The next ACNS news summary is scheduled for publication on Tuesday 27 October.
Independent Inquiry reports safeguarding failures in Church of England and Church in Wales
The official Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in England and Wales has said that “the Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual predators within their ranks”; and it said that “the Church in Wales never had a programme of external auditing, so there has been no independent scrutiny of its safeguarding practices.” The statements were made by the Inquiry as it published its final report of their investigation into “The Anglican Church” strand of their work.
IICSA said that from the 1940s to 2018, some 390 people who were clergy or in positions of trust associated with the Church have been convicted of sexual offences against children. “Many of these cases demonstrate the Church of England’s failure to take the abuse seriously, creating a culture where abusers were able to hide”, IICSA said. “Alleged perpetrators were given more support than victims, who often faced barriers to reporting they simply couldn’t overcome.
“The Church’s failure to respond consistently to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse often added to their trauma.”
On the Church in Wales, the Inquiry highlighted record-keeping as a significant problem for the Church. “The Inquiry’s sampling exercise demonstrated both poor record-keeping and a total absence of records in some cases”, IICSA said.
“The report concludes that in neglecting the well-being of children in favour of protecting its own reputation, the Church of England was in direct conflict with its own underlying moral purpose; to provide care and love for the innocent and the vulnerable. Whilst improvements in child protection practice have been made within the Church, if it is to rebuild the trust of victims, there remains a long way to go.”
Responding to the report, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said that failing in safeguarding “casts a profound stain across every good thing we do.”
He added: “I have said this before and I continue to stand by it. But I am acutely aware as we come towards the end of this year that while there is a genuine commitment for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults to be the highest priority of all parts of the Church, it is evident we still have not got it right.
“The report published today is a stark and shocking reminder of how so many times we have failed – and continue to fail – survivors. Apologies are vital, but they are not enough. We have to listen. We have to learn. And we have to act.
“In calling for the inquiry, through a letter to the then Home Secretary Theresa May in 2014, I was aware that although it would be something that survivors had demanded it would also be a deeply painful process to tell their stories. I am very grateful to them for their courage.
“We cannot and will not make excuses and I must again offer my sincere apologies to those to have been abused, and to their families, friends and colleagues.
“There is clearly much to respond to and an in-depth consideration of today’s report is vital. IICSA has shone a light on the past and present to help us better inform our future safeguarding work. They are owed our thanks which we give wholeheartedly. I pray this report and its recommendations will result in the changes needed to make our Church a safer place for all now and for future generations.”
The Church of England’s lead bishop on safeguarding, the Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs, issued a joint statement with the Church’s national director of safeguarding, Melissa Caslake.
In it, they described IICSA’s report as “shocking reading”, adding: “while apologies will never take away the effects of abuse on victims and survivors, we today want to express our shame about the events that have made those apologies necessary. The whole Church must learn lessons from this Inquiry.
“Our main focus in response must be recognising the distress caused to victims and survivors by the Church’s failures in safeguarding. . .
“As we said in our final submission to IICSA, despite the important steps that it has taken, the Church still has much more work to do to get safeguarding right. While there has been some improvement in recent years, we wholeheartedly regret that in some areas, most importantly support for victims and survivors, progress has been too slow.”
In its statement, the Church in Wales welcomed the report and thanked the Inquiry panel “for their thorough and careful work to produce it.”
The statement continued: “Our priority is to be a church where everyone is, and feels, safe and welcome and where safeguarding is understood to be the responsibility of everybody.
“The Report makes a number of pertinent observations for the improvement of the practices and policies we presented to the Inquiry in July 2019. We will be examining these in detail and reporting back on our plans to implement those which remain outstanding.
“We have invested, and continue to invest, in our people and processes as a key priority for the whole of the Church in Wales. We are also looking at how to enhance our working relationship with the Church of England and statutory agencies.
“We know that we have failed in the past in a number of areas and we apologise unreservedly to those who have been affected as a result. We continue to hold all survivors of abuse in our prayers and are ready to support anyone who comes forward with any concern.”
IICSA’s report makes eight recommendations, including a new national safeguarding structure for the Church of England. Responsibility for safeguarding decisions and case management would be removed from diocesan bishops and given to new diocesan safeguarding officers, who would be employed by dioceses but supervised by the National Safeguarding Team.
The report also says that any volunteers who do not follow the directions of diocesan safeguarding officers “should be removed from responsibility of working with children.”
