Episcopal News Service

After 174-year wait, cathedral prepares for consecration in Auckland, New Zealand

[Anglican Communion News Service] In 1843, the first Bishop of New Zealand, George Augustus Selwyn, purchased land for a cathedral in Auckland, On Oct. 28 – 174 years later – the finally-completed Holy Trinity cathedral will be consecrated. The cathedral’s foundation stone wasn’t laid until 1957 – some 114 after the land was purchased. Work on the cathedral finally came to an end this year, following the completion of a “Selwyn’s Vision” project to complete the work he started.

Pakistan politician speaking at Anglican event rejects treating non-Muslims as minorities

[Anglican Communion News Service] The leader of Pakistan’s Jamat-e-Islami political party, Senator Siraj ul Haq, has said that non-Muslims should not be referred to as minorities or put into an inferiority complex. Senator ul Haq, who has led the Islamist party since March 2014, made his comments at an event to mark the completion of the Diocese of Peshawar’s two-year peace and harmony project.

New bells dedicated at memorial church in Belgium

[Anglican Communion News Service] A church built in the 1920s in memory of the 500,000 British and Commonwealth troops who died during the battles for Ypres during the first World War has finally been completed with the installation and dedication of a ring of eight bells. St George’s Memorial Church was built in the Belgium town of Ypres, which was all-but flattened during the war.

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Australian Anglicans urge state government to drop euthanasia bill

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Melbourne Diocesan Synod has urged politicians in the Australian state of Victoria not to legalize medically assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will be debated in the 40-member Legislative Council – the upper chamber of the state parliament – next week.

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Former financial PR chief to head Church of England’s communications team

Tashi Lassalle will become director of communications for the Church of England next month. Photo: Church of England

Anglicans get boost in Doha as potential readers begin training

[Anglican Communion News Service] Four years after their church was consecrated, Anglicans in the Qatari capital Doha have begun a Church Learning Group as members begin the process of vocational discernment. Many of those taking part in the new group hope to be selected for training as readers at a selection conference which will be held in Spring 2018.

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