The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of the need to remember the atrocities committed against the Jewish people in the Holocaust and even in Britain’s own history, as well as other victims of genocide.
In a message to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today, Dr. Rowan Williams said the works of poets such as Holocaust survivor Paul Celan and Etty Hillesum served to remind the world of the “loss of humanity that remains in our midst to this day.”
“Although other poets have spoken for those killed in Armenia, Cambodia and Darfur, many stories from these and other genocidal events remain untold,” he said. more >>
Anglican leaders from around the world began their weeklong meeting on Tuesday in the Irish capital of Dublin.
Not in attendance are about a third of the 39 primates – senior bishops or archbishops – many of whom are choosing to stay away because they feel it would be a waste of time.
Just days before the Primates Meeting, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis of the Middle East said he believes the global gatherings are "manipulated" and "orchestrated." more >>
Three disaffected Anglicans were ordained as Catholic priests on Saturday.
Keith Newton, Andrew Burnham and John Broadhurst – all former Anglican bishops – were welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church during a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London.
The three left the Church of England – the mother church of the global Anglican Communion – because they were "distressed" by the developments in the communion which they found to be "incompatible" with Christian tradition. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams is celebrating the influence the King James Bible has had worldwide as its 400th anniversary approaches.
In his New Year’s address to the public, he urged people to see some kind of “big picture” in a “big society” paralleled to their lives regardless of their personal beliefs.
“Whether you're a Christian or belong to another religion or whether you have nothing you'd want to call a religion at all, some kind of big picture matters,” he said. “If we're going to talk about a 'big society,' that'll need a big picture, a picture of what human beings are really like and why they're so unique and precious. This year's anniversary is a chance to stop and think about the big picture – and to celebrate the astonishing contribution made by that book four hundred years ago.” more >>
Two lesbian Episcopal priests kicked off the New Year by marrying in Massachusetts.
The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, dean and president of Episcopal Divinity School, and Mally Lloyd, canon to the Ordinary, married on Saturday at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston in front of nearly 400 guests. The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, solemnized the marriage.
For orthodox Anglicans, the lesbian union was another act of defiance. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury used his Christmas sermon to call on the rich and poor alike to share in the hardships brought on by the financial crisis and cuts in public spending.
Reflecting on the mutual dependence of humans, Dr. Rowan Williams urged people not to give in to the temptation of abandoning others to suffering while securing their own safety.
“Faced with the hardship that quite clearly lies ahead for so many in the wake of the financial crisis and public spending cuts, how far are we able to sustain a living sense of loyalty to each other, a real willingness to bear the load together?” said Williams. more >>