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News in brief

12 June 2008

Marking the spot: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, bought this 1714 map of some of St Patrick’s land at Bonhams last month

Marking the spot: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, bought this 1714 map of some of St Patrick’s land at Bonhams last month

Climate Bill weakened, says charity

CHRISTIAN Aid has accused the Government of “eviscerating” its Climate Change Bill, after Phil Woolas, the Minister for the Environment, told Parliament that it would not include a target to cut UK carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The Bill also did not ensure that 70 per cent of its savings were made through cutting UK emissions rather than buying carbon offsets from poorer countries; and an amendment agreed in the House of Lords that companies would have to list their annual carbon emissions had also been dropped, he said.

Stand against oppression, Dr Sentamu tells young

the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, urged young people of faith to stand against oppression wherever they found it, in a lecture at the World Congress of Young Leaders at Liverpool Hope University on Monday. They needed to respond radically to the evils of wars, militarism, the corruption of the world’s resources, indebtedness, racism, and the idolatry of money. “We must make what is just strong, and what is strong just.” Neutrality and silence benefited the oppressor, he said.

Charities welcome Government policy on carers

THE Children’s Society this week welcomed the Government’s National Strategy for Carers, and its commitment to invest £255 million to support them. It recognised that whole-family support was needed to ease the responsibility on Britain’s 175,000 young carers, the charity said. The organisation Help the Hospices also welcomed the strategy.

MPs hear C of E’s opposition to 42-day detention

the Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, the director of the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishops’ Council, gave MPs a briefing paper last Friday on the Church of England’s position on the proposal to extend detention without charge to 42 days. Parliament votes this week on the Third Reading of the Counter-Terrorism Bill 2007-2008. The politicians were told that the General Synod had expressed “grave concern” over any extension beyond the current 28-day maximum.

Bells outlawed in cathedral symphony

THE ORIGINAL ending of the Gloucester Symphony, composed by Colin Decio, to commemorate the city’s cathedral and the Millennium, could not be heard last Saturday because permission was refused for one instrument — the cathedral bells — to be used after 9 p.m. Mr Decio re-scored the piece to include hand bells.

“It works nicely, but it’s not quite the same,” he told the Gloucestershire Echo. The Dean, the Very Revd Nick Bury, said: “We do not ring bells after 9 p.m. because it disturbs residents, and I believe there is a by-law preventing bells from being rung after 9 p.m., except in exceptional circumstances.”

Former PM’s Appointments Secretary dies

SIR Robin Catford, Secretary for Appointments to Margaret Thatcher, and then John Major, from 1982 to 1993, died on 25 May, aged 85. Sir Robin, an Evangelical Christian, advised the Prime Ministers about bishops and other Crown appointments, including that of Lord Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury. Obituary to follow.

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