[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishop of Christchurch in New Zealand, Victoria Matthews, and the Bishop of Shrewsbury in the Church of England’s Diocese of Lichfield, Mark Rylands, have announced they are stepping down to pursue new callings. The unrelated announcements, from bishops on the other side of the earth to each other, were made in the past 24 hours. Matthews will step down on May 1. In a message to her diocese, she said explained she was doing so because she was prompted by God to do so. Meanwhile, Rylands will step down from his position in July, in order to return to parish ministry in the Diocese of Exeter.
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