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UK news in brief

14 March 2014


Judged: Antony Micallef's last artwork Kill Your Idol, intended to be displayed at Oxford Circus Underground station (News, 28 February), was withdrawn at the last minute after objections from Transport for London. It remains on display at St Marylebone Parish Church

Judged: Antony Micallef's last artwork Kill Your Idol, intended to be displayed at Oxford Circus Underground station (News, 28 February), was withdr...

Hereford must wait longer for new diocesan

THE Crown Nominations Commission has failed to reach a decision about its recommendation for the next Bishop of Hereford. On Friday, the Archbishop of Canterbury wrote in a letter to the diocese: "Following interviews, we did not feel able to make a choice as to whom God is calling to be the next Bishop of Hereford and felt that we needed more time to discern the next stages for mission and ministry in the diocese." The Commission will reconvene on 1 May and 6 June.

More Yes votes on women bishops from the dioceses

ANOTHER five dioceses have voted on the women-bishops legislation referred by the General Synod. Canterbury, Sheffield, Sodor & Man, Southwark, and Wakefield all voted in favour. Across all nine that have voted to date, all three Houses are at least 90 per cent in favour of the legislation. In Sheffield, 76 per cent of all votes were in favour, as were 77 per cent in Wakefield. So far, all bishops have voted in favour, except one in the diocese of Wakefield.

Bishop of Dorchester to lead prayers in churchyard

PRAYERS will be led by the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, at 4 p.m on Sunday, in the churchyard of All Saints', Didcot, where the body of the murdered teenager Jayden Parkinson was found in a grave last year (News, 20 December). In January, Ben Blakeley was charged with Miss Parkinson's murder (News, 3 January).

Dr Forster criticises Government's 'fiscal individualism'

THE Bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, has warned of a "persistent tendency to marginalise children and their parents financially" in the UK's tax system. In a foreword to a new report by CARE - Taxation of Families: International comparisons 2012 - Dr Forster writes that the tax system since 2000 has "treated Britain as a mass of individuals and had no regard for family responsibility". The report suggests that, in 2012 a single-income couple on the OECD average wage of £35,883 per year faced a tax burden that was 45 per cent greater than the OECD average. It also suggests that the tax levied on one-earner couple families is more than 80 per cent of that levied on a single person, compared with 55 per cent for the average OECD family. www.care.org.uk

Lenten app a hit

CHURCH House Publishing's app for Lent was the most downloaded paid-for books app on iTunes in the UK on Ash Wednesday. Reflections for Lent Daily 2014: Bible notes from the Church of England is available at www.chpublishing.co.uk/features/our-apps

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