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Church swings into action as thousands flee Canadian wildfires

Church swings into action as thousands flee Canadian wildfires

EVACUEES from a wildfire in Alberta, Canada, are being supported by Anglican parishioners

New deal offers respite for Aleppo after two-week bombardment

<span>New deal offers respite for Aleppo after two-week bombardment</span>

A "REGIME OF CALM" began on Thursday in Aleppo, after the deaths of almost 300 people in two weeks prompted calls on the United States and Russia to broker a truce

Public has 'no idea' about the extent of the refugee crisis

Public has

“MISINFORMATION and cynicism” dominate the global public perception of the refugee crisis; and most people underestimate the total number of Syrian refugees by more than four million, a new humanitarian study suggests

Church will join the party in Leicester

Church will join the party in Leicester

THE party in Leicester to celebrate winning the Premier League for the first time was still going on when the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, got up on Tuesday morning

Heads call for RE lessons to be compulsory

Heads call for RE lessons to be compulsory

THE long-standing legal right of parents to withdraw their children from school RE lessons should be revoked, head-teacher representatives said this week

Churchyard rules cannot be ignored, Chancellor rules

Churchyard rules cannot be ignored, Chancellor rules

ALTHOUGH a consistory court has a discretion to take into account pastoral considerations relating to a bereaved family, the churchyard rules must not be disregarded when erecting memorials in a churchyard, a court has ruled

Children in care miss out on mental-health treatment, say MPs

Children in care miss out on mental-health treatment, say MPs

CHILDREN in care are being denied the mental-health treatment they need as they are shuttled between foster homes, MPs have warned

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Books reviewed this week
How the fishing is going now

How the fishing is going now

Mike Starkey looks at an update on the state of Anglican outreach

 

Sharing it with the group

Sharing it with the group

One priest’s ministry has to go a long way, says Graham James

 

Soul food for Europeans

Soul food for Europeans

John Wood considers essays on Christianity and the EU project

Word to the service-planners: pizzazz

Word to the service-planners: pi...

Christopher Irvine on substance and style

 

Drug trial raises hopes over leprosy

Drug trial raises hopes over leprosy

THE transmission of leprosy in poor countries could be eliminated within ten years in certain regions if a new drug trial continues to give positive results, the Leprosy Mission (England and Wales) has announced

Priest condemns world’s silence on Syria

Priest condemns world’s silence on Syria

A SYRIAN Church of England priest, the Revd Nadim Nassar, who is also the director of the Awareness Foundation, said on Wednesday that he was “furious” with the global church for its failure to speak out against the atrocities taking place in Syria

‘Over-reliance’ on voluntary work to help destitute

‘Over-reliance’ on voluntary work to help destitute

MORE than one million people were destitute and in touch with voluntary-sector crisis services last year, a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests

Charity steps up efforts to to combat online child sexual abuse

Charity steps up efforts to to combat online child sexual abuse

THE child sexual-abuse charity Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has said that the number of online child sexual-abuse images and videos reported to the organisation had increased by 417 per cent since 2013

Report warns of Christian crisis in northern Nigeria

Report warns of Christian crisis in northern Nigeria

THE Christian presence in parts of northern Nigeria has “almost been extinguished” in the wake of attacks by extremist Islamic groups, perpetrated against a backdrop of persecution and segregation, a report from the charity Open Doors warns

Crematoria review procedure criticised

<span>Crematoria review procedure criticised</span>

THE Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Revd Christopher Foster, has welcomed a government inquiry into the use of crematoria in the UK, to which the Church of England will be submitting a proposal, but criticised its timing and “consumer” terminology

Newly hatched

Newly hatched

After the birth of nine cygnets last weekend, the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, is launching its annual “Name the Cygnets” competition. The names will be announced on 10 May. To watch the ...

TAP still turned on

TAP still turned on

THERE are three weeks to go until we total up this year’s Train-A-Priest Fund. Do you have any more to give?

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

New network to address ethnic diversity in C of E; Bishop Bell petition hits 1000 signatures; Top rating for Church Commissioners’ climate investments; Council a step closer to saving Venerable Bede attraction; Christian librarians celebrate forty years

Back to work

Back to work

A verger at Liverpool Cathedral, Carlos Clark, and its Attractions Assistant, Sarah Bowers, pose on top of the Cathedral

On the road

On the road

Five members of Christian Climate Action helped to close off the access road to the Ffos-y-fran coal mine, near Merthyr Tydfil, on Tuesday morning

Salvaged

Salvaged

A register rescued from Boxing Day floodwaters at St Mary’s, Radcliffe.The church will re-open on Sunday, with the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, in attendance

Australian bishop calls on politicians to clean up their act

<span>Australian bishop calls on politicians to clean up their act</span>

ONE of Melbourne’s regional bishops, the Rt Revd Philip Huggins, has called on Australia’s political leaders to meet privately with the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to find a way to prevent the forthcoming federal election campaign “descending into the negativity and blaming that has marked Australian political discourse in recent years”

Ecuadorean priest speaks of heartbreak after earthquake

<span>Ecuadorean priest speaks of heartbreak after earthquake</span>

A PRIEST in Ecuador has called on the wider Anglican Communion to help victims of the recent earthquake in the country. The tremor, which struck on 14 April, devastated large parts of western Ecuador; 655 people are known to have died, many thousands were injured, and 48 are still missing

Traumatised in CAR receive counselling

Traumatised in CAR receive counselling

THOUSANDS of children and adults in the Central African Republic (CAR) are receiving trauma-counselling to help them to recover from conflict, including sexual violence

Primate of Brazil supports accused President

<span>Primate of Brazil supports accused President</span>

THE Primate of Brazil, the Most Revd Francisco de Assis da Silva, has expressed his support for President Dilma Rousseff after more than two thirds of a hostile and corruption-fuelled congress voted to impeach her

Eritrea’s ‘forgotten refugees’

Eritrea’s ‘forgotten refugees’

ERITREA, one of the first Christian countries in the world, is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a Christian, the charity Release International says

Dublin maternity hospital merger stalls

<span>Dublin maternity hospital merger stalls</span>

THE planned merger of two maternity hospitals in Dublin has been stalled in a dispute between their boards that centres on the religious ethos and governance demands of the proposed new facility at the Roman Catholic-run site.