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Millions of Christians around world pray for South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo

[Anglican Communion News Service] Christians across the world from many denominations are praying today (Friday) for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo following an invitation from Pope Francis, supported by Anglican and other Christian leaders. The need for prayer was highlighted by investigators from the UN’s Human Rights Council, who said today that they had “identified more than 40 senior military officials who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity in South Sudan.”

Theology professors press Sewanee to revoke Charlie Rose’s honorary degree over scandal

[Episcopal News Service] Theology professors at Sewanee: The University of the South are joining a chorus of voices calling for the Tennessee university to revoke an honorary degree given to Charlie Rose because of sexual harassment allegations against the broadcast journalist.

Anglican leaders pay tribute to iconic evangelist Billy Graham

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has led tributes from Anglican leaders to the iconic United States evangelist Billy Graham, who died Feb. 21 at his home in North Carolina. “When it comes to a living and lasting influence upon the worldwide church he can have few equals: for he introduced person after person to Jesus Christ,” Welby said of  Gramham, who was 99.

Archbishop-elect Maimbo Mndolwa’s 2020 vision for reviving God’s work in Tanzania

[Anglican Communion News Service] The next primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Archbishop-elect Maimbo Mndolwa, is to consult widely with the bishops and lay leaders of the province as it prepares for its half-century anniversary in 2020. The province was created in 1970, when the then-province of East Africa gave birth to the provinces of Kenya and Tanzania.

Dublin’s ‘Sanctuary Cathedral’ provides new home for asylum seekers’ food campaign

[Anglican Communion News Service] An organization that campaigns for an end to rules that prevent asylum seekers in Ireland from cooking their own food has found a new home in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. Christ Church was been designated as Ireland’s first “Cathedral of Sanctuary” at a launch dinner on Feb. 16, to mark Our Table’s new home.

Global response to pope’s call to pray for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican provinces around the world have responded positively to Pope Francis’ call for an ecumenical day of prayer and fasting for peace, with a particular focus on South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The pope made his call during his traditional Angelus address to crowds in Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican Feb. 4.

Church leaders express grief, call for action after Florida high school mass shooting

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal bishops are arranging for services of lamentation at churches around the country in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and faculty members dead, and the bishops and other church leaders are calling for political action against gun violence to end “these lethal spasms of violence in our country.”

Archbishop of Canterbury: Anglican Communion is in a better place than five years ago

[Anglican Communion News Service] In a wide-ranging interview with the Church Times to mark five years in office, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that the Anglican Communion is in “a better place” than it was five years ago. He described the question as “a hostage to fortune,” but said that the improvements in the communion were “building on what was already happening.” He said: “I’m not taking credit for it in any way.”

New Anglican Inter Faith Commission begins work with meeting in Cairo

[Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the Anglican Communion’s new Inter Faith Commission will gather for their first meeting next week in Cairo, Egypt. The AIFC was requested by the Anglican Consultative Council when they met in Lusaka in 2016, and launched at the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury last October. Its purpose is to “bring mutual understanding and build trust where there is ignorance, fear and hostility” between different faith groups.

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