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Ecumenical meeting in Egypt of young people and pastors

Pastors and young people in Egypt have held an unprecedented meeting to exchange ideas. A spokesperson for the Diocese in Egypt said: “The day aimed for youth to speak about their honest opinion of the church and the liturgy in order to reduce the gap between the youth and the church.”

20 July 2017

Archbishop of York leading teenagers on pilgrimage to Taizé

Teenagers from five schools in northern England have set off on pilgrimage with the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to Taize in France.  The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions.

19 July 2017

Holiday offer from Mothers'' Union for families affected by London tower block blaze

As part of a united and co-ordinated response from members in dioceses across the United Kingdom,  Mothers’ Union is planning to support families who were affected by the London tower block fire tragedy in June by offering holidays under the charity’s Away From It All (AFIA) scheme.

18 July 2017

Four Christians jailed in Iran for ten years each

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has learned that four Christians in Iran have been sentenced to ten years in prison each for “acting against national security.” Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie were arrested in May, during a series of raids by security service agents on Christian homes in Rasht, the largest city on Iran's Caspian Sea coast.

14 July 2017

First Church of England female bishop from a minority ethnic community

An Iranian whose family was forced to flee in the wake of the Iranian Revolution in 1980,  has been announced as the first Bishop of Loughborough.

12 July 2017

Growth in numbers opting to be pioneering missionaries

The Church Mission Society’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme has experienced a further growth in numbers with an eclectic mix of missionaries graduating this week.

12 July 2017

Survey participants request more resources for joint Anglican/ Old Catholic worship

Anglicans and Old Catholics meeting in Germany have been examining the results of a survey conducted across five European countries. Members of the Anglican–Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) received the results of a survey entitled ‘Belonging together in Europe’ commissioned by the Council in 2015.

11 July 2017

"We should make human rights the key component of all migration and refugee policies"

“We should make human rights the key component of all migration and refugee policies:”  this was the central message of the fourth annual Conference of European Churches Summer School on Human Rights, which took place in Italy this week.

07 July 2017

Three Christians in Iran given long jail terms

Two Iranian Christians have been sentenced to 10 years in jail and a third has been jailed for 15 years.

06 July 2017

Churches a 'true witness' amid plight of refugees

“We see expressions of hope in those multiple prayers and actions of European citizens that have supported the common good."

28 June 2017


VIDEO: Anglican Churches urged to think of seafarers this Sunday


Sudan announced as a new Province within the Anglican Communion

The Anglican Communion has announced that Sudan will, in a few months from now, become a separate Province is its own right. Currently, Sudan is an internal province within the Anglican Church of South Sudan and Sudan.

Plans unveiled for Archbishop Janani Luwum 40th anniversary commemorations

A major commemoration will take place next month to mark the 40th Anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Janani Luwum by Ugandas then-president, Idi Amin.