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Everyday habits
Publicity for Church Army Sunday's "Get OUT More" theme for this Sunday. It aims at encouraging "an effective Christian presence in everyday situations in the community, such as car-boot sales, pub quizzes, film nights, fun days, and meeting the needs of clubbers".

Exploring London
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The popular children's character Dora the Explorer with Betty Brenman, aged six, at the Children's Society London Bridges Walk last Saturday. The event involved 3000 people.

Nigerian priest killed 'for not paying bribe'
THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA says that the Revd Emmanuel Akpan, Vicar of St Stephen 's, Alode, was shot dead on 18 September by police and army personnel at a checkpoint for refusing to pay them a bribe, ENI reports. A spokesman for the diocese of the Niger Delta said that the Anglican Church in Nigeria "will not allow his killers to go unpunished".

World Summit leaders denounced
THE Roman Catholic aid agency CAFOD has accused leaders attending the World Summit in New York of "squandering a golden opportunity to push the fight against poverty to the forefront of world action". A spokesman said this week: "A number of basic benchmarks were not met", and condemned the politicians' "failure to agree a timetable to reach their 35-year-old promise to reach the 0.7-per-cent target of income for aid".

Springer to resume national tour
THEATRES across Britain are reported to be set to defy threats of prosecution from the Evangelical group Christian Voice, and persist with a nationwide tour of the musical Jerry Springer - the Opera. Christian Voice threatened to serve charges of blasphemy against participating theatres, but the tour is to begin again on 23 January in Plymouth.

African Enterprise founder to stand down
MICHAEL CASSIDY, the pan-African evangelist, is to step down as international team leader of African Enterprise, an organisation he set up in 1962 to evangelise cities in Africa. Stephen Lungu, the organisation's leader in Malawi, will become senior team leader of African Enterprise, while Mr Cassidy will concentrate on writing and speaking engagements.

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The war the English tried to forget

The war the English tried to forget

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Overturning the vested interest

It was Keir Hardie's Christianity that inspired his politics, and his contribution to the Labour movement, says Gordon Brown  Read More

Sat 25 Apr 15 @ 12:01
'Europe as a whole must rise up and seek to do what's right' - @JustinWelby on migrant deaths http://t.co/EhPH9TvfQl http://t.co/KlJ0i3nq1O

Fri 24 Apr 15 @ 21:24
Gordon Brown on how Keir Hardie's faith shaped his contribution to the Labour movement http://t.co/Ta0bZ2sY0V http://t.co/YUqhqZBLNG