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Pope speaks of tensions at Vatican synod

Pope speaks of tensions at Vatican synod

THE Extraordinary Synod on the Family concluded without reaching the required two-thirds majority to approve statements on the reception of communion by Roman Catholics married after divorce, and on the pastoral care of homosexuals

Praise for patience as Lords agree to women bishops

Praise for patience as Lords agree to women bishops

THE House of Lords passed the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure on Tuesday night

Welby: No return to ‘war on terror’

Welby: No return to ‘war on terror’

THERE can be no return to the "war on terror", but limited military action is required to resist Islamist terrorism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Record attempt flops when bells shift course

Record attempt flops when bells shift course

A TEAM of bell-ringers has failed in its attempt to set a new world record for the longest peal of 12 bells

St James's Piccadilly has kosher sukkah

St James

FASHIONED from empty plastic bottles lit in neon green, the sukkahat St James's, Piccadilly, in London (right), was not exactly as envisaged in Leviticus 23

Police close inquiry into Bishop Perham allegations

Police close inquiry into Bishop Perham allegations

THE Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, will face no further police action about historic allegations of indecent assault, the Metropolitan Police confirmed on Tuesday

Welby urges bankers to pursue heroism of old

Welby urges bankers to pursue heroism of old

BANKERS need to pursue the sort of heroism praised by Aristotle and Virgil, seeking to be remembered "as someone who contributed to the world", the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Sunday

Ecumenical plan agreed for Carlisle parishes

Ecumenical plan agreed for Carlisle parishes

A PLAN to reorganise the diocese of Carlisle into 40 ecumenical "mission communities" has been approved by the diocesan synod

Pause . . . for applause

Pause . . . for applause

THE BBC Radio 2 programme Pause for Thought walked off with three prizes at the Jerusalem Awards at BAFTA on Wednesday evening

Canon asks for the return of firearms

Canon asks for the return of firearms

A BITTER dispute between a retired lay canon of Manchester Cathedral and his vicar has been revealed in a court hearing held to determine whether Greater Manchester Police should return the former canon's firearms

Education Board urges small schools to make alliances

Education Board urges small schools to make alliances

SMALL Church of England village schools will not survive unless they make teaching and administrative alliances with neighbouring primaries, a report for the C of E's Board of Education on the future of the Church's rural schools has warned

Survey finds girls more likely to use home computers for homework

Survey finds girls more likely to use home computers for homework

ALMOST a quarter of British children aged ten to 15 rated their life satisfaction as below moderate, according to figures published last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Bishop Rylands calls for a flourishing rural Church

Bishop Rylands calls for a flourishing rural Church

RURAL mission is "high on the agenda" of the Church, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Revd Mark Rylands, has said after an ecumenical conference on countryside ministry

Priest shelters in tent in solidarity with refugees

Priest shelters in tent in solidarity with refugees

AT THE end of 2013, the UN estimated that there were 16.7 million refugees in the world. Last week, a priest in Cornwall attempted to draw closer to their plight, from inside a tent

Pop-up cathedral goes on the road

Pop-up cathedral goes on the road

THE Church's newest diocese, West Yorkshire & the Dales, is taking faith on the road this month in the form of a "pop-up cathedral" that is touring West Yorkshire

Photo: Spectacular

Photo: Spectacular

"Spectacular": an enamelled solid silver cross was in a hoard of about 100 items of Viking treasure found in Dumfries and Galloway, on land owned by the Church of Scotland, last month

Photos: Homeward bound

Photos: Homeward bound

An image of the ecumenical Church of St Michael, in Camp Bastion, is part of "Helmand Return" a nationwide exhibition of 59 billboard and poster photos

Cricket update

Secretaries / captains, and potential secretaries / captains invited for a lunchtime discussion 

Bishops call for Ebola focus to be on overseas care

Bishops call for Ebola focus to be on overseas care

THE scale of the suffering in West Africa should be in the forefront of people's minds when considering the Ebola virus, not the fear of a small outbreak in the UK, two C of E bishops have said

