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17 June 2010

Teenagers ‘hardly ever’ talk to fathers

NEW research released by the Children’s Society and the University of York to coincide with Father’s Day suggests that almost half of the 1200 young people surveyed, who were aged between 11 and 15, “hardly ever” talked to their father about important things. The research coincides with the launch of the Children’s Society’s Fatherhood Commission.

Family saved from deportation to Egypt

THE church-going Mansour family, whose children attend a church school in Moss Side, Manchester, were expected to be deported to Egypt this week, until news was received on Tuesday that a campaign, which included letters from the children’s fellow pupils at Our Lady’s RC Primary School, had succeeded in halting their deportation. The family, who came to England four years ago because of persecution for their Christian beliefs, feared that their lives were at risk if they returned. A source said on Wednesday that they had received a grant of indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Canterbury fund passes £10m mark

A TOTAL of £10.4 million has been raised for conservation and development work at Canter­bury Cathedral, the Archbishop was due to announce at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday evening. The south-east transept and corona are being restored as part of the development programme.

Psalms and NT now in Welsh Braille

A WELSH-language Braille version of the Psalms and the New Testament was launched this week at a service in Trinity University College, Camarthan, after £25,000 was raised for the six-month project. It was the idea of Rhian Evans, who started going blind at the age of 32. The project was co-ordinated by the Royal National Institute for the Blind. The Bible Society donated £5000. Chapels, churches, schools, and individuals raised the rest.

Prison sentence for former vicar

RICHARD HART, aged 60, formerly the Vicar of Beguildy, near Knighton, Powys, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after admitting to nine counts of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child aged between nine and 11. He was already serving a prison sentence for possessing more than 56,000 images of child abuse, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard.

Archbishop of Canterbury turns 60

DR ROWAN WILLIAMS celebrated his 60th birthday on Monday. Congratulating him on this milestone, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said that Dr Williams was “an extremely gifted man whose wisdom, patience, and insight inspire us all”.

Correction: Jennifer Jackson, shot by Derrick Bird earlier this month, was a member of Haile PCC, not her husband, as our report suggested (News, 11 June). We apologise for the error.

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