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January 19 2017 By dvirtue ACNA House of Bishops Receive Phase 4 on Women's Ordination

A Holy Orders Task Force examining the issue of women's ordination concluded Phase 4 of their work and presented it to the college. "The Phase 4 report is being formatted and combined with the previous documents from the task force. This report will be passed on to the GAFCON Primates and to our ecumenical partners for feedback, and released to the whole Church in late February. The bishops will pick up these discussions at their next two meetings, in June and September of this year."

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January 18 2017 By dvirtue GLOUCESTER, UK: Muslim call to prayer at cathedral sparks debate, explanations and a deleted Facebook post

The event, which was seen by about 1,000 people at the iconic building, triggered hundreds of compliments from people around the city on social media.

But it also provoked criticism in some quarters, with some calling it inappropriate and even questioning why a "different God" should be allowed to be worshiped there.

Gloucester Cathedral also took the step of deleting a Facebook post on the call to prayer after the comments got heated.

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January 14 2017 By dvirtue Episcopalians Uneasy about Cathedral Inauguration Role

In a statement, the cathedral's chief communications officer, Kevin Eckstrom, said, "We do not pray or sing to bless a political ideology or partisan agenda. From its earliest days, the Cathedral was conceived as a 'great church for national purposes,' a place that could assist the nation in marking significant moments in our national life.

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January 13 2017 By dvirtue Anglican Dean abducted amid fears of persecution in South Sudan

A spokesman for the Cathedral, the Rev Evans Mustafa, appealed to South Sudan National Security agency to release the Dean of the Cathedral. He was abducted by an unknown gunman believed to be a South Sudan Security operative.

Though it was not clear who abducted the Dean, church leaders believed the government was behind the disappearance.

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January 11 2017 By dvirtue SOUTH AFRICA: Archbishop Justin backs Archbishop Thabo in church v state row

"The Church must be active in politics, in the issues that concern citizens" he said in a newspaper interview. "The Church will not (keep quiet) especially on ethical issues, inequality, corruption and the need for all to be healed and to be afforded their dignity."

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January 11 2017 By dvirtue PASADENA, CA: Episcopal Parish Won't Pray for President by Name

Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, blogged this week:

"If you come to All Saints this Sunday, you'll notice that we have removed the proper names from our prayers for those in authority. Whereas before we prayed for "Barack, our president," we are now praying for "our president, our president-elect, and all others in authority." This practice will continue for at least the near future.

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January 10 2017 By dvirtue TANZANIA: Bishop Mokiwa caught up in financial controversy

Dr Valentino Mokiwa, yesterday rejected a call to resign from his position over failure to assist a special committee investigating fraud and alleged abuse of office.

The church through a letter signed by Chief Bishop Jacob Chimeledya says Bishop Mokiwa was asked to step down after he had failed to assist in an investigation of fraud amounting to over Sh200 million in connection with a special account opened at the Dar es Salaam Commercial Bank (DCB).

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January 08 2017 By dvirtue GLASGOW: Qur'an recitation in St. Mary's Cathedral

You can see a video of it here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5tNnJAH45ZjMFN0dmhnSi0xbFE/view

https://www.facebook.com/madinah.javed/videos/10211919324364223/

The cathedral have taken down the link from their own FACEBOOK page after comments were made.

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January 06 2017 By dvirtue Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth - Fact check: The Episcopal News Service

"We're not trying to rebuild an old church," Fort Worth Bishop Provisional J. Scott Mayer tells ENS. "We are trying to participate in resurrection to become a new body."

Episcopalians have the right to reorganize themselves into a new entity and continue their affiliation with the national church. But the article makes statements up front that are not in accord with the church's own self-reported statistics:

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January 06 2017 By dvirtue Norwegian Church passes milestone in modification of its links with State

The constitutional shake-up, how­­ever, falls short of full disestab­lishment, as the King of Norway is still required to be a Lutheran, and, unlike any other denomination, chil­­dren auto­mat­ically be­­come mem­­bers of the Church of Norway if one of their parents is a member. Furthermore, the Church will con­­tinue to receive state funding, as do all other religious, and even hu­­manist, organisations.

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