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UK news

04 April 2014


Fit for a bishop: the moated Bishop's Palace at Wells

Fit for a bishop: the moated Bishop's Palace at Wells

Committee to decide on Wells Palace

THE objection raised by the Bishop's Council of the diocese of Bath & Wells to the decision by the Church Commissioners to move the home of the Bishop from the Palace at Wells (News, 7 March) will be heard by the Archbishops' Council on 28-29 April. A committee of members of the Council will meet at the Palace. Unless the Commissioners convince the committee that the objection should not be upheld, the move will not go ahead. The decision of the committee is final.

OFQUAL rules against redaction

SCHOOLS must not redact questions in exam papers for religious or any other reasons, the regulator OFQUAL has ruled. Those that do will be guilty of "malpractice". The decision comes after the Oxford, Cambridge, and RSA examination board permitted two ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools to delete questions on GCSE science papers which were not in accord with their community's beliefs (News, 7 March). 

Street preacher receives compensation

A CHRISTIAN street preacher, John Craven, who was held in prison for 19 hours after he was arrested over comments made to two gay teenagers has been awarded £13,000 in compensation. Mr Craven was arrested for "public order offences" after the two teenagers reported him. He had answered their question about his views on homosexuality by telling them that the Bible described it as sinful, but that, "whilst God hates sin, he loves the sinner." He reported that, while in prison he was denied food, water, and medication for 15 hours. The Greater Manchester Police agreed to pay a total of £50,000 in costs and compensation in an out-of-court settlement. Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, said: "Nobody should face 19 hours in custody for simply answering a question about their beliefs."

Boost for St Albans conservation work

ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL was awarded £391,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund on Wednesday. The money will be used to undertake conservation work on the shrine of St Amphibalus, the priest who led Alban to be converted to Christianity. It will also support an education and events programme, including a new welcome centre. Over the past 20 years, the HLF has invested more than £70 million in cathedrals in the UK. 

Christian holiday firm goes under

A CHRISTIAN holiday firm has gone into administration in circumstances that are unclear. A PR company working on behalf of Richmond World Holidays, which was founded in 2007, confirmed last week that the firm had entered administration. An explanatory statement provided by Richmond was later withdrawn, and the PR company was unable to give more details.

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