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03 February 2011

New Archbishop of Dublin & Glendalough elected

THE new Archbishop of Dublin & Glendalough was elected on Wednesday afternoon. He is the Bishop of Clogher, Dr Michael Jackson, who succeeds Dr John Neill on his retirement. Dr Jackson will be enthroned in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on a date to be determined, after his appointment is approved by the House of Bishops. He is 54 and married to Inez, a doctor. They have one daughter, Camilla. He is currently chairman of the Board for Social Theology of the Church of Ireland, and has been active in the area of interfaith dialogue. Comment

Churches urged to defend marriage

THE Evangelical Alliance has urged churches in Northern Ireland to do more to support their leaders’ marriages after a survey found that some were struggling with infidelity and pornography. Of 157 Christian leaders sur­veyed, ten per cent admitted to being unfaith­ful, and 22 per cent said that they had intentionally viewed pornography on the internet.

Westminster honours King Edward

A SPECIAL evensong will be held at West­minster Abbey on Monday to mark the 850th anniversary of the canonisation of St Edward the Confessor. A message sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to the Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd Dr John Hall, on Monday, said that the Pope “was pleased to be informed of the celebrations. . . He prays that this commemoration of an English king by a successor of Peter will serve to strengthen the bonds of friendship between your country and the Holy See.”

Salvation Army responds to textile-recycling story

THE Salvation Army responded to a report in The Guardian this week that the directors of the company Kettering Textiles (KT) had earned almost £10 million since 2008 by running the charity’s network of textile-recycling banks. The chairman of the Salvation Army’s board of directors, Lt. Col. David Hinton, said that the charity had “been open and transpar­ent about all the facts relating to its relationship between itself . . . and KT”. He said that, as a “separate, commercial, for-profit company”, KT was “entitled to pay its employees and directors as it deems appropriate”. Mr Hinton said that the Salvation Army had been informed by the Charity Commission that it was “considering whether there is any role for . . . [it] in relation to the concerns raised in . . . [the] Guardian article”.

EU statement fails to mention Christians

BARONESS ASHTON, the EU Foreign Minister, has been criticised after a recent statement condemning attacks on religious minorities in Iraq and Egypt failed to mention Christians. The Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, said that the statement illustrated an “excess of secularism”, and has called for it to be withdrawn.

Correction: PCC members at St James’s, Darlington, not, as we re­ported last week, St George’s, are considering joining the Ordinariate. Apologies.

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