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Bible Lands Winter 2017

This issue of Bible Lands covers major events in the four dioceses over the full year due to our change in editorship (see article).

The cover photo marks the election at the Central Synod meeting in May of Archbishop Suheil as President Bishop, following Archbishop Mouneer’s ten years of dedicated service.  Before that meeting, the Archbishop of Canterbury paid a significant and lengthy pastoral visit to the Christians of Jerusalem, the Palestinian territories and Israel.

News from Cyprus and the Gulf focuses on Iraq with a report from JMECA Trustee, William Taylor, of a visit to an area previously occupied by ISIS while Archdeacon Bill Schwartz reports on St George’s Baghdad.  

In Egypt there are changes in leadership with the election of a new Bishop the Rt Revd Samy Fawzy Shehata for North Africa and the resignation of Bishop Grant LeMarquand as Bishop of the Horn of Africa.

News from Iran is limited but the Central Synod elected the Revd Dr Albert Walters to succeed Bishop Azad Marshall as Vicar-General for Iran. Bishop Azad had served from 2004 to 2017 as Vicar-General, Bishop and then Vicar-General again – a long period of dedicated and demanding service. And the daughter of a former bishop is to be consecrated a bishop in the Church of England.