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Cheers ring out after women are consecrated

Cheers ring out after women are consecrated

Pat Ashworth reports from Canterbury Cathedral on the first woman diocesan

Cameron, Welby seek to root out Islamist violence

Cameron, Welby seek to root out Islamist violence

A CAMPAIGN to quash conspiracy theories suggesting that the West, in league with Israel, is seeking to undermine Islam is needed as part of a strategy to tackle Islamist extremism in Britain, the Prime Minister said in a speech on Monday

Absconding rector hands himself in after three days on the run

Absconding rector hands himself in after three days on the run

A PRIEST who absconded from court last week, just as a jury was finding him guilty of stealing fees, has handed himself in

Compassionate Conservatism now at an end, says Timms

Compassionate Conservatism now at an end, says Timms

THE Government’s abolition of the legally binding targets on child poverty are "the final nail in the coffin for compassionate Conservatism", the Chair of Christians on the Left said on Monday

Will we split? Who gets hurt? Sex talks leave questions

Will we split? Who gets hurt? Sex talks leave questions

In the West Midlands the C of E’s Shared Conversations on sexuality took place last month. Five participants speak to Madeleine Davies

C of E voices opposition to latest Assisted Dying Bill

C of E voices opposition to latest Assisted Dying Bill

THE latest attempt to change the law on assisted dying, which is to be debated by MPs in a Second Reading in September, has faced opposition from critics from the Church of England and elsewhere

Asia Bibi appeal to go before Supreme Court in Lahore

Asia Bibi appeal to go before Supreme Court in Lahore

THE Supreme Court of Pakistan has agreed to hear an appeal by Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010 

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Urban vibe at Norfolk showground

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Books reviewed this week
Their care and delight

Their care and delight

Nicholas Cranfield on splendour and irony in the chapel’s history at King’s, Cambridge

Loyalties and boundaries

Loyalties and boundaries

Nick Spencer reads about nationhood and ethnicity

Hope, and home, encountered

Hope, and home, encountered

Martyn Halsall reads a spiritual memoir from Corrymeela

No Stravinsky he

Roderic Dunnett takes a look at Paul Spicer's exploration of Sir George Dyson's life and music

ECHR upholds UK law against claim on assisted suicide

ECHR upholds UK law against claim on assisted suicide

THE European Court of Human Rights dismissed complaints that the UK violated the right to respect for private life

Fulham Palace seeks funds for makeover

Fulham Palace seeks funds for makeover

THE trustees of the former residence of the Bishops of London, Fulham Palace, are seeking £1.45 million to complete restoration of the historic house and gardens, and attract more visitors.

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

British expect justice, but employees abroad suffer; Airtime for religion programmes declines; Director of CA England retires

Church's Fake or Fortune? painting is Old Master

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Save or sell? A large painting in the Renaissance style, The Deposition of Christ, which has hung in St John the Baptist’s, Tunstall, for more than 200 years, has been revealed to be worth more than £100,000 after research by BBC’s Fake or Fortune?.

Child killed by tree mourned

Child killed by tree mourned

THE head teacher of the school attended by Alexia Walenkaki, aged five, who was killed last Friday when a tree trunk fell on her in a park in east London, has said that the community was in "state of shock and grief".

"Explore our differences", 3FF says

"Explore our differences", 3FF says

SOCIAL and educational policy relating to diversity should be developed to encourage deeper engagement between different ethnic and faith communities, a new report from the Three Faiths Forum (3FF), published this week, says

Holy day to honour the Studds

Holy day to honour the Studds

THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, has marked 16 July as a holy day in London, in memory of the three Studd brothers (right), whose family name is inscribed on the Ashes urn, writes Hattie Williams.

Bosley community grieves after mill explosion

Bosley community grieves after mill explosion

THE Vicar of St Mary’s, Bosley, near Macclesfield, has spoken of a community “locked in grief” after an explosion and fire at the Wood Flour Mills, Bosley, last Friday.

Clubs man

Clubs man

The US golfer Zach Johnson holds the Claret Jug trophy as he celebrates winning The Open tournament, at St Andrews, on Monday.

Cocksworth welcomes Syrians to Coventry

Cocksworth welcomes Syrians to Coventry

FAMILIES from Syria who have fled the crisis were welcomed to their new home by the Bishop of Cov­entry, Dr Christopher Cocks­worth, this week

Save Our Spires, says Trust

Save Our Spires, says Trust

AN APPEAL to save some of the UK’s most striking landmarks — its church spires — has been launched this week.

Incense could be a legal high, peers are warned

Incense could be a legal high, peers are warned

PRIESTS using incense could be criminalised under a new law being introduced by the Government to crack down on so-called “legal highs”, members of the House of Lords were warned last week

Hidden history

Hidden history

Inscriptions made during the First World War by Private David McAlpine, of the Second Highland Light Infantry, in underground caves accessible from a spiral staircase in St Honoré’s, Bouzincourt, in the Somme Valley.

War grave cleared up after granddaughter's campaign

War grave cleared up after granddaughter

THE churchyard grave of a casualty from the First World War, which lay neglected for six decades, has been restored after a lengthy campaign by his family

Bishop censures TV marriage-show priest

Bishop censures TV marriage-show priest

THE Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, has criticised the involvement of the priest in the reality TV show Married at First Sight

University library's Qu'ran find

University library

Two pages of a Qu'ran manuscript held by the University of Birmingham have been identified as among the oldest known in the world 

UN calls for restraint after Burundi elections

UN calls for restraint after Burundi elections

BURUNDIANS went to the polls on Tuesday, in a presidential election boycotted by the Opposition, and without the participation of 145,000 people who have fled what the UN has described as “targeted campaigns of intimidation and terror”.

Peacekeepers concerned for civilians in Darfur

Peacekeepers concerned for civilians in Darfur

FRESH tribal clashes in Darfur are a cause of "serious concern" that could force even more civilians from their homes

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Face beholding glory

Evangelicals in Brazil have launched a social network on which bad language or sexual content is completely banned. Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 members since its launch in June, lis...  Read More