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26 April 2012



“Devastated”: the Samaritans charity said in a statement this week that it was overwhelmed by the response from people donating to the cause of Claire Squires, who died taking part in the London marathon, on Sunday. By Wednesday afternoon, more than £685,000 had been pledged.
Paul Vallely
Peter Graystone

Mission to Seafarers’ head dies suddenly

THE secretary general of the Mission to Seafarers, the Revd Tom Heffer, died on Monday, aged 43. Mr Heffer lost consciousness while driving on Tuesday of last week, which led to a minor collision. He was taken to an intensive-care unit at a hospital in north London, where he remained unconscious until he died on Monday evening. The chief executive of the Church Army, Mark Russell, said that Mr Heffer “brought a wonderful mix of wisdom and clarity, coupled with a razor-sharp wit and a positive spirit”.

Bishop Price warns about Olympics Sunday-trading

THE Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, speaking in the House of Lords on Tuesday, said that the Church “will be on guard” against arguments that say that the suspension of Sunday-trading laws during the Olympics is a success and “must be extended in the future”. Speaking in the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Bill to suspend Sunday trading during the Olympics, Bishop Price said: “I cannot warmly com­mend this Bill, although I suspect it will pass.”

Knowles and Millar to be installed as Assistant Bishops

THE former Dean of St Paul’s, the Rt Revd Graeme Knowles, and the former Vicar of Holy Trinity, Brompton, the Rt Revd Sandy Millar, are scheduled to be installed as Honorary Assistant Bishops at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday, by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock. Bishop Stock said that Bishop Millar was “very well known in the Church of England, and indeed in the worldwide Church”. Bishop Knowles, he said, “has an extraordinary breadth of experience in the Church of England”, and “consider­able expertise in church buildings”.

Priest pleads guilty to pocketing funeral fees

THE Team Vicar of Holy Trinity, Redditch, the Revd Peter Worrall, has been given a 12-month Community Order, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, after pleading guilty to charges of theft. The Redditch Advertiser reported last week that Mr Worrall had stolen funeral fees of about £9500, which should have been passed to the diocese. A statement from the Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Revd David Walker, given to the Redditch Advertiser, said that Mr Worrall had been “suspended from his duties as a parish priest and also faces disciplinary proceedings”.

Christians use internet to share faith, says survey

AN ONLINE survey of 700 Christians, conducted by the charity Christian Vision and Premier Christian Media, found that 84 per cent of respondents agreed “that the online space is a huge mission field”, and 65 per cent said “that they use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to share their faith in an intentional way”. Seventy-one per cent said that they “post links to Christian sites”; 73 per cent said that they “intentionally post or link to content in order to share their faith”.

Epic: Russell Crowe has been cast in the title-role of Noah, in a big-budget Hollywood film to be released in March 2014

Epic: Russell Crowe has been cast in the title-role of Noah, in a big-budget Hollywood film to be released in March 2014

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