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Archbishop welcomes ceasefire agreement as South Sudan peace talks continue

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican archbishop of South Sudan has led five days of mediated peace talks between the warring parties in South Sudan. The talks reached agreement on three of the 11 demands made by opposition groups, including a recommitment to the cessation of hostilities. Talks on the remaining eight unresolved issues will now continue under the leadership of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

RIP: Bishop George Edward Councell of Diocese of New Jersey

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev.George Edward Councell, the 11th bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey, died May 21 hours after being transferred to hospice care, the diocese announced. He was 68.

Anglican Church of Melanesia launches Decade of Evangelism and Renewal

[Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia should “arise and shine for Jesus Christ,” the Province said this week as it launched a decade-long focus on evangelism and renewal. The campaign was launched on Pentecost Sunday with a special service at St Barnabas Cathedral, in Honiara, in which Anglican Communion Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon preached. On the eve of the service, the province held an open-air evangelistic crusade in the car park of Honiara City Council.

Emergency appeal launched by overwhelmed Anglican hospital in Gaza City

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Diocese in Jerusalem has launched an emergency appeal for funds to support its al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The Anglican-run hospital has been overwhelmed by the number of casualties sustained during protests across the Gaza strip this month.

National memorial service held on anniversary of Manchester Arena bombing

[Anglican Communion News Service] The 22 people who died when a bomb exploded at the end of a concert by singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, last year were remembered May 22 in a sombre service in Manchester Cathedral. The national commemoration was attended by Archbishop of York John Sentamu and by Prince William and senior politicians across the political divide, including Prime Minister Theresa May.

Carlye J. Hughes elected Diocese of Newark’s 11th bishop

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes was elected the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Newark during a special convention on May 19, 2018, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.

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