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January 08 2020 By virtueonline Gone by 2040?

"I don't think they're a surprise to anybody," Nicholls said of the statistics in an interview with the Anglican Journal. "Anybody who's been in the church in the pews, or as a priest, or as a deacon or a bishop has known that this decline has been happening. We see it every Sunday, we see it in lots of ways. "I think it is a wake-up call....

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January 07 2020 By virtueonline Rector Abruptly Resigns Cash Rich, Member Poor Trinity Wall Street

"I have come to the decision to step away for a time, resign as Rector of Trinity, and enjoy some sabbath rest," Lupfer wrote, noting that it follows "five years of intensive work" with vestry and other stakeholders.

Trinity holds billions of dollars in property and financial assets, dating to an early 18th century grant of Manhattan farmland from Queen Anne. In February 2019, the New York Times reported that the parish portfolio was worth an estimated $6 billion.

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January 06 2020 By virtueonline Archbishops call for action after IS killings

"Across the north, the mainly Muslim Fulani have been taking land from predominantly Christian farmers by force and occupying their villages," he said. "They attack, typically, in the middle of the night while people are sleeping. They shoot in the air and create panic to drive the villagers out.

"When the people flee from their houses into the darkness, the Fulani lie in wait with their machetes and cut them down. Again and again. And the government seems powerless to stop them."

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January 05 2020 By virtueonline BREAKING: United Methodist Church officially splits over gay 'marriage,' clergy

The plan, which still needs to be approved by the conference in May, was devised by a 16-person committee of bishops and other officials who deemed separation the "best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the Church to remain true to its theological understanding."

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December 27 2019 By virtueonline 'Victims' of Church of England preacher reveal allegations of naked beatings, ice baths and massages

Rev Jonathan Fletcher, 77, was banned from preaching after it emerged that he had "spiritually abused" vulnerable adults at the London church where he used to minister, the Daily Telegraph revealed in June.

Now five alleged victims - all men who wish to remain anonymous - have come forwards to detail the spiritual, psychological and physical abuse they claim to have suffered.

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During the Holy Father's surprise visit to the Pilo Albertelli High School on Friday, two pupils, Damiano and Francesco, asked the pontiff how he would respond to "people of other religious beliefs" and what he would say if an atheist came to him and asked him "for a fundamental reason to start believing."

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December 23 2019 By virtueonline HONG KONG: Bishop Paul Kwong tells congregation that pro-democracy advocates should keep quiet

The sermon was posted on the church's website on Monday. Reaction has been swift, with some branding the sermon as "outrageous" and "sarcastic" and accusing Kwong of using "Jesus to fit some personal values".

In Sunday's sermon, Kwong said: "Whenever people see me or other church leaders, they will say, 'We must speak up! Speak up at all times, on everything. It is a must to fight'.

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December 21 2019 By virtueonline Episcopal Church Hosts Pro-Abortion Rally Featuring "Christian" Pastors Promoting Abortions

"We encourage the legislature to pass bills that improve the health of our communities, not another unconstitutional abortion restriction." #StopTheBans

The Rev. Terry Williams, a United Church of Christ minister from Chillicothe who spoke at the protest, claimed to stand for women's rights by opposing the pro-life bill.

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December 20 2019 By virtueonline Episcopal House of Bishops makeup changing to incorporate greater diversity

"Nothing less than human civilization itself, nothing less than the very survival of this creation, this world itself, depends on our capacity and willingness to be truly inclusive and to affirm our diversity," the Presiding Bishop preached.

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December 10 2019 By virtueonline SAN ANTONIO, TX: Founding Priest inhibited by Ordinariate

Fr. Phillips turns 70 on Friday the 13th.

In that letter, which was read from the raised pulpit at all OLA Masses, Bishop Lopes explained to the "Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ" that their beloved pastor emeritus was named in a list of "clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors" released in January by the Archdiocese of San Antonio "for failing to report credible allegations against Deacon Orr to the Archdiocese."


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