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UK news in brief

18 July 2014


On the move: Nicky Morgan leaves Downing Street, on Tuesday morning 

On the move: Nicky Morgan leaves Downing Street, on Tuesday morning 

Bishop welcomes new Education Secretary

THE Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, has said that he is looking forward to working with Nicky Morgan, the new Education Secretary. Bishop Pritchard, who chairs the C of E's Board of Education, also wished the departing Secretary Michael Gove well in his new office as Chief Whip. Mrs Morgan attends a C of E church in her constituency, Loughborough, and is a trustee of the Christians in Parliament group. 

Bishop Jones to chair hospital inquiry

AN INQUIRY into dozens of suspicious deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital will be led by the former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones. Bishop Jones, who chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which investigated the 1989 disaster, said that his priority would be to consult with the families affected. A report in 2004 suggested that "routine use of opiates" had probably shortened the lives of many patients. 

Mother feels her son's heart beat again

A CHANCE meeting at a Newcastle church brought a mother face-to-face with a man whose life was saved by her dead son's heart. Freda Carter's son John died of a brain tumour, aged 33, and his heart was donated to a 14-year-old boy. All she knew was that he was called Scott, until she bumped into him by chance at St George's, Jesmond, during a memorial service for organ donors. Scott Rutherford, now 20 and an aspiring actor, was born with a rare heart defect that was cured by the transplant. Mrs Carter said that her "maternal instinct" had led to her to Mr Rutherford, and that she was delighted to be able to feel her son's heart beat again through Mr Rutherford's chest.

Lay pioneers recognised

THE first batch of lay leaders of pioneer churches and Fresh Expressions trained by the Church Mission Society (CMS) were officially recognised by the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, in Oxford on Tuesday of last week. Bishop Cocksworth, the episcopal visitor to the CMS, admitted a group of eight lay workers into a new CMS Order created to acknowledge the ministry of lay pioneers in the C of E.

Rediscovered manuscript adds weight to canonisation call

AN ACADEMIC, Dr Jack Cunningham, has argued that Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln from 1235 to 1253, should be made a saint (News, 3 May 2012), and says that an 18th-century biography of the bishop he had recently found rebutted post-Reformation claims that Bishop Grosseteste was a proto-Protestant. Dr Cunningham also believes the city of Lincoln should put up a statue of the bishop, as one of the city's most prominent sons.

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