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First woman bishop by 2015?

First woman bishop by 2015?

DISPUTES over the implementation of arrangements for parishes that seek ministry from a male bishop will be heard by Sir Philip Mawer, a former Secretary General of the General Synod, it was announced on Friday

Synod will debate the confidentiality of the confessional

Synod will debate the confidentiality of the confessional

THE "absolute confidentiality" afforded to disclosures made under the seal of confession will be a matter for debate in the General Synod this month

Lord Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings

Lord Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings

LORD HOPE, a former Archbishop of York, announced on Thursday that he had resigned as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, in the light of a report that critcised his response to allegations of sexual abuse

Investors encouraged to challenge fat cats' salaries

Investors encouraged to challenge fat cats

COMPANIES paying their chief executives more than 100 times the pay given to their average employee need to be challenged by investors armed with questions that will penetrate the opacity of annual reports

Christian website runs Badvent calendar poll

Christian website runs Badvent calendar poll

PEOPLE are being asked to vote for the best - or more accurately, worst - Advent calendar that bears little or no connection to the actual season

Campaign to reinstate status of St Jerome

Campaign to reinstate status of St Jerome

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to reinstate St Jerome in the Church of England's calendar after a retired priest and church historian noticed that the ancient Church Father's saint's day had been downgraded

Bishop Baker has permission to remarry

Bishop Baker has permission to remarry

THE chairman of Forward in Faith (FiF), the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, who is divorced, is to marry again

Trial of 'sham marriages' priest collapses

Trial of

A PRIEST in south London accused of presiding over a succession of sham marriages has returned to his parish after the collapse of his trial last week

Commission calls for an end to unpaid internships

Commission calls for an end to unpaid internships

AMONG the recommendations of the latest report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is the abolition of unpaid internships, "through legislation if necessary", by 2020

Muslim to take part in General Synod panel

Muslim to take part in General Synod panel

THE "unspeakable evil" perpetrated against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria will be detailed in a presentation given to the General Synod this month

Children's Society: parents struggle to pay for extra school costs

Children

A NEW report on the cost of state schooling suggests that two-thirds of parents have struggled to pay for school extras, including meals, school uniforms, and school trips

British cathedrals are awarded grants for repairs

British cathedrals are awarded grants for repairs

MORE than half of the cathedrals in Britain have been given money towards urgent repairs, in the second round of the Government's First World War Cathedral Centenary Repair Fund

Photos: a haven of peace

Photos: a haven of peace

The Tree of Life Memorial Garden, in the churchyard of St Helen's, Sandal Magna, in the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales

Creature of the night

Creature of the night

The Chris­tian conservation charity A-Rocha has produced an online resource and leaflet advising churches about detection and care of bats.

Photo: preparing for spring

Photo: preparing for spring

Preparing for spring: volunteers are planting 11,000 bulbs, and have sown wildflower seeds,  around St Clement's, Darlington. The project has received a grant of £5000 from Kew Gardens

Be warned: eggs, fish, milk, soya, can make you ill

Be warned: eggs, fish, milk, soya, can make you ill

CHURCHES, schools, and community centres that provide meals or other foods as part of a café or lunch club will have to provide information allergens 

Poll shows retreats advancing

Poll shows retreats advancing

THE number of visitors to retreat houses is forecast to rise over the next few years - even though several centres have closed - a new survey suggests

Picture: Divestment party

Picture: Divestment party

Christian Climate Action and Divest London held a party on the steps of St Paul's on Saturday to celebrate the growing number of Churches around the world divesting from fossil fuels

Governments to raise RE training target

Governments to raise RE training target

THE Government has raised significantly its training target for secondary religious-education teachers for the next academic year, it was announced last week

We need a renewal of prayer, says Welby

We need a renewal of prayer, says Welby

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has told a Pentecostal church conference that there can be a revival of Christianity in England only if there is a renewal of prayer

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Corrections; Volunteers celebrated at Lambeth Palace; Bells ring out in memory of Alan Henning; RCs get green light to eat turkey leftovers 

Incumbent's initiative helps vagrant community

Incumbent

VAGRANTS gathering in the former churchyard of a town-centre church have been helped and dispersed thanks to an initiative led by the parish's new priest

Anglican Communion appoints interim secretary general

Anglican Communion appoints interim secretary general

THE director for unity, faith, and order at the Anglican Communion has been appointed 

Independent reviewer for new women-bishops era named

Independent reviewer for new women-bishops era named

Sir Philip Mawer, a former Secretary General of General Synod, was named on Friday

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

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Lord Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings

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Bishop Baker has permission to remarry

Bishop Baker has permission to remarry

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It’s not all religion’s fault

It’s not all religion’s fault

In her new book, Karen Armstrong argues that violence comes from a deep-seated 'warrior ethos' rather than from religion. She talks to Cole Moreton  Subscribe to read more

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Fri 31 Oct 14 @ 14:53
'Positive action' is being taken to create a pool of women ready to be considered for the episcopate http://t.co/mDg7mlOLfo