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Lord Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings

Lord Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings

LORD HOPE, a former Archbishop of York, announced on Thursday that he had resigned as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, in the light of a report that critcised his response to allegations of sexual abuse

First woman bishop by 2015?

First woman bishop by 2015?

DISPUTES over the implementation of arrangements for parishes that seek ministry from a male bishop will be heard by Sir Philip Mawer, a former Secretary General of the General Synod, it was announced on Friday

Synod will debate the confidentiality of the confessional

Synod will debate the confidentiality of the confessional

THE "absolute confidentiality" afforded to disclosures made under the seal of confession will be a matter for debate in the General Synod this month

Thirty years on: the valley of death is green pastures

Thirty years on: the valley of death is green pastures

A GENERATION on from the Ethiopian famine - a disaster that dramatically changed the nature of public giving to charity - Ethiopia is, on the surface, thriving

Investors encouraged to challenge fat cats' salaries

Investors encouraged to challenge fat cats

COMPANIES paying their chief executives more than 100 times the pay given to their average employee need to be challenged by investors armed with questions that will penetrate the opacity of annual reports

Christian website runs Badvent calendar poll

Christian website runs Badvent calendar poll

PEOPLE are being asked to vote for the best - or more accurately, worst - Advent calendar that bears little or no connection to the actual season

Campaign to reinstate status of St Jerome

Campaign to reinstate status of St Jerome

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to reinstate St Jerome in the Church of England's calendar after a retired priest and church historian noticed that the ancient Church Father's saint's day had been downgraded

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Clergy are ‘more like Old Labour than New’

A survey commissioned to support debates on the future of the C of E yields some interesting results, says Linda Woodhead  Read More

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It’s not all religion’s fault

It’s not all religion’s fault

In her new book, Karen Armstrong argues that violence comes from a deep-seated 'warrior ethos' rather than from religion. She talks to Cole Moreton  Subscribe to read more

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Should the seal of the confessional be absolute?

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Canon Alan Billings, Labour Party candidate, elected Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. http://t.co/iydy5Z0tDj

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'Positive action' is being taken to create a pool of women ready to be considered for the episcopate http://t.co/mDg7mlOLfo

Books reviewed this week
Thoughts at no ordinary time

Thoughts at no ordinary time

Peter McGeary looks at making Advent better than just busy

Day One

Day One

The Dave Walker Advent Calendar is spiral-bound, and has a full-page cartoon for every day from Monday 1 December until Christmas Eve

The call: ‘Wake, O wake’

The call: ‘Wake, O wake’

A Kind of Sleepwalking: And waking up to life by Judy Hirst

Sign of confidence

Sign of confidence

The Heart in Pilgrimage: A prayerbook for Catholic Christians by Eamon Duffy 

Bishop Baker has permission to remarry

Bishop Baker has permission to remarry

THE chairman of Forward in Faith (FiF), the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, who is divorced, is to marry again

Trial of 'sham marriages' priest collapses

Trial of

A PRIEST in south London accused of presiding over a succession of sham marriages has returned to his parish after the collapse of his trial last week

Commission calls for an end to unpaid internships

Commission calls for an end to unpaid internships

AMONG the recommendations of the latest report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is the abolition of unpaid internships, "through legislation if necessary", by 2020

Muslim to take part in General Synod panel

Muslim to take part in General Synod panel

THE "unspeakable evil" perpetrated against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria will be detailed in a presentation given to the General Synod this month

Children's Society: parents struggle to pay for extra school costs

Children

A NEW report on the cost of state schooling suggests that two-thirds of parents have struggled to pay for school extras, including meals, school uniforms, and school trips

British cathedrals are awarded grants for repairs

British cathedrals are awarded grants for repairs

MORE than half of the cathedrals in Britain have been given money towards urgent repairs, in the second round of the Government's First World War Cathedral Centenary Repair Fund

Photos: a haven of peace

Photos: a haven of peace

The Tree of Life Memorial Garden, in the churchyard of St Helen's, Sandal Magna, in the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales

Creature of the night

Creature of the night

The Chris­tian conservation charity A-Rocha has produced an online resource and leaflet advising churches about detection and care of bats.

