Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury to meet
THE Vatican announced this week that the Pope will meet the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Vatican on 21 November, when the Archbishop visits Rome to mark the centenary of the birth of Johannes Willebrands, the Dutch cardinal and ecumenist. It will be the leaders’ first meeting since the new Apostolic Constitution was announced (News, 23 October).
Employment law covers green convictions
A JUDGE has ruled that the environmental beliefs of a property executive, Tim Nicholson, were so deeply held that they could receive the same protection in law as religious beliefs. At the Employment Appeal Tribunal this week, Mr Justice Burton ruled that Mr Nicholson could sue his former employers who had sacked him, he alleged, for his green principles. “A belief in man-made climate change, and the alleged resulting moral imperatives, is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religious and Belief Regulations,” the Judge ruled. The Christian Legal Centre called the ruling “ironic”, since the judiciary was failing “spectacularly month by month” to safeguard Christians’ rights.
‘Wear crosses at work’ says Bishop Gledhill
THE Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, has urged Christians to wear crosses or fish badges in the run-up to Christmas to demonstrate that they “aren’t going to disappear quietly from the marketplace”. Writing in a pastoral letter published in parish magazines across the diocese this month, Bishop Gledhill said that firms that sack Christians for wearing crosses or badges for fear of offending ethnic minorities are acting out of “sheer ignorance”.
Research into religious discrimination launched
A STUDY investigating attitudes and experiences of religious groups in England and Wales in the past ten years has been launched at the University of Derby. The £400,000 study will consider the impact of the 7/7 bombings and practices of multiculturalism on British society. It has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
Correction: In the report of the Forward in Faith assembly (News, 30 October), an ordinand from St Stephen’s House, Oxford, James Bradley, was incorrectly named as James Brandon. Our apologies.