Synod calls for ac­tion on ter­ror­ism

The Church of England - - NEWS -

THE SYNOD OF Angli­can Churches in the Mid­dle East has called on Euro­pean and Mid­dle East­ern gov­ern­ments to take firm ac­tion to com­bat ter­ror­ism across the re­gion.

The provin­cial synod of the Epis­co­pal Church in Jerusalem and the Mid­dle East, meet­ing in Lar­naca, Cyprus, also called for hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port to the mass mi­gra­tion of peo­ples across the Mediter­ranean.

The Most Rev Mouneer Anis, Pri­mate of the prov­ince and Bishop of Egypt, told The Church of Eng­land News­pa­per, that in ad­di­tion to in­ter­nal house­keep­ing mat­ters, the dio­cese also prayed for peace in Iraq, Syria, Ye­men, Le­banon, and Libya — ar­eas served by the prov­ince.

Three res­o­lu­tions were also adopted by the prov­ince: the call for a “re­spon­si­ble diplo­macy and strate­gic think­ing to” counter ter­ror­ism, end con­flicts, aid refugees and “Help the peo­ples and na­tions of our suf­fer­ing re­gion to­wards a just and peace­ful fu­ture.”

The synod also thanked King Ab­dul­lah II of Jor­dan for the gift of land along the banks of the river Jor­dan to build St John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church for the coun­try’s Chris­tians.

The synod also “unan­i­mously af­firmed that our church does not per­form mar­riage cer­e­monies in­volv­ing two mem­bers of the same sex.”

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