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18 January 2007

South Atlantic episcopate
The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Stephen Venner, who is Bishop in Canterbury, has been also appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Episcopal Commissary for the Falkland Islands, Lambeth Palace announced on Tuesday. Bishop Venner will be known also as the Bishop of the Falkland Islands, and his appointment will enhance the pastoral care for the islanders and oversight for the Islands' parish, served by Christ Church Cathedral, Stanley, Dr Williams's spokeperson said.

Crucifix ban applies to necks, not lapels
THE ROBERT NAPIER SCHOOL in Gillingham, Kent, said this week that it would reconsider its no-jewellery policy after public criticism was attracted by a decision to ask Samatha Devine, a Roman Catholic pupil, to remove a necklace with a crucifix on it. In a statement, the headteacher, Fiona Miller, said that she would discuss it at the next governors’ meeting, on 24 January, and that “if Samatha needs to visibly demonstrate her Christian beliefs, we are happy for her to wear a lapel crucifix.” Media

His space may link to MySpace
A NEW-LOOK WEBSITE for the Archbishop of Canterbury may provide links to the video-sharing site YouTube. Lambeth Palace said on Tuesday that this was just one of the options under consideration for the new site, which will be launched later in the year. The idea would be for video broadcasts made by the Archbishop to appear on the site, which has millions of visitors each month. Fresh Expressions, a Church of England and Methodist initiative to provide “new and different ways of being church in a changing culture”, has already used YouTube to publicise examples of what it is doing. www.freshexpressions.org.uk; www.youtube.com

Ipswich churches praised after murders
THE Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt Revd Richard Lewis, has described as “extraordinarily insensitive and unbelievably intrusive” some of the national media coverage of the Ipswich murders discovered before Christmas. Writing in this month’s diocesan magazine, Bishop Lewis said that he was “immensely proud” of the response by the churches of Ipswich, and said that people in Suffolk were firm that the murdered women were “part of Creation and made in the image of God”.

Blind Mission worker receives OBE
CHRIS LAVY, who has spent the past decade working in Malawi for the medical charity Christian Blind Mission, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours. He is now Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Professor at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, in Oxford.

Defend us, Messianic Jews urge Churches
THE British Messianic Jewish Alliance believes that Christian theology is being “politicised” to “promote a radically based anti-Zionist agenda”. It appealed this week to the Churches to oppose this as a form of anti-Semitism, to defend Messianic Jews as “brothers and sisters in the faith”, and “affirm us as Jews in the Body of Christ”.

Correction
The United Learning Trust (ULT) was initally reluctant to register Salford Academy as an Anglican school, not Paddington Academy, as reported (News, 12 January). We apologise for the error.

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