It also called for changes to clergy discipline procedures in safeguarding issues, including reintroducing the power to depose from holy orders where a member of the clergy has been found guilty of child sexual abuse.
The Inquiry also recommended a “formal information-sharing protocol” between the Church of England and Church in Wales, to “include the sharing of information about clergy who move between the two Churches.” This recommendation echoes provisions in the Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission’s charter.
It also called for a consistent approach to supporting victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
“We wholeheartedly endorse the importance of the report’s recommendations for improving our support for victims and survivors, to which we are completely committed”, Bishop Gibbs and Melissa Caslake said. “We note the recommendation regarding the structure of safeguarding and the Church is committed to looking at how best to implement greater independent oversight. There are also important recommendations regarding revision of the Clergy Discipline Measure, information sharing between Churches and statutory partners, and external auditing of the Church’s safeguarding work.
“The motion unanimously passed at the February sessions of the General Synod shows our commitment to a more fully victim and survivor centred approach including arrangements for redress, which are already underway.
“We will now study the recommendations published today, with a full response to be released in the coming weeks.”
In releasing the report, the Chair of IICSA, Professor Alexis Jay, said that: “over many decades, the Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual abusers, instead facilitating a culture where perpetrators could hide and victims faced barriers to disclosure that many could not overcome.
“Within the Church in Wales, there were simply not enough safeguarding officers to carry out the volume of work required of them. Record-keeping was found to be almost non-existent and of little use in trying to understand past safeguarding issues.
“To ensure the right action is taken in future, it’s essential that the importance of protecting children from abhorrent sexual abuse is continuously reinforced.
“If real and lasting changes are to be made, it’s vital that the Church improves the way it responds to allegations from victims and survivors, and provides proper support for those victims over time.
“The panel and I hope that this report and its recommendations will support these changes to ensure these failures never happen again.”
Disciplinary panel finds Albany Bishop William Love broke church law in banning same-sex marriages
[Episcopal News Service, by Egan Millard] A disciplinary hearing panel has found that the Bishop of Albany, William Love, violated his ordination vows and canon law of the US-based Episcopal Church when he banned same-sex marriage in his diocese in 2018.
The unanimous ruling, conducted under the church’s Title IV disciplinary process, refutes Love’s arguments – articulated by his counsel at a virtual hearing in June – that Love had not committed a canonical violation by prohibiting clergy from using the same-sex marriage rite approved for churchwide use by General Convention in 2018 because it was not a proposed revision to the Book of Common Prayer.
The decision does not stipulate what consequences Love will face. The panel will schedule another hearing for Love and the church to offer proposals and will then issue an order, which could involve suspending or deposing Love – essentially stripping him of his ecclesiastical authority. In a letter to his diocese, Love said that hearing “will be scheduled within the month.”
“While I am very disappointed and strongly disagree with the decision of the hearing panel . . . they have issued their judgement,” Love wrote. “Unfortunately, given the nature of this case, I have no reason to believe that appealing the hearing panel’s decision would result in any different outcome.
“Whatever the final outcome, it will severely impact not only me and the ministry entrusted to me as Bishop of Albany, but it will also seriously impact the life and ministry of the diocese. I continue to pray that somehow God will use all of this for his purposes.”
Through the diocesan office, Love declined a request for additional comment.
The hearing panel is composed of Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely as president, Assistant Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson of the Diocese of Virginia, Erik Larsen of the Diocese of Rhode Island, Melissa Perrin of the Diocese of Chicago and retired Southern Virginia Bishop Herman Hollerith IV.
- Click here to read Egan Millard's full report for the Episcopal News Service.
Anglican Communion’s Mission Director, Canon John Kafwanka, returns to parish ministry
Canon John Kafwanka, the Anglican Communion’s Director for Mission, will relinquish his post before the end of the year to return to parish ministry. He has worked as Director of Mission for the Anglican Consultative Council for more than a decade. He will become Vicar of Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church, Whitton, in the Church of England’s Diocese of London.
Ordained in the Anglican Church of Central Africa, John has served as a parish priest in the Zambia and Australia. He has been Principal of the national theological college in Zambia, and has also worked for the Church Missionary Society as regional manager for Southern Africa.
“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to serve the Anglican Communion in the past 14 years, 11 of these as Director for Mission”, he said. “During this period many relationships and friendships have been built within the Anglican Communion and ecumenically, which have immensely enriched my life and my faith. I have learnt a lot and I am going away far richer in my faith and personal friendships than when I came.
