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Church of England debates ‘reconciliation of presbyteral ministries’ with Methodist Church

[Anglican Communion News Service] Proposals to “enable an interchange of presbyteral ministries” between the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain will be debated by the C of E’s General Synod Feb. 9.

Anglican leaders echo Pope Francis’ call for day of prayer and fasting for peace

[Anglican Communion News Service] Senior Anglican leaders have endorsed Pope Francis’ call for an ecumenical day of prayer and fasting for peace, with a particular focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Pope Francis made his call on Feb. 4 in his traditional Angelus address to crowds in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. It has now been endorsed by the acting primate of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, the secretary general of the Anglican Communion, and the deputy director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Diocese of Bethlehem names two priests to stand for election as ninth bishop

[Diocese of Bethlehem] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem today released the names of two priests who will stand for election for the ninth bishop of the diocese.

Anglican mission agency USPG appoints London college leader as new chair

[Anglican Communion News Service] John Neilson, the secretary of Imperial College London, has been appointed as the next chair of trustees of the Anglican mission agency USPG. He will succeed Chris Chivers, the principal of Westcott House Cambridge, whose six-year term will finish in July. “There is a big challenge to communicate the vision and purpose of a twenty-first century mission agency more widely, particularly in parishes,” Neilson said.

Joanna Udal honored for service to Anglican Communion

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Rev.  Joanna Udal, former secretary for Anglican Communion Affairs for the Archbishops of Canterbury, has been awarded the Cross of St. Augustine for services to the Anglican Communion by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Udal served both Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Willams and Welby, before stepping down in 2014. The award was in recognition of her “unparalleled service to the Anglican Communion.”

Newly appointed Anglican bishops attend induction week at Canterbury Cathedral

[Anglican Communion News Service] A group of 33 recently appointed bishops are spending a week at Canterbury Cathedral – the Anglican Communion’s mother church – as part of a global induction program. They are taking part in the new bishops’ course, which happens every February. It provides an opportunity for newly appointed bishops from around the world to meet each other for fellowship, prayer and learning.

Latin America bishops call on US to ‘love the stranger’ in statement on immigration policies

[Episcopal News Service] Anglican and Episcopal bishops from six Latin American countries met in El Salvador last week to discuss what they warned were “anti-migrant, racist and discriminatory policies adopted by the United States’ authorities,” according to a joint statement released after the meeting.

Global prayer urged as tribal violence claims lives in Congo

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans around the world are being asked to pray for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo as tribal violence continues to claim lives in the Ituri Province in the north-eastern area of the country. The Ituri city of Bunia is home to one of the largest UN peacekeeping forces in Africa as international troops seek to intercede between the warring Lendu and Hema peoples. At the weekend, 26 people were killed when a Hema village 31 miles north of Bunia was attacked by Lendu tribes people. The Rev.

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