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This time, from Canada. From The Vancouver Sun: An Anglican parish in Calgary is taking a leap of faith by becoming the first church in Canada to accept an offer from the Vatican to join the Roman Catholic Church. Parishioners …Read More

The Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet in England gave his last sermon as an Anglican yesterday, and, as one report described it,”laid aside his crozier and mitre at the feet of Our Lady.” The final words from his …Read More

After news that some bishops are lining up to swim the Tiber, now it seems some priests are putting on their water wings, too: The Catholic Church will announce this week that 50 Anglican clergy are defecting to Rome following …Read More

Pope Benedict’s historic outreach to Anglicans continues to make history — and make waves: Anglicans who defect to Rome in protest at plans to ordain women bishops could be allowed to continue worshipping in their Church of England buildings, a …Read More

There’s another convert in the Blair family, according to news reports: It could certainly make family get-togethers interesting. Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth has converted to Islam. The former prime minister is also a religious convert – he became a …Read More

And more may be joining him in the months ahead. Details from Damien Thompson: Bishop John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham in the Anglican diocese of London, is to resign his post later this year to join the Pope’s Ordinariate. The …Read More

Some dramatic news out of Maryland: In a letter to parishioners, the Reverend Jason Cantania, rector of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that the vestry of the parish had voted unanimously in favor of two resolutions. First, …Read More

This can only be good news for the cotton towel industry. Details: Beneath a cloudless sky on a recent Sunday afternoon, John Oswald made a public profession of his Christian faith as he stood in the waters of Lake Michigan. …Read More

Strange but true. Details: Three years ago, just before Easter, then-Archbishop Raymond Burke attended a Passover seder with about 25 people to commemorate God’s liberation of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. Guests wore yarmulkes–Burke brought his own fuchsia zucchetto worn …Read More

A remarkable odyssey has finally come to a close. From the Louisville Courier-Journal: In the annals of people who returned to their childhood faith after a time of alienation, few have had a longer sojourn than James O’Bryan. The Louisville …Read More