“I have greatly valued the support of the Secretary General and the staff of the Anglican Communion Office, whose company I will dearly miss.
“I now look forward to joining the Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church community in the Kensington Episcopal Area of London Diocese, with the hope of growing together as disciples of Jesus and in being small signs of Christ’s hope and love, especially at this time of great challenge.”
Responding to the news, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, said that: “John has been a most valued member of the Anglican Communion Office team. We give thanks for his service as a leader and a colleague and wish him and his family God’s richest blessing in the future.”
The Anglican Communion is a family of 41 autonomous inter-dependent national and regional churches present in more than 165 countries around the world. The member churches are supported by an international secretariat, based at the Anglican Communion Office in west London, where a small staff team facilitate joint work in areas including mission, theological education, gender justice, communications, advocacy and international development.
Global invitation to consecration of Singapore’s 10th bishop
Travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus are preventing the Archbishop and diocesan bishops of the Church of the Province of South East Asia from travelling to Singapore for the Consecration of the tenth Bishop of Singapore. Canon Dr Titus Chung will be consecrated on Sunday (18 October) at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore.
At the request of the Primate of South East Asia and Bishop of Sabah, Archbishop Melter Jiki Tais, the consecration will be conducted by two former Bishops of Singapore and the Assistant Bishop and Vicar General of Singapore.
Archbishop Melter has invited Anglicans around the world to join the service online via a Youtube stream. Archbishop Melter will join the Bishop of South East Asia, Moon Hing, and the Bishop of Kuching, Danald Jute, in the online service.
The consecration service will take place at 4.00 pm SGT (8.00 am GMT) on Sunday 18 October 2020 at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore. Bishops Dr John Chew, Kuan Kim Seng, and Low Jee King will conduct the consecration on behalf of Archbishop Melter and the Diocesan Bishops.
While Covid-19 travel restrictions will restrict attendance at the service, Archbishop Melter is inviting Anglicans around the world to join the service online at bit.ly/Bp-Chung.
Anglicans join ecumenical partners in migration message to European Commission
The European Commission has received an advocacy statement from ecumenical organisations responding to the new EU Migrant Pact and the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe. The statement was addressed to Vangelis Demiris, cabinet member of the vice president of the commission Margaritis Schinas, who is coordinating the commission’s work on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, and Dr Torsten Moritz, general secretary of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, delivered the statement to Demiris, who is responsible for the dialogue with the churches and faith-based organisations, on 25 September.
Sørensen said he believes there is still room for improvement in the proposals launched by the EU on 23 September. "Our member churches, among other European faith traditions, remain committed to a transparent dialogue with the European Commission and the co-legislators, the council and the parliament in the context of Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty,” he said. “Churches also remain committed to building bridges between different opinions on migration, and certainly between refugees, migrants and Europeans. We believe that churches have a fundamental role in facilitating and contributing to the intercultural and interreligious encounters in Europe in order to strengthen efforts for coherent, just and peaceful societies.”
Moritz said that, as representatives of churches from across Europe and as part of a global fellowship, they appreciate the opportunity to meet and exchange with the cabinet of Schinas. An earlier exchange took place in January during the drafting process of the EU Migration Pact.
“In the text of the EU Migration Pact, we do recognise overall good intentions and some promising ideas,” said Moritz. “However, the overall focus on border, border procedures, return and cooperation with dubious governments in third countries is very worrying.”
He added that reactions from church members across Europe have been pouring in, particularly from those who have welcomed people seeking protection, sponsored humanitarian corridors, rescued people from drowning, and, most recently, intervened to help after the fire in the Moria camp. “Some are former refugees themselves,” said Moritz. “Many of them have expressed a feeling of embarrassment for being European at this moment.”
The 22 September statement was co-signed by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, and representatives of other Christian bodies, including the ACT Alliance, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, the Conference of European Churches, the European Region of the World Association for Christian Communication, the Evangelical Church of Greece, the Integration Center for Migrant Workers – Ecumenical Refugee Program, Non Profit Organisation of the Church of Greece, the Lutheran World Federation, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity , the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches (European Region), the World Council of Churches and the World Methodist Council.
- Click here to read the full text of the ecumenical statement.
Anglican Communion officials welcome Nobel Peace Prize for UN World Food Programme
Last week’s announcement that the UN World Food Programme has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been welcomed by officials at the Anglican Communion.
