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06 March 2015


"Don't squander wealth": Christian groups protest against Trident outside Burghfield Atomic Weapons, Berkshire, on Monday

"Don't squander wealth": Christian groups protest against Trident outside Burghfield Atomic Weapons, Berkshire, on Monday

Bishop of Lichfield to retire in September

THE Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, will retire in September, he announced on Monday. He is 66. He was installed in 2003, after six years as the Bishop of Southampton. "It is with great mixed feelings that I make this announcement," he said. "But Jane and I know that, much as we will find it difficult to leave your love and prayers, it would not be right to continue much longer."

Applications to 'spend a year in God's time' welcomed

APPLICATIONS can now be made to join the Community of St Anselm, at Lambeth Palace. There are 16 places available for Christians aged 20 to 35 to live at the Palace full-time, and up to 40 for those who live and work in London, and will join part-time. The Community will spend a year following a "shared Rule of Life" based on silence, prayer, worship, study, and service to the poor. Interview

New notice period to combat sham marriages

A NEW clampdown on sham marriages means that, from Monday, the notice period for civil marriage and civil partnership will be extended from 15 days to 28 days. The change is intended to give the Home Office more time to investigate whether couples are trying to abuse the immigration system. If a sham marriage is suspected, couples may be subject to an extended notice period of 70 days.

Former police chaplain sentenced to prison

A FORMER police chaplain, the Revd Stephen Talbot, has been jailed for 15 months after admitting making and possessing indecent images of children. Mr Talbot, from Cambridgeshire, also admitted perverting the course of justice. He resigned from his position with Cambridgeshire police and was arrested on 1 October. His licence was withdrawn on 8 October.

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