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1000 refugees reach Italy through "Humanitarian Corridors"

The first of what will be 1,000 refugees from camps in Lebanon, Morocco and Ethiopia are arriving this month in Italy through a “Humanitarian Corridors” project organized by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the Sant’Egidio religious community and the Italian government.

09 February 2016

England-Scotland ecumenical agreement published

A proposed ecumenical agreement between the Church of England and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland is not about “novel doctrinal statements or additional institutional structures, but about growing in communion and partnership in mission, so that people may be drawn to the good news of peace, the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the agreement's authors say.

29 January 2016

Pope Francis apologises for treatment of non-Catholic Christians

Pope Francis has apologised for behaviour towards Christians from non-Roman Catholic churches that “has not reflected Gospel values.” The Pope made his comments during a Vespers service in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome last night attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon.

26 January 2016

Refugee crisis: churches and governments share responsibility

There is a need for “urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe's response to the refugee and migrant crisis,” a high level conference of governments, UN agencies, churches and civil society organisations heard this week. The conference was organised by the WCC and focused on ways to strengthen coordinated responses to the crisis.

20 January 2016

Churches map European migration

A new publication that brings together first-person accounts with theological and sociological studies into migration in Europe has been published. Mapping Migration is a revised and updated edition of three bodies’ previous joint study and explores challenges and changes in the European church landscape in light of international migration.

19 January 2016

Primates support ecumenical moves over Easter

The Primates of the Anglican Communion have agreed to support moves by the Coptic Pope to unify and fix the date of Easter, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said last week at the end of the Primates Meeting in Canterbury Cathedral. 

18 January 2016

WCC sends "warm greetings" and "heartfelt prayers" to Anglican Primates

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has sent a message to the Anglican Primates meeting this week in Canterbury, offering them his “warm greetings” and assuring them of his “heartfelt prayers”.

14 January 2016

"Bible App" brings Week of Prayer texts to smart phones

Material for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place next week, will be available for the first time on smart phones, computers and tablets following a collaboration between the World Council of Churches and the developer of the YouVersion Bible app.

13 January 2016

Special services mark royal anniversaries

A service of Compline was held at Waltham Abbey Church to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the coronation of King Harold Godwinson. Harold didn’t remain King long – he lost his life a few months after his coronation at the Battle of Hastings during the Norman invasion of England. He is believed to be buried in the churchyard at Waltham Abbey. 

07 January 2016

Crozier of Pope who initiated the conversion of England to be at Primates Meeting

The crozier of the sixth century Pope, Gregory I, who sent Augustine to England to begin the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons will be in Canterbury as the Primates of the Anglican Communion gather for their meeting in the city next week.

06 January 2016

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Catholic Vespers at Henry VIII's Chapel Royal

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, last night led a service of Solemn Vespers in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace in what was the first Roman Catholic act of worship for 450 years in Henry VIII’s chapel, which was the backdrop to much of the English Reformation.

Persecution of Christians on the increase

The charity Open Doors has published its annual World Watch list of the top 50 most dangerous countries to be a Christian. It is, once again, topped by North Korea. Their research shows that persecution against Christians has increased so dramatically that persecution has risen even in those countries that have dropped out of its top 50.