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C of E’s first woman bishop consecrated

C of E’s first woman bishop consecrated

IT WAS, the Dean of York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, said, a "wonderful and glorious morning"

Sentamu exercises 'gracious restraint' over traditionalist bishop's consecration

Sentamu exercises

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, will not lay on hands at the consecration of the Bishop-elect of Burnley, Fr Philip North CMP, in February

Mentally ill are hit hardest by system

Mentally ill are hit hardest by system

MORE than 100 people with mental-health problems are having their benefits cut each day, effectively because of their condition, data unearthed by the Methodist Church suggests

Yes, speak out, says Cameron – but you are wrong

Yes, speak out, says Cameron – but you are wrong

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has vigorously defended his new book, which warns that parts of Britain are being left behind; but he denied that the intervention amounted to an attack on the Government

Goodness has a cost, Welby tells bankers, but also a value

Goodness has a cost, Welby tells bankers, but also a value

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has challenged bankers to focus their attention on serving people, not just maximising their profit margins

The secret of L' Arche is meeting people, Vanier says

The secret of L

70 people came to listen to Jean Vanier, the 86-year-old founder of the L'Arche communities, in the House of Lords on Monday evening

Wolf Hall religion is ‘like Islam’

Wolf Hall religion is ‘like Islam’

ISLAM today is at the same point of violent turmoil as Christianity was during Henry VIII's Reformation, the director of the BBC's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's best-selling novel of those times, Wolf Hall, says

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The challenges that the new C of E reports duck

Linda Woodhead finds the proposed remedies for the numerical decline of the Church too clerical and too congregational  Read More

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A man in tune with his times

A man in tune with his times

Ian Ramsey was an 'improbable' Bishop of Durham. On the centenary of his birth, John Saxbee recalls a philosopher of religion who was also a man of the people  Subscribe to read more

Interview: Maggie Ross
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Books reviewed this week
People drawn into the fullness of God’s life

People drawn into the fullness o...

Edward Dowler on a variety of available Lenten reflections

Home with a book, or back to Rick’s café?

Home with a book, or back to Ric...

David Winter considers courses and daily fare for groups or individuals

Be still and know . . .

Be still and know . . .

Silence: A user's guide by Maggie Ross

Personal tale of salvation

Personal tale of salvation

Lord and Saviour: Jesus of Nazareth (Christian Belief for Everyone: Book 3) by Alister McGrath

Muslims protest at cartoon in latest Charlie Hebdo

Muslims protest at cartoon in latest Charlie Hebdo

PROTESTS around the world by Muslims angered by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's publishing another cartoon of Muhammad have turned violent, and dozens have been killed and injured

Disappointment for EA after restoration of Page Three

Disappointment for EA after restoration of Page Three

SEVERAL organisations campaigning for The Sun   to drop its Page Three topless model have been left red-faced after celebrating the feature's reported demise, only for it to reappear yesterday

Readings: Presentation of Christ in the Temple

THE Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple is also known by other names - the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Candlemas

Channel Islands move

Channel Islands move

THE Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Bob Key, has said that he is "delighted" with new arrangements for oversight of the Channel Islands, which transfer several areas to the diocese of Canterbury

Pulpits swapped in show of unity

Pulpits swapped in show of unity

MINISTERS from eight churches of differing denominations have been swapping pulpits with each other to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

High street protester in chains

High street protester in chains

THE daughter of a former sub-dean of Westminster Abbey chained herself to the railings outside Church House last week as part of a long-running protest at plans by the Church Commissioners to build an out-of-town retail park in Leighton Buzzard

The dying can ‘teach value of interdependence’

The dying can ‘teach value of interdependence’

THE Assisted Dying Bill is the "thin end of an extremely large and dangerous wedge", the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, has said. The Bill was debated in the House of Lords during Committee Stage last week

Women bishops Lords Spiritual Bill nodded through

Women bishops Lords Spiritual Bill nodded through

A LAW to fast-track women bishops into the House of Lords has been passed by the House of Commons unopposed

Children suffering in cold houses

Children suffering in cold houses

AT LEAST 800,000 children in the UK are living in homes that their parents cannot afford to heat. Their parents are forced to choose between warmth and buying food, a new report from the Children's Society suggests

Christian health worker takes case to tribunal

Christian health worker takes case to tribunal

A SENIOR staff member at an east-London hospital has taken the NHS Trust to an employment tribunal this week, accusing it of discriminating against her because of her Christian faith

Bishop calls on Lords to take dispassionate view of A&E services

Bishop calls on Lords to take dispassionate view of A&E services

THE Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has sought to elevate above party politics the debate about accident and emergency services, after figures showed that waiting times were at their worst level in a decade

Bill reignites dispute over bats in churches

Bill reignites dispute over bats in churches

A PRIVATE Member's Bill designed to exempt churches from regulations covering the conservation of bats will return to the Commons to complete its Second Reading today

The Church Times cricket cup

The Church Times cricket cup

THE coldest week of the year, and so, naturally, our thoughts turn to cricket. Although play in the 65th season of the Church Times Cricket Competition does not start till May, now is the time when captains start booking up fixtures and players start blocking off dates in the diary

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

WATCH comments on consecration; Christian Concern settles with QE2 Centre; Abolish liability, says Bishop, but compensate; Dairy farmers win church support; Former diocesan press officer charged; Vicar pleads not guilty in fraud case

Church needs to recruit 50 per cent more clergy

Church needs to recruit 50 per cent more clergy

THE annual number of candidates for ministry needs to increase by a half within five years, a report by a task group looking at ministerial education in the Church of England says

Shake-up in central funding for dioceses mooted

Shake-up in central funding for dioceses mooted

THE present method of distributing central church funds to the dioceses should be scrapped, a new report says. It is one of the set released last week as part of the Archbishops' programme of renewal and reform

Commissioners prepared to dip into capital

Commissioners prepared to dip into capital

THE Church Commissioners have indicated that they are willing to eat into their capital to fund the reforms outlined in this week's reports, if they have the approval of the General Synod

Debates and groups will tackle reports on reform

Debates and groups will tackle reports on reform

AT THE heart of the next group of sessions of the General Synod, on 10-12 February, will be discussion of the reports released this week which seek to reform the institutional life of the Church of England

Videogames: 2014 round-up

Compiling a definitive list of the year's best games is still a popular pastime, and certainly seen as less crass than crowning the top ten paperbacks or paintings. Bracketing out this and othe...  Read More

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ST ASAPH CATHEDRAL THE DIOCESE OF ST ASAPH CANON PRECENTOR The Bishop of St Asaph, in conjunction with The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, wish to appoint an experienced priest to minister ...  Read More

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