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UK news in brief

23 November 2012


Ringing out: the Rector of St Mary the Virgin, Baldock, Herts, the Revd Andrew Holford, says that it is to sound its bells, as usual, at 8 a.m. on Christmas Day. A planned change of time, occasioned by a single complaint, was overturned after 2000 people took part in a protest against the change on social media

Ringing out: the Rector of St Mary the Virgin, Baldock, Herts, the Revd Andrew Holford, says that it is to sound its bells, as usual, at 8 a.m. on C...

Archbishop makes plea for 'invisible' children

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has called for churches and other faith groups to raise awareness of the importance of birth registration, to mark the annual World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 20 November. Dr Williams spoke of the 51 million "invisible" children without a birth certificate for whom "life can be very hard" as they struggle to prove their citizenship. Churches must collaborate with governments and other agencies in order to promote "innovative community based repsonses to registration", he said. In South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, more than 63 per cent of births remain unregistered.

'Footnote' who gave us the Messiah

HANDEL's Messiah would never have been created without the input of an "unknown" librettist, it has been suggested. Letters from Handel to Charles Jennens, who is credited with writing the scriptural text, refer to the piece as "your Messiah". Sarah Bardwell, the director of the Handel House Museum, where the letters are to be put on display, said: "Without Jennens there would be no Messiah. . . It was he who had the idea to create the Messiah in the first place". She is hoping to save the "gifted and trusted collaborator" from being a "footnote", she told The Daily Telegraph.

Bishop Jones honoured by Liverpool Post

THE Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, has been named Leader of the Year by the Liverpool Post. He was awarded the prize for leading the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which concluded that the disaster could have been avoided if problems at the stadium had been taken into account, and uncovered a police cover-up (News, 14 September). Bishop Jones said: "I do not receive this with a smile on my face. I accept this on behalf of the 96 who died, mindful of them, and mindful of their families."


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