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Cautious support for Cameron’s Christian country

Cautious support for Cameron’s Christian country

CHRISTIAN MPs in the Labour Party have given qualified support of the Prime Minister after he called for people to be "more confident about our status as a Christian country" 

Clegg rounds on Cameron critics

Clegg rounds on Cameron critics

NICK CLEGG has backed David Cameron's claim that the UK is a Christian country, saying that it is "uncontroversial" to say so

£20 million given in remembrance of WWI fallen

£20 million given in remembrance of WWI fallen

THE bidding period has opened for the £20-million First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, last month

Harvest of the middle ground

Harvest of the middle ground

Tim Wyatt visits Butlins Minehead to see a changing Spring Harvest

Charities accuse Government of breaching human right to food

Charities accuse Government of breaching human right to food

A COALITION of charities put further pressure on the Government over poverty in Britain last week, when it accused it of violating the human right to food

Christians in Syria will be protected, Assad pledges

Christians in Syria will be protected, Assad pledges

PRESIDENT Bashar al-Assad has promised the Christian minority in Syria that his government will do all within its power to protect them and their churches

Ukrainian leader says Russia connived at murders

Ukrainian leader says Russia connived at murders

TWO deaths in Ukraine's troubled East have threatened the fragile peace agreement 

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What really makes a nation Christian

The Great North Passion was more accurate than celebrity atheists, argues Paul Vallely  Read More

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Veteran of the spoken Word

Veteran of the spoken Word

The actor David Suchet has made an audio recording of the entire Bible. He tells Olly Grant about this fulfilment of a long-term ambition  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week
Light rather than heat in a topical debate

Light rather than heat in a topi...

Including More Places at the Table: Legal and biblical perspectives on modern family life by J. W. Rogerson and Imogen Clout

Temple, tower, sign, clinic . . .

Temple, tower, sign, clinic . . .

St George's Cathedral: Heritage and witness - Mary Bock and Judith Gordon, editors 

Murder most foul, or just a puzzle?

Murder most foul, or just a puzzle?

A Vicar, Crucified (An Abbot Peter Mystery) by Simon Parke 

The playwright everyone wants a bit of

The playwright everyone wants a ...

A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and religion by David Scott Kastan 

Wilshaw takes over ‘Trojan horse’ team

Wilshaw takes over ‘Trojan horse’ team

THE Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has taken personal charge of continuing investigations into the "Trojan horse" allegations of infiltration of a number of schools in Birmingham by Islamic extremists

Reschedule RE lessons, Irish schools told


Reschedule RE lessons, Irish schools told

CHRISTIAN religious-education lessons in Irish primary schools should be scheduled at the beginning or end of the daily timetables in order to allow those of other faiths or none to opt out, the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, has said

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Denise Inge dies 'full of faith' | Music director appears in court | RC bishops call for married priests | Sacked Christian nurses alleges discrimination | Anti-fracking protestor cleared

Children bring Aesop to Easter

Children bring Aesop to Easter

ONE THIRD of children in the UK aged between eight and 15 do not know why we observe Good Friday, and a quarter do not understand the significance of Easter Day, a poll for the Bible Society suggests. 

Bishops seek twice as many minority-ethnic dignitaries

Bishops seek twice as many minority-ethnic dignitaries

AN INITIATIVE to double the number of minority-ethnic clergy in senior positions, "Turning Up the Volume", was announced by the House of Bishops on Wednesday

Refugee network criticises adult-dependents rules


Refugee network criticises adult-dependents rules

THE immigration debate in the United Kingdom is weighted towards those with the ability to pay rather than those in greatest need, the Churches' Refugee Network conference has heard

Still time to TAP in Easter

Still time to TAP in Easter

IF YOU didn't help to train a priest during Lent, by giving to our unique Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal, don't worry: there is still plenty of time

Oxford Passion Play halted by 'mistake, not hostility'


Oxford Passion Play halted by

COUNCIL officials in Oxford were left embarrassed last week after banning a church's Passion Play, reportedly believing it to be a sex-show

Active hubs deserve new funds

BRITAIN's cathedrals are not only at the heart of Christian worship, but also at the root of our shared history. They gave many of our cities their legal and cultural identity, and will be a focal point for local and national remembrance as we come together to commemorate the...

