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Hillsborough verdicts forces police chief suspension

Hillsborough verdicts forces police chief suspension

THE repercussions of the verdicts on the Hillsborough disaster continued this week, as the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police was suspended, and fresh investigations began

MPs reject proposal to take in 3000 child refugees

MPs reject proposal to take in 3000 child refugees

FAITH leaders and charities were disappointed this week after an amendment to the immigration Bill, committing the UK to take in 3000 unaccompanied child refugees who are already in Europe, was narrowly rejected in the House of Commons

Abuse victim accuses C of E of cover-up

Abuse victim accuses C of E of cover-up

A PRIEST who was abused by the former bishop Peter Ball has refused to take part in the inquiry into the case and accused the Church of England of covering up its part in his crimes

Doctors' contract is unjust and unsafe, Bishop Hill warns

Doctors

STRIKE action carried out by junior doctors this week against government plans to impose a new seven-day contract, “is not just about saving face. It is about justice, and the safety of the public,” the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, has said

Commons recognise Islamic State atrocities as genocide

Commons recognise Islamic State atrocities as genocide

MPs in the House of Commons voted unanimously, on Wednesday of last week, to recognise the atrocities carried out in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State (IS) against Christians, Yazidis, and other minority ethnic and religious groups as genocide

Vicar issued threats to organist's boy victim

Vicar issued threats to organist

THE diocese of Leeds has apologised after a former church organist was sentenced to eight years for historic offences of sexually abusing a boy in his choir

Cathedral reveals letter from ‘Mrs Shakspaire’

Cathedral reveals letter from ‘Mrs Shakspaire’

AS THE world marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Hereford Cathedral has unearthed its own Shakespeare tale

A quarter of UK charities are 'faith-based'

A quarter of UK charities are

MORE than a quarter of Britain’s thousands of charities are based on faith, a new report says

Trust urges Government to keep Channel 4 unprivatised

Trust urges Government to keep Channel 4 unprivatised

THE Sandford St Martin Trust has urged the Government to prevent the privatisation of Channel 4 in defence of the importance of religious broadcasting in the UK, in a formal submission to the House of Lords

Big Society needs rebrand, says charity

Big Society needs rebrand, says charity

CHURCHES take advantage of the opportunities presented by the roll-back of the State by delivering “substantial public services”, says a report launched at the House of Lords on Monday

Ancient cross found in Louth undergrowth

Ancient cross found in Louth undergrowth

FRAGMENTS from a tenth-century Anglo-Saxon stone cross have been discovered in the garden of a rectory in Lincolnshire

Norwich folio links two eras

Norwich folio links two eras

A PAGE of rare medieval plainsong has been discovered inside a historic volume from the library of Norwich Cathedral, the Eastern Daily Press reported

Hanworth PCC ordered to pay costs

Hanworth PCC ordered to pay costs

THE PCC of St George’s, Hanworth, was ordered to pay costs in the sum of £10,734 to the London borough of Hounslow in respect of the PCC’s failed application for an injunction against the borough to prevent the development of a site which appeared to be adjacent to the churchyard and curtilage of the church

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Guildford Cathedral’s future secured after successful appeal; New rules on extractive industry investment; Derby Cathedral feeling the buzz; Macclesfield church’s candles snuffed out by health and safety

Sincerely meant

Sincerely meant

Sermon sur l’Abstinence by Jehan George Vibert (1840-1902) on sale at Sotheby’s, New York, on 18 May, with an estimate of $30-40,000

All an act

All an act

The cast of Sister Act, members of the United Benefice Dramatic Society, get ready for their performance in East Hoathly Church, in Sussex

Royal tribute

Royal tribute

The Prince of Wales lays a wreath on the grave of William Shakespeare during a visit to Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, on Saturday, 400 years to the day since the playwright died

Upright

Upright

Anglo-Saxon and Roman stones and casts, part of the exhibition “Open Treasure” at Durham Cathedral, which opens on 23 July

Re-opened

Re-opened

The Bishop of Brixworth, the Rt Revd John Holbrook, consecrating the rebuilt prayer garden at Sywell Primary School, in the diocese of Peterborough

'Weeping window'

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, an installation of ceramic poppies by the artist Paul Cummins and the stage designer Tom Piper, is now at St Magnus Cathedral, in Orkney, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, next month. The work was originally created for and displayed a the Tower of London in 2014, as part of Remembrance commemorations

Hillsborough: 'truth is finally revealed; now for justice'

Hillsborough:

JUSTICE must follow the verdicts of unlawful killing in the Hillsborough disaster inquests, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, has said

Judge slates London diocese over Timothy Storey rape case

Judge slates London diocese over Timothy Storey rape case

THE diocese of London has been accused of “shamefully” trying to shift the blame for safeguarding failures concerning an ordinand who raped two teenagers he got to know as a church youth worker

Agreement reached on responsibility for church schools

Agreement reached on responsibility for church schools

AN AGREEMENT between the Government and Church of England education officers that will underpin the implementation of the new Education and Adoption Act was published on Tuesday

Faculty granted for reburial after daughter’s plea

Faculty granted for reburial after daughter’s plea

THE desire to honour the wishes of a deceased parent, combined with the fact that there would be reburial in a family grave, may be exceptional circumstances sufficient to enable the court to depart from the presumption that Christian burial was final, Chancellor Philip Petchey ruled in the Consistory Court of the diocese of Southwark

Poignant last Hillsborough service at Anfield

Poignant last Hillsborough service at Anfield

The former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, embraces Margaret Aspinall, the chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, last Friday, at the final annual memorial service to be held at Anfield for 96 Liverpool supporters killed in 1989

Court rules Thomas the Tank Engine gravestone inappropriate  

Court rules Thomas the Tank Engine gravestone inappropriate
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A REPRESENTATION of Thomas the Tank Engine is inappropriate for a headstone over a child’s grave in a churchyard, Chancellor Justin Gau ruled in the Consistory Court of the diocese of Bristol when refusing to grant a faculty

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