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Namibia elects new Bishop

The Archbishop and Metropolitan has received news from the Dean of the Province, Bishop Stephen Diseko, that after the eighth ballot, the Revd Patrick Djuulume was elected as Bishop of Namibia to succeed Bishop Luke Pato.

Please pray for the Bishop-elect, his wife, Hilma Johanes Djuulume, their family and the Diocese as they prepare for his consecration.

The Revd Canon Dr Makhosi Nzimande

Provincial Executive Officer

he Dean of the Province, Bishop Stephen Diseko of Matlosane, presided at the Elective Assembly.
Bishop-elect Patrick Djuulume of Namibia
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Candidates for Diocese of George Elective Assembly

The Metropolitan has received the following four names from the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Discernment Committee, Bishop Margaret Vertue, and the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Advisory Committee, Mr Chris Pyler, to be presented as candidates at the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of George on 6th & 7th May.

The Very Revd Isaac Josephs

The Revd Stafford Moses

The Venerable Edwin Pockpass

The Revd Canon Jerome Prins

We ask you to please pray for them, their families and the Diocese of George.

The Revd Canon Dr Makhosi Nzimande

Provincial Executive Officer

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Publications by John Suggit to celebrate his 100th year

The Publishing Committee has stock of the following titles by Canon John Suggit available.

He celebrated his 100th birthday on 14th April 2022.

We give thanks to God for his wonderful contribution by way of the following titles and others…..

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10 % discount on any quantity, price excludes postage.

Offer available till Friday 6th May 2022

Titles available while stocks last.

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Appeal for Clergy Retreat and Rest House at Wilderness

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Candidates for Diocese of Namibia Elective Assembly

The Metropolitan has received the following four names from the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Discernment Committee, Bishop Raphael Hess, and the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Advisory Committee, Mr Matthew Nghihangwa, to be presented as candidates at the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Namibia on 29th and 30th April:

The Revd Patrick Djuulume

The Venerable Canon Nangula Kathindi

The Revd Linea Peingodjabi Haufiku-Mukete

The Venerable Taarah Shalyefu

We ask you to please pray for them, their families and the Diocese of Namibia.

The Revd Canon Dr Makhosi Nzimande

Provincial Executive Officer

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Lusophone Province Elects new bishops

From an email sent by Bishop Carlos Matsinhe of Lebombo, the Acting Presiding Bishop of Igreja Anglicana de Mocambique e Angola, to Archbishop Thabo Makgoba:

Today, the Anglican Diocese of Maciene has elected the Reverend Agostinho Roberto Buque as its first Bishop. And the Diocese of Christ the King at Uige elected today the Reverend Augusto Domingos.

We sent Bp. Msosa to represent IAMA at Uige and I was with Bp. Manuel at Maciene.

Next Saturday we will be at Inhambane for their election. So we have elected two of the eight bishops. Continuing to thank you for guidance and prayers.

+Carlos IAMA

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Update to ACSA Covid guidelines – April 5, 2022

Following changes to Covid regulations in South Africa with effect from April 5, 2022, the Archbishop’s Covid Advisory Team has updated its guidelines for Anglicans.

The three-page document is available below, for reading online or downloading (scroll to the end to download).

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Planning for Provincial Standing Committee begins

Preparations are under way for this year’s meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee (PSC), which will again be held virtually.

PSC will take place from September 28-30, and will follow the Lambeth Conference, the world-wide meeting of Anglican bishops, which will be held in Canterbury, UK, from July 26 to August 8.

The PSC Service Committee, which plans the annual meetings of the top Provincial body between Provincial Synods, met recently and set a deadline for June 20 for the Province’s various committees and ministries to send in their reports.

PSC comprises a lay and clergy representative from each Diocese, as well as the Bishops of the Province.

[Photo: Some of the members of the PSC Service Committee at its recent meeting.]
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World’s Anglican leaders issue wide-ranging communique

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba joined the Primates Meeting of the Anglican Communion this week, the members of which met online and in London. They issued the following statement afterwards:

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Third interim report of Task Team on Discrimination in Schools

The Provincial Task Team appointed by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to make recommendations on how best the Church can address discrimination issues at Diocesan schools tabled an interim report at the February meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

The team, headed by the prominent educationalist, Mary Metcalfe, was established after the 2020 Provincial Standing Committee discussed the controversy on social media earlier that year on the experience of past and present scholars at private schools, including Anglican schools.

The report tabled in February was its third, and its work continues. Pursuant to a request by the Church’s Provincial Media Committee at its February meeting, the Archbishop has directed that the full interim report should be published here.

