PARISH giving has risen to its highest level on record, to almost £1 billion. But the figures for 2013, the latest available, also show that the number of donors has shrunk
THE Rector of Farnham, the Revd Simon Reynolds, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, after being found guilty of stealing fees from his former parish and the diocese of Wakefield
A BEREAVED mother, Janet Dacombe, has spoken of the distress caused by the Church’s regulations on churchyards
MORE Anglicans voted for UKIP in the General Election than voted for the Liberal Democrats, the latest study of voting behaviour suggests.
FROM September, priests and Readers will be trained in Portsmouth for the first time after the diocese set up a joint venture with Ripon College, Cuddesdon
Donors to Truro Cathedral’s roof appeal are being invited to sign one of the 60,000 new slates being used
GROWING churches are an expanding market for Triodos, the bank that describes itself as a pioneer of ethical banking.
GREGORIAN chant is enjoying a revival, as new singers have their eyes opened to the beauties of the oldest continuously sung repertoire in Western Europe
A FORMER Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir William van Straubenzee is among the former MPs named in documents to be passed to the national child-abuse inquiry led by Justice Lowell Goddard
MINISTRY places a strain on marriages, a new survey of 200 priests, pastors, and leaders suggests
At St Hilda’s Priory, Whitby, the now international Order of the Holy Paraclete are recalling their origins
A MAN who had planned his funeral service at his church, having being diagnosed with advanced cancer, this week married his fiancée instead, after his cancer went into remission.
Two steeplejacks return the restored weathervane to its place at the top of St Edmund’s tower, in Southwold, on the Suffolk coast.
DURHAM CATHEDRAL has won planning consent to build four houses opposite the cathedral, despite objections from some of the city’s residents and the co-ordinator of the World Heritage Site (WHS) that includes the cathedral
The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, conducts a blessing of the site of the Crossbones paupers’ burial ground, last week. Prostitutes licensed by the Bishops of Winchester were buried here. Dean Nunn conducted a service “with regret for the wrongs of the past; in remembrance...
Professor John Hull dies, aged 80; Senior priest in Portsmouth diocese jailed; New inquiry into delivery of benefits; Valuable gravestones stolen from Leeds Minster
SPENDING on clergy pensions increased by almost £3 million in the past year, the Pensions Board’s annual report for 2014 has revealed.
NEPAL is still decades away from full recovery, nearly 100 days after an earthquake left thousands dead and many more injured and without homes, the country’s most senior Anglican cleric, the Dean of Nepal, the Very Revd Lewis Lew, said this week.
ONLY 20 per cent of the aid needed to help the five million people affected by the continuing conflict in Ukraine has reached the country, UNICEF has said. The UN has appealed for £35 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families in eastern Ukraine, where...
TWO new Bills that undermine the specifically pacifist constitution in Japan have been passed by the lower house of its parliament, despite huge public protests
THE many pilgrims who make their way to the designated grave of the poet W. B. Yeats in Drumcliffe Church of Ireland graveyard
THE Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, has urged the public to intervene if they see violence against women, in the wake of the stabbing of a 19-year-old woman by two men in a busy marketplace in the city, writes a staff reporter.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu in hospital; Third-generation Templeton is appointed president
A PRIEST who absconded from court last week, just as a jury was finding him guilty of stealing fees, has handed himself in
A CAMPAIGN to quash conspiracy theories suggesting that the West, in league with Israel, is seeking to undermine Islam is needed as part of a strategy to tackle Islamist extremism in Britain, the Prime Minister said in a speech on Monday
THE Government’s abolition of the legally binding targets on child poverty are "the final nail in the coffin for compassionate Conservatism", the Chair of Christians on the Left said on Monday
In the West Midlands the C of E’s Shared Conversations on sexuality took place last month. Five participants speak to Madeleine Davies
THE latest attempt to change the law on assisted dying, which is to be debated by MPs in a Second Reading in September, has faced opposition from critics from the Church of England and elsewhere
THE European Court of Human Rights dismissed complaints that the UK violated the right to respect for private life
THE trustees of the former residence of the Bishops of London, Fulham Palace, are seeking £1.45 million to complete restoration of the historic house and gardens, and attract more visitors.
British expect justice, but employees abroad suffer; Airtime for religion programmes declines; Director of CA England retires
Save or sell? A large painting in the Renaissance style, The Deposition of Christ, which has hung in St John the Baptist’s, Tunstall, for more than 200 years, has been revealed to be worth more than £100,000 after research by BBC’s Fake or Fortune?.
THE head teacher of the school attended by Alexia Walenkaki, aged five, who was killed last Friday when a tree trunk fell on her in a park in east London, has said that the community was in "state of shock and grief".
SOCIAL and educational policy relating to diversity should be developed to encourage deeper engagement between different ethnic and faith communities, a new report from the Three Faiths Forum (3FF), published this week, says
THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, has marked 16 July as a holy day in London, in memory of the three Studd brothers (right), whose family name is inscribed on the Ashes urn, writes Hattie Williams.
THE Vicar of St Mary’s, Bosley, near Macclesfield, has spoken of a community “locked in grief” after an explosion and fire at the Wood Flour Mills, Bosley, last Friday.
The US golfer Zach Johnson holds the Claret Jug trophy as he celebrates winning The Open tournament, at St Andrews, on Monday.