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Cheers ring out after women are consecrated

Cheers ring out after women are consecrated

Pat Ashworth reports from Canterbury Cathedral on the first woman diocesan

Absconding rector hands himself in after three days on the run

Absconding rector hands himself in after three days on the run

A PRIEST who absconded from court last week, just as a jury was finding him guilty of stealing fees, has handed himself in

Cameron, Welby seek to root out Islamist violence

Cameron, Welby seek to root out Islamist violence

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

Piecemeal revision of C of E law won't help, say canon lawyers

Piecemeal revision of C of E law won

PROPOSALS for a new Enabling Measure that would give the Archbishops’ Council “Henry VIII” powers to change or repeal some synodical Measures and Acts of Parliament do not go far enough, the Ecclesiastical Law Society have said

Activists seek candidates for new Synod

Activists seek candidates for new Synod

AS ELECTIONS for the General Synod near an end, groups campaigning to change the make-up of the Church of England’s governing body have laid out their hopes for the next five years

Truro church lends a hand in Calais

Truro church lends a hand in Calais

A WEEK after a church in Truro appealed for aid to help migrants camping in squalid conditions outside Calais volunteers were able to deliver more than 100 boxes and bags of supplies to them

‘Liberal elite’ accused of hypocrisy on marriage

‘Liberal elite’ accused of hypocrisy on marriage

A NEW report suggesting that marriage is “alive and well” among the rich, but not the poor, is evidence that the “liberal elite” are hypocrites, a researcher said this week

Eastern attraction

Eastern attraction

Eastern attraction: Selby Abbey, in north Yorkshire, has had a boom in visitors since the multi-million-dollar Taiwanese singer and actor, Jay Chou, married there in January

Church leaders 'astonished' by benefits leaflet

Church leaders

THE “fabricated testimonies” used in a leaflet on welfare produced by the Department for Work and Pensions have been condemned by church leaders

Evangelicals report free-speech fears

Evangelicals report free-speech fears

EVANGELICALS in Britain believe that their freedom of speech is being eroded, and that attempts by the Government to tackle extremism are making it harder for them to share their faith, a new poll suggests

Cathedral's abseiling couple take the plunge

Cathedral

WHEN Dave Wilson decided to propose to his girlfriend, he wanted to do more than go down on one knee, writes a staff reporter. So, instead, he threw himself off the top of Liverpool Cathedral — as part of a charity abseil event

Lincoln's Old Palace cancels wedding parties

Lincoln

THE diocese of Lincoln has defended a decision to stop holding wedding receptions and cancel existing bookings at the Old Palace

RS grows in popularity

RS grows in popularity

THE decade-long increase in the popularity of GCSE religious studies continued this summer

Significant objects

Significant objects

A portrait of the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, by the photographer Dave Jones, is part of a project, Intimate: Inanimate, where individuals are photographed talking about an object that has significant meaning for them

Bradford's "Jesus man" dies

Bradford

Geoffrey Brindley, who was known as the “Jesus Man” by people in his native Bradford. Mr Brindley, who was 88, died in hospital on Monday after suffering a stroke at home in Baildon

Thieves shatter stained-glass at Bodmin church

Thieves shatter stained-glass at Bodmin church

THIEVES have caused thousands of pounds’ worth of damage by breaking into a Cornish church, where they stole less than £30 from a collection box

Be bold and see rapists as human, festival told

Be bold and see rapists as human, festival told

A WRITER who was raped in a park in Belfast seven years ago is an initiator of a festival held in Lambeth, south London, this month, to discuss sexual assault

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

C of E comprehensives in top 30 for GCSEs 

Survey highlights cost of the return to school

Ecclesiastical toasts record results

St Davids offers support to farmers in need

Teacher who pocketed trip money pleads guilty

 

 

 

 

Cameron urged to act on human-rights abuses in Iran

Cameron urged to act on human-rights abuses in Iran

FORMER political prisoners of Iran gathered outside Downing Street on Saturday to draw attention to the human-rights abuses perpetrated by Tehran, on the eve of the reopening of the British Embassy in the Iranian capital

Church provides listening and prayers after Shoreham crash

Church provides listening and prayers after Shoreham crash

SHOREHAM-BY-SEA has been left “numb” by the fatal air-show crash there last Saturday, the Vicar has said

Survey reveals lack of green preaching

Survey reveals lack of green preaching

CHRISTIANS have a strong desire to protect the environment, but are given “precious little” to help them in the way of teaching and preaching, the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, says

Rise in take-up of solar panels on churches

Rise in take-up of solar panels on churches

THE number of solar panels in-stalled on churches is rising, as the Church of England renews its bid to tackle climate change, figures from Church Care, the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Archbishops’ Council, suggest

More students want to study religion

More students want to study religion

MORE students than ever before chose to study religious studies (RS) this year, the publication last week of the 2015 A-level results showed

English schoolchildren are 'among the unhappiest'

English schoolchildren are

CHILDREN in England are among the unhappiest in the world at school, and more than half a million of them are being bullied every month, a survey by the Children’s Society suggests

Priests and imams hope dribble for unity will get young people onside

Priests and imams hope dribble for unity will get young people onside

A FOOTBALL match between clergy and imams in the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury will help to bring segregated communities together, say priests who took part

Poll shows fall in trust in the clergy

Poll shows fall in trust in the clergy

PUBLIC trust in the clergy has fallen sharply, and less than 60 per cent of British people believe priests to be trustworthy, a new poll suggests

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‘Liberal elite’ accused of hypocrisy on marriage

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‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

Jo Wroe talks to the writer and stand-up comic A. L. Kennedy, who will be making her Greenbelt debut this weekend  Subscribe to read more

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Exposed — the dangers of a group mentality

One year on, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal reveals the risks of group norms, says Alan Billings  Read More

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