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May 17, 2016


CHURCHWIDE

Diocese of Maryland takes up reparations
At its recent convention, the Diocese of Maryland took the first of what could be many small steps to engage the issue of reparations and set aside money to help heal the centuries-old wounds of slavery.

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WORLDWIDE

Japanese Anglicans open support centre following earthquakes
The Anglican Church in Japan is drawing on its experience of the 2011 tsunami to respond to the powerful earthquakes that struck the island nation last month. Twin earthquakes of 6.5- and 7.3-magnitude on April 14 and 16 caused extensive damage in Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu, the southern island of Japan, killing more than 65 people and injuring nearly 1,600.

Church of England investment arm trebles capital in two decades
T
he Church of England’s investment arm, the Church Commissioners, has almost trebled the value of its investment fund over a 20-year period, it announced this week. The value of the Commissioners’ investment fund has grown from £2.4 billion at the start of 1995, to £7 billion at the end of 2015; producing a return of 8.2 percent last year.

United Society backs plan to eradicate Aids by 2030
A United Nations plan to eradicate Aids as a public health threat by 2030 has been welcomed by the Anglican mission agency United Society (formerly USPG); but U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warns that instead of eradication, the Aids epidemic could be prolonged indefinitely if urgent action is not implemented within the next five years. The plan will be discussed during a high level meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York next month.

Primate of Brazil mobilizes to ‘reclaim our democracy
The primate of Brazil has criticized the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff and the imposition of Vice President Michel Temer pending Rousseff’s impeachment trial; and warned of a growing social movement to “reclaim” the country’s democracy. The Most Rev. Francisco De Assis Da Silva had previously criticized the impeachment process. Today he described the process as “a show of sad cynicism.”

Fresh call for release of Asia Bibi
The primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has increased the pressure on Pakistan over their continued detention of Asia Bibi under the country’s much criticized blasphemy laws, by writing to Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Australia, Naela Chohan, and Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, about the case.

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BLOG

Bishops group urges Episcopalians to wear orange on June 2

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PEOPLE

Archbishop Paul Kwong to give CDSP commencement address

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