Photo: preparing for spring

Photo: preparing for spring

Preparing for spring: volunteers are planting 11,000 bulbs, and have sown wildflower seeds,  around St Clement's, Darlington. The project has received a grant of £5000 from Kew Gardens

Be warned: eggs, fish, milk, soya, can make you ill

Be warned: eggs, fish, milk, soya, can make you ill

CHURCHES, schools, and community centres that provide meals or other foods as part of a café or lunch club will have to provide information allergens 

Poll shows retreats advancing

Poll shows retreats advancing

THE number of visitors to retreat houses is forecast to rise over the next few years - even though several centres have closed - a new survey suggests

Picture: Divestment party

Picture: Divestment party

Christian Climate Action and Divest London held a party on the steps of St Paul's on Saturday to celebrate the growing number of Churches around the world divesting from fossil fuels

Governments to raise RE training target

Governments to raise RE training target

THE Government has raised significantly its training target for secondary religious-education teachers for the next academic year, it was announced last week

We need a renewal of prayer, says Welby

We need a renewal of prayer, says Welby

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has told a Pentecostal church conference that there can be a revival of Christianity in England only if there is a renewal of prayer

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Corrections; Volunteers celebrated at Lambeth Palace; Bells ring out in memory of Alan Henning; RCs get green light to eat turkey leftovers 

Incumbent's initiative helps vagrant community

Incumbent

VAGRANTS gathering in the former churchyard of a town-centre church have been helped and dispersed thanks to an initiative led by the parish's new priest

Anglican Communion appoints interim secretary general

Anglican Communion appoints interim secretary general

THE director for unity, faith, and order at the Anglican Communion has been appointed 

Archbishop Deng's programme for 'peace mobilisers'

Archbishop Deng

A TRAINING programme set up by the Archbishop of Sudan and South Sudan, Dr Daniel Deng Bul, to create "peace mobilisers" in South Sudan, has been running for a month

DEC launches appeal to halt Ebola

DEC launches appeal to halt Ebola

AS THE official death toll from the Ebola virus climbs over 5000 - all but 27 of them in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea - the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched an appeal

Call for prayers as Canada rocked by terrorist outrage

Call for prayers as Canada rocked by terrorist outrage

THE Bishop of Ottawa, the Rt Revd John H. Chapman, has urged Canadians to pray for everyone caught up in the shooting around the Parliament Buildings last week

World news in brief

World news in brief

Archbishop in Jerusalem title restored; Woman bishop appointed to job in the Church of England; CSI renews campaign to protect and champion girls

Parliamentarians discusses Iran executions

Parliamentarians discusses Iran executions

THE execution in Iran of a 26- year-old woman convicted of murdering a doctor whom she said had tried to rape her was among the human-rights violations discussed in the House of Commons on Tuesday

Film music

Film music

NO TINKLING piano, no coloured lights as the cinema organ rises into view, but a full cathedral organ to accompany the silent films in Bradford, now part of the West Yorkshire & the Dales diocese

Pomp and circumstance

Pomp and circumstance

Southwell & Nottingham:  MORE than 200 children from three primary schools in the centre of Nottingham gathered at the city-centre church of St Mary's, in the Lace Market, for a special time-travelling day of fun and activities

Woodbine Willie

Woodbine Willie

The Revd Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, known as Woodbine Willie, had been the Vicar of St Paul's, in the centre of Worcester, for seven years when the war broke out in 1914

Tasty service

Tasty service

SOMEBODY was enjoying the recent animal service at All Saints', Fulham, in west London, early this month. The white mouse Stuart Little found the service sheet particularly flavoursome

Burying the king

Burying the king

TO BURY a king is a rare event in any lifetime, especially in that of a provincial cathedral; so, at Leicester next year, it is going to be a very great event indeed when they at last inter the bones of Richard III in a place more suitable than a municipal car park

Virginia Woolf: Art, life and vision

National Portrait Gallery Until October 26 This is a fascinating exhibition about the life and work of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), hailing her as 'one of the greatest writers of the twentie...  Read More

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PRINCIPAL ST ALBAN'S ACADEMY Lead an outstanding high-profile school in Birmingham St Alban's Academy serves the Highgate area of Birmingham. It is part of the ARK Schools group, a network of ...  Read More

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