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News in brief

24 January 2014


Sudden loss: Dr Johnson

Sudden loss: Dr Johnson

Archbishop of West Africa dies suddenly

THE Archbishop of West Africa, Dr Solomon Tilewa Johnson, died suddenly on Tuesday while playing tennis. The Anglican Communion News Service reported that many Christians across Africa had written of their shock at his death on his Facebook page. Archbishop Welby has written to Dr Johnson's widow, Priscilla, to offer his condolences.

EU regulates to stop banks betting on hunger

EU MINISTERS agreed to limits on food speculation last week after three years of campaigning by the charity World Development Movement (WDM). The new limits will prevent banks' and hedge funds' driving up global food-prices, which has pushed more people into poverty. WDM hailed the decision as a "historic step forward", but said that limits need to be set at an EU, not national, level to prevent countries' setting weaker limits.

PM speaks about religion and son's death

DAVID CAMERON called himself "a classic Church of England member", and spoke of family life with his three children at Downing Street in an interview with the Mail on Sunday last week. He described wanting to "thump" anyone who told him that "some good" would come of the death of his eldest son Ivan in 2009. Mr Cameron also spoke of using the Bible as a "handy guide" for knowing right from wrong, and his respect for Islam as a religion of peace. Press

Government defeated again on Lobbying Bill

AN AMENDMENT to the Lobbying Bill, proposed by the Rt Revd Lord Harries, was voted through, against the Government, on Tuesday. The amendment aimed to reduce the regulatory burden on political campaigning by charities within individual constituencies. The Bill, which a coalition of charities has said will stifle democracy, returned to the Commons for MPs to consider the Lords' amendments on Wednesday, as we went to press.

York Minster intruder sentenced

A MAN who attacked staff at York Minster last July has been jailed for 15 months. Scott Apps, who is 42, was found guilty of common assault and actual bodily harm, in December at Leeds Crown Court. He punched a steward at the cathedral and assaulted the Archbishop of York's chaffeur at the start of the sung eucharist for members of the General Synod (News, 5 July).

New Principal for theological college

THE South East Institute for Theological Education has appointed the Revd Dr Alan Gregory as its next Principal. Dr Gregory, who is currently the continuing ministerial development officer for the diocese of Newcastle, is also the author of several books, including one on Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Correction: There was a wrongly attributed quotation in last week's story about Lord Bannside. The copy should have read: "Mr Mallon disputed Lord Bannside's claim that political leaders from the Republic bear responsibility for the bombings in Dublin and Monaghan in 1974." Our apologies.

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