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March 13 2020 By virtueonline Seven African Archbishops including Lord Carey Appeal for help to combat Locust Plague

Dear Friend,

A plague of locusts is devastating crops and livelihoods. Please help us save God's people.

Thousands of already marginalised and persecuted Anglican Christians are among those facing severe

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March 13 2020 By virtueonline KAMPALA: ANGLICAN CHURCH IN UGANDA BESIEGED BY POLICE

An eyewitness in a shop neighboring the church one Amos Lugemwa said; "The Anglican community put up a brave fight using stones and sticks to fight those who had come to tear down the buildings. Local Police unleashed tear gas and fired live bullets in air, but locals stood their ground and surrounded their church,''

However, bailiffs managed to destroy the primary school and some makeshift structures but were unable to destroy the church.

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March 12 2020 By virtueonline The Surgeon General on How Churches Should Respond to the Coronavirus

Our Rural Matters Initiative has been a part of an ongoing conversation with the HHS Partnership for Good around the opioid epidemic and mental health, and (more recently) HIV/AIDS. Near the end of our meeting, the Surgeon General invited us to ask questions. I asked about coronavirus, and with his permission, I am sharing his answers here. You can also read my post from a few days ago on A Christ-Centered Response to the Coronavirus Threat.

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March 11 2020 By virtueonline IRAN: Convert gets two more years in prison for 'Evangelical Zionist Christianity'

The court document detailed that the "hostile" group in question espoused "Evangelical Zionist Christianity".

Article18's advocacy director, Mansour Borji, said that given that Ismaeil is a member of the Anglican Church, this shows that "such blanket labelling is inaccurately applied to any Christian arrested for their religious activities, as the revolutionary courts try to justify their violations of religious freedom".

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March 10 2020 By virtueonline ACNA Archbishop Weighs in on Coronavirus: Trust God: Be Informed: Be Prudent: Act in Love

1. Trust God.

In the midst of uncertainty, we trust God. He is sovereign over human history and over our lives. He is the Lord, "our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). And he is loving and merciful. Psalm 100:5 assures us, "For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations."

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March 09 2020 By virtueonline Islamic Militants Kill over 100 Anglicans in Democratic Republic of Congo

Among the killed were two priests. The most affected are villages in eastern Democratic republic of Congo's Beni region, said police intelligence officer Luis Mboka in Kivu province.

Mboka said that areas in Beni region have seen a surge of violence since October 30th 2019 when the Congolese army started an offensive meant to flush out ADF rebels from the area.

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March 06 2020 By virtueonline Anglicans address Frontiers in Medical Service

Introduction

Over forty Christian practitioners engaged in nursing, medicine, mental health, hospital chaplaincy, special needs and palliative care in six countries in Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia met under the auspices of under the auspices of Oxtrad and the Bishop of the Church of Pakistan Congregations in the Gulf to explore how such Christian ministries might be enhanced and co-ordinated.

Data and Analysis

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March 05 2020 By virtueonline Lesbian priests to lead church service on eve of Anglican summit

The move is likely to rile conservative bishops who maintain that homosexuality is a sin.

An "inclusive" Eucharist at a church in Canterbury will be presided over by the Rt Rev Mary Glasspool, the assistant bishop in New York. The preacher will be the Rev Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, a daughter of Desmond Tutu, the veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner.

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March 03 2020 By virtueonline Church of Ireland clarifies position on same-sex marriage after confusion

In its statement, the commission wrote: "Yes. If it has been decided to legalise same-sex marriage in a territory where such couples were previously only able to form civil partnerships it should be permitted for them to convert such a partnership to a marriage."

Canon Ian Ellis, former editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette, told the Belfast News Letter that the submission was "confusing".

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March 03 2020 By virtueonline Nearly half of self-identifying Anglicans support same-sex marriage - poll

When YouGov first asked the question in 2013, 38% of self-identifying Anglicans said that same-sex marriage was right. That figure rose to 45% in 2016.

The 2020 poll found that they are still less likely than the rest of the population to support same-sex marriage, with 60 per cent of total respondents believing same-sex marriage to be right. Support within the wider general public has also risen from 46% in 2016.

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