of England authorities to have been a child molester.


18 March 2016: Reformation Bible yields hidden notes
The Church Times reported researchers have used complex image-software analysis to uncover annotations that had been hidden for nearly 500 years between pages of England's first printed Latin Bible. The texts, copied from Thomas Cromwell's 'Great Bible', were written between 1539 and 1549, and then covered and disguised with thick paper in 1600. The discovery may support the idea that the Reformation was a gradual process rather than a single, transformative event.

16 March 2016: A Word to the Church
At their spring retreat, the Episcopal Church (US) House of Bishops unanimously approved a statement concerning the 'violent forces being released' in the US presidential campaigns' political rhetoric. 'We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.' The Living Church reported leaders of the United Church of Christ have 'signed on' in support of the statement.

14-18 March 2016: UN Commission on the Status of Women
Episcopal News Service (ENS) provides a number of reports from the UNCSW meeting held in New York this past week. One includes video of the sermon given by the Most Revd Michael Curry in honor of Episcopal and Anglican women gathered in New York City for the 60th annual international gathering.

14 March 2016: Gutierrez elected bishop for Pennsylvania
Episcopal News Service (ENS) reported the Revd Canon Daniel Gutierrez has been elected the next Bishop of Pennsylvania.

7 March 2016: Pakistan metro plans impact cathedral
Premier (UK) reported plans for a new metro line in Lahore would result in the demolition of the Anglican Cathedral, damage to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and important heritage sites including the Shalimar Gardens which is a world heritage site. The item was reported in The Church Times on 18 March 2016.


PRIOR TO 7 March 2016: Older news stories are headlined in our Archive Pages.

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