POPE FRANCIS has joined church leaders and politicians around
the world in condemning the murder in Syria of a Dutch Jesuit
priest, Fr Frans van der Lugt, on Monday.
THERE are often personal reasons why readers give to
the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund.
Among the donations we received this week was one marked: "In
gratitude to those who funded my ordination training", and another:
"To my brother for his birthday and Christmas gift".
ALTHOUGH the Greenbelt festival relocates to a new site in
Northamptonshire in August, familiar names will be there to welcome
THE Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has urged "militant
atheists" to accept that Britain is still a Christian country.
THE Archbishop of Canterbury and the RC Archbishop of
Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, made a joint visit to a
north-London centre for asylum-seekers last Sunday, at the start of
a joint week of prayer for the poor.
THE Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has called for action to
tackle the "commonplace" persecution faced by members of the Roma
community in Britain.
THE first formal "consultation" between the Church of England
and Pentecostals has taken place this week, ending with a pledge of
THE report of a parliamentary committee into a proposed
modern-slavery law has been welcomed by charities, and by the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
A GROUND-BREAKING anti-poverty project in one of the toughest
neighbourhoods in New York is the inspiration for a new scheme to
help deprived children and families in the West Midlands.
THE Christian Resources Exhibition in Cardiff, at the end of
last month, was the first "one-day road-show version" to take place
A STONEMASON, Daniel Mooney, who traced the lost grave of his
town's only holder of the Victoria Cross has been told that he must
remove the "unlawful" headstone that he erected to mark the burial
THIEVES who remove plaques from war memorials will face tougher
sentences from courts, under proposed new guidelines.
Dr Atkins to step down from Methodist post; Cambridge given
longer for Codex fund-raising; New general secretary nominated for
URC; Dorset rector believed to have died in boat accident
A diptych by Giovanni Rimini depicting, among other things, the
coronation of the Virgin Mary, is one of 80 items put on sale by
the Duke of Northumberland to fund repairs to buildings on his
estates after they had been damaged by flooding
Two new original sculptures by Gerry Judah are being installed
in the nave of St Paul's Cathedral on Palm Sunday, and will be on
display until the end of November.
THE Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, the Most Revd Fouad Twal, is
urging the Israeli authorities to apprehend those responsible for
spraying anti-Christian and anti-American graffiti on the walls of
the Deir Rafat monastery, west of the city.
ABOUT 3000 Christians are reported to have formed a human shield
at Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, China, after Communist Party
officials threatened to demolish it.
THE new marriage laws in England and Wales have been given a
mixed reception in Ireland. After the first same-sex marriages in
England and Wales, the Evangelical Alliance (EA) in Northern
Ireland welcomed the fact that the Province retained the old law,
after its Assembly rejected a motion to extend same-sex marriage to
Performers at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the
Rwandan genocide enter Amahoro stadium in Kigali on Monday
Lucky dip: the Queen points to a bottle of whisky, held by
Prince Philip, part of the hamper of British produce which they
gave to Pope Francis on their visit to him on Thursday of last
Wakefield: THE word "nave" comes from the
Latin for "ship"; so what could be more appropriate than to have a
boat laid up in the cathedral nave to launch some serious
Blackburn: IT WILL be a huge picnic,
whether on the seashore, in a parish hall, in a school, or round
the table in a private house; but the aim will be the same. Planned
for Pentecost Week, the build-up to the initiative Loaves and
Fishes has begun in the parishes and communities around Morecambe
Truro: WHEN the Bishop of Truro, the
Rt Revd Tim Thornton, arrived in his diocese in 2008, he soon
became aware of the large numbers of lay people who had given years
of service to their churches and communities, which were not always
Birmingham: FOR two years, professional
and volunteer archaeologists have been digging around the site of
Polesworth Abbey. Last year, they discovered the remains of 15
Polesworth ancestors, and at the time were unable, the Revd Philip
Wells says, to tell whether they were "old, very old, or very, very
Southwell & Nottingham: WHEN Canon
Paul Bentley, of Mansfield, had a heart attack four years ago,
a package arrived from friends in Ohio, containing a woven shawl.
The card that came with it said that it had been woven with prayer
by a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St Paul's, in
The energy of northern communities is attracting talented
ministers and fostering local vocations,
says Catherine Pickford
Did the Home Office need to deport an 18-year-old, weeks before
A levels, asks Steve Chalke