The Anglican Consultative Council’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Jack Palmer-White, said: “I am delighted to congratulate the World Food Programme on being awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is not simply a health crisis. It has had a profound impact on other basic and fundamental rights that all people should enjoy,” he said. “The impact of the pandemic on global food security and the right to food is deeply concerning, particularly where it has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities and has pushed communities to the brink of famine. It is estimated that 821 million people go to bed hungry every night all over the world. Without the work of the World Food Programme, millions of people would die of hunger.”
The award was also welcomed by the Anglican Alliance, a charity established following the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in 2008 to facilitate and coordinate the work of the global network of Anglican relief and development agencies.
The Executive Director of the Anglican Alliance, the Revd Rachel Carnegie, offered her “warmest congratulations” to the World Food Programme, adding: “This is worthy recognition of the courageous and compassionate role that WFP plays across the world in bringing food, assistance and, above all, hope to nearly 100 million people in communities facing conflict, insecurity, poverty, and the brutal daily trauma of hunger.
“As Anglicans we have connected with WFP over many years, in places such as South Sudan, where their food and logistics assistance has brought direct support and human dignity to communities devastated by conflict. In this time as the world faces COVID-19, the service WFP brings to the world has never been more needed as the terrible impact of the pandemic increases inequality and vulnerability and drives millions into poverty and hunger.”
- Click here to read more in an official Anglican Communion Office press release.
Secretary General joins other Christian leaders in ecumenical call to IMF and World Bank to cancel debts for developing countries
The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has joined the Primates of South Sudan and Brazil and more than 140 other senior Church leaders from around the world to urge the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to cancel debts for developing countries fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Archbishop Justin Badi Arama of South Sudan and Prime Bishop Naudal Gomes of Brazil are amongst the signatories to the letter, which includes cardinals, archbishops and heads of religious congregations from different Christian denominations.
The letter sent ahead of the World Bank and IMF annual meetings on 16 to 18 October 2020. The institutions are expected to discuss debt relief for poor nations at the meeting as part of planning for the global economic recovery.
In the letter, the Church leaders encourage the institutions to show “courageous leadership” and argue that debt cancellation “is the most immediate way to release the finance required to prevent millions of our sisters and brothers being needlessly pushed into poverty by the pandemic.”
In addition to the Secretary General, other signatories to the letter include Sister Alessandra Smerilli, Coordinator of the Economy Taskforce of the Vatican Commission for Covid-19; Professor Isabel Apawo Phiri. Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches); Fidon Mwombeki, General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches; Cardinal Berhaneyesus D Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa; Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, the Archbishop of Kinshasa; and Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario. Archbishop Emeritus of Dhaka.
In their joint letter, the Christian leaders said that each has "borne witness to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the most vulnerable members of our communities through illness, death, hunger and loss of livelihoods".
The letter goes on to acknowledge emergency finance initiatives implemented by the Washington-based institutions earlier in the pandemic, but warns such programmes "are insufficient and do not respond to the urgency and magnitude of the crisis".
"Without the cancellation of debts, there remains a grave risk that developing countries will not have the money so desperately and urgently needed to halt the spread of the virus, to treat people suffering from the virus and to mitigate and recover from the economic and social destruction threatened by the virus," the letter insists.
The senior Christian figures cite a call from Pope Francis for debts to be cancelled "in recognition of the severe impacts of the medical, social and economic crises" faced by vulnerable countries as a result of the coronavirus.
The Pope reiterated his call for relief earlier this month in an encyclical warning the world must work together to rebuild following the pandemic.
- The full letter and list of signatories follows:
Senior global Church leaders' letter to IMF and World Bank on debt cancellation for developing countries
Dear Ms Georgieva and Mr Malpass,
We write in a spirit of solidarity and hope as representatives of Christian communities from all corners of the globe.
Each of us has borne witness to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the most vulnerable members of our communities through illness, death, hunger and loss of livelihoods. We live and work every day with those who are suffering and share their hopes and fears for the future.
Both of your organisations have acknowledged the devastation the pandemic is causing. The World Bank has warned the pandemic “threatens to push over 100 million people into extreme poverty and is exacerbating inequality throughout the world” and has urged governments and private creditors to suspend and reduce debts, whilst the International Monetary Fund has recognised that “many countries now face multiple crises – a health crisis, a financial crisis, and a collapse in commodity prices”.
