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Vatican XI arrives to take on C of E side at Canterbury

Vatican XI arrives to take on C of E side at Canterbury

WHEN the members of the Vatican cricket team arrive in Britain today, they will still be glowing with the blessing given to them by Pope Francis earlier this week

Pemberton mounts a legal challenge over lost NHS job

Pemberton mounts a legal challenge over lost NHS job

AN NHS chaplain who is in a same-sex marriage has filed an employment-tribunal claim against the Archbishop of York and the acting Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham. The claim is being made under the Equality Act

Scottish Churches offer post-vote reconciliation

Scottish Churches offer post-vote reconciliation

CHRISTIANS across Scotland must play their part in national reconciliation after the independence referendum, no matter what the result, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Revd John Chalmers, has said

'No hidden agenda' behind sexuality conversations

THERE is no "hidden agenda" behind the shared conversations on sexuality that begin this week, the Church of England's Director of Mission and Public Affairs, said on Monday

Cathedral’s Sky Blue thinking

Cathedral’s Sky Blue thinking

ONE month ago, fans of Coventry City FC were contemplating another year in exile, as they began a second season playing home games 32 miles away, in Northampton, after a rent dispute with the company that runs their home ground, Ricoh Arena in Coventry

London court hears of ‘farcical’ weddings

London court hears of ‘farcical’ weddings

A PRIEST in south London presided over a "conveyor belt" of sham marriages, a court heard on Tuesday

Commissioners in talks with BP after oil-rig ruling

Commissioners in talks with BP after oil-rig ruling

CHURCH OF ENGLAND investors have reported that they are holding BP to account, after a court ruling in the United States which found that the firm had been negligent during the build-up to the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of New Mexico on 20 April 2010

Almost 70 years on, village gets war memorial

Almost 70 years on, village gets war memorial

WHEN the Second World War ended, parishioners in the village of Doddinghurst were faced with a stark choice: repair the bomb-damaged stained-glass windows of All Saints' Church, or else erect a memorial to the local victims of the conflict. But, in 2012, two villagers decided that the war-memorial project should be resurrected

Buddhist is allowed to re-inter family remains

Buddhist is allowed to re-inter family remains

A BUDDHIST petitioner who had interred the remains of three members of his family in consecrated ground, and who then believed that that would bring "bad karma", has been granted a faculty for the remains to be exhumed and interred in unconsecrated ground

Kearon elected Bishop of Limerick

Kearon elected Bishop of Limerick

THE Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, the Revd Kenneth Kearon, was elected Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert on Monday, to succeed the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, who has retired

Charities reject Minister’s ‘stick to knitting’ jibe

Charities reject Minister’s ‘stick to knitting’ jibe

CHARITIES have rejected a suggestion made by the government minister responsible for the charity sector last week that they should stay out of politics and "stick to their knitting"

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Dr Inge to become 'Bishop for buildings'; Equality Commission seeks experiences; Jim Dobbin MP, pro-life campaigner, dies suddenly

Photo: Orisons

Photo: Orisons

A photograph of a Hindu woman at prayer features in Sound and Silence, a free exhibition exploring prayer and contemplation. at the Birminham Museum & Art Gallery

Cardinal Seán Brady announces retirement

Cardinal Seán Brady announces retirement

THE retirement of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Seán Brady, was announced on Monday. He will be succeeded as Primate by his co-adjutor archbishop, Dr Eamon Martin 

US bishop warns Welsh of ‘bitchy’ slur on women

US bishop warns Welsh of ‘bitchy’ slur on women

WOMEN bishops face a "totally different starting-point" from their male colleagues, who automatically enjoy authority, delegates in Wales were told last week

Woolf to replace Butler-Sloss in child-sex-abuse inquiry

Woolf to replace Butler-Sloss in child-sex-abuse inquiry

THE Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, has been appointed to chair the national independent inquiry into historical child-sexual abuse

Half the Bishops in the C of E were educated privately

Half the Bishops in  the C of E were educated privately

Analysis of the bishops' undergraduate education also shows that 43 (42 per cent) took a first degree at Oxford or Cambridge

Sir Tony Baldry to retire next year

Sir Tony Baldry to retire next year

SIR TONY BALDRY, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, who promotes C of E legislation in the House of Commons, is to stand down as an MP at the General Election next May

Cathedrals come into the cold

Cathedrals come into the cold

WITH no sign that interest is drying up, the Ice Bucket Challenge is now being adopted by cathedrals

Castle-buyer bids £2 million for Roman remains

Castle-buyer bids £2 million for Roman remains

JONATHAN RUFFER, the man who bought Auckland Castle, the former home of the Bishops of Durham, from the Church Commissioners, has bid for another plot 

Welby invites young Christians to live at Lambeth

Welby invites young Christians to live at Lambeth

LAMBETH PALACE is to open its doors to an international ecumenical community of young Christians

Old hobby comes to the surface

Old hobby comes to the surface

MEMBERS of the clergy come from many walks of life, but few can include worm-charming in their CV

Appeal won by registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Appeal won by registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

A CHRISTIAN registrar, Margaret Jones, who was sacked after saying that she would not conduct same-sex weddings has been reinstated after a successful appeal

Memorial for 'great unseen stories' of fallen humanitarians

Memorial for

Plans are under way to establish the first national memorial for fallen humanitarian aid workers in the UK. It is due to be installed in two years' time at Westminster Abbey

Choirs urged to sing in unison on Peace Day

Choirs urged to sing in unison on Peace Day

ONE response suggested to the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan is to unite in song on Sunday 21 September, designated by the UN at an International Day of Peace, and by the WCC as an International Day of Prayer for Peace

PM sent manifesto for schools that 'perpetuate discrimination''

PM sent manifesto for schools that

THE next government should legislate to force state-funded faith schools to employ teachers of any religion or none, and admit at least half their pupils regardless of religious background, a statement sent to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education said this week

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Christian fiction in a novel form

Christian fiction in a novel form

Catherine Fox could not find a publisher for her latest novel, until she decided to serialise it as a blog. She talks to Sarah Meyrick  Subscribe to read more

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