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Overwhelming yes vote brings same-sex marriage to Ireland

Overwhelming yes vote brings same-sex marriage to Ireland

SAME-SEX couples are likely to be able to marry in the Irish Republic as soon as the autumn, after the government pledged to fast-track the enabling legislation following last weekend's landslide vote in favour of the measure

Churches concerned at gay cake finding

Churches concerned at gay cake finding

CHURCHES have expressed concerns about safeguarding the rights of business owners to uphold their Christian beliefs under the European Convention of Human Rights, after the finding of a Belfast County Court judge against Ashers Baking Company on Tuesday in the "gay marriage...

Shout for joy

Shout for joy

Shout for joy: Joy Division's entire back catalogue of 46 songs was played at Christ Church, Macclesfield, on Monday night, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the death of the group's singer, Ian Curtis

Oxford cathedra still empty as CNC fails to agree

Oxford cathedra still empty as CNC fails to agree

OXFORD will have to wait at least another year for a diocesan bishop after the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) failed to agree on who should fill the vacant see

‘Without growth, you might walk alone’

‘Without growth, you might walk alone’

REFLECT, change, and adapt were the watchwords of the Bishop's Growth Conference, held by the diocese of Liverpool at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, attended by more than 400 clergy and parish representatives

Growth framework is 'not an OFSTED', says Bishop Bayes

Growth framework is

CHURCH growth is worth having, and is part of a bigger picture with social responsibility, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, said at the Bishop's Growth Conference for the diocese, on Saturday

Poppy-seller’s death leads to inquiry by Fundraising Board

Poppy-seller’s death leads to inquiry by Fundraising Board

FUND-RAISING watchdogs have launched two inquiries into claims of excessive pressure by charities on an elderly supporter found dead earlier this month

On his toes

On his toes

On his toes: the producer-director Norman Jewison and the actor Ted Neeley, playing Jesus, on the set of Jesus Christ Superstar, in Bethlehem, in 1972. The Texan actor, currently promoting the film's 40th anniversary, told the Victoria Advocate: " Spirituality was present at...

GraveTalk project helps people talk about dying

GraveTalk project helps people talk about dying

FOR most people today a "good death" means being pain-free and surrounded by loved ones, and does not include making peace with God at the end, suggests the results this week of research launched by the Dying Matters Coalition

Medieval oak panels stolen from Torbryan church back in place

Medieval oak panels stolen from Torbryan church back in place

POLICE have recovered two 15th-century decorative oak panels panels, stolen from the rood screen in Holy Trinity, Torbryan, in Devon, in 2013

West End theatres warm to chaplains

West End theatres warm to chaplains

On the eve of an inaugural lecture, Madeleine Davies looks at Theatre Chaplaincy UK

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop Perham considers a change in the law | Six-figure sum for man in historic child abuse case  | Red-tape challenge for bell-ringers in Kent | Canon Woodward to be Principal of Sarum College 

Bishop Conway promises emphasis on school improvement

Bishop Conway promises emphasis on school improvement

THE steady growth in the number of Church of England school places over the past decade is set to continue, the Church's parliamentary spokesman on education, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, said this month

Century for Leicester’s captain

Century for Leicester’s captain

THE weather was not kind to the opening games of the annual Church Times Cricket Cup competition

Surveyed churches reach nearly 3.5m people a year

Surveyed churches reach nearly 3.5m people a year

A NATIONWIDE survey of more than 2000 churches and faith groups has suggested that almost 3.5 million people a year benefit from their social action

Endgame is near, says LGCM

Endgame is near, says LGCM

AS THE Church nears the "endgame" of its divisions over sexuality, it is time to celebrate those who have not lived to see it, the chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), Tracey Byrne, said last week

Saudi airstrikes hammer Yemen after truce ends

Saudi airstrikes hammer Yemen after truce ends

THE five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen has ended with a resumption of Saudi Arabian-led air strikes on the country. The truce was barely observed on the ground, and only limited quantities of essential supplies were able to reach the millions of desperately needy people

Canonisation of Palestinian nuns sends signal of support

Canonisation of Palestinian nuns sends signal of support

LINKS between the Palestinian people and the Roman Catholic Church have been strengthened significantly recently by the canonisation of two Palestinian nuns, and the laying of grounds for closer relations between the two sides

