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Terrorist attackers murder elderly priest in Rouen

Terrorist attackers murder elderly priest in Rouen

A PRIEST has been killed in a knife attack in a church in northern France and one person critically injured after two armed men took several worshippers hostage, today. The men were later shot and killed by police after one of the nuns escaped and raised the alarm

Syrian family welcomed to new home at Lambeth Palace

Syrian family welcomed to new home at Lambeth Palace

A SURROUNDING embrace of love, concern, and support will enable Syrian families resettled in the UK to thrive, the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Tuesday

Chorus of disapproval follows Trident vote

Chorus of disapproval follows Trident vote

THE decision by MPs to sanction the building of Britain’s next-generation nuclear deterrent has been met with almost unanimous condemnation from church leaders and organisations

PokéStops allow churches to catch gamers

PokéStops allow churches to catch gamers

CHURCHES are being urged to climb aboard the Pokémon Go bandwagon, as the game soars in popularity across the UK

Cloudy sky for Pensions Board, but legacies up

Cloudy sky for Pensions Board, but legacies up

THE Church of England’s Pensions Board has failed to meet its benchmark for investment returns, its annual report has revealed

Turkish government cracks down after failed coup

<span>Turkish government cracks down after failed coup</span>

ABOUT 50,000 people, including 3000 judges and more than 15,000 teachers, have been suspended or sacked from their positions in Turkey as the government responds to last weekend’s failed coup attempt. Troops took to the streets, and warplanes fired missiles at the

Bishop in Europe calls for prayers in wake of Nice attack

<span>Bishop in Europe calls for prayers in wake of Nice attack</span>

“PRAY for the people of Nice, and the people of France” was the message from the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, Dr Robert Innes, after he visited the city following last week’s terror attack on the Promenade des Anglais, which killed 84 people

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Ebola virus: ‘impact is still real’

Ebola virus: ‘impact is still real’

Sierra Leone is officially free of the Ebola virus, but the devastation caused by the disease has left lasting scars. Molly Hodson visited the country to see how it is coping  Subscribe to read more

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.@c_of_e welcomes Goddard Inquiry into child abuse as it begins to look into Anglican Churches https://t.co/d3f7yJJZ7b

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Books reviewed this week
The inner weather

The inner weather

Fraser Steel considers contemporary and 20th-century poetry

Paddling against the tsunami

Paddling against the tsunami

Adrian Thatcher finds this pastoral advice on homosexuality evasive

Received by US with thanks
 

Received by US with thanks  

Peter Anthony on the cult of C. S. Lewis

Air of liberty, light of truth

Air of liberty, light of truth

William Whyte on the influence of Oxford’s blooming youth

‘Draconian’ effect for Christians of Russian anti-terrorism laws

‘Draconian’ effect for Christians of Russian anti-terrorism laws

SWEEPING new anti-terrorism laws in Russia will stop Christians preaching, teaching, or sharing their faith, charities have warned

Tribute to the Church Times

Tribute to the Church Times

Letter: Tribute to the CT — and its reliable purveyors

Awards go to girls in cross-faith project

Awards go to girls in cross-faith project

THE first “graduates” of a coding course for teenage girls from Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish schools in London have been given their awards at Twitter HQ, which has supported the ground-breaking initiative

Grave used by thieves to be relocated

Grave used by thieves to be relocated

EXHUMATION, and reinterment in a different part of the churchyard, could be seen as being for the public benefit when the existing memorial stone over the grave was being used by thieves to climb on to the church roof, the Consistory Court of the diocese of Coventry ruled when granting a faculty

Shared Conversations 'have not led to greater confidence'

Shared Conversations

THIRTY-TWO members of the General Synod have expressed a “lack of confidence” in the Shared Conversations on sexuality, which concluded in York this month.

In a statement published online on Wednesday, they “express our lack of confidence in

Waterloo church launches training

Waterloo church launches training

ST JOHN’s, Waterloo, has launched an initiative, “Digital Futures”, that seeks to help young people gain new skills and find work

Charities seek reassurance after radical Cabinet-reshuffle

<span>Charities seek reassurance after radical Cabinet-reshuffle</span>

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has prayed for wisdom in Government, while Christian charities have urged MPs to “retain commitments” as Theresa May began a dramatic cabinet reshuffle on her first night as Prime Minister, on Wednesday

Loneliness equates to ‘smoking 15 a day’

Loneliness equates to ‘smoking 15 a day’

LONELINESS is as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and more damaging than obesity, a study by the Church Urban Fund (CUF) suggests

Cathedrals host leaver events

Cathedrals host leaver events

ABOUT 34,500 children have attended cathedral services for school leavers in recent weeks.

‘Clarify farmers’ position post EU’

‘Clarify farmers’ position post EU’

FARMERS dealing with uncertainty in the wake of the vote to leave the EU require clarity from the Government and support from the Church, chaplains said this week

Court rules for Corpus to be displayed at Cathedral

Court rules for Corpus to be displayed at Cathedral

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Chichester has granted a faculty for a Corpus figure from a medieval crucifix to be removed to Chichester Cathedral on long-term loan, instead of being returned to the parish church that had displayed it until it was stolen and

Church roofs win £22.9m repair grant

Church roofs win £22.9m repair grant

GRANTS totalling £22.9 million have been awarded to hundreds of churches in the second round of the Government’s roof repair fund for places of worship

Letter exposes threat to Heythrop

Letter exposes threat to Heythrop

STAFF at Heythrop College, threatened with closure, have expressed concern about a lack of support from the Roman Catholic hierarchy for a proposed partnership with the University of Roehampton

Identity of abuser in Bishop Bell case questioned

<span>Identity of abuser in Bishop Bell case questioned</span>

A LOBBY group formed to vindicate the former Bishop of Chichester, George Bell, who is accused of child sex abuse in the 1940s, has suggested that the victim “Carol” may have wrongly identified her abuser

MPs hear concerns about convert asylum-seekers

<span>MPs hear concerns about convert asylum-seekers</span>

“PLURALITY of religion and belief is a crucial ingredient for a stable society,” and to view religion as the main cause of violence and wrongdoing is too simplistic, MPs were told in a debate this week on religious persecution in the Middle East

Spalding shocked by fatal double shooting  

<span>Spalding shocked by fatal double shooting</span>
 

THE Vicar of St Mary and St Nicholas in Spalding, the Revd John Bennett, has said that prayer and a faithful presence in the community is central to coping with grief, after a mother and her daughter were shot dead in the Lincolnshire town on Tuesday morning

UK happiness stays level

UK happiness stays level

LEVELS of happiness in the UK have stalled in the past year, failing to rise for the first time in five years, despite improvements in the economy and employment

Evensong re-expressed

Evensong re-expressed

A NEW take on choral evensong took place last week at Salisbury Cathedral, when it played host to “Evening Songs”

The 25 best fundraising ideas
Ecclesiastical

Have your church's fundraising cake sales gone stale? Are you struggling to find ways to persuade people to chip in to your roof fund?

Church Times and Ecclesiastical Insurance competition last year brought in dozens of innovative and effective new ways of raising money. Here are the top 25