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Civilians in South Sudan without relief as aid-workers stuck in camps

Civilians in South Sudan without relief as aid-workers stuck in camps

KILLINGS, rape, and the razing of houses to the ground are devastating the northern region of South Sudan, as aid agencies withdraw and the UN struggles to secure access

Surveyed churches reach nearly 3.5m people a year

Surveyed churches reach nearly 3.5m people a year

A NATIONWIDE survey of more than 2000 churches and faith groups has suggested that almost 3.5 million people a year benefit from their social action

Churches concerned at gay cake finding

Churches concerned at gay cake finding

CHURCHES have expressed concerns about safeguarding the rights of business owners to uphold their Christian beliefs under the European Convention of Human Rights, after the finding of a Belfast County Court judge against Ashers Baking Company on Tuesday in the "gay marriage...

‘Without growth, you might walk alone’

‘Without growth, you might walk alone’

REFLECT, change, and adapt were the watchwords of the Bishop's Growth Conference, held by the diocese of Liverpool at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, attended by more than 400 clergy and parish representatives

MEPs call for an end to Rohingya persecution

MEPs call for an end to Rohingya persecution

THE European Parliament has called on the Burmese authorities to change their policy towards the Rohingya people, to "take all necessary measures to end persecution of, and discrimination against, the Rohingya minority"

Saudi airstrikes hammer Yemen after truce ends

Saudi airstrikes hammer Yemen after truce ends

THE five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen has ended with a resumption of Saudi Arabian-led air strikes on the country. The truce was barely observed on the ground, and only limited quantities of essential supplies were able to reach the millions of desperately needy people

Second Church Estates Commissioner appointed

Second Church Estates Commissioner appointed

THE new Second Church Estates Commissioner is Caroline Spelman MP, who succeeds Sir Tony Baldry

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Grey beard — but no loon

Grey beard — but no loon

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Books reviewed this week
Studying the menu and the waiters

Studying the menu and the waiters

Robert Nowell reviews two books on Rome

Full steam ahead for heaven

Full steam ahead for heaven

Geoffrey Rowell looks at the C of E's part in mission and Empire

Social sciences shed more light ...

David Martin finds a study of religions wanting on research

Northern grace and grandeur

Northern grace and grandeur

John Arnold finds this Durham Cathedral tribute a worthy one

Coffee-and-Koch sale in St Alfege’s churchyard

Coffee-and-Koch sale in  St Alfege’s churchyard

ARMED police charged through a fund-raising garden party in a south London churchyard last Sunday, hunting for a man heard firing a gun

Church leaders praise martyred Romero

Church leaders praise martyred Romero

THE leaders of the main Churches in England have issued a joint statement ahead of the beatification of the murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador

Shout for joy

Shout for joy

Shout for joy: Joy Division's entire back catalogue of 46 songs was played at Christ Church, Macclesfield, on Monday night, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the death of the group's singer, Ian Curtis

Oxford cathedra still empty as CNC fails to agree

Oxford cathedra still empty as CNC fails to agree

OXFORD will have to wait at least another year for a diocesan bishop after the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) failed to agree on who should fill the vacant see

Growth framework is 'not an OFSTED', says Bishop Bayes

Growth framework is

CHURCH growth is worth having, and is part of a bigger picture with social responsibility, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, said at the Bishop's Growth Conference for the diocese, on Saturday

Poppy-seller’s death leads to inquiry by Fundraising Board

Poppy-seller’s death leads to inquiry by Fundraising Board

FUND-RAISING watchdogs have launched two inquiries into claims of excessive pressure by charities on an elderly supporter found dead earlier this month

On his toes

On his toes

On his toes: the producer-director Norman Jewison and the actor Ted Neeley, playing Jesus, on the set of Jesus Christ Superstar, in Bethlehem, in 1972. The Texan actor, currently promoting the film's 40th anniversary, told the Victoria Advocate: " Spirituality was present at...

GraveTalk project helps people talk about dying

GraveTalk project helps people talk about dying

FOR most people today a "good death" means being pain-free and surrounded by loved ones, and does not include making peace with God at the end, suggests the results this week of research launched by the Dying Matters Coalition

Medieval oak panels stolen from Torbryan church back in place

Medieval oak panels stolen from Torbryan church back in place

POLICE have recovered two 15th-century decorative oak panels panels, stolen from the rood screen in Holy Trinity, Torbryan, in Devon, in 2013

West End theatres warm to chaplains

West End theatres warm to chaplains

On the eve of an inaugural lecture, Madeleine Davies looks at Theatre Chaplaincy UK

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop Perham considers a change in the law | Six-figure sum for man in historic child abuse case  | Red-tape challenge for bell-ringers in Kent | Canon Woodward to be Principal of Sarum College 

Bishop Conway promises emphasis on school improvement

Bishop Conway promises emphasis on school improvement

THE steady growth in the number of Church of England school places over the past decade is set to continue, the Church's parliamentary spokesman on education, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, said this month

Century for Leicester’s captain

Century for Leicester’s captain

THE weather was not kind to the opening games of the annual Church Times Cricket Cup competition

Endgame is near, says LGCM

Endgame is near, says LGCM

AS THE Church nears the "endgame" of its divisions over sexuality, it is time to celebrate those who have not lived to see it, the chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), Tracey Byrne, said last week

Canonisation of Palestinian nuns sends signal of support

Canonisation of Palestinian nuns sends signal of support

LINKS between the Palestinian people and the Roman Catholic Church have been strengthened significantly recently by the canonisation of two Palestinian nuns, and the laying of grounds for closer relations between the two sides

UN commissioner 'appalled' by treatment of migrants cast adrift

UN commissioner

THE thousands of Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingya people who are adrift at sea must be saved, the UN has told the leaders of the countries whose shores they seek

Hungarian PM censured over death-penalty move

Hungarian PM censured over death-penalty move

THE Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, has faced criticism by MEPs and the European Commission over his moves to reintroduce the death penalty in the former Soviet-bloc country

Burundian leaders call for election to be postponed

Burundian leaders call for election to be postponed

IN THE aftermath of a failed coup, and with protesters still on the streets, the presidential election in Burundi should be postponed, regional leaders in Africa concluded this week

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they say the cramp's the worst,muscles work against themselves, pulling tight,wrists and ankles, already smashed, find no grip or foothold, that cast in arc far out on sunlight,the leaden we...  Read More

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