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Benefit sanctions punish job-seekers unjustly, say Churches

Benefit sanctions punish job-seekers unjustly, say Churches

FIVE British churches are calling for a "full and independent review" of the sanctions regime for those on unemployment benefits

‘Jihadi John’ attended a C of E school

‘Jihadi John’ attended a C of E school

THE man identified as 'Jihadi John' - the notorious Islamic State terrorist filmed beheading Western hostages - attended a Church of England primary school in West London, it has been reported

Welby identifies Government policies to celebrate

Welby identifies Government policies to celebrate

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Christians to become politically active. Preaching the gospel and involvement in politics were two sides of the same coin, he said

Black Majority Churches slam ‘British rule’

Black Majority Churches slam  ‘British rule’

THE first ever election manifesto released by Black Majority Churches in Britain has attacked the British overseas-aid policy, accusing the Government of recreating a "master-slave" relationship between the UK and African and Caribbean nations

Multifaith hub for the City of London

Multifaith hub for the City of London

A VISION to create "one of the most significant interfaith centres in the world" in the City of London was unveiled on Wednesday night at the launch of a £20-million fund-raising appeal

Muslims to take up Lent for Lent

Muslims to take up Lent for Lent

YOUNG British Muslims are joining in an international campaign on the internet to show solidarity with Christians by giving up something for Lent

Survivors of abuse predict a ‘deluge’ of complaints

Survivors of abuse predict a ‘deluge’  of complaints

SURVIVORS of abuse have warned that thousands of people are likely to come forward with testimonies of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy in the national inquiry into historic child abuse

DfE acts to safeguard choristers’ places at school

DfE acts to safeguard choristers’ places at school

ONLY days after the Office of the Schools Adjudicator ruled that Bristol Cathedral Choir School needed specific ministerial permission to give priority in admissions to choristers, the Department for Education has sent the necessary legal document

‘TAP grounds me in the parish’

‘TAP grounds me in the parish’

JACK NOBLE went up to Bristol University to read History on a partially funded Naval scholarship. In his first term, his life changed course dramatically when he came to faith and discovered a vocation to the priesthood almost simultaneously

Listen to me, not Brand, says Nichols

Listen to me, not Brand, says Nichols

THE Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has urged Roman Catholics to listen to him rather than Russell Brand, and vote in the General Election in May

Barnabas director sentenced

THE international director of Barnabas Aid International, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, has been found guilty of sexual assault and intimidating two witnesses

‘Children are still being exploited’

‘Children are still being exploited’

TOO MANY children are still at risk of sexual exploitation, despite progress in some areas after an official inquiry in the wake of high-profile cases such as the Rotherham sex-abuse scandal, a new report suggests

Cathedrals berated for failing to pay the Living Wage

Cathedrals berated for failing to pay the Living Wage

THE Church of England's record on the Living Wage has been defended, after journalists found cathedrals that were hiring staff on salaries below the benchmark

Churches warned drones could lead to court

Churches warned drones could lead to court

CHURCHES are turning to the new technology of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones, to cut costs when surveying potential problem areas high up on the building

Carers’ depression risk identified

Carers’ depression risk identified

OLDER carers who look after their partners or sick children are more likely to suffer from depression and a decline in their quality of life, a new report suggests. And carers' mental health does not improve when their loved one dies or moves into residential care

Fishing rites — not angels but anglers

Fishing rites — not angels but anglers

JESUS is recorded as telling his disciples to become fishers of men; and one priest, a keen angler, is launching a network for Christian fishermen (and women) who hope to use their passion to spread the gospel

William Fittall to retire

William Fittall to retire

THE Secretary General of the General Synod, William Fittall, is to step down on 30 November, a week after the induction and inauguration of the new Synod

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Students query Lord Carey's photograph; Welby appointed investment adviser; Survey suggests Hebdo-attack sympathies; Large bequest for Sherborne Abbey; Micro-finance award for Archbishop's initiative

Photo: Sculpted

Photo: Sculpted

Damien Hirst's Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain, a lot in "Bear Witness", a sale at Sotheby's, London, on 10-12 March

