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UK news in brief

05 September 2014


A first: the Suffragan Bishop of the diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt Revd Gayle Harris, at St Asaph Cathedral, on Sunday, where she became the first woman bishop to celebrate the eucharist in a Welsh cathedral

A first: the Suffragan Bishop of the diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt Revd Gayle Harris, at St Asaph Cathedral, on Sunday, where sh...

Derbyshire pupils win church schools competition

A CHURCH school in Derbyshire has won a competition with a film by pupils explaining what their school means to them. The students from Stretton Handley C of E Primary School were named the winners of the #MyCofESchool yesterday, and have won the prize of tea with the Bishop of Oxford and chair of the Board of Education, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, in the House of Lords.

Irish RC Church has only 13 new seminarians

JUST 13 men began to study for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland this year, leading some to call for radical measures to stem the decline. Nineteen of the 26 dioceses in the Irish RC Church failed to attract a single candidate for the priesthood. The Revd Brendan Hoban, from the Association of Catholic Priests, told The Tablet that ancient faith communities would collapse unless radical moves, such as opening the priesthood to married men, were considered.

Rotherham Minster offers space for reflection

ROTHERHAM MINSTER has announced that it will open all day on Tuesday to provide space for people to pray, reflect, or light a candle after the exposure of a child-abuse scandal in the town. An official report released last week found that at least 1400 girls had been exploited, raped, trafficked, and abused, for decades. The Minster will be open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., with corporate prayer at 12.15 p.m.

Minister abandons fund-raising challenge

THE Revd Mike Haslam, a non-stipendiary minister in the Alfred Jewel Benefice in Somerset, has been forced to abandon his 630-mile run along the South West Coastal Path (News, 22 August). Despite making it from Minehead to Land's End in eight days, Mr Haslam said that his body was "collapsing, and the run has become a limp". He hopes to finish the route, which he was running for Christian Aid, within the next 12 months. He has raised £2500 so far.

Correction. Contrary to last week's story (News, 29 August), the Archbishop of Canterbury issues special marriage licences for both provinces of Canterbury and York. It was his faculty office that granted the special licence for the wedding to take place in Christ Church, East Layton.

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