Note: In response to an inquiry from the Sunday Times, Johannesburg, concerning the team’s work, Archbishop Makgoba said “I am happy that under the efficient leadership of Mary Metcalfe it has made a good start to its work.” He added:

“Our schools are not under the direct control of the Church. The schools are governed by their own councils, on which the Church is usually represented. From what I have heard, the schools welcome the dialogue and guidance which the Task Team facilitates.”

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Canon Law Council meets on restructuring church governance

ACSA’s Canon Law Council meets on March 10 and 11 under the theme “Restructuring Church Governance.”

The “20tutu Virtual Conference” of the council is open to all Anglicans interested in Canon Law.

To sign up and follow the conference, see the details below.

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Japanese foundation awards peace prize to Fr Michael Lapsley

An announcement from the Niwano Peace Foundation:

The 39th Niwano Peace Prize awarded to Father Michael Lapsley, SSM of South Africa

Reason for Selection

Dr. Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya

On behalf of the Niwano Peace Prize Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that the 39th Niwano Peace Prize shall be given to Father Michael Lapsley, SSM of South Africa in recognition of his relentless struggle against apartheid and social discriminations, his support for the liberation movement in South Africa and various peacebuilding activities in other parts of the world. Father Lapsley, as a religious leader and a global social activist, has called upon faith communities to reflect and acknowledge social discrimination within their societies and mobilized their support against racism, apartheid and all forms of social discrimination that prevails in different parts of the world. The exceptional aspect of his social activism is that he has not restricted himself to addressing the socio-economic and political basis of racism but has also emphasized on the process of healing to deal with the bitterness, racial hatred and other socio-psychological impacts of injustices that emerge out of social discrimination.

Father Michael Lapsley was born on June 2nd, 1949 in New Zealand. He began his education at the Anglican Society of the Sacred Mission in New Zealand. As white man, he could have enjoyed the ease and trappings of his privilege, but his religious conviction led him to join the priesthood. In 1971, he joined the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM) in Australia. He was ordained to priesthood in 1973.

He went to South Africa at the height of apartheid in that country and began his work as Chaplain in black and white campuses, which exposed him to student activism and the injustices experience by black students under apartheid. He raised his voice for black students who were being shot, detained and tortured. Because of his involvement in anti-apartheid activities, he was expelled from South Africa, but he took this opportunity to travel the world to raise awareness against racism and mobilize support for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. In 1990, he sustained severe injuries, including losing both hands, the sight in his right eye, and extensive burns from a letter bomb explosion. This incident, rather than leaving him bitter, angry or dejected, reshaped his life’s work and lead to his transition from being a freedom fighter/ social activist to a healer. He realized the need to combine healing and reconciliation into his non-violent peacebuilding efforts.

Father Michael Lapsley was the Chaplain of the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture in 1993. He founded and became the Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories (IHOM) in Cape Town, South Africa in 1998. Since then, he continues the Institute’s work in South Africa and internationally organizing community forums to combat xenophobia, violence against refugees, workshops for prisoners, human rights education for youth, participating in dialogue sessions and other peacebuilding activities. His “Healing of Memory” workshop provides platform to those who want to share their experiences of injustice and discrimination and want to be heard compassionately. Father Lapsley, in his approach, is very inclusive as he embraces persons of all ages, gender, ethnicity, faith, and marginalized groups.

As a global activist, Father Lapsley after recognizing that racism was not confined to South Africa alone, he did not restrict himself within his country, but has moved globally such as launching the association called Friends of Cuba or creating the International Network for Peace, along with the families of those killed in the September 11 attacks in USA, to promote effective and nonviolent solutions to terrorism.

Father Lapsley draws his spirituality from his reflections on injustices, pain and sufferings caused by social inequalities that he witnessed around him and this led him to seek justice for all based on his understanding of the Bible. Therefore, while being rooted in Christianity, his appeal has been universal and interfaith. Father Lapsley’s non-violent, multi-faith peacebuilding efforts and activities of healing based on restorative justice approach, dialogue, and reconciliation are continuing to contribute to the healing of South Africans as well as many others all over the world.

