Episcopal News Service

Anglican bishop aims to raise $1 million cycling across Canada

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop Rob Hardwick of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle will spend much of his four-month sabbatical this year bicycling across Canada to raise money for ministry projects within the diocese and beyond. Hardwick plans to cycle from Victoria, British Columbia, to St John’s, Newfoundland, a total of about 4,895 miles over 82 days.

Rain can’t dampen spirits of 45,000 Christians singing in Borneo Christmas march

[Anglican Communion News Service] Around 45,000 Christians from Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Evangelical and other churches marched through the Borneo city of Miri on Dec. 9 for the 10th annual Miri Christmas March. Christians from 20 different churches processed to the Miri City Fan, an outdoor venue with seating arranged around four sides of a square stage, where they worshipped despite heavy rainfall.

Archbishop calls for tolerance, harmony and mutual respect in Jerusalem

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican archbishop in Jerusalem, Archbishop Suheil Dawani, has called for tolerance, harmony and mutual respect for all in the Holy City of Jerusalem. He made his comments in a sermon preached at St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem on Dec. 10, the second Sunday in Advent.

Medieval register of 14th century Bishop of Ossory made available online

[Anglican Communion News Service] The medieval episcopal register of Richard Ledred, the tempestuous 14th century Bishop of Ossory in Ireland, has been digitized and made available to a worldwide audience. The 79 vellum leaves, bound in red leather – giving rise the book’s evocative name the “Red Book of Ossory” – is one of the most significant medieval manuscripts in the archives of the Church of Ireland’s Representative Church Body (RCB), the executive trustees of the province.

Church leaders criticize President Trump over recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Dec. 6 announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been criticized by church leaders. With both Israelis and the Palestinians claiming Jerusalem as their capital, the international community has, until yesterday, refused to recognise Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, insisting that its final status must be settled as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Australian Royal Commission criticizes diocese and two former bishops over child safeguarding failures

[Anglican Communion News Service] An official inquiry looking at institutional response to child sex abuse in Australia has heavily criticised the Diocese of Newcastle and two former bishops for their “do nothing approach.” The Royal Commission, an official statutory inquiry, found that by failing to act,  former Bishop of Newcastle Alfred Holland enabled the continued abuse of children by two priests: Peter Rushton and James Brown; and it said that failings by his successor, Bishop Roger Herft, of “weak and ineffectual” leadership which “showed no regar

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