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UK news in brief

26 August 2022


Officers near the house in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on Tuesday, where a nine-year-old girl was shot dead on Monday night, and her mother injured. A murder investigation has been launched

Officers near the house in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on Tuesday, where a nine-year-old girl was shot dead on Monday night, and her mot...

Bishop shocked at schoolgirl’s murder

THE Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Revd Bev Mason, has expressed her shock and sorrow at the murder of a nine-year-old girl in Knotty Ash on Monday night. The girl, named as Olivia Pratt-Korbel, a pupil at St Margaret Mary’s Roman Catholic Junior School, in Huyton, Liverpool, was killed when a gunman forced his way into her home. “This comes on the heels of a series of fatal crimes in Liverpool,” Bishop Mason wrote in a post on Twitter. “Our prayers are with the families, friends and communities and for an end to this heinous violence.” An investigation by Merseyside Police is under way.

New bishops for Anglican Network in Europe

THE Anglican Network in Europe (AINE) is to have four new bishops from October, to assist Bishop Andy Lines. AINE includes the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), which is a mission of the Anglican Church of North America, and the Anglican Convocation in Europe (ACE). The two bishops for AMiE will be Tim Davies and Lee McMunn. The two ACE bishops will be formally named soon. The general secretary of Gafcon, Archbishop Ben Kwashi, said: “The election and appointment of these servants of Christ is a testament to the work of the Holy Spirit in the mission.” The bishops are due to be consecrated in Hull on 21 October.

Quakers awarded grants for local development work

THREE trusts have between them pledged a total of £400,000 to support Quaker local development workers (LDWs). The programme began in 2016 and now involves 11 LDWs, with a brief to make Quaker communities inclusive and diverse. The Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain, Paul Parker, said: “Quaker social-justice work, which continues to help create a more just, merciful, and loving world, relies on our vibrant Quaker communities. We are deeply grateful for the support of Benefact Trust and the two other trust funders.” The grants officer for the Benefact Trust, Chloe Ewen, said: “Having specialist workers on the ground within Quaker communities will help to grow and strengthen modern Quakerism.”

Diocese of LlandaffCanon Sarah Jones

Cardiff priest recognised on Welsh Pinc list

THE Priest-in-Charge of St John the Baptist, Cardiff, Canon Sarah Jones, has been recognised in this year’s Pinc List as one of Wales’s most influential LGBT+ people. The list, in its eighth year, celebrates the LGBT+ people in Wales who have made a difference to lives of people in the community and across Wales. Canon Jones, a trans priest, was ordained in the Church of England in 2005 (deacon in 2004). Last year, she received an Attitude Pride Award for embodying the spirit of LGBTQ Pride in the Christian community.

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