In this way, Father Michael Lapsley has contributed immensely to the cause of peace and inter-religious cooperation, which is in congruence with the mission of the Niwano Peace Prize.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NIWANO PEACE FOUNDATION

Father Michael Lapsley, SSM to receive the Niwano Peace Prize

The 39th Niwano Peace Prize will be awarded to Father Michael Lapsley, SSM of South Africa in recognition of his relentless struggle against apartheid and social discrimination, his support for the liberation movement in South Africa and various peacebuilding activities
in other parts of the world. Father Lapsley’s non-violent, multi-faith peacebuilding efforts and activities of healing based on restorative justice approach, dialogue, and reconciliation are continuing to contribute to the healing of South Africans as well as many others all over the world. He has contributed immensely to the cause of peace and inter-religious cooperation, which is in congruence with the mission of the Niwano Peace Prize.

The presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. In addition to an award certificate, Father Michael Lapsley, SSM will receive a medal and twenty million yen.

To avoid undue emphasis on any particular religion or region, every year the Peace Foundation solicits nominations from people of recognized intellectual and religious stature around the world. In the nomination process, some 600 people and organizations, representing 125 countries and many religions, are asked to propose candidates. Nominations are rigorously screened by the Niwano Peace Prize Committee, which was set up in May of 2003 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Niwano Peace Prize.

The Committee presently consists of nine religious leaders from various parts of the world, all of whom are involved in movements for peace and inter-religious cooperation.

Here are some comments by members of the Committee on the selection of Father Michael Lapsley, SSM for this year’s award:

  • [He] lost both hands and one eye. He did not become bitter. Rather he not only carried on
    his struggle, he set about working on healing and reconciliation. His work focuses on
    healing across all sorts of divides. He saw in justice and he fought it. He saw damage and
    he has strived to heal it. (Mrs. Sarah Joseph OBE)
  • Father Michael Lapsley is very deserving of the Niwano Peace Prize. Father Lapsley has
    fought apartheid, which is one of the most striking forms of a hateful and painful
    phenomenon such as racial or ethnic discrimination. By doing so he has earned the esteem
    and respect of black South Africans of all religions. This commitment… was the cause of a
    very serious attempt on his life… gravely injured him, he lost both hands, the sight of one
    eye, and was severely burned. But a few years later, this attack also provoked a real
    transformation in him, a conversion, from… freedom fighter to healer and reconciler. This
    shows that in addition to exercising the virtue of fortress, thanks to which he has endured
    the very serious consequences of the attack suffered, Father Lapsley also exercises the1
    virtue of humility. In his commitment he has met and collaborated with people of different
    religious beliefs to lead them to peace of heart. (Dr. Flaminia Giovanelli)
  • After experiencing some gruesome torturing from those favoring racism, discrimination
    and inequalities; Father Lapsley was not scared to challenge the evils imposed by his own
    people over the disadvantaged. Even after liberation of South Africa from apartheid,
    Father Lapsley did not stop his mission of being a social justice activist for all. He realized
    that something more needs to be done to the victims of racism and apartheid for their
    holistic healing. As a global activist, Father Lapsley after recognizing that racism had not
    been confined to South Africa alone, he did not end his campaign for healing of memories
    of those within his country, he also moved globally. (Dr. Nokuzola Mndende)
  • Forgiveness and hope are essential as learned from his life experiences in order for healing
    to take place across societies around the world. His contribution to this long-term work
    emphasizes and supports trauma healing and peaceful coexistence. He has reached many
    persons through dialogue processes at the grassroots to the top of political and religious
    hierarchies. His influence on healing of memories has helped many persons all over the
    world. (Mr. Somboon Chungprampree)
  • Despite of the attack and losing his both arms, he courageously promotes healing of
    memory. He does not only preach it but practices it in his institution for healing memories.
    A victim of violence but an example of forgiveness. I still believe that Father Lapsley
    deserves to be recognized in such a ruthless world, where violence and power crush the
    victims. He paid a high price but still speaks about healing of memory. As there are many
    persecuted victims in our world, this is a sign of an empowered victim who speaks about
    forgiveness and healing. People of power need to see that we recognize victims of power.
    (Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan)

The Niwano Peace Prize

The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to inter-religious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace, and to make their achievements known as widely as possible. The Foundation hopes in this way both to enhance inter-religious understanding and cooperation and to encourage the emergence of still more persons devoted to working for world peace.

The Prize is named in honor of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano. For Niwano, peace was not merely an absence of conflict among nations, but a dynamic harmony in the inner lives of people as well as in our communities, nations and the world. Seeing peace as the goal of Buddhism, Niwano devoted much of the latter half of his life to promoting world peace, especially through inter-religious discussion and cooperation.