As our governments do all they can to respond to the pandemic, we witness the ongoing injustice that the money so desperately needed for medicines, personal protective equipment, emergency food supplies and social safety nets is still being diverted to debt repayments.
As such, we ask you to show courageous leadership at this critical moment and cancel debts owed by developing countries to your institutions for the duration of this crisis. Debt cancellation is the most immediate way to release the finance required to prevent millions of our sisters and brothers being needlessly pushed into poverty by the pandemic.
Our call echoes that from Christian leaders worldwide. In his message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, His Holiness Pope Francis urged “the cancellation of the debt of the most vulnerable countries, in recognition of the severe impacts of the medical, social and economic crises they face as a result of Covid-19”. We are aware that dozens of faith leaders earlier this year have similarly urged governments and the International Monetary Fund itself to cancel debts.
To date, your institutions have taken several steps to respond to the crisis, including the IMF’s decision to cover debt payments owed over a six-month period for 28 countries, as well as the availability of new emergency finance from the IMF and World Bank worth $88 billion thus far.
Yet these initiatives, though welcome, are insufficient and do not respond to the urgency and magnitude of the crisis. Without the cancellation of debts, there remains a grave risk that developing countries will not have the money so desperately and urgently needed to halt the spread of the virus, to treat people suffering from the virus and to mitigate and recover from the economic and social destruction threatened by the virus.
Both of your institutions hold significant reserves in US dollars and in gold, which are held for such a time as this. It is therefore essential that these reserves are used to relieve the burden of debts for countries in precarious need.
The role of the IMF and World Bank is central to tackling this crisis in a way that prioritises the needs of the most vulnerable people, learns from the past and seeks to heal and rebuild our world.
As you meet this week, we continue to pray for you and remain committed to ongoing cooperation.
Sister Alessandra Smerilli, FMA
Coordinator, Economy Taskforce of the Vatican Commission for Covid-19
Professor Isabel Apawo Phiri
Deputy General Secretary, World Council of Churches
The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon
Secretary General, Anglican Communion
Bishop Ivan M Abrahams
General Secretary, World Methodist Council
The Revd Dr Chris Ferguson
General Secretary, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Sister Helen Burke, PBVM
Congregational Leader, Union of Presentation Sisters
The Revd Dr Collin Cowan
General Secretary, Council for World Mission
Mr Rudelmar Bueno de Faria
General Secretary, ACT Alliance – Action by Churches Together
The Revd Thomas H Smolich, SJ
International Director, Jesuit Refugee Service
Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu OFMCap
Archevêque Métropolitain de Kinshasa
Cardinal Berhaneyesus D Souraphiel, CM
Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa; President of CBCE & Chancellor of ECU; Chairman of Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission
Père Jean Germain Rajoelison
Second Deputy Secretary General, SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar)
The Revd Dr Fidon Mwombeki
General Secretary, All Africa Conference of Churches
Mgr Philippe Rukamba
Evêque de Butare
Bishop Abraham Desta
Apostolic Vicar of Meki
Father Agbonkhianmeghe E Orobator, SJ
President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar
Father Ratsimbazafy Fulgence, SJ
Provincial, Jesuits in Madagascar
Bishop Dr Arkanjelo Wani Lemi
Chairman, South Sudan Council of Churches; President Bishop, Africa Inland Church
The Right Revd James Par Tap Hon
Moderator, South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church
The Most Revd Dr Justin Badi Arama
Archbishop and Primate, Episcopal Church of South Sudan; Metropolitan Bishop of Juba Diocese
The Most Revd Msgr Dr Stephen Ameyu Martin
Metropolitan Archbishop of Juba; Apostolic Administrator Catholic Dioceses of Torit and Wau
The Right Revd Peter Gai Lual Marrow
Moderator of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of South Sudan & Sudan
Bishop Dr Isaiah Majok Dau
General Overseer, Sudan Pentecostal Church
Bishop William Muzee Weresen
Regional Bishop, Africa Inland Church
Father James Oyet Latansio
General Secretary, South Sudan Council of Churches
Mgr Philippe Ranaivomanana
Sister Julia Anne Sheehy, PBVM
The Most Revd Bishop Abune Tesfasellassie Medhin
