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News in brief

16 August 2007

Former Archbishop of Wales dies

THE former Archbishop of Wales, the Rt Revd Alwyn Rice Jones, died on Sunday at his home in St Asaph. He was 73. Archbishop Jones served all his ministry in Wales, after his ordination in 1958, and was Bishop of St Asaph from 1982, and Archbishop of Wales from 1991 until his retirement in 1999. During his Archiepiscopate he oversaw the Bill that allowed for the ordination of women as priests in the Church in Wales. His funeral will take place tomorrow at St Asaph Cathedral at 2 p.m.

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Dr Sentamu advises MPs on idle reading

THE Archbishop of York has sent every MP a copy of both The 100-Minute Bible by the Revd Michael Hinton (100-Minute Press, 2005) and Do Nothing to Change Your Life by the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell (CHP, 2007; Books, 10 August). Dr Sentamu said he wanted MPs to slow down and “enter into the presence of God”. A recent survey found that Labour MPs’ chosen holiday reading this summer is Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion (Bantam, 2006), while Conservatives and Liberal Democrats favour William Hague’s biography, William Wilberforce (HarperPress, 2007).

Former cleric banned for life

A FORMER cleric, Michael Studdert, was prohibited by the Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, last week, from exercising any priestly ministry within the Church of England for the rest of his life. It was the severest penalty available to the Bishop under the law, and the first time such an extreme measure has been taken. Mr Studdert, formerly of Hindhead, is currently serving a four-year custodial sentence for making indecent photographs of children and possessing images for distribution.

Corrections. Bishop Victoria Matthews is the first woman diocesan in the Church of Canada. Last week’s picture of her was by Michael Hudson/Anglican Journal. Mark Lawrence’s election in South Carolina was supported by a majority of bishops; it failed to attract a majority of standing-committee consents. The photo of the Bishop in Iran was by Chris Sugden/Anglican Mainstream. We apologise for the errors.

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