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UK news in brief

15 May 2015

the minster school, southwell

Friendship: one of several paintings by students from the Southwell Minster School, to be delivered to their partner school, St George's, in Jerusalem, by their school chaplain, the Revd Matthew Askey, who is a professional artists

Friendship: one of several paintings by students from the Southwell Minster School, to be delivered to their partner school, St George's, in Jerusal...

Archbishop of Canterbury to be patron of poverty charity

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has become the first patron of Christians Against Poverty. About 60 of the charity's 280 debt centres are based in Church of England churches. "CAP deals in helping people to get free of the prison of debt, and it's something I feel passionately about," he said.

Discovery of Saxon child in Hereford a 'mystery'

THE remains of a Saxon child have been found buried on land next to Hereford Cathedral. The discovery was made during an archaeological dig as part of a £5.4-million Heritage Lottery-funded project to restore and landscape the close, the BBC reports. The Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor, said: "In helping to uncover more of the cathedral's history, we have solved some mysteries, but possibly created some more."

URC expresses solidarity with persecuted faith groups

AN EMERGENCY resolution expressing solidarity with those persecuted for their faith has been passed unanimously by the Mission Council of the United Reformed Church. The resolution, passed on Saturday, calls on the newly elected British Government to "make religious freedom a strategic priority and to take early practical steps that show this commitment".

A spokeswoman for the Bishop of Down & Dromore, the Rt Revd Harold Miller, has asked us to state that he did not intervene in Knocknamuckley parish (News, 8 May). Although he and the Rector, the Revd Alan Kilpatrick, had spoken about the Royal Black Preceptory service, the decision to reinstate it was the Rector's.

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