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October 19 2023 By dvirtue Welby decries 'appalling and devastating' loss of life at Anglican-run Gaza hospital

"The Ahli hospital is run by the Anglican church. I mourn with our brothers and sisters - please pray for them. I renew my appeal for civilians to be protected in this devastating war. May the Lord God have mercy."

The Palestinian authorities have blamed the blast on an Israeli airstrike but Israel has claimed it was caused by a misfired rocket.

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October 17 2023 By dvirtue In Prayer for the People of Israel

As we mourn the more than 1,300 killed and 3,300 injured on October 7, the largest loss of life within the Jewish community in a single day since the Holocaust, please join us in prayer for those innocent Israelis still held captive in Gaza and for families mourning the loss of loved ones.

Psalm 122:6-9 (ESV)

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October 16 2023 By dvirtue Gaza hospitals are ‘facing catastrophe’, says Archbishop of Canterbury

I appeal for the evacuation order on hospitals in northern Gaza to be reversed - and for health facilities, health workers, patients and civilians to be protected.

The evil and barbaric terror attacks on Israelis by Hamas were a blasphemous outrage. But the civilians of Gaza are not responsible for the crimes of Hamas.

Please continue to pray for all innocent people, Israeli and Palestinian, who are caught up in the terrible violence in the Holy Land.

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October 13 2023 By dvirtue UK: Bishops go public with their rift over blessings for same-sex couples

The dissenting group includes seven diocesan bishops, as well as three suffragan bishops elected to the house and bishops designated as Provincial Episcopal Visitors, who are non-voting members. There are currently 53 members of the House of Bishops.

In their statement, they call on their colleagues to "reconsider the course we saw mapped out in our meeting".

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October 10 2023 By dvirtue Prayers of Love and Faith: House of Bishops agree next steps to bring to Synod

This process, expected to take until 2025, would involve consultation with every diocese and require approval by General Synod.

Bishops gave serious consideration to an alternative legal process which could have enabled special services to be authorised almost immediately - but temporarily -- (under Canon B5A). This would still have required a further process for the services to be authorised permanently (under Canon B2) by Synod.

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October 05 2023 By dvirtue '50,000 Mosques Closed In Iran' As Christianity Spreads

Doulabi, who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, which appoints the Supreme Leader -- noticed the broad disillusion of people with the outcome of Islam in Iran.

"When people look at the output of the religion, they decide to enter the religion or leave the religion," he said in published remarks.

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During the following 24 hours (29-20 September) he spoke at the Wales Leadership forum. On the Friday evening he was interviewed about his own Christian experience and then he responded to questions from the floor.

On the Saturday morning he spoke on the theme of hope in a bruised and broken world. He based his address on the concluding words of Habakkuk inviting us to rejoice however difficult our circumstances might be.

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St Thomas Church was commandeered during the pandemic, with the full knowledge and blessing of the CinW and local Bishop, as it was a modern building with good accessibility. The Parish of Bedwas, which had two church buildings, were not in a financial position to look after both. Attendance at St Thomas had declined, as had finance. Since 2020, The Parish Trust has invested over £50,000 into the church, including a new boiler, a new kitchen and environmentally friendly lighting.

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September 30 2023 By dvirtue Episcopal Withering on the Vine

Consider what the denomination's top officials now openly acknowledge:

"Our context demands that we must help the church to face and engage the reality of decline," Presiding Bishop Michael Curry candidly told the Episcopal Church Council of Bishops meeting virtually September 19 in his opening remarks. "This is not easy. The times are not easy."

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September 21 2023 By dvirtue Episcopalians See Partial Attendance Rebound as Membership Melts Down

Neither Restoration nor the National Cathedral are broadly reflective of their respective denominations on a nationwide scale, with each listing larger-than-average congregations. But, as a local microcosm of churchgoers in a major metropolitan area, the two churches less than five miles apart may serve to illustrate a sea change in how each emerged following a period of COVID restrictions and a corresponding attendance drop.

Statistical Release

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