Niwano Peace Prize recipients are:

  1. Archbishop Hélder P. Câmara (1983)
  2. Dr. Homer A. Jack (1984)
  3. Mr. Zhao Puchu (1985)
  4. Dr. Philip A. Potter (1986)
  5. The World Muslim Congress (1987)
  6. Rev. Etai Yamada (1989)
  7. Mr. Norman Cousins (1990)
  8. Dr. Hildegard Goss-Mayr (1991)2
  9. Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne (1992)
  10. Neve Shalom/ Wahat al-Salam (1993)
  11. Paulo Evaristo Cardinal Arns (1994)
  12. Dr. M. Aram (1995)
  13. Ms. Marii K. Hasegawa (1996)
  14. The Corrymeela Community (1997)
  15. Ven. Maha Ghosananda (1998)
  16. The Community of Sant’Egidio (1999)
  17. Dr. Kang Won Yong (2000)
  18. Rev. Abuna Elias Chacour (2001)
  19. Rev. Samuel Ruiz García (2002)
  20. Dr. Priscilla Elworthy (2003)
  21. The Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative (2004)
  22. Dr. Hans Küng (2005)
  23. Rabbis for Human Rights (2006)
  24. Dharma Master Cheng Yen (2007)
  25. His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal (2008)
  26. Rev. Canon Gideon Baguma Byamugisha (2009)
  27. Ms. Ela Ramesh Bhatt (2010)
  28. Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa (2011)
  29. Ms. Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez (2012)
  30. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Gunnar Stålsett (2013)
  31. Ms. Dena Merriam (2014)
  32. Pastor Esther Abimiku Ibanga (2015)
  33. Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation (2016)
  34. Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan (2017)
  35. Adyan Foundation (2018)
  36. Dr. John Paul Lederach (2019)
  37. Venerable Pomnyun (2020)
  38. Venerable Shih Chao-hwei (2021)

The Niwano Peace Foundation

The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace. The foundation promotes research and other activities based on the spirit of religious principles and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, science, religion and philosophy. The Foundation’s assets of about 4.4 billion yen makes possible the Niwano Peace Prize and other activities such as grants, research projects, lectures, symposia, and international exchanges. The Niwano Peace Foundation is a government-recognized charitable organization.

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Safe Church publishes updated guidelines for licensed ministers

ACSA’s Safe and Inclusive Church Commission has published an updated explanation of the Declaration that all licensed office-holders and clergy in the Church are now required to sign before they can exercise ministry.

The new explanation updates the previous version with detailed practical steps and costs involved in completing the Declaration.

The explanation can be found on this page:
https://anglicanchurchsa.org/safe-church-guide/

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DANCING IN THE NET OF GOD’S LOVE – Synod of Bishops

A Communiqué of the Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

[Download a PDF copy below the text]

The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa was held from 14 to 17 February 2022, linking Bishopscourt and Diocesan Centres through video conferencing.

At the Opening Eucharist, the Rt Revd Dale Bowers, Bishop of St Helena, preached a powerful and thought-provoking homily on the Dance of the Trinity. This dance, which is a sign of God’s love, is for us, in us and working through us, embracing us in a mutual love that will not allow humanity to be destroyed but will rather restore hope to the world.

The Synod gave a special welcome to the Bishops-Elect of Mthatha and Mbhashe, to the Vicars-General of George, Namibia and Swaziland, and to the recently-consecrated Bishop of Lesotho, the Rt Revd Dr Vicentia Kgabe. Bishop-Elect Dalcy Dlamini was on retreat ahead of her Consecration and Installation on February 19.

Synod recognised that ACSA has taken a different shape as the result of the formation of a new Province for Angola and Mozambique.

The Death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

We acknowledged with great gratitude the life and witness of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, whose remains are interred in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. The Synod sent a letter of condolence and comfort to Mama Leah Tutu OSC.

Canons and Church Order

The Synod was led by its legal officers in an informative reflection on the Canons, in particular those on Ministerial Conduct and Discipline. This gave us valuable working knowledge of the Canons in what has become a highly litigious environment.

Liturgical Committee

The report of the Liturgical Committee was received. Permission was granted to co-opt new members to work on the new Prayer Book. The Committee will give motivations for which Collects and Readings should be included. A progress report will be published on the Provincial website to enable all to engage.

Theological Education and the College Of The Transfiguration

Following a presentation by the Liaison Bishop for Theological Education, Synod recognised the importance of adhering to minimum theological qualifications for entry into Holy Orders.

Synod urged each Diocese to consider sending at least one student per year to COTT in order to keep the College viable as a vital cog in the ongoing mission of our Province.

