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Charity asks for prayers for St George’s, Baghdad

The Mosaic Middle East charity has asked for prayers for St George’s, Baghdad, and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict that erupted in the city’s green security zone over the August holiday weekend. At least 30 people were killed and 300 injured after a night of gunfire, and the unrest has yet to subside, its chief executive, Mike Simpson, said on Saturday. “Pray also for those who rely on St George’s: its 300-strong Christian congregation as well as schoolchildren and nursery and primary school teachers. Please pray for St George’s Clinic, its nurses, doctors and the 18,500 cases of patients it serves. He also asked for prayers for the chaplain, Canon Faez Jirjees, and for donations. “In this time of turmoil and with an economic crisis brewing for this winter, the people that St George’s supports need our financial help more than ever.”

Back Respect for Marriage Act, US Church Urged

THE Episcopal Public Policy Network in the United States has urged Episcopalians to encourage the United States Senate to pass the Respecting Marriage Act – a bill aimed at protecting the legality of same sex marriage in all states — in November. Same-sex marriages have been permitted in the Episcopal Church since its General Convention amended the canons in 2015 (News, July 10, 2015). A network news alert on Tuesday highlighted the spiritual importance of protecting same-sex marriage. An adviser to the Church’s Office of Government Relations, Rushad Thomas, told ENS, “With the Supreme Court demonstrating its willingness to roll back long-established rights, it is critical that Congress ensures that marriage equality be protected from a state-by-state perspective free for all. The Episcopal Church will continue to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights at the federal level.”

Cardinal Zen’s trial to begin after Covid delay

THE criminal trial of a former RC Bishop of hong kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, which is due to take place this week, has been delayed after the presiding judge tested positive for Covid, local media report. Cardinal Zen, along with three others, was arrested on May 10 for “alleged collusion with foreign forces” regarding the operation of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, of which he is a director (News, May 20). He pleaded not guilty to the National Security Act charges when he later appeared in court (News, June 10). His five-day trial was due to start on Monday, but is expected to be delayed for at least two days.

Hurricane hits Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Very Reverend Michael Curry, called on clergy and laity to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Fiona caused “flooding, landslides, blocked roads” as well as power outages. running over the weekend. This American territory was devastated five years ago by Hurricane Maria (News, September 22, 2017). Bishop Curry asked for prayers for the Bishop of Puerto Rico, the Most Reverend Rafael Morales, and his clergy and laity “as they stand with their fellow Puerto Ricans.” Moving west, the hurricane also wreaked havoc in the Dominican Republic. Bishop Curry urged prayers for the Bishop, the Rt Revd Moises Quesada, his clergy and laity, and “all those affected by this horrible storm. And I thank God for Episcopal Relief and Development and their effective response to this crisis. »

Bishop of Chicago finally consecrated

LA Rt Revd Paula Clark was finally consecrated Bishop of Chicago in St James’s Cathedral on Sunday, two years after her election. Bishop Clark became the first black woman elected bishop in the diocese in April 2021, but a few weeks later suffered a brain hemorrhage during the exercise. Her consecration was postponed for two months, then indefinitely as she took courses in speech therapy and physiotherapy. Her husband was later diagnosed with multiple myeloma and died in November. The Bishop of Washington, DC, the Rt Revd Mariann Edgar Budde, preaching, said it would have been understandable if Bishop Clark had walked away during all of this. “Paula never wavered – not once,” she said. “She never let go of the call God placed on her heart and yours.” The process has been “long, difficult, sometimes heartbreaking, but always guided by God,” Bishop Clark told the diocese in a letter.

NY Community of the Crossing inaugurated

MESSAGES of support have been sent to St John the Divine Cathedral, New York, as its new Interfaith Crossing Community opened this week. A youth program, the Fellowship was inaugurated this month at a service in which video messages were broadcast by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Bishop Michael Curry, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope, and the Ecumenical Patriarch. Bishop Curry wrote that religious communities “have often been beacons in helping human civilization find its way to a way of life more deeply grounded in the ways of compassion and the ways of justice, the ways of kindness, in the way of God’s love”. “The best of what we do as a Church happens when we come together as a community of love,” Bishop Welby said.

Priests and nun kidnapped in Cameroon

THE RC Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda in Cameroon’s northwest have expressed their “utter shock and horror” at the arson attack on a church in the Diocese of Mamfe last Friday. Nine people, including five priests and a nun, were abducted by dozens of unknown armed men. In a statement, the bishops called for the immediate release of the hostages. Clerics have been increasingly targeted in the conflicted Anglophone regions, where separatists have been battling the Francophone-controlled central government since 2017, Vatican News reports. The Bishops continue, “A wave of persecution against the hierarchy of the Church is now the new game of ‘struggle,’ and all sorts of threatening messages are being sent against missionaries who have sacrificed their lives to work for the people.” .

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