The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity being observed January 18-25, can be accessed on phone, computer or tablet via the YouVersion Bible app. So far it has been installed on over 400 million devices in all countries around the world.
Bishops from across Europe and North America have called on their governments to insist on the application of international law in Israel and Palestine. This follows their recent visit to the Holy land of Jesus’s birth. According to the Bishops, lasting peace could be achieved by addressing the security concerns of Israel and the right of all to live in safety; rejecting political or economic support for settlements and resolutely opposing acts of violence or abuses of human rights by any side.
Christians in Algeria are requesting prayer for a church in that country after a court ordered its closure on January 12. The church failed to meet restrictions placed on it, including limiting activities to weekly worship only and prohibiting foreigners to serve. Prior to this, the umbrella organisation for Protestant churches in Algeria was ordered closed since November 2017.
Head of the US Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Curry has reached out to Harry and Meghan after they announced they will no longer be working members of the Royal Family as of spring this year. According to The Sunday Times, Bishop Curry is offering pastoral care to the couple as they forge lives in the US and Canada, independent of the British monarchy. Bishop Curry delivered a memorable sermon on the ‘power of love’ at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018.
In the US, Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski has emphasized the importance of welcoming refugees. He also decried the decision of Texas Governor Greg Abbott not to participate in the federal refugee resettlement program. He said Florida and refugees, would lose if they were to follow Texas’ example