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Brtitish bishop elected vice president of European ecumenical group

[Anglican Communion News Service] Loughborough Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani has been elected vice president of the Conference of European Churches. The regional ecumenical body is a fellowship of some 116 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from across Europe. Her appointment maintains a Church of England presence at the senior leadership of CEC, following the retirement of Christopher Hill, the former Bishop of Guildford.

Haiti elects Port-au-Prince cathedral dean as bishop coadjutor

[Episcopal News Service] The Ven. Joseph Kerwin Delicat, dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was elected June 2 as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Haiti.

The election took place at the nursing school of the Episcopal University of Haiti in Leogane, Haiti.

US Supreme Court says baker could refuse to bake cake for same-sex wedding

[Episcopal News Service] The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 4 that the state of Colorado violated a baker’s rights when its Civil Rights Commission said that he had to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Colorado courts had upheld the commission’s finding that baker Jack Phillips’ refusal went against the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed because of the way the commission reached its conclusion.

Diocese of Tasmania’s Synod approves property-sales to fund abuse redress

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Tasmania Diocesan Synod has approved in principle the sale of up to 108 properties to fund redress for victims of abuse in Australia. Under the proposals adopted by the Synod, parishes and communities have until the Autumn make submissions about any properties on the list that should be excluded. The final decision will then be taken by the Diocesan Council in December.

Uganda’s president pledges to rebuild Anglican Martyrs shrine in Namugongo

[Anglican Communion News Service] President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni, has pledged government funds to help re-build the Anglican Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo. His comments were made as a reported four million pilgrims descended on the area June 3 for Martyrs Day services. Reports indicate that an estimated 700,000 of them were at the service at the Anglican shrine. The museum at the Anglican site re-opened after refurbishment ahead of a visit by Pope Francis in 2015. There are now plans to improve the shrine itself.

Brazil’s Anglican Church changes its canons to permit same-sex marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] The General Synod of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil has approved changes to its canons to permit same-sex marriages. Civil same-sex marriages have been legal in Brazil since 2012. In a statement, the province said that the move would not require liturgical changes, because gender neutral language had already been introduced into its service for the solemnization of marriage in the 2015 Book of Common Prayer.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivers video message on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finale

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, after appearing on nearly every major TV news and talk show to discuss his royal wedding sermon, was invited to share his message of Christian love in a new genre this week: variety talent show.

Uganda holds ceremonies at Namugongo to honor its martyrs

[Anglican Communion News Service] Thousands of Christians from Uganda and neighbouring countries are arriving in Namugongo for special services to commemorate the Ugandan Martyrs. On June 13, 886, the Kabaka – or King – of Buganda, Mwanga II, killed 32 young Anglicans and Roman Catholic men – who worked as his pages – by burning them alive at Namugongo. They were among 23 Anglicans and 22 Roman Catholics who were put to death by the king for killed by for refusing to recant their faith between 1885 and 1887.

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