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Independent reviewer for new women-bishops era named

Independent reviewer for new women-bishops era named

Sir Philip Mawer, a former Secretary General of General Synod, was named on Friday

Safeguards only work if used, say vulnerable adults

Safeguards only work if used,  say vulnerable adults

Madeleine Davies  investigates how well, or not, the Church of England is protecting vulnerable adults from abuse

MPs vie to have woman bishop in their constituency

MPs vie to have woman bishop in their constituency

MEMBERS of Parliament competed to have the first woman bishop appointed in their constituency, as the House of Commons passed the Bishop and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure on Monday

Expenses incurred in dying go up

Expenses incurred in dying go up

THE cost of dying has risen by more than ten per cent in the past year, a new report by an insurance and funeral services company has found

New faith-based horror film is all Revelation and Rapture

New faith-based horror film is all Revelation and Rapture

A FILM described by its promoters as the first faith-based horror film will be released in Britain next month. The film, The Remaining, is an interpretation of the book of Revelation, and the idea of a post-Apocalyptic Rapture when all true believers are taken into heaven

Snap into action

Snap into action

It is hard to tell what is really going on a church from the outside. This is why the Church Times and ChurchCare are jointly sponsoring a photographic competion, which encourages people to zoom in on activities in and around their churches, rather than the buildings themselves

Religious ceremonies permitted for same-sex marriage conversions

Religious ceremonies permitted for same-sex marriage conversions

SAME-SEX couples will be able to convert their civil partnerships into marriages in a ceremony at a religious venue, after revised guidelines were laid before Parliament

Irish Primate: 'We want the talks to work'

Irish Primate:

THE forthcoming talks that will seek to break the political impasse in Northern Ireland concerning contentious matters such as the use of flags and emblems should inspire all those taking part to be courageous, the Church of Ireland has said

Christian Aid report calls for morality talk about tax

Christian Aid report calls for morality talk about tax

A RELUCTANCE to discuss morality has hamstrung the debate about tax, despite the fact that "we often know what feels right," an audience at St Mary-le-Bow heard on Tuesday night

Photo: cleansed face

Photo: cleansed face

An image of Jesus carrying the cross, from the 16th-century Flemish Herkenrode glass in Lichfield Cathedral, newly restored and awaiting reinstallation in the Lady chapel

Priest launches campaign for freedom to worship and pray

Priest launches campaign for freedom to worship and pray

INSPIRED by the ice-bucket challenge, a priest has launched a "freedom to worship and pray" challenge in support of those suffering persecution for their faith

Memorial service held for Paisley

Memorial service held for Paisley

A MEMORIAL service for the late Lord Bannside (the Revd Dr Ian Paisley) was held at the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday. It was attended by more than 1000 invited guests, including politicians, Free Presbyterian clergy, and members of the denomination he founded

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Heritage at Risk register lists 800 churches; Next Methodist Conference Secretary named; Priest to stand for election as Police Commissioner

Reconnection work completed at Hexham Abbey

Reconnection work completed at Hexham Abbey

Work has been completed on a year-long project, costing £3 million, to reunite two parts of Hexham Abbey severed by King Henry VIII's commissioners at the dissolution of the monasteries

Well-trodden path

Well-trodden path

Photos: A girl dressed as Mary Jones, who, in 1800, walked 26 miles across the Welsh mountains in search of a Bible, leads a procession from Capel Tegid to the opening of the Bible Society's visitor and education centre, Mary Jones World

Welby hosts mining reflection day at Lambeth

Welby hosts mining reflection day at Lambeth

REPRESENTATIVES of the mining industry met at Lambeth Palace earlier this month for a day of reflection

Sir John Cass School: a clarification

We have removed a story about an inspection of Sir John Cass School after representations from the school about a misleading headline and opening paragraph. We apologise for the error - Editor

Four new free schools announced

Four new free schools announced

FOUR new Church of England free schools have been given the go-ahead by the Government. They were included in a list of approvals announced at the beginning of October by the Department for Education