The Archbishop’s Commission on Theological Education

The Commission’s report, entitled Take Thou Authority was presented by Prof Barney Pityana. Synod will hold a special sitting to engage with the report, reflecting our concern at the current crisis and our unequivocal commitment to excellence in Theological Education and Ministerial Formation.

Training and Development

Our February sessions customarily include input which helps us exercise our episcopal leadership more effectively. This year the Revd Fred Hendricks gave us daily addresses on Contemplative Prayer and Dr Palesa Makhale-Mahlangu gave us inspiring psychological insights and tools to help us prepare for retirement.

Theological and Pastoral Matters

The dance in the net of God’s love invited us to wrestle with a range of important Pastoral and Theological matters facing the Church, including the sacraments of Eucharist and Marriage and the issue of who are fit and proper people to exercise ministry.

Lay Presidency of the Eucharist: The newly-revived Southern African Anglican Theological Commission (SAATC) brought to Synod a report on the question of lay people presiding at the Eucharist in emergencies. The SAATC will facilitate a study of the matter and present a progress report to Synod.

Receipt of the Eucharist in One Kind: Restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 have revived debate around the efficacy and sufficiency of receiving the Eucharist in one kind. At present Communion in one kind only is permissible. When the Sacrament of the Blood of Christ is again available, only the common cup will be allowed. Bishops were urged to use this opportunity to teach the faithful on Eucharistic Theology.

Marriage: The Synod is hearing of confusion among the faithful around the issue of traditional marriages. Synod recognised that the Church needs to educate its people against the backdrop of Canon 34 on Holy Matrimony.

Isangoma: Synod deliberated on the issue of clergy who are embracing traditional practices such as training to be a diviner (Isangoma) and claiming that this is a call from the ancestors. The issue will be investigated before being further discussed by Synod.

Theological & Pastoral Framework for Ministry to LGBTIQ+ Community: The Bishops took a step towards adopting the Pastoral Standards as outlined in the 2019 Report by the Human Sexuality Commission. Guidelines will be presented at our next meeting to be adopted and presented to Dioceses.

Covid 19 Advisory Team

Synod urged all congregations to embrace and implement the guidelines produced by the Archbishop’s Advisory Team to guide us through the pandemic. In South Africa, the prohibitions embodied in the team’s guidelines are intertwined with government regulations and are therefore mandatory.

Safe Church Matters

Canon Rosalie Manning reminded Synod of the importance of compliance with Safe Church requirements, pointing out that failure to do so leaves ACSA exposed to legal consequences. Bishops were encouraged to ensure that their Dioceses have submitted Safe Church declarations.

Growing the Church

The new Director of Growing the Church, the Revd Bruce Woolley, encouraged the Bishops to advertise widely GtC’s online events and pointed to the availability of facilitators and resources, including Rooted in Jesus and Alpha courses.

Youth Report

Synod received a comprehensive framework for the spiritual development of children and the youth. Bishops were encouraged to workshop the material in the framework in their Dioceses.

The Environment

Environmental concerns were highlighted and referred to the relevant Liaison Bishop.

Task Team on Discrimination in Schools

Synod received a report from the Task Team, which is chaired by Ms Mary Metcalfe, and its work is ongoing.

Re-Imagining ACSA

An external team of facilitators invited the Bishops to reflect on their ministry with a view to identifying which model of church prevails in each of their Dioceses, using the categories identified by the American Jesuit theologian, Avery Dulles: Institutional; Herald; Servant; Sacrament; and Body of Christ. Against that background, Bishops were challenged to consider how they should take advantage of this special moment that God is giving us in the pandemic.

In Conclusion

While we feel intensely the loss of being in each other’s company, the Bishops engaged enthusiastically through electronic media, using with dexterity the “mute”, “unmute” and “camera” buttons for their deliberations and successfully forming a virtual community. The Archbishop was an ever-present virtual facilitator of proceedings.

We thank God for our fellowship and commend our work to Anglicans in our Dioceses of Lesotho, Namibia, St Helena, South Africa and Swaziland (in Eswatini).

February 17, 2022

[The communique was updated on February 22 by the addition of the note on the work of the Task Team on Discrimination in Schools]

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New ACSA Covid guidelines – Feb 11, 2022

The Archbishop’s Covid Advisory Team has issued new guidelines for Anglicans in Southern Africa, dealing with wide-ranging matters, from receiving Communion to holding Vestry meetings, and from how to arrange Ash Wednesday services to celebrating weddings and holding funerals.

The 13-page guidelines are available below, for reading online or downloading (scroll to the end to download).