Photo: Dreams

Photo: Dreams

Sam Smith, the British singer who was awarded four Grammys this month, recorded the video for his new song, "Lay Me Down", at St Margaret's, Lee, in London. It imagines Mr Smith marrying a male partner in church, and features the Rector of St Margaret's, the Revd Alan Race

Photo: Fallen, but redeemed

Photo: Fallen, but redeemed

The Revd Sally Muggeridge has written to defend her uncle, Malcolm Muggeridge, the former journalist, against allegations in a new book, Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the nation 1974-1987 by Jean Seaton

Edinburgh offers yews for free

Edinburgh offers yews for free

THE Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh (RBGE) is offering 100 churches a yew tree to plant in their churchyards, writes Hazel Southam. The offer comes as the RBGE is planting a yew hedge of 2000 saplings across Britain

Cape Town summit for bishops battling climate change

Cape Town summit for bishops battling climate change

BISHOPS who are confronting rising sea-levels, deforestation, droughts, and tsunamis in their dioceses met in Cape Town this week to devise strategies for "climate justice"

British troops sent to support Ukraine’s forces

British troops sent to support Ukraine’s forces

BRITISH troops will be deployed to Ukraine in the coming weeks to "provide advice and a range of training, from tactical intelligence to logistics, to medical care", the Prime Minister told MPs on Tuesday

Lock up passports, charity advises

Lock up passports, charity advises

PARENTS should lock up their children's passports if they fear that they are at risk of radicalisation, a charity has suggested, after three schoolgirls from London flew to Turkey, with the aim, it is believed, of joining Islamic State (IS)

Muslims armed with English language to counter web extremism

Muslims armed with English language to counter web extremism

BRITAIN is to offer intensive English-language training to young Muslim scholars in Egypt, to enable them to counter online extremism by tweeting and blogging in fluent English, and preach on a new English-language television station

Nineveh militia formed to fight IS

Nineveh militia formed to fight IS

ASSYRIAN Christians in Nineveh province, in north-western Iraq, have recruited more than 3500 men for a militia being formed to join the fight against Islamic State (IS)

To be a pilgrim

To be a pilgrim

Chester: When the Revd Karen Freeman suggested that she should conduct a Pilgrim Course for the teachers and teaching assistants at Christ Church C of E Primary School, the head agreed that it should be thought of as "continuing professional development"

Recognising goodness

Recognising goodness

Coventry: Awards of clasped hands and a certificate were presented to a variety of unsung helpful people at a New Year's awards evening at the end of January

Burying alleluia

Burying alleluia

Canterbury: As part of the preparation for Lent at St Nicholas's, Wade, Birchington, two members of the congregation buried two "Alleluia" posters in the Easter garden. The posters will be dug up at the Easter vigil, as the word comes back into use in the Easter worship

Who are they?

Who are they?

Winchester: Six chests, that almost certainly hold the bones of several of early kings, including Cnut and his wife, Emma, as well as three bishops, are being opened again, and scientifically examined

Car, not chocolate

Car, not chocolate

Salisbury: Struggling to give up chocolate was for him never much of a spiritual experience, the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, says. Last year, he found a better way: to give up using his car for Lent

Fears for Syrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State

Fears for Syrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State

FEARS are growing for the safety of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State in North-East Syria. Reports emerged on Wednesday that some had already been killed

Welby defends church involvement in politics

Welby defends church involvement in politics

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has defended the House of Bishops' pastoral letter on the forthcoming General Election by saying that the Church has an obligation to get involved in politics

Investigation into church salaries leads to Living Wage row

Investigation into church salaries leads to Living Wage row

THE Church of England has defended its stance on the Living Wage after it was revealed that cathedrals and churches were hiring staff on salaries below the benchmark

William Fittall to step down in November

William Fittall to step down in November

THE General Synod's Secretary General, William Fittall, is to step down on 30 November, a week after the induction and inauguration of the new Synod

Bishops’ call for vision provokes anger

Bishops’ call for vision provokes anger

THE House of Bishops has called on politicians to offer a disillusioned electorate a bigger vision of society in the run-up to May's General Election

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