The Archbishop of Wales said in an open letter to the LGBT community that while the Church can't support same-sex marriage, he apologized for what he called the persecution and prejudice they have faced.
"We, as bishops of the Anglican Communion, mindful of the results of our consultation and the Statement of the Primates of the Anglican Communion, and of all our members, including those who are gay and lesbian, do not feel that we can support at this time a move to change the discipline of the Church in Wales with respect to the teaching on marriage, nor can we permit the celebration of public liturgies of blessing for same-sex unions," Barry Morgan said in a statement released Wednesday.
His comments refer to the major Anglican Primates meeting in January, which upheld the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman, and decided to suspend The Episcopal Church in America from moving away from that tradition. more >>
The Episcopal Church announced Monday that it has fired two high-ranking officials and will demote another following an independent internal investigation for inappropriate workplace behavior. Church officials did not elaborate.
Last December three Episcopal Church officials, Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission Sam McDonald, and Director of Public Engagement and Mission Communications Alex Baumgarten, were placed on administrative leave.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, released a statement yesterday providing an update on the investigation. more >>
A new ad by the Church of England depicting a former drug user playing the role of Jesus in a re-enactment of the Passion Play before Easter is looking to send a message that faith and hope triumph over struggle.
"From bereavement to addiction, from homelessness to imprisonment, Easter is a reminder that suffering doesn't have the last word and that love is more powerful than the grave. Each of the stories is a testimony to the fact that love wins," said the Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the CofE.
"As the Church across the globe celebrates Easter day we wanted to make a film that highlighted the stories of individuals who have come through suffering to the Easter joy of faith in Jesus." more >>
Actor Stephen Fry's controversial interview in which he claimed God is "utterly evil" for creating things such as bone cancer in children has been shortlisted for an award celebrating excellence in religious broadcasting.
The Rt. Rev. Nick Baines, bishop of Leeds and chair of the 2016 Sandford St Martins Awards, explained that the awards focus on deep exploration of people's religious views.
"The world needs to be interpreted, not just reported. And to do this effectively, the lens of those being reported needs to be looked through and understood," he said, according to The Guardian. more >>
Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for prayers Tuesday after 34 were killed and at least 180 injured in terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.
The Vatican's secretary of state released a statement on behalf of the pope to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Malines-Bruxelles, saying the pontiff will pray for the victims of this "blind violence."
"Having learned of the attacks in Brussels, affecting many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts the deceased to God's mercy and joins in prayer in the suffering of their relatives," the statement said, adding that the pope "expresses his deepest sympathy for the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to the rescue operations, asking the Lord to bring them comfort and consolation in their ordeal." more >>
A historian has discovered secret annotations using modern technology in the pages of a nearly 500-year-old Bible, one of the only surviving copies of England's oldest printed Bible.
Eyal Poleg, a historian from Queen Mary University of London, explained in a statement to the press that the ancient Bible was published in 1535 by Henry VIII, and has been kept at the Lambeth Palace Library in London.
"We know virtually nothing about this unique Bible — whose preface was written by Henry himself — outside of the surviving copies," Poleg said. more >>