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Bill will put women bishops at head of queue for House of Lords

Bill will put women bishops at head of queue for House of Lords

If enacted, the Bill enables women diocesan bishops to skip the queue - currently 14 bishops long

Prayers said for victims of 16-hour siege at Sydney cafe

Prayers said for victims of 16-hour siege at Sydney cafe

THE Primate of Australia, Dr Philip Freier, has called for an investigation into how the gunman at the centre of Monday's hostage crisis in Sydney had access to a gun

Chester wins race for C of E’s first woman bishop

Chester wins race for C of E’s first woman bishop

A PARISH priest, the Revd Libby Lane, is to be the first woman bishop in the Church of England, it was announced on Wednesday, one month to the day after the passing of legislation to enable women's consecration

Reforms needed to halt decline, says Archbishop Welby

Reforms needed to halt decline, says Archbishop Welby

PLANS to transform the Church of England were trailed this week by the Archbishop of Canterbury

C of E leaders respond to ‘turbulence’ over Green report

C of E leaders respond to ‘turbulence’ over Green report

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops this week defended a radical overhaul of the process for training and selecting future church leaders, in the face of online denunciations by clerics and lay people

Commissioners hope money will grow on trees

Commissioners hope money will grow on trees

THE Church Commissioners have spent almost £50 million buying 15 forests across Scotland and Wales in a bid to make their investment portfolio more sustainable

Episcopal cloud over conversion of civil partnerships

Episcopal cloud over conversion of civil partnerships

THE Revd Richard Haggis always regarded his civil partnership with Ricardo Gonçalves as an "interim measure"...

Cuts affect service for runaways

Cuts affect service for runaways

FINDING safe places for children who run away from home is becoming more difficult because of funding cuts, higher thresholds for intervention, and the declining availability of services, a new report suggests

Church’s flagship credit union is ready to launch

Church’s flagship credit union is ready to launch

THE Church of England's flagship credit union has been approved by the financial regulators, paving the way for it to open its doors officially in February

Dean Gordon decries Ireland's 'sick psyche'

Dean Gordon decries Ireland

REVELATIONS of physical and mental abuse by staff in a care home for people with severe learning disabilities was the latest in a catalogue of misuses of power that the Churches in Ireland have failed to address, the Dean of Leighlin, the Very Revd Tom Gordon, said on Sunday

Census finds the Force is still with us

Census finds the Force is still with us

MORE than 176,000 people described their religion as "Jedi Knight" in the last census in 2011, new figures have shown

Faith schools top DfE league tables across the country

Faith schools top DfE league tables across the country

AS THE Department for Education's latest statistics show a continued improvement in primary school standards, Church of England and Roman Catholic schools emerged as among the most successful in the country

Miliband praises Christians' efforts against poverty and injustice

Miliband praises Christians

CHRISTIANS share the same values as the Labour Party and play an important part in it, the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has said

St Paul’s objects to Garden Bridge over the Thames

St Paul’s objects to Garden Bridge over the Thames

THE Dean and Chapter of St Paul's have "serious misgivings" over the proposed Garden Bridge over the Thames, which has been approved by Westminster City Council

Photo: celestial woollies

Photo: celestial woollies

Celestial woollies: Mary Jane Montgom­erie's installation Inspiration and Meaning, in St Mary's, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire, was inspired by textile art depicting the seven planets represented in Gustav Holst's The Planets, 

Free spirit bound by legal ruling

Free spirit bound by legal ruling

IT WOULD be inappropriate to inscribe the words "Free Spirit" on a memorial in consecrated ground in a Christian churchyard, the Worshipful Mark Hill QC ruled last month, in the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Chichester

Photo: Gilt-finish

Photo: Gilt-finish

A Spanish polychromed walnut relief panel from the second half of the 16th century, depicting the nativity, was auctioned for £68,500 on 3 December

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Reading curate acquitted on 11 charges; Too many churches, Bishop Frith says; Wareham skull proves to be centuries old; Campaign on animals is aimed at Christians; Children's Society seeks to amend 1930s law; New guardian of the Shrine at Walsingham

Pakistani Taliban condemned for school massacre

Pakistani Taliban condemned for school massacre

RELIGIOUS and political leaders have joined with public figures around the world to condemn the Pakistani Taliban's massacre this week of at least 132 children and nine staff at the Peshawar Army School

