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GAFCON contemplates missionary bishop to support UK malcontents

GAFCON contemplates missionary bishop to support UK malcontents

THE consecration of a “missionary Bishop” for Anglicans who want alternative oversight in the Church of England is being considered by Primates meeting in Lagos this week, GAFCON UK confirmed on Monday.

 

Rachel Boulding, church editor, dies, aged 52

Rachel Boulding, church editor, dies, aged 52

RACHEL BOULDING, deputy editor of the Church Times, died on Easter Saturday evening, aged 52

Policeman shot dead in apparent Islamic State terror attack in Paris

Policeman shot dead in apparent Islamic State terror attack in Paris

THE Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on police officers in central Paris on Thursday which left one policeman dead and two others wounded

Make June General Election about the poor, voters urged

Make June General Election about the poor, voters urged

THE Prime Minister’s decision to hold a snap general election has been greeted cautiously by some church figures who fear it will only re-open the divisions caused by last summer’s Brexit vote

We need Russian co-operation in Syria, says bishop

We need Russian co-operation in Syria, says bishop

PEACE in Syria will be impossible to achieve without co-operation with Russia, the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, said this week, amid warnings that relations between the countries were further deteriorating

Political concerns creep into Easter messages

Political concerns creep into Easter messages

JUST seven days after bomb attacks against two churches killed 44 people Egypt’s Coptic Christians gathered again in defiance to proclaim the resurrection on Easter Sunday because “the resurrection is a reality that changes everything in our lives” the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Archiepiscopal vault discovered in former Lambeth church

Archiepiscopal vault discovered in former Lambeth church

THE long-forgotten remains of five former Archbishops of Canterbury have been accidentally uncovered in a deconsecrated medieval church next to Lambeth Palace

Priest’s room discovered during modernisation

Priest’s room discovered during modernisation

AN ANCIENT parvis, or “priest’s room”, has been rediscovered in St Peter’s, Oundle, in Peterborough diocese, during an ongoing £1-million-plus restoration project to modernise the Norman church

Face-off

Face-off

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People’s Army; and the US Vice-President, Mike Pence, looks towards the north from an observation post inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, on Monday

Court grants Southwark more space for burials

Court grants Southwark more space for burials

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Southwark granted two petitions made by officers of the London borough of Southwark, so that consecrated land in two disused public cemeteries — Camberwell Old Cemetery, and Camberwell New Cemetery — which had also had war graves, could be used for future burials in consecrated ground

Priest visits survivors of sea crossing

Priest visits survivors of sea crossing

THE story of a Syrian refugee, taken from the hold of a ship to “light and life” by a German rescue boat, was recounted in St Leonards-on-Sea last week by a priest who discovered tales of suffering and resurrection on Italy’s migration frontline.

Keep on giving

Keep on giving

NOW that Lent is over, it is time to gather all the donations to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund

Children ‘pinballing’ around care system

Children ‘pinballing’ around care system

THE Children’s Commissioner for England has warned that children are “pinballing” around the care sys­tem after new data showed that 71 per cent of children in care moved foster placement, school, or social worker in just one year

Scottish Census finds ‘shoots of growth’ amid decline

Scottish Census finds ‘shoots of growth’ amid decline

CHURCH congregations in Scotland are vanishing at a rate equivalent to ten a month, the 2016 Church Census suggests

Amazon faith ad on prize shortlist  

Amazon faith ad on prize shortlist
 

AN AMAZON advert before Christmas, which featured a priest and an imam, has been shortlisted for the Radio Times Readers’ Award within the annual Sandford St Martin Awards for excellence in religious broadcasting. It is the first time that an advert has been shortlisted for the prize

Hymn book memorised for charity

Hymn book memorised for charity

FEATS of memory are nothing new for David Bathurst, who has previ­ously recited the New Testa­ment from memory for charity, and the entire works of Gilbert and Sullivan, among other things

Bearing crosses

Bearing crosses

Images from Holy Week

Tributes to late warden, in Lutton

Tributes to late warden, in Lutton

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former churchwarden who was found dead earlier this month

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop Michael Perham dies; Kirk publishes sexuality report; New Dean of Jersey appointed; Church wedding solemnised on Good Friday; Bristol memorial to 13th-century friars demolished

Security in churches tightened as ‘resilient’ Copts hold Easter services

Security in churches tightened as ‘resilient’ Copts hold Easter services

EASTER services went ahead amid tighter security in churches across Egypt following the twin suicide bombings which killed at least 45 Christians on Palm Sunday. The Coptic Church had announced it would scale back the festivities following Easter services as a period of mourning for victims was underway

First woman deacon in The Murray

First woman deacon in The Murray

THE first woman to be ordained in the small South Australian diocese of The Murray — the last Australian diocese to accept ordained women — will be ordained deacon tomorrow

Russian LGBT activists call for support

Russian LGBT activists call for support

LGBT activists in Russia have called on people of all faiths and none to speak out against anti-gay persecution in the country — but said that they did not expect a reaction from the “homophobic” Russian Orthodox Church

Auction shock

Auction shock

A small painting of unknown provenance that depicts the head of Christ with a crown of thorns, in an ornate frame, has exceeded an expected reserve of €800, and sold at auction in Dublin to an unidentified bidder for €120,000

Anglican university to open in South Sudan

Anglican university to open in South Sudan

THE first Anglican university in South Sudan will be a place in which the next generation escapes warring factions and prepares to build a peaceful nation, the theologian who chairs the project said this week

Desecration

Desecration

A damaged statue of Jesus is photographed in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Holy Tuesday. Iraqi Christians are beginning to return to the ransacked town after it was liberated from IS fighters

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ANCA’s Orders recognised

ANCA’s Orders recognised

THE ORDERS of priests in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) have been recognised by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Dean of Liverpool invited to take over in Sheffield

Dean of Liverpool invited to take over in Sheffield

THE man who has the task of heal­ing the wounds opened up in Shef­field by the traditionalism row is to be the Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox

No plans for grammars, says Genders

No plans for grammars, says Genders

THE Church of England has no plans to open further grammar schools because they do not “meet the needs of all pupils” irrespective of background, intelligence, or wealth, its chief education officer, the Revd Nigel Genders, has said

New allegations tell of savagery of Smyth beatings

New allegations tell of savagery of Smyth beatings

FRESH allegations have been made against John Smyth QC, who ran the Iwerne Christian camps during the 1970s. On Monday, the BBC interviewed a victim of Mr Smyth’s from Winchester College, who spoke of being beaten frequently as part of what is now being termed a religious cult

Why women clergy lead so few large churches

Why women clergy lead so few large churches

WOMEN make up 28 per cent of the stipendiary clergy, but lead only three per cent of the C of E’s largest churches. A new research paper from the Ministry Division has concluded that the causes are “enormous in­­stitutional barriers to ministry specifically because of their gender, manifest in a number of ways”

Survey: no time to pass on faith

Survey: no time to pass on faith

PARENTS are not passing on their Christian faith to their children, and the vast majority admit that they could be doing more, but don’t, owing to lack of time and a lack of confidence, a new survey suggests

Funeral held for PC Keith Palmer

Funeral held for PC Keith Palmer

POLICE officers from forces around the UK flanked the funeral cortège of PC Keith Palmer, on Monday, in tribute to their fellow officer, who was stabbed to death in the Westminster attack last month

Archbishops set up group to probe cathedrals

Archbishops set up group to probe cathedrals

THE Archbishops of Canterbury and York have launched an investigation into the management and governance of its cathedrals, after a cash-flow crisis at Peterborough Cathedral last year led to the resignation of the Dean and several redundancies

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