Episcopal News Service

Remember that you are dust … and that you are loved

[Episcopal News Service] Ashes smeared on a forehead in the shape of a heart? Candy conversation hearts that proclaim, “Remember U R Dust?” Apparently, that’s what might happen when Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day.

How to manage this clash of calendar? Lean into it or lean away from what priestly blogger called “the precipice of the cute”? Find a way to connect romantic love and God’s love of creation? Find something in between?

Archbishop of Cape Town marks anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s first speech as a free man

[Anglican Communion News Service] The spot at Bishopscourt – the official residence of the archbishops of Cape Town – where Nelson Mandela first addressed the world’s media as a free man, has been marked with a commemorative plaque. Mandela was released from prison after 27 years of captivity Feb. 11, 1990. He spent his first night as a free man as a guest of Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Bishopscourt and gave his first press conference the following day from a terrace in front of the house.

Archbishop condemns child ‘witchcraft’ murders as ‘child abuse in its worst form’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, Archbishop Allan Migi, has spoken out against the increasing number of alleged witches and sorcerers being killed. He said that the recent killing of a child suspected of being a witch was “strongly opposed to the way of Christ,” describing it as “child abuse in its worst form.” He said: “We strongly call for such practices to cease.”

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Church aids relief effort after 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan’s Hualien county

[Anglican Communion News Service]  Rescue efforts following the magnitude 6.4 earthquake which struck the eastern Taiwanese county of Hualien last week have been called off, with a confirmed death toll of 17. A further 291 have been injured and many hundreds have been evacuated from their homes. Four high-rise buildings have collapsed and there has been “much damage to local infrastructure and buildings,”  Episcopal Church Bishop of Taiwan David Lai has said.

Retired Bishop Robert Ihloff called as bishop associate for Diocese of Virginia

[Diocese of Virginia] The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston is pleased to announce his appointment of the Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff as bishop associate in the Diocese of Virginia. Bishop Ihloff served as the bishop of the Diocese of Maryland from 1995 until his retirement in 2007.

Justin Welby calls for greater Anglican Communion say in selection of successor

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primates of the Anglican Communion should have a greater say in the appointments of future archbishops of Canterbury, the current archbishop, Justin Welby, said Feb. 8. Welby made his comments during a debate at the Church of England’s General Synod on the working of the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) – the body that recommends appointments to diocesan bishoprics. Appointments of bishops in the Church of England are made by the Queen, as Supreme Governor of the Church, who acts on the advice of the CNC.

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