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Welby and Pope call for Europe-wide action on migrant deaths

Welby and Pope call for Europe-wide action on migrant deaths

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope have demanded European nations take in more migrants fleeing North Africa and the Middle East, days after hundreds were feared to have died after their boats sank in the Mediterranean. Up to 400 migrants were believed to have drowned...

Party leaders vie for black church vote

Party leaders vie for black church vote

David Cameron and Ed Miliband are touring the country in an attempt to secure an edge on 7 May. But at the weekend, both headed to worship gatherings near the capital, where black-majority churches are experiencing spectacular growth, and can command congregations of thousands

Conservative right-to-buy pledge is immoral, Walker says

Conservative right-to-buy pledge is immoral, Walker says

THE Conservative Party's pledge to extend the Right to Buy scheme to 1.3 million families in housing association homes is "economic nonsense and immorality", the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, said on Wednesday

Green Party and its Christians

Green Party and its  Christians

THE expulsion of a Christian councillor from the Green Party's ruling group in Brighton in 2012 should not dissuade people from voting for the party, Professor Tim Cooper, the founder of Green Christian (formerly the Christian Ecology Link), has said

Respectful dialogue at Bradford Cathedral hustings

Respectful dialogue at Bradford Cathedral hustings

Gavin Drake goes to a surprisingly polite hustings at Bradford Cathedral

BP agrees to come clean about its carbon footprint

BP agrees to come clean about its carbon footprint

A RESOLUTION passed by BP is an "unprecedented response" by an energy company to shareholders' concerns about climate change, a Church Commissioner said today

GAFCON plans to touch more Anglican lives

GAFCON plans to touch more Anglican lives

GAFCON is receiving increasing calls for affiliation from Anglicans who feel they are regarded as "pariahs" and want to "know we are not alone", one of its leading figures said on Friday

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When the Iron Lady met a steely Church

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Books reviewed this week

Money and its mysteries

Peter Day looks at the morality of people and algorithms

Credit for good intentions

Credit for good intentions

Nick Spencer on the basis of a former Prime Minister's ideas

Germany rises from her fall

John Arnold  reads an account of a country victorious in peace

Diplomatic-tightrope walker

Diplomatic-tightrope walker

Michael Bourdeaux  considers a tribute to a Russian priest

Cleric says report on church growth belies the research

Cleric says report on church growth belies the research

A RECTOR in Chester diocese, the Revd Dr Mark Hart, has challenged the measures of church growth which are at the heart of the Church of England's "Reform and Renewal" programme

Aden church and clinic close as fighting intensifies

Aden church and clinic close as fighting intensifies

CHRIST CHURCH, Aden, and the associated Ras Morbat Clinic are locked and under armed guard as the civil war in Yemen continues

Faithful to ‘soar’ in number, but not in the UK or US

Faithful to ‘soar’ in number, but not in the UK or US

ATHEISTS and people not affiliated to any religion will find themselves in a shrinking minority over the next four decades, as the faithful soar in number, projections in a report by Pew suggest

US bishops anticipate historic Castro meeting

US bishops anticipate historic Castro meeting

TWELVE Episcopalian bishops travelled from the United States to Cuba last week, days before the Presidents of the two countries had an historic meeting in Panama City

Crossword No. 1313

Crossword No. 1313

Across 6 James's father is one seen on a roundabout (7) 7 'Church' members - one is Mo, following conversion (7) 9 Total made by a theologian at Oxford? (3,2) 10 Unusual Rhodesian group associated with Pharisees (9) 11 Maybe a major leaving stewed rice (7) 13 Help...

Rare glass fragments returned

Rare glass fragments returned

MEDIEVAL stained glass that was removed from a church 70 years ago, and almost forgotten about, is to be returned. The rare fragments of glass (right), which date from the 14th century, came from St Andrew's, Heckington, near Sleaford, Lincs. The pieces were taken away in...

Christians in survey satisfied with life

Christians in survey satisfied with life

PEOPLE from black ethnic groups in the UK are less happy than those from white British, Chinese, or Indian ethnic backgrounds, who are the most likely to say that their lives feel worth while, the largest survey of national well-being ever undertaken suggests

Old school tie helps secure internships, Debrett's poll finds

Old school tie helps secure internships, Debrett

A PRIVILEGED background, private schooling, and a network of contacts are the key to getting an internship in Britain today, a poll published by the Debrett's Foundation suggests, writes a staff reporter. Seventy-two per cent of "privileged" young British people said that...

Treating the Bible like the Bard

Treating the Bible like the Bard

At the Globe Theatre in London on Tuesday evening an appeal was launched to raise £1 million for the refurbishment of accommodation at Ripon College, Cuddesdon

New pennies

New pennies

New pennies: Christian Richards, a bike manufacturer, rides his 60-inch-diameter penny farthing outside St Bartholomew's, Aldbrough, in Yorkshire

TAP: It’s not too late to TAP

TAP: It’s not too late to TAP

THERE is still plenty of time to donate to the Church Times TAP (Train-A-Priest) Fund, which supports candidates in training for ministry. Please consider making an Easter offering; and encourage other people to give to TAP, too. A colour leaflet can be downloaded from our website. We...

Peterborough churches' housing scheme set for national roll-out

Peterborough churches

AN INNOVATIVE church-based housing scheme in Peterborough looks set to be rolled out nationally, after delegates from around the country gathered in the city at the end of last month to hear how the initiative was helping to release millions of pounds for affordable housing

Refashioned Auckland castle will be a ‘must-see destination’

Refashioned Auckland castle will be a ‘must-see destination’

NEW developments for the former residence of the Bishops of Durham at Auckland Castle have been given the go-ahead

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

New college head named | Psychiatrists accused of 'misleading' public  | Professor McGrath appointed | C of E priest 'took his own life' | Call for Titanic  priest to be a saint 

Prinknash Abbey bells to be sold

Prinknash Abbey bells to be sold

A RING of eight bells from Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, is to be auctioned next month

Methodists tackle issue of bullying

Methodists tackle issue of bullying

BULLYING and harassment within the Methodist Church are to be tackled by new guidelines, it was announced on Monday

Warning given on DBS check

Warning given on DBS check

ABUSERS may be getting into churches because safer recruitment practices are not followed, new research warns

Derby Cathedral holds services in RC church

Derby Cathedral holds services in RC church

DERBY Anglican Cathedral is to hold services in a neighbouring Roman Catholic church, St Mary's, for the next five months, while it undergoes a government-funded refurbishment

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Die Gute Fabrik PS3, PS4, Mac, Linux PEGI 3+ Common thinking is that video-games are played by juvenile boys on their own in darkened bedrooms into the wee hours of the night. J S Joust c...  Read More

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Priest in Charge & Deanery Ministry Development Officer

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Diocese of Exeter Priest in Charge for the North Creedy East MissionCommunity and Deanery Ministry Development Officer We need a Priest with vision to lead our mission to 8 rural parishes in a bea...  Read More

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