News in brief

02 November 2006

Last Howl from the Cross, showing a skeletal Christ with the teeth of a skull, by the Goan artist Francis Newton Souza, and in British possession since 1964, was sold for £296,800 at Bonhams in London on 6 April

Sham-marriage policy ruling
THE HOME OFFICE has suspended its requiring that people subject to immigration rules have to apply for certificates of approval for non-Church of England weddings. The certificates were introduced last year to prevent sham marriages for immigration purposes. A High Court judge ruled this week that the policy was discriminatory, because those who married in C of E ceremonies were exempt, and the rules applied only to non-Europeans.

Archbishop David Hand dies
THE former Archbishop of Papua New Guinea, the Rt Revd David Hand, died on Thursday of last week, aged 87. His funeral will take place next Tuesday at St Mary's, Gerehu, in Port Moresby. He will be buried at the Cathedral of the Resurrection, Popondetta. After a curacy, he went to PNG in 1946, and lived there until his death, apart from a two-year spell in the UK on retirement.

Religious TV for mobiles
From Easter Monday, UK customers of the main mobile-phone networks will be able to download gospel-music videos, sermons, services, and excerpts from religious television programmes through JH2 Media. Phone 020 8221 1788.

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