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UK news in brief

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08 August 2014

ST MARK'S, FLORENCE

Long wait: St Peter's, Siena 

Long wait: St Peter's, Siena 

C of E now recognised by Italian State

THE President of Italy has signed a decree that recognises the Church of England as an official denomination. The signing last month came after seven years of preparation by the Church of England. There are 20 churches in Italy within the diocese in Europe. www.chiesadinghilterra.org/

 

ASA upholds complaint on Rio Redeemer advert

THE Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint from the Evangelical Alliance about an advertisement showing the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro holding a bottle of champagne, with his arm around a model wearing a bikini. On Wednesday, the ASA ruled that the advert, placed by the gambling organisation Sporting Index and published by City AM newspaper, was "likely to cause serious offence to some readers". It must not appear again in its current form.

 

Online support launched for clergy spouses

AN INTERNET forum dedicated exclusively to the wives and husbands of the clergy has been set up. Clergy Spouse Support Network hopes to provide a place for spouses of clerics, of either gender, to find advice and share their experiences with others in a similar position.
www.clergyspousesupport.wordpress.com

 

Former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester case adjourned

A FORMER Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Peter Ball, attended a preliminary hearing at Lewes Crown Court on Friday of last week. He is charged with four counts of indecent assault, and misconduct in a public office (News, 4 April). He did not enter a plea. The case was adjourned until 12 September, when it will be heard at the Old Bailey.

Correction: the art installation Assembly - Memorial Chairs (News, 1 August) is hosted by Lichfield Cathedral, not Lincoln. It will be on show until November.

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