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C of E’s first woman bishop consecrated

C of E’s first woman bishop consecrated

IT WAS, the Dean of York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, said, a "wonderful and glorious morning"

Mentally ill are hit hardest by system

Mentally ill are hit hardest by system

MORE than 100 people with mental-health problems are having their benefits cut each day, effectively because of their condition, data unearthed by the Methodist Church suggests

Yes, speak out, says Cameron – but you are wrong

Yes, speak out, says Cameron – but you are wrong

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has vigorously defended his new book, which warns that parts of Britain are being left behind; but he denied that the intervention amounted to an attack on the Government

Goodness has a cost, Welby tells bankers, but also a value

Goodness has a cost, Welby tells bankers, but also a value

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has challenged bankers to focus their attention on serving people, not just maximising their profit margins

The secret of L' Arche is meeting people, Vanier says

The secret of L

70 people came to listen to Jean Vanier, the 86-year-old founder of the L'Arche communities, in the House of Lords on Monday evening

Wolf Hall religion is ‘like Islam’

Wolf Hall religion is ‘like Islam’

ISLAM today is at the same point of violent turmoil as Christianity was during Henry VIII's Reformation, the director of the BBC's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's best-selling novel of those times, Wolf Hall, says

Disappointment for EA after restoration of Page Three

Disappointment for EA after restoration of Page Three

SEVERAL organisations campaigning for The Sun   to drop its Page Three topless model have been left red-faced after celebrating the feature's reported demise, only for it to reappear yesterday

Channel Islands move

Channel Islands move

THE Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Bob Key, has said that he is "delighted" with new arrangements for oversight of the Channel Islands, which transfer several areas to the diocese of Canterbury

Pulpits swapped in show of unity

Pulpits swapped in show of unity

MINISTERS from eight churches of differing denominations have been swapping pulpits with each other to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

High street protester in chains

High street protester in chains

THE daughter of a former sub-dean of Westminster Abbey chained herself to the railings outside Church House last week as part of a long-running protest at plans by the Church Commissioners to build an out-of-town retail park in Leighton Buzzard

The dying can ‘teach value of interdependence’

The dying can ‘teach value of interdependence’

THE Assisted Dying Bill is the "thin end of an extremely large and dangerous wedge", the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, has said. The Bill was debated in the House of Lords during Committee Stage last week

Women bishops Lords Spiritual Bill nodded through

Women bishops Lords Spiritual Bill nodded through

A LAW to fast-track women bishops into the House of Lords has been passed by the House of Commons unopposed

Children suffering in cold houses

Children suffering in cold houses

AT LEAST 800,000 children in the UK are living in homes that their parents cannot afford to heat. Their parents are forced to choose between warmth and buying food, a new report from the Children's Society suggests

Christian health worker takes case to tribunal

Christian health worker takes case to tribunal

A SENIOR staff member at an east-London hospital has taken the NHS Trust to an employment tribunal this week, accusing it of discriminating against her because of her Christian faith

Bishop calls on Lords to take dispassionate view of A&E services

Bishop calls on Lords to take dispassionate view of A&E services

THE Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has sought to elevate above party politics the debate about accident and emergency services, after figures showed that waiting times were at their worst level in a decade

Bill reignites dispute over bats in churches

Bill reignites dispute over bats in churches

A PRIVATE Member's Bill designed to exempt churches from regulations covering the conservation of bats will return to the Commons to complete its Second Reading today

The Church Times cricket cup

The Church Times cricket cup

THE coldest week of the year, and so, naturally, our thoughts turn to cricket. Although play in the 65th season of the Church Times Cricket Competition does not start till May, now is the time when captains start booking up fixtures and players start blocking off dates in the diary

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

WATCH comments on consecration; Christian Concern settles with QE2 Centre; Abolish liability, says Bishop, but compensate; Dairy farmers win church support; Former diocesan press officer charged; Vicar pleads not guilty in fraud case

Church needs to recruit 50 per cent more clergy

Church needs to recruit 50 per cent more clergy

THE annual number of candidates for ministry needs to increase by a half within five years, a report by a task group looking at ministerial education in the Church of England says

