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Dean of Salisbury June Osborne to be Bishop of Llandaff

Dean of Salisbury June Osborne to be Bishop of Llandaff

THE Bench of Bishops of the Church in Wales has chosen the Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, to be the next Bishop of Llandaff

Death of cathedrals: reports ‘have been exaggerated’  

Death of cathedrals: reports ‘have been exaggerated’
 

SUGGESTIONS that as many as half the 42 Church of England cathedrals are in danger of closing as a result of continuing financial mismanagement have been dismissed by the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman

Farron puts sex to one side

Farron puts sex to one side

THE Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has confirmed that he does not believe that gay sex is sinful, after days of questioning on the subject had overshadowed his party’s election campaigning

Children go hungry in holidays, say MPs

Children go hungry in holidays, say MPs

THREE million children are at risk of hunger during school-holiday periods, states a report published on Tuesday by a cross-party group of MPs and peers

Plantinga wins Templeton Prize for theism in academic philosophy

Plantinga wins Templeton Prize for theism in academic philosophy

THE winner of the 2017 Templeton Prize is Dr Alvin Plantinga, an American philosophy professor praised for making belief in God “a serious option within academic philosophy”

Grayson Perry’s mappa ‘selfie’ stirs up Hereford

Grayson Perry’s mappa ‘selfie’ stirs up Hereford

THE artist Grayson Perry’s take on Mappa Mundi has caused controversy among some visitors to an exhibition at Hereford Cathedral based on its own example of the medieval world map

US bishops pledge to act on guns

US bishops pledge to act on guns

TACKLING the “epidemic” of gun violence blighting poor communities in the United States cannot be achieved by better firearms regulations alone, bishops from the Episcopal Church have said

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The runaway nun of the Reformation

The runaway nun of the Reformation

In a talk to be broadcast next week on Radio 3, Charlotte Woodford explores the life of Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora  Subscribe to read more

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Parliamentarians’ beliefs deserve a fair hearing

Nick Spencer examines why they are nervous of talking about faith  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week
Dispelling the Darkness by Donald S. Lopez and Thupten Jinpa

Dispelling the Darkness by Donal...

John Arnold considers the legacy of a failed Jesuit missionary

Penny Lane and All That by Ann Carlton

Penny Lane and All That by Ann C...

Pat Ashworth enjoys a churchwarden’s daughter’s memoirs

A Church of the Poor by Clemens Sedmak

A Church of the Poor by Clemens ...

Peter Selby on Pope Francis’s project of church reorientation

Singing God’s Psalms by Fred R. Anderson

Singing God’s Psalms by Fred R. ...

Richard Greatrex puts a new metrical Psalter through its paces

Department of Education backs funding of curacy training as an apprenticeship  

Department of Education backs funding of curacy training as an apprenticeship
 

THE C of E’s bid to use the new ap­­pren­­ticeship tax to fund curacy train­­ing has moved a step closer to reality after the proposal was ap­­proved by the Government

GAFCON considers a missionary bishop for UK

GAFCON considers a missionary bishop for UK

THE consecration of a “missionary Bishop” for Anglicans who want alternative oversight in the Church of England is being considered by Primates meeting in Lagos this week, GAFCON UK confirmed on Monday

Church in Wales news in brief

Church in Wales news in brief

20:20 Implementation Group disbands; Ecumenical work profiled; St Padern’s Institute; Experimental confirmation rite approved; No change to archiepiscopal see; Support for Armed Forces Covenant

Review of Welsh cathedrals criticised

Review of Welsh cathedrals criticised

A REVIEW of the future of the six cathedrals in the Church in Wales has been criticised for “treating them as if they are all the same”. But despite several critical speeches when the Governing Body debated the report on Sunday, members of the Standing Committee were asked to “co-ordinate consideration and ac­­­­­tion” on the report’s recom­menda­­­tions without any votes against

Bishop Davies: ‘We have to re-evangelise our life’

Bishop Davies: ‘We have to re-evangelise our life’

EVANGELISM and mission dom­inated the meeting of the Church in Wales’s Governing Body (GB) in Cardiff last weekend

Young churchgoers speak out

Young churchgoers speak out

THE need to develop relationships with young people in the Church was emphasised after a presentation by the Provincial Youth Forum. Some 17 young people, aged between 13 and 17, representing all six dioceses in Wales, gave a presenta­tion to the Governing Body setting out the results of a survey of young people

Songs of Praise staff consider striking

Songs of Praise staff consider striking

A MEETING between the new producers of Songs of Praise, and the broadcasting union BECTU, has been adjourned amid threats of strike action from BBC staff over the broadcaster’s handling of the tender

New report supportive of charities

New report supportive of charities

DESPITE recent “high-profile failures”, charities enjoy a positive reputation, play a crucial part in society, and must be consulted more effectively by the Government, whose “ill-thought-through” policy proposals have caused disruption to their work, a new report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities says

Stone font is destroyed

Stone font is destroyed

VANDALS at a church near Portsmouth have destroyed the church’s stone font.

Intruders at St George’s, Waterlooville, pushed the font over, smashing it on the floor. They also damaged the Paschal candle

Young and old take part in NT readathon

Young and old take part in NT readathon

EIGHT generations of residents from the village of Butlers Marston, Warwickshire, read out the 27 books of the New Testament in one session, for charity, earlier this month

Standard-bearer

Standard-bearer

The Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, the Revd Dr Andrew Davison, who is Director of Studies in Theology at Corpus Christi College, at a March for Science, in London

Interfaith dialogue ‘needs more bite’

Interfaith dialogue ‘needs more bite’

A “DEARTH of opportunity for difficult conversations to take place” has been highlighted in a new report from the Christian Muslim Forum (CMF), which calls for interfaith work with “teeth”

TAP remains open

TAP remains open

THE Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund is still open to receive your donations. All the money given goes towards the 2017 total. Every penny from readers is passed to the Ministry Division for disbursement to those in training for the priesthood

Remembered

Remembered

The Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Fellowship of St John (FSJ) have paid tribute to Brother Walter Frederick SSJE, 100 years after his death in the Battle of Arras. He was 27 when he was killed in action on 23 April 1917. A wreath was laid last weekend at his grave...

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Leeds Council allows development despite protests; Next Kirk Moderator was Sunday-school reject; Exxon ‘back of the pack’ says Commissioners’ man; John Miles, former Chief Press Officer, dies; Embrace appoints former adviser to Archbishops

 

‘Pope of Peace’ visits Egypt

‘Pope of Peace’ visits Egypt

POPE FRANCIS was due to arrive in Egypt today for the start of a two-day visit, two weeks after bomb attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority on Palm Sunday (News, 13 April), in which 45 people were killed

Bombing IS will not end Afghanistan war, says charity boss

Bombing IS will not end Afghanistan war, says charity boss

DROPPING quasi-nuclear bombs on Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan will not end the war, but will reinforce the Taliban ideology that the United States is an “occupying force” for its own political and economic gain, the national director of World Vision in the country, Jim Alexander, has said

Paris terror fails to sway France’s voters

Paris terror fails to sway France’s voters

BUFFETED by frequent Islamist terror attacks and in the midst of political turmoil, France is still carrying on, Christians in Paris have said

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