Four new bishops — and first biracial bishop — elected to AME Church


(RNS) — Four new bishops were elected to the African Methodist Episcopal Church on Saturday (July 10), the final day of the denomination’s General Conference in Orlando, Florida. Four general officers and two judicial council members were also elected. The Rev. Francine A. Brookins is the first biracial bishop to be elected, and Advocate Thabile … Read more

Prominent Anglican bishop takes leave of absence amid ongoing accusations of mishandling abuse allegations


The Anglican Church in North America logo. Courtesy image (RNS) — A prominent Anglican bishop has announced a leave of absence after admitting he mishandled allegations of abuse.  Bishop Stewart Ruch III of the Anglican Church in North America’s Upper Midwest Diocese had known since 2019 that former lay minister Mark Rivera had been charged … Read more

AME Church bishops address COVID-19, critical race theory as major meeting opens


(RNS) — The bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church opened their denomination’s major meeting — a year after it was delayed due to the coronavirus — with a call for greater worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing. “Joining our ecumenical and interfaith partners, we call on the United States government to expedite equity … Read more

Catholic House Democrats prepare to send bishops ‘statement of principles’ on Communion vote


WASHINGTON (RNS) — A group of Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives is preparing a “statement of principles” to be released after a planned vote Thursday (June 17) by the American Catholic bishops on a proposal to draft a document on the Eucharist that taps into ongoing debate regarding Communion and politicians who back … Read more