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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.

Job of the week

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Diocese of Lincoln Rector Branston with Nocton and Potterhanworth An exciting opportunity exists for a priest in this growing and developing benefice. We are seeking someone who: is an...  Read More

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Saved from the streets

Saved from the streets

The rescue of a prostitute and brothel-keeper was typical of the early work of the Salvation Army, 150 years old this year  Read More

Question of the week
Is the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Ireland a spent force?

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The UK must recognise Palestine as a state

Britain urgently needs to act for peace in the Holy Land by recognising Palestine alongside Israel, argues Vincent Fean  Read More

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Saved from the streets - Cathy Le Feuvre tells the story of how the @salvationarmy began http://t.co/6Y6QxGGr6j http://t.co/o2mSfFLA7h