RE Council appoints first patrons

RE Council appoints first patrons

THE entrepreneur and founder of the Cobra beer company, Lord Bilmoria, a Zoroastrian; the comedian and actor Sarah Pascoe; and the actor and film-maker Deepak Verma are among the first patrons appointed by the Religious Education Council

Cardinal Nichols: statement on gay RCs 'did not go far enough'

Cardinal Nichols: statement on gay RCs

PROPOSALS on the pastoral care of homosexuals in the Roman Catholic Church might have failed to win support simply because "they did not go far enough," the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has said

'Versatile' vicar delivers wife's baby in the church hall

A VICAR helped deliver a baby in a church hall after the parish foodbank, and a Messy Church meeting

Ebola victims feel ‘forsaken’ says Liberian bishop

Ebola victims feel ‘forsaken’ says Liberian bishop

SUFFERERS from of the Ebola virus in West Africa believe that "God has forsaken them", a Liberian Roman Catholic bishop, the Rt Revd Anthony Fallah Borwah, has said. Bishop Borwah was prevented from attending Pope Francis's recent synod on the family because of the travel...

ACNA Archbishop recognised by seven Primates

ACNA Archbishop recognised by seven Primates

The church leaders' statement raises questions about Anglican identity, writes Gavin Drake

Primate condemns court’s rejection of Asia Bibi’s appeal

Primate condemns court’s rejection of Asia Bibi’s appeal

THE decision by the High Court of Appeal in Pakistan to uphold the death sentence passed on Asia Bibi, a Christian woman found guilty of blasphemy, is "cruel", the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Saturday

Pope Francis tells consistory of 'unjust' situation for Middle East Christians

Pope Francis tells consistory of

CHRISTIANS in the Middle East are enduring attacks of terrorism "on an unimaginable scale", Pope Francis has said

Plight of refugees inspires aid effort

Plight of refugees inspires aid effort

HEAVY fighting between Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish forces continues in the Syrian border town Kobane. Those who have fled from the jihadists are preparing for an uncertain winter

World news in brief

World news in brief

American released from North Korean jail; Clergy under kidnap threat in Central African Republic; Malawi mission ship faces uncertain future; New director of unity for Anglican Communion

Bell for the Bishop

Bell for the Bishop

Glasgow & Galloway:  ON A recent Wednesday, the bell of the Trades Hall, Glasgow, rang out on one of the only two occasions it is rung each year. It marked the day when the former Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, the Rt Revd Idris Jones, became Deacon Convener of the Trades Hall

Not only the bus

Not only the bus

Chester:  THERE was much to celebrate about the work of the Church Army when 90 people gathered at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, to hear about the organisation's community and outreach work in the area

Dancing shoes

Dancing shoes

Oxford: MORE than 90 people - 20 more than expected - came to the barn dance in the nave of St John's, Gosbrook Road, Caversham, part of the Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham parish

Princess remembered

Princess remembered

Rochester: TO HAVE her 400th wedding anniversary commemorated is quite something, even for a princess. But the princess was Pocahontas, the celebrated American Indian, born in Werowocomoco in Virginia, in 1596, captured by the English, and brought to London where she chose to remain

Surprise wedding

Surprise wedding

Chelmsford:  THE first wedding has been celebrated in the new London postcode E20, the former Olympic athletes' village. It took place in St Paul's, Stratford, to the complete surprise of the congregation

Teddies’ day out

Teddies’ day out

Derby: THERE are still, it seems, teddy bears willing to parachute from church towers - and not only teddies this time, but other animals as well, including a red squirrel. About 70 of them jumped the 100 feet from the top of St Andrew's, in Swanwick

Prayers urged after Parliament of Canada shootings

Prayers urged after Parliament of Canada shootings

THE Bishop of Ottawa, the Rt Revd John H. Chapman, has urged Canadians to pray for everyone caught up in the shooting around the Parliament Buildings on Wednesday

York Inquiry finds 'systemic failure' over abuse

York Inquiry finds

THE report into how the Church handled allegations of sexual abuse by Robert Waddington, former Dean of Manchester, has been published 

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

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