December 17, 2012 |
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Mainstream Anglican Christians in Zimbabwe took back their cathedral on Sunday after a lockout of more than five years staged by an excommunicated, breakaway bishop who claimed loyalty to the president's party and used loyalist police to keep people out. Worshipers from across the country and regional church leaders thronged the central Harare square for a service to "cleanse and re-dedicate" the historic colonial-era cathedral towering...
November 20, 2012 |
MBABANE, Swaziland - As the Church of England weighs whether it will allow women to become bishops, the Anglican Church has ordained its first female bishop in Africa. Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, was consecrated Saturday to serve as the church's bishop in Swaziland, a tiny, impoverished nation surrounded by South Africa that is the continent's last absolute monarchy. Speaking Monday to the Associated Press, Wamukoya said she wanted to bring integrity to the church. "I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God," Wamukoya said.
June 16, 2012 |
The Rev. David Ousley was baptized a Methodist in 1951, was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1979, and left it in 1999 for the Anglican Church in America. And on Saturday, this 61-year-old married father of three will make one more ecclesiastical leap: he will be ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in a 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church in Mount Airy. He is "swimming the Tiber," as Anglicans call conversion to Catholicism — a reference to the river that runs through Rome — but the white-bearded Ousley will not emerge from his swim on some strange and foreign shore.
May 26, 2012 |
PORTLAND, Maine - Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father's Day to kick off a fund-raising campaign for the lead opposition group to November's ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages. Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, said Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine evangelical organization and a member of the PAC. Conley is also trying to get support from religious leaders around the country.
January 9, 2012 |
The choir will sing Anglican hymns next month as the Rev. Jeffrey Steenson receives the hat, staff, and ring of a bishop. But Steenson, former rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, won't become a bishop. And he isn't Episcopal. Instead, the married father of three will be installed in Houston as the first head of a national Roman Catholic diocese for people like him: disenchanted former Anglicans seeking a home with Rome. Steenson, who converted to Catholicism in 2007, will serve as high priest of this new entity, or "ordinariate," that Pope Benedict XVI established on New Year's Day. After the Feb. 19 ceremony, Steenson will wear the accoutrements of a bishop, but will bear the title monsignor.
April 28, 2002 |
Inside the high vaulted sanctuary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church flies a flag of the kind that was designed in the early 1700s, during the reign of Queen Anne. For anyone who knows the history of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the presence of an English pennant would not be unusual; after all, the Episcopal Church USA remains a branch of the Anglican Church, which was founded in the 1530s as the Church of England. The link between the church and the Queen Anne flag is closer than that, however.
July 4, 2000 |
The message was clear: The freedom to be oneself is the greatest freedom of all. "People continue to struggle for it and die for it - the right to worship as they believe," Paul Zinader, a representative of Beth Israel Synagogue in Vineland, told a crowd of about 500 yesterday at an interfaith service at the Woodbury Friends Meeting House. The event was part of a celebration commemorating the founding of the city by Henry Wood, who left England in search of religious freedom. "We should defend the right to live . . . as you believe with respect to the safety of your neighbors," Zinader said.
August 10, 1998 |
Parishioners at local Episcopal churches were as divided yesterday as Anglicans worldwide over a recent declaration by bishops that homosexuality is "incompatible with Scripture" and that gay people should not be ordained. Traditionalists, who criticize the wave of liberalism that has introduced female and gay clergy into Anglican churches and turned a blind eye to sex outside of marriage, embraced last week's declaration as a way to start realigning the Church's moral compass.
October 24, 1997 |
Princess Diana's freshly-dead body was prayed over alone for four hours by a Roman Catholic priest hastily summoned to give her last rites, a Brit tab reported yesterday. The Rev. Yves Clochard-Bossuet was on duty early Aug. 31 in Paris' Pitie Salpetriere hospital when Di was brought in after the accident. "I could not believe I was at her bedside, in front of her," the Mirror quoted the priest as saying. "It was difficult to realize the enormity of the situation. There were so many people - police, the British ambassador, doctors and outside, journalists.
May 18, 1994 |
"The report of my death was an exaggeration. " - Mark Twain The Rev. James C. Flanagan wants everyone to know that the Baptist Church of the Evangel in Narberth is not shutting down. Flourishing and healthy it may not be, but at death's door it is not. As a matter of fact, said the pastor, the church is in the midst of refurbishment and repair after a winter that wreaked havoc on the 104-year-old structure. The rumors began when the church had to close in January because of a leaky roof and pipes that froze and burst, causing extensive water damage.