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News in brief

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17 May 2013

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Overspill: a 1200-seater mar­quee was not large enough to contain UK and inter­national visit­ors to the GO2013 mission fest­ival, in Gerrards Cross, Bucks, over the Bank Holiday weekend

Overspill: a 1200-seater mar­quee was not large enough to contain UK and inter­national visit­ors to the GO2013 mission fest­ival, in Gerrards Cross...

Dame Heather Steel to lead inquiries in Jersey

THE investigation into a safeguarding complaint in Jersey, announced by the Bishop of Winchester in March, will be led by Dame Heather Steel. Dame Heather, a former judge of the Court of Appeal in Jersey, will revisit the review of the complaint led by Jan Korris (News, 15 March). She will make recommendations about whether disciplinary complaints should be brought against any member of the clergy.


Qatada seeks visit from Welby

THE radical cleric Abu Qatada has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury, requesting a meeting at Belmarsh Prison, where he is held. It is understood that Lambeth Palace has declined the invitation, and suggested that Mr Qatada should contact the prison chaplain. Mr Qatada has never been charged with an offence in the UK, but faces terrorism charges in Jordan.


Plea for release from Guantanamo

THE Foreign Secretary, William Hague, should make a public plea for the return of the last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay, Christians Against Torture has said. The detainee, Shaker Aamer, has been held at the US camp in Cuba for more than 11 years, despite being cleared for release six years ago. This month, a Foreign Office spokesperson said that the return of Mr Aamer to the UK was "a matter of urgency".


URC General Assembly Moderator inducted

JOHN ELLIS was inducted as one of the two Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church on Wednesday. Mr Ellis, who has been the URC's treasurer since 2007, succeeds Val Morrison, who became a Moderator in July 2010. Mr Ellis will serve until July 2016.


Faith leaders attend summit on organ donation

HE first ever Faith and Organ Donation Summit, which took place in London last week, was addressed by a medical-ethics adviser for the Archbishops' Council, Dr Brendan McCarthy. "The core message that we want to get to parishioners is to have the conversation with friends and family," he said. "Signing the organ-donor register isn't enough. The thing that has to change is the consent rates, and these will only change if friends and family know your wishes."

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