EU votes to control speculation on food prices

EU votes to control speculation on food prices

NEW LIMITS on speculating on food prices have been agreed by the European Parliament, writes Madeleine Davies. On Tuesday of last week, MEPs voted to enable authorities to limit the size of the financial risk that a firm can have in relation to certain commodities.

Hague seeks safety of Copts

Hague seeks safety of Copts

THE Foreign Office is pressing the military-backed interim government in Egypt to take steps to ensure the safety of Christians and other minorities in the country. The ongoing commitment was contained in the UK Government's recently published Human Rights and Democracy Report 2013.

Friendships flourish at Street Child World Cup

Friendships flourish at Street Child World Cup

THE winners of the second Street Child World Cup have been crowned in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Tanzanian boys' team and Brazilian girls' team won the tournament, which is organised to raise awareness of children around the world who live on the street 

Peshawar diocese backs ousted college principal

Peshawar diocese backs ousted college principal

THE decision by the Board of Governors of Edwardes College, the only Church of Pakistan college, to remove its Principal, the Revd Dr Titus Presler, has been challenged in court by the diocese of Peshawar.

World survey affirms place of religion

World survey affirms place of religion

A GLOBAL survey has suggested that most people still believe that religion plays a positive part in society. The poll, by WIN/Gallup International, showed that 59 per cent of the 68,806 people surveyed thought that religion was a positive influence in their country. In the UK, however, this figure was 35 per cent

Photo: Ferry disaster

Photo: Ferry disaster

Christians pray during a service for the safe return of passengers of the sunken Sewel ferry at a church in Seoul, South Korea. Divers continue to search the sunken ferry, and 200 are still missing

Archbishop’s ransom

Archbishop’s ransom

A RANSOM of ten million Nigerian Naira - about £37,000 - was paid before the the Archbishop of Niger Delta, in Nigeria, the Most Revd Ignatius Kattey, was released, after he had been kidnapped last year, newspapers in Nigeria reported last week

Royal couple join in Sydney’s Easter

Royal couple join in Sydney’s Easter

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, currently visiting several states of Australia with their son Prince George, worshipped at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, on Easter Day. The young prince was not, however, at the service.

Why I fasted for 40 days in Lent

Why I fasted for 40 days in Lent

Christians have a chance to speak and act for their hungry neighbours, says Keith Hebden

Pensions and climate create a dual timebomb

Pensions and climate create a dual timebomb

Through usury, the Government is burdening future generations with huge, unsustainable debts, argues Michael Northcott

What’s the matter with Kansas and guns?

Americans have a tendency to romanticise the Wild West, says Harriet Baber

Did anyone notice? He said ‘love’

Leader: Responses to David Cameron's article in some quarters have been fierce. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 55 non-Christians ignored Mr Cameron's caveats and took exception to his appropriation, on the Church's behalf, of virtues that they say are universal.

What really makes a nation Christian

The Great North Passion was more accurate than celebrity atheists, argues Paul Vallely

‘We have to let him go’

Simon Parke: WHEN our train does not appear, we are told over the Tannoy sometimes that the delay is due to "a body on the line". Occasionally, that body is a friend of ours.

The Prime Minister (and his critics) on Christianity in the life of the nation

From the Revd Jonathan Clatworthy; From the Revd Paul Nicolson; From Mr Stephen Sampford; From Mr Neal Terry; From Mr Benedict Atkins; From the Revd Dr Nigel Scotland

Theatrical limbo

From Caroline Bowder 

Their Majesties in France

100 years ago: THEIR Majesties, King George and Queen Mary, have this week been the welcome guests of the French people. From the moment of their landing on the French shore to the moment of their leaving it, the Entente Cordiale between the two nations has found continuous expression.

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