FOOD prices are being pushed up by speculative investment in
global commodity prices, research released this week by the World
Development Movement (WDM) suggests.
A FOREIGN OFFICE minister and a shadow spokesman for foreign
affairs were criticised by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons
this week during a debate on the persecution of Christians.
TWO bishops have accused payday lenders of unleashing a "tidal
wave of misery" by lending to the poor and trapping them in
THE funerals of the nine people who were killed when a
police helicopter crashed on the Clutha pub, in Glasgow, will be
held over the next few days, as the bodies of the victims are
released to their families.
DOZENS of new sleeping bags are being handed out nightly to
people who find themselves homeless on the streets of London,
thanks to a church-based charity.
Commissioners to move Bath & Wells; Sunday worship app
released; Call for precious gift at Christmas
SUPPORTERS of a retreat house are demanding to know why it may
close, despite an upturn in bookings in recent years. The Friends
of Ivy House, a retreat centre open to all faiths and none in
Warminster, Wiltshire, say that there has been "poor consultation
and insufficient time to consider all the options" for the future
of the centre.
A DISPUTE between the Revd Mark Sharpe and the Bishop and
diocese of Worcester must restart its long journey through the
courts after a ruling that an employment tribunal had erred in
deciding that clerics were office-holders. The judge declined,
however, to rule on whether they should be awarded employee
PARISHIONERS are being asked to nominate a particular hour each
day in which they will spend at least five minutes praying for
their church, their community, and the world.
Angel wings reflect the merchandise in the window of Church
House Bookshop, Westminster. The Christmas display was produced by
Sachiko Yabe, a theatre-design student.
A NEW course in happiness has been launched for churches and
workplaces by the UK's largest Christian disability charity,
Livability. The course, which is open to all, was sold out when it
ran its first training day last weekend.
THE National Churches Trust (NCT), at a service in Westminster
Abbey on Thursday of last week, celebrated 60 years of working with
endangered church buildings.
BRITISH viewers are now able to judge for themselves if the hype
over the American mini-series The Bible is justified. When it first
appeared on cable TV in the United States earlier this year, few
people expected its popularity to extend far beyond the Bible
THE diocese of Chichester is set to replace its youth and
children's team with a single youth officer, as part of a
"restructuring exercise" that will, in part, fund the creation of a
Brought to to life: left: part of Paolo Giovio's Vitae
illustrium vivorum (1549-57), one of 1.5 million pages from
manuscripts, early texts and Bibles, from collections currently
being digitised through a collaboration between the Bodleian and
THE Methodist Church has begun a consultation to assess its
members' views on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships.
THE contribution of the Church of England to social action was
celebrated in the House of Lords on Thursday of last week; but
bishops were warned about the risks of the Church of England's
developing too cosy a relationship with the State.
The text of the Pilling report
THE Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, the Archbishop
of Brisbane, Dr Phillip Aspinall, has called for federal laws that
would force Churches to compensate victims of sexual abuse.
AN AUGUSTINIAN RC priest who, at a funeral he was conducting in
Cork, prayed publicly that a former mayor of the city, who was on
trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager in 1996, would
be found not guilty, has been condemned by his Provincial, and by
the RC Bishop of Cork & Ross, Dr John Buckley.
A boy in Kolkata adjusts a sign promoting awareness of World
AIDS Day, last Friday.
The clean-up in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has a long way to go,
writes Sudarshan Sathianathan
THE synod of the Church of the Province of Central Africa has
voted not to admit women to Holy Orders. The Bishop of Harare, the
Rt Revd Chad Gandiya, had asked that individual dioceses be allowed
to ordain women when they were ready to do so.
CHRISTIANS in Syria are seeking news about the fate of 12 Greek
Orthodox nuns, and three other women, who were seen being taken
away from their convent by Islamist rebel fighters, after the
latter captured much of the small town of Maaloula, north of
American priest dies in rectory fire; Christchurch rectory set
Winchester: AT THE time of their patronal
festival at All Saints', Long Sutton, saints are to be found
lurking round the village. After the family communion service, the
congregation is sent out on a treasure - or saint - hunt.
Southwell: HER hair is growing again, but she
still feels the cold, especially around her ears. Canon Barbara
Holbrook had her head shaved immediately after her installation as
an Honorary Canon in Southwell Minster. "I realise this
is a stupid thing to do," she said when she had committed herself,
"but it's too late to back out now".