Christmas celebrations banned because of Ebola

Christmas celebrations banned because of Ebola

CHRISTMAS celebrations are being banned in Sierra Leone, as the country tries to fight back against the Ebola virus

Climate-change delegates criticised for weak language

Climate-change delegates criticised for weak language

Joe Ware hears last-minute promises at Lima summit

Solidarity visitors to Iraq report on urgent needs of Iraqi refugees

Solidarity visitors to Iraq report on urgent needs of Iraqi refugees

THE most urgent need for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee their homes in the face of Islamic State (IS) advances is housing, shelter, and food, a report by the Vicar of St John's, Notting Hill, Canon William Taylor, says

UN refugee agency launches Palestine appeal

UN refugee agency launches Palestine appeal

THE UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has launched a £264-million appeal to help support the most disadvantaged families. Other aid organisations have expressed concern at the slow pace of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip

Perth rector protests of strip-search after peaceful demonstration

Perth rector protests of strip-search after peaceful demonstration

THE Rector of a parish in Perth, the Revd Lorna Green, has protested at being strip-searched by police after a recent peaceful demonstration at the Perth office of the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop

Australia to have second woman diocesan bishop

Australia to have second woman diocesan bishop

THE first woman bishop in Australia, the Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy, is to become its second woman diocesan. A regional bishop in Perth, Bishop Goldsworthy has been elected Bishop of Gippsland

World news in brief

World news in brief

RC report says celibacy may be 'unbearable strain'; Nigerian Primate condemns bomb attacks; Iranian pastors' sentence quashed

Under the wings

Under the wings

Durham: Revd Dick Bradshaw tells me, it was a relatively mild night when he and others from his parish of Monkwearmouth did the sponsored sleepout in aid of Centrepoint's purpose-built new hostel in Sunderland

Lost sheep

Lost sheep

West Yorkshire & the Dales: TWELVE sheep have managed to lose themselves somewhere in the shops of Wakefield. Children are being asked to help find them, and bring them back to the cathedral in time for Christmas. 

Hidden care

Hidden care

Swansea & Brecon:  IT WAS Carers' Rights Day on 28 November, although the Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies (above, with the Little Gems playgroup, Brecon) must have been one of the few people who noticed

Baking better

Baking better

London:  TRUST the Brownies to do a good turn. The 25th Fulham (All Saints) Brownies were able to present Freya Samuelson, from Great Ormond Street Hospital, with £557 they had raised themselves by baking cup cakes in support of the hospital's "Bake it Better" appeal

Buying a bus

Buying a bus

York: GOD called her to buy a bus; so that is what Emily Finch, aged 23, spent her savings on this year. She had just completed a degree in Christian Youth Work at St John's College, Nottingham, when she moved to York

C of E names its first woman bishop

C of E names its first woman bishop

THE first woman bishop in the history of the Church of England is to be the Revd Libby Lane, named today as the next Bishop of Stockport

Plan to groom ‘talent’ for high office in C of E

Plan to groom ‘talent’ for high office in C of E

A RADICAL overhaul of the Church of England's leadership is under way. A key report, still unpublished, sets out a programme of "talent management" in the Church

Finger points at benefits system as MPs examine foodbank use

Finger points at benefits system as MPs examine foodbank use

DELAYS in paying benefits are the cause of more than one third of referrals to foodbanks, an inquiry into hunger in the UK has found. On Monday, the Archbishop of Canterbury launched Feeding Britain. a new report on foodbanks

Churches facilitate social integration, research suggests

Churches facilitate social integration, research suggests

CHURCHES are among of the few places in the UK that successfully bring people together from different ethnic backgrounds, and from different financial circumstances, new research for the Social Integration Commission suggests

Church investors chivvy BP and Shell

Church investors chivvy BP and Shell

A COALITION of shareholders, led by the Church of England, will press BP and Shell to work harder to tackle climate change at their annual general meetings next year

MPs pass Bill to meet UN’s target on international aid spending

MPs pass Bill to meet UN’s target on international aid spending

A BILL that would commit the Government to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on international aid has been passed by the House of Commons

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C of E leaders respond to ‘turbulence’ over Green report

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I was there when the tsunami struck

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There is no divine right of managers

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