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UK news in brief

05 October 2012

Snakes alive: Canon Jacqui Jones, the Precentor, greets a pet at the animal-blessing service at Southwell Minster, on Sunday

Snakes alive: Canon Jacqui Jones, the Precentor, greets a pet at the animal-blessing service at Southwell Minster, on Sunday

Leicester offers final resting place to Richard III

LEICESTER Cathedral would be the "obvious place" for Richard III to be buried, the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, has said. Earlier this month, a team from the University of Leicester uncovered a skeleton, believed to be that of the monarch, in a grave within a demolished church in the city. Asked whether it should be a Roman Catholic or Anglican ceremony, the Bishop told the BBC that advice would be taken from liturgists. He said that there was "continuity in Christian belief before the Reformation and Christian belief today."

Vicar Academy takes to the airwaves

TV cameras have followed ordinands training for ministry at St Michael's College, Llandaff, for a year. The footage will feature in a four-part documentary, Vicar Academy, on BBC1 Wales, starting a week on Monday.

Vatican 'blocked Lords move'

THE former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, was invited to become the first Roman Catholic bishop in the House of Lords since the Reformation, but the Pope and his chief adviser were against it, The Sunday Telegraph reports. "It's to do with having the freedom to be outside the political system," the Cardinal said.

Miliband defines his 'faith'

THE Labour leader, Ed Miliband, described himself as "a person of faith" in an address to his party conference on Tuesday: "not a religious faith, but a faith none the less. A faith, I believe, many religious people would recognise." It was a belief that "we have a duty to leave the world a better place than we found it. . . And I believe that we can overcome any odds if we come together as people."

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