Bishop of Adigrat, Ethiopia and CIDSE Ecclesiastical Assistant
The Most Revd Bishop Seyoum Fransua
Apostolic Vicar of Hosanna; National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies in Ethiopia
Sister Judith Bingura
Leader, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Africa Unit
Sister Judyta, Elzbieta Ligieza, SSpS
Regional Leader, Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, Region of Ethiopia-South Sudan
The Most Revd Gabriel Y Anokye
Archbishop of Kumasi, Ghana; President, Caritas Africa
The Most Revd Andrew Jagaye Karnley
Bishop of Cape Palmas
The Most Revd Bishop Anthony Richard Fallah Borwah
President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Liberia; Bishop of Gbarnga
Mgr Honoré Barhebwa Tukulenabo
Vicaire Général du diocèse d’Uvira
The Most Revd Edward Tamba Charles
Archbishop of Freetown
The Most Revd Charles A M Campbell
Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Bo
The Most Revd Henry Aruna
Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Kenema
The Most Revd Bishop Natale Paganelli, sx
Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Makeni
The Right Revd Mark K Ngobeh
Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church Sierra Leone
The Right Revd Arnold C Temple
Bishop Emeritus, Methodist Church Sierra Leone
Bishop Tamba A Koroma
Bishop of the National Pentecostal Church (Sierra Leone)
The Revd Henry Abioseh Samuels
Head of Mission, Vine Memorial Baptist Mission (Sierra Leone)
The Revd John Adikali Baminhoma
National Superintendent, Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone
Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, CSC
Archbishop Emeritus, Dhaka Catholic Archdiocese
Dr Mathews George Chunakara
General Secretary, Christian Conference of Asia
The Most Revd Shorot Francis Gomes
Auxiliary Bishop, Dhaka Catholic Archdiocese
Sister Mary Minoti, SMRA
Superior General, SMRA Congregation
The Revd Father Leonard C Rebeiro
Administrator, The Chittagong Catholic Archdiocese
The Revd Father Gordon Dias
Member of College of Consultors, The Chittagong Catholic Archdiocese
The Most Revd James Romen Boiragi, DD
Bishop of Khulna Diocese
The Revd Jacob S Biswas
Vicar General of Khulna Diocese
The Revd Father Martin Mondol
Rector, Saint Francis Xavier Seminary, Khulna
Sister Alice Zacharias (Berchmans), SC
In charge, Sisters of Charity, Santa Maria Sick Assistance Centre, Khulna
Sister Lorrin (MC)
In charge, Nirmola Shishua Biaban, Missionaries of Charity, Khulna
Sister Clara Gharami (OSL)
Regional Superior, Luigine Sisters Bethania House, Khulna
The Most Revd Gervas Rozario, DD
Bishop of Rajshahi Catholic Diocese
Father Paul Gomes
Vicar General of Rajshahi Catholic Diocese
Father William Murmu
Chancellor of Rajshahi Catholic Diocese
The Most Revd Dr Justin Gnanapragasam
Bishop of Jaffna; Chairman, Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC
Sister Victoria Embate
On behalf of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philippine Unit
Sister Riffat Sadiq
Leader, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pakistan Unit
Sister Shahnaz Barkat
Secretary, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pakistan Unit
Father Renzo De Luca, SJ
Provincial, Province of Japan, Society of Jesus
Father Antonio Moreno, SJ
President, Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Father Greg Soetomo, SJ
Socius, Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Father Stephen Chow, SJ
Provincial, Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus
Dr Joseph Xavier, SJ
Director, Indian Social Institute, Bangalore
Father David Solomon, SJ
Director, Bagaicha Social Centre, Ranchi
Bispo Naudal Alves Gomes
Bispo Primaz do Brasil, Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
The Revd Dr Darío Barolin
Secretario Executivo, Alianza de Iglesias Presbiterianas y Reformadas de América Latina
Mara Manzoni Luz
Regional Director, Centro Regional Ecuménico de Asesoría y Servicio (CREAS)
Father Roberto Jaramillio, SJ
President, Jesuit Conference of Latin America and Caribbean (CPAL)
Rafael Soares de Oliveira
Executive Director, Koininia Presença Ecumênica e Serviço
Secretária Executiva, Fundação Luterana de Diaconia (FLD)
Lic Nicolás Rosenthal
Executive Director, Fundación Protestante Hora de Obrar
Coordenadora, Diaconia – Brasil
Mg Milton Mejía
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ
Archbishop of Luxembourg; President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE)
The Most Revd Leo Wagener
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Luxembourg
Abbot Patrick Muller
Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Luxembourg
The Most Revd Stephan Burger
Archbishop of Freiburg im Breisgau
The Most Revd Heiner Wilmer, SCI
Bishop of Hildesheim; Lead Bishop of the German Bishops' Conference for Justice and Peace
