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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

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

C of E school in Trojan-horse probe

C of E school in Trojan-horse probe

A FLAGSHIP Church of England secondary school in East London has been subject to a snap inspection as part of OFSTED's investigations into schools that may be subject to a "Trojan horse" takeover

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

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 

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

Welby: No return to ‘war on terror’

Welby: No return to ‘war on terror’

THERE can be no return to the "war on terror", but limited military action is required to resist Islamist terrorism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Record attempt flops when bells shift course

Record attempt flops when bells shift course

A TEAM of bell-ringers has failed in its attempt to set a new world record for the longest peal of 12 bells

St James's Piccadilly has kosher sukkah

St James

FASHIONED from empty plastic bottles lit in neon green, the sukkahat St James's, Piccadilly, in London (right), was not exactly as envisaged in Leviticus 23

Police close inquiry into Bishop Perham allegations

Police close inquiry into Bishop Perham allegations

THE Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, will face no further police action about historic allegations of indecent assault, the Metropolitan Police confirmed on Tuesday

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A bountiful harvest grown in faith

A bountiful harvest grown in faith

In this extract from their new book, Susie Weldon and Sue Campbell tell the story of Christians and Muslims in Africa who are finding new ways to farm, based on their scriptures  Subscribe to read more

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Corporate tax avoider? Shame on you, then!

It might be legal, but is it moral? Geoff Daintree on a new report that challenges people who pay as little tax as they can  Subscribe to read more

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