Calls for urgent aid for Gaza and a long-term solution

Calls for urgent aid for Gaza and a long-term solution

THE needs resulting from the destruction caused by last summer's war in Gaza are "phenomenal", and financial assistance alone will not be enough to secure the future of the territory, Christian Aid has said

Bishops welcome MPs' vote on Palestine

Bishops welcome MPs

BISHOPS from both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have supported a vote by MPs on Monday to recognise Palestine as a state

Gaza: 'Scale of destruction is shocking'

Gaza:

Dominic Barrington is Rector of St Peter and St Paul, Kettering. He visited Gaza last week at the invitation of the diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East

Signs of hope for Christians in Egypt

Signs of hope for Christians in Egypt

Gavin Drake: Last year's attacks united the majority of Christians and Muslims in Egypt against a sectarian approach

Ark park in dispute over flood pledge

Ark park in dispute over flood pledge

THE man behind plans for a giant Noah's Ark theme park in the United States, Mike Zovath, is in dispute with state officials, after they threatened to withdraw tax incentives if he forced employees to sign a faith statement professing belief in the biblical flood

Bishop of Montreal helps asylum-seeker to remain in Canada

Bishop of Montreal helps asylum-seeker to remain in Canada

THE Bishop of Montreal, the Rt Revd Barry Clarke, has posted a bond for a Pakistani woman, Khurshi Begum Awan, who is seeking asylum in Canada and is threatened with deportation

Archbishop of Hong Kong warns that road to peace is long

Archbishop of Hong Kong warns that road to peace is long

THE Archbishop of Hong Kong, the Most Revd Paul Kwong, has yielded to pressure to comment on the protests that have rocked the city, and has issued a statement urging protesters and the government to seek reconciliation

Charity aims to bring sight to two million eyes

Charity aims to bring sight to two million eyes

NOT many people can say that their life was changed in less than half an hour; but Flossy Mtambo can. She is one of the examples produced by Sightsavers to help promote its new A Million Miracles fund-raising campaign

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala

MALALA YOUSAFZAI, the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for asserting the right to go to school, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Photo: Early light

Photo: Early light

An image of a clean-shaven Jesus on a glass plate, which archaeologists believe dates back to the fourth century

Welby visits reconciliation projects in Ireland

Welby visits reconciliation projects in Ireland

THE Archbishop of Canterbury spent two days earlier this month with Church of Ireland leaders, congregations, and their communities, on both sides of the Border

Swimming for bells

Swimming for bells

London: Ever since he had heard about it, the Vicar of St Stephen's, Rochester Row, Westminster, the Revd Graham Buckle, had been wanting to take part in the annual 10k swim down the River Dart in Devon

Barnaby’s coffee

Barnaby’s coffee

Portsmouth:  EARLIER this month, the village of Swanmore acquired its own modern coffee shop - in the church hall - and some properly trained baristas, including the Vicar of St Barnabas's,  the Revd Claire Towns

Welcome tolerance

Welcome tolerance

Europe: A HEART-WARMING festival of religions was recently held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, when tents were erected in the square beside the central mosque, and Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Armenians, Anglicans, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims all came together to display their books and ritual objects and enjoy lively conversations

Ten positive years

Ten positive years

Chichester:  THE Point Church, Burgess Hill, began as a church-plant ten years ago. It was one of the first Fresh Expressions, and started with a few people meeting in the living room of the Priest-in-Charge of the Mid-Sussex Network, the Revd Will Kemp, and his wife, Caroline

Young bankers

Young bankers

Canterbury: Murston Community Bank, which is in partnership with the Kent Savers Credit Union, has opened a branch in Murston Junior School, Sittingbourne. On 1 October, the whole school gathered to celebrate its official opening by the Bishop of Dover

News in brief

News in brief

Kidnapped friar released in Syria; Faith leaders stand together in Rotherham; Oxford-Blue bishop takes on new sporting position; Theological journal awarded international prize; Welby turns down Royal College of Organists

Widdecombe enters divorce row in RC Church

Widdecombe enters divorce row in RC Church

THE rule in the Roman Catholic Church which prevents divorcees who marry again from receiving holy communion is "unduly harsh", Ann Widdecombe has declared

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