Abbot Bernardus Peeters, ocso
President, National Conference of the Dutch Religious (representing 3,500 female and male religious in the Netherlands)
Sister Monica Raassen, crss
Vice-President, National Conference of the Dutch Religious
Father Franck Janin, SJ
President, Jesuit Conference of European Provincials
Father Antonio España, SJ
Provincial, Spanish Jesuit Province
Father Miguel Almeida, SJ
Provincial, Portuguese Jesuit Province
Father Dr Bernhard Bürgler, SJ
Provincial, Austrian Jesuit Province
Father Jan Roser, SJ
Provincial, German Jesuit Province
Msgr Lode Van Hecke
évêque de Gand (Belgique)
The Most Revd Jean-Pierre Delville
Bishop of Liège
Father Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ
Secretary, Social Justice and Ecology for the Society of Jesus
Father Christian M Rutishauser, SJ
Provincial, Jesuits in Switzerland
FatherLeonard Moloney, SJ
Provincial, Jesuit Irish Province
Father Peter Rožič, SJ
Director, Jesuit European Social Centre
Sister Grace Redmond
South West Provincial, Presentation Sisters in Ireland
Sister Grace McKernan
Presentation Leadership Team, South West Province, Ireland
Sister Eileen Clear
Presentation Leadership Team, South West Province, Ireland
Sister Pauline Casey
Presentation Leadership Team, South West Province, Ireland
Sister Mary Hanrahan
North East Provincial, Presentation Sisters in Ireland
Sister Aurea Dias
Presentation Sister, Monasterevin, Ireland
Inmaculada Soler Giménez
Coordinadora General Villa Teresita
Sister Julie Watson
Congregational Leader, Union of Sisters of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Right Revd William Nolan
Bishop of Galloway; President of Justice & Peace Scotland
The Right Revd Joseph Toal
Bishop of Motherwell; Bishop President of SCIAF
The Right Revd John Arnold
Bishop of Salford; Chair of CAFOD
Father Damian Howard, SJ
Provincial, Jesuits in Britain
General Secretary, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Sister Eileen Keating
Provincial Leader, English Province of Presentation Sisters
Sister Justine Mulcahy, PBVM
Sister Margaret Finnegan, PBVM
The Revd Susan C Johnson
National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Right Revd Richard Bott
Moderator, The United Church of Canada
Carol Zinn, SSJ
Executive Director, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Sister Georgette Gregory, CSJ
Congregational Leader, Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto
Father Erik Oland, SJ
Provincial Superior, Jesuits of Canada
Sister Theresa Campeau, osu
Community Leader, Ursuline Sisters of Chatham
Sister Sue Wilson, CSJ
Director, Office for Systemic Justice, Federation of Sisters of Saint Joseph of Canada
Father Ken Thorson, OMI
Provincial, OMI Lacombe Canada
Sister Joan Cronin, GSIC
General Superior, Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
Sister Elizabeth M Davis, rsm
Congregational Leader, Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John's, NL, Canada
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Vincent de Paul (Canada)
IBVM (Loretto Sisters) Canada
Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ
President, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
Sister Sheila Hammond, RSCJ
Provincial, United States-Canada Province, Society of the Sacred Heart
Margaret Perron, RJM
Provincial, US Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary
Sister Julie Kubasak, DC
Provincial Superior, Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent De Paul
Sister Katherine Fennell, PBVM
Provincial Leader, Union of Presentation Sisters (USA Unit)
Sister Carmen Hernandez, PBVM
Congregational Leader, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister Maureen G Erdlen, SSJ
Congregational President, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Province Leadership Team
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany NY Province
Father Ted Penton, SJ
Secretary of Justice and Ecology, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
The Revd Raymond Finch, MM
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Sister Nonie Gutzler, MM
Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic
Sister Diane Bardol, GNSH
Social Justice Coordinator, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sarah Nash, IMH Associate
Coordinator of the Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sister Toby Lardie
Pastoral Leader, Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Sister Jean Steffes, CSA
Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes
Sister Rosemarie Abate
Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Western Province
Dominican Sisters, Grand Rapids
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Western American Area
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Congregational Leadership
USA Adorers of the Blood of Christ