Civilians in South Sudan without relief as aid-workers stuck in camps

Civilians in South Sudan without relief as aid-workers stuck in camps

KILLINGS, rape, and the razing of houses to the ground are devastating the northern region of South Sudan, as aid agencies withdraw and the UN struggles to secure access

UN commissioner 'appalled' by treatment of migrants cast adrift

UN commissioner

THE thousands of Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingya people who are adrift at sea must be saved, the UN has told the leaders of the countries whose shores they seek

Hungarian PM censured over death-penalty move

Hungarian PM censured over death-penalty move

THE Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, has faced criticism by MEPs and the European Commission over his moves to reintroduce the death penalty in the former Soviet-bloc country

Burundian leaders call for election to be postponed

Burundian leaders call for election to be postponed

IN THE aftermath of a failed coup, and with protesters still on the streets, the presidential election in Burundi should be postponed, regional leaders in Africa concluded this week

World news in brief

World news in brief

Sailors remain trapped in 'Kafkaesque nightmare' | Drink-driving US bishop replaced  | Case filed in Turkish court over Armenian Church HQ

Second Church Estates Commissioner appointed

Second Church Estates Commissioner appointed

THE new Second Church Estates Commissioner is Caroline Spelman MP, who succeeds Sir Tony Baldry

MEPs call for an end to Rohingya persecution

MEPs call for an end to Rohingya persecution

THE European Parliament has called on the Burmese authorities to change their policy towards the Rohingya people, to "take all necessary measures to end persecution of, and discrimination against, the Rohingya minority"

Church leaders praise martyred Romero

Church leaders praise martyred Romero

THE leaders of the main Churches in England have issued a joint statement ahead of the beatification of the murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador

Coffee-and-Koch sale in St Alfege’s churchyard

Coffee-and-Koch sale in  St Alfege’s churchyard

ARMED police charged through a fund-raising garden party in a south London churchyard last Sunday, hunting for a man heard firing a gun

Commissioners use shareholder clout to combat excessive pay deals

Commissioners use shareholder clout to combat excessive pay deals

THE Church Commissioners' 2014 annual report, released on Friday, reveals that they opposed two-thirds of the executive pay deals in companies in which they have a holding

Seventy years on, Churchill’s veterans give thanks

Seventy years on, Churchill’s veterans give thanks

FLAG-WAVING crowds in glorious May sunshine warmly applauded hundreds of Second World War veterans, and enjoyed a military parade outside Westminster Abbey last Sunday morning. In the Abbey, the national service of thanksgiving to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day recalled,...

SSMs’ survey finds joy tempered by frustrations

SSMs’ survey finds joy tempered by frustrations

NEARLY half the self-supporting ministers (SSMs) in four dioceses feel that they are seen as "second-class" by their stipendiary colleagues, new research suggests

Keep pressing our politicians, bishops urge the Church

Keep pressing our politicians, bishops urge the Church

THE Prime Minister, fresh from his election victory, has been warned not to listen to "harsh, strident voices", but to lighten burdens and "build one nation"

Christian cleaning initiative launched

Christian cleaning initiative launched

CLEANERS in London have been described as a "hidden army". Working long hours to keep the offices of the City gleaming, they are paid as little as £6.85 an hour

Project halted after skeletons found

Project halted after skeletons found

A BUILDING project in a village church, which was ten years in the making, has been thrown into doubt after 120 bodies were discovered buried in the site

PCC fails to get consent for exhumations

PCC fails to get consent for exhumations

PERMISSION to exhume more than 1000 bodies, to prepare a churchyard for sale, has been withheld by the Church Commissioners

Ministry Council officers say quality research is lacking

Ministry Council officers say quality research is lacking

THE Church of England's Ministry Council is operating with a "paucity of quality information, analysis, and insight" about ministerial training, two of its members said this week

C of E’s investigation clears Bishop Perham

C of E’s investigation clears Bishop Perham

AFTER an independent risk assessment, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, a former Bishop of Gloucester, has been cleared to take up ministry in retirement

A life celebrated

A life celebrated

LICHFIELD Cathedral helped to mark the anniversary of the death of Stephen Sutton, a teenage blogger who helped raise £5.1 million after being diagnosed with cancer 

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