Episcopal News Service

Former Episcopal bishop seeks reduced prison sentence in drunken-driving manslaughter case

[Episcopal News Service] A former Episcopal bishop who is serving a prison sentence in Maryland for hitting and killing a bicyclist while texting and driving drunk has asked for sentence reduction that could let her walk free next month.

Episcopal leaders, congregations offer pastoral responses in wake of Kavanaugh hearings

[Episcopal News Service] With Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court potentially on track for a final vote in the Senate as soon as this weekend, some Episcopal leaders are adding their voices to the ecumenical response to Kavanaugh’s hearings and the sexual assault allegations against the judge.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa adopts provincial safeguarding measures

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has announced new safeguarding measures designed to make churches in South Africa safer. The new measures will require those seeking ordination to obtain a police clearance certificate; and they include a new national email contact point for reporting allegations of abuse. The move follows a number of allegations made this year of abuse by priests.

Anglican leaders pay tribute following death of Coptic bishop

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop Metropolitan Bishoy from the Coptic Orthodox Church, the co-chair of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission, has died. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led tributes from Anglican leaders, saying that he was “saddened” to hear of the death of “a faithful servant of God.” Welby added, “it was a privilege to meet him in Cairo and London.”

Anglican school in Iraq opens next to St. George’s Church in Baghdad

[Anglican Communion News Service] The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Cardinal-Patriarch Louis-Raphael I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon, joined other ecumenical guests and VIPs at the official opening of a new Anglican school in Baghdad. The Anglican School of the Redeemer – al-Fadi – was officially opened on Sept. 29 by Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf Michael Lewis. The bishop also opened a newly re-sited and refurbished Hope Resource Centre.

Anglican Church in Sulawesi on standby to assist in recovery from earthquake, tsunami

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is preparing to respond to recovery efforts following the devastating tsunami and earthquakes that began on Sept. 28. Providence Anglican Church is located in Manado in North Sulawesi, an area unaffected by the earthquake. It is “ready to take a lead in relief work once everything in Palu has been stabilized,” Anglican Church in Indonesia Dean Timothy Chong told the Anglican Communion News Service.

Iglesia Anglicana de Chile confirmed as 40th Province of the Anglican Communion

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Iglesia Anglicana de Chile, currently a diocese of the Anglican Church of South America, will become the 40th province of the Anglican Communion. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will travel to Santiago next month to formally inaugurate the new province, after both the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and a majority of Anglican Communion Primates confirmed that the diocese should be given provincial status.

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