Shake-up in central funding for dioceses mooted

Shake-up in central funding for dioceses mooted

THE present method of distributing central church funds to the dioceses should be scrapped, a new report says. It is one of the set released last week as part of the Archbishops' programme of renewal and reform

Commissioners prepared to dip into capital

Commissioners prepared to dip into capital

THE Church Commissioners have indicated that they are willing to eat into their capital to fund the reforms outlined in this week's reports, if they have the approval of the General Synod

Debates and groups will tackle reports on reform

Debates and groups will tackle reports on reform

AT THE heart of the next group of sessions of the General Synod, on 10-12 February, will be discussion of the reports released this week which seek to reform the institutional life of the Church of England

Fewer and shorter Synod meetings proposed to save time and money

Fewer and shorter Synod meetings proposed to save time and money

MEETINGS of the General Synod could be restricted to a maximum of six days a year, under proposals put forward as part of the Archbishops' programme for renewal and reform

Muslims protest at cartoon in latest Charlie Hebdo

Muslims protest at cartoon in latest Charlie Hebdo

PROTESTS around the world by Muslims angered by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's publishing another cartoon of Muhammad have turned violent, and dozens have been killed and injured

Irish Churches 'must change' if they are to survive

Irish Churches

THE current form of ministry in Ireland, as practised by the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, must undergo radical transformation if either are to survive, the former Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Robert MacCarthy, said on Wednesday

Kidnapped Copts held by Libyans

Kidnapped Copts held by Libyans

THE Egyptian Foreign Ministry says that it is working closely with its contacts in Libya to try to secure the release of 21 Copts who were abducted in at least two separate incidents over the past month

Bishop urges UK to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

Bishop urges UK to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

THE Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Revd Christopher Edmondson, has called on the Government to send "urgent help" to Nigeria to help it tackle Boko Haram terrorists, as church leaders in that country accused the West of sitting back while people were "killed like animals"

Southern Africa hit by flooding

Southern Africa hit by flooding

LATE-SUMMER storms have caused torrential and widespread flooding in southern Africa. Areas of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe are among the worst affected

World news in brief

World news in brief

Appoint co-ordinator on merit, say agencies; Blogger's case referred to Saudi supreme court; Roman Catholic nuns expelled from Crimea

Photo: Never mind the weather

Photo: Never mind the weather

Aan estimated six million people braved stormy rains to attend a mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Rizal Park, Manila, on Sunday, during his five-day visit to Asia

Sentamu exercises 'gracious restraint' over traditionalist bishop's consecration

Sentamu exercises

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, will not lay on hands at the consecration of the Bishop-elect of Burnley, Fr Philip North CMP, in February

Synod to tackle raft of reports in small groups

Synod to tackle raft of reports in small groups

THE heart of the General Synod's next group of sessions, on 10-12 February, will be discussion of the raft of reports released this week aimed at reforming the institutional life of the Church of England

Church of England proposes halving of Synod days

Church of England proposes halving of Synod days

MEETINGS of the General Synod could be restricted to a maximum of six days a year under proposals put forward as part of the Archbishops' programme for renewal and reform

Don’t forget history when you fund the future, Commissioners warn

Don’t forget history when you fund the future, Commissioners warn

THE Church Commissioners have indicated that they are willing to eat into their capital to fund the reforms outlined in this week's reports, if they have the approval of the General Synod

Use central funds to subsidise growth, not decline, says task group

Use central funds to subsidise growth, not decline, says task group

THE present method of distributing central church funds to the dioceses should be scrapped, says a new report, one of the set released this week as part of the Archbishops' programme of renewal and reform

Plans unveiled day after day for C of E’s new reformation

Plans unveiled day after day for C of E’s new reformation

A TRANCHE of new reports was issued this week with the aim of turning around the Church of England's slow decline

‘We’ve got to find new ways of doing Christ’s work’

‘We’ve got to find new ways of doing Christ’s work’

The Archbishops' Council's finance chair, John Spence, explains the thinking behind the new reports

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