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Child abuse inquiry publishes testimonies of abuse in church settings

Child abuse inquiry publishes testimonies of abuse in church settings

THE Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published the testimonies of 45 victims and survivors who gave evidence as part of its Truth Project. They are drawn from 250 testimonies that have been given under this strand of the inquiry

Oldest bell foundry in UK to close

Oldest bell foundry in UK to close

A MODEST frontage on Whitechapel Road, in the East End of London, is to close its doors in May 2017, taking with it 278 years of manufacturing history on the site. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, one of the oldest companies in the UK, has occupied those premises on Whitechapel Road since 1738

Laid to rest

Laid to rest

More than 500 children who died under the care of Barnardo’s, in London, between 1876 and 1924, and who were buried in unmarked graves in Old Bow Cemetery, have been honoured with a memorial in the same cemetery, now known as Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Think tank talks down faith schools

Think tank talks down faith schools

CHURCH of England and other “faith schools” perform better academically because they educate proportionately fewer children with challenging educational needs, a think tank has said

Home Office turns down visas for Syrian archbishops

Home Office turns down visas for Syrian archbishops

THE Government has shown that it does not care about the persecution of Christians overseas by refusing visas to three prominent Syrian Orthodox archbishops, the most senior Syrian Orthodox cleric in Britain, Archbishop Mor Athanasius Toma Dawod, has said

Keeping busy

Keeping busy

The Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Robert Wickham, joins Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner joins hundreds of Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers at the Jewish Community Centre JW3, in London, to make winter survival packs for the homeless

Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses same-sex marriage tribunal appeal

Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses same-sex marriage tribunal appeal

CANON Jeremy Pemberton has lost his appeal against a bishop’s refusal to grant him a licence. Canon Pemberton was refused a licence to take up a post as chaplaincy manager at King’s Mill Hospital in Mansfield because he married his partner, Laurence Cunnington, in April 2014

Speak freely about your faith, Prime Minister tells Christians

Speak freely about your faith, Prime Minister tells Christians

THE Prime Minister has welcomed a report that seeks to encourage Christians to share their faith and invokes the adage that a Christian is “either a missionary or an imposter”

Bishops in Sussex urge an end to rail strike 'misery'

Bishops in Sussex urge an end to rail strike

THE Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, spoke this week of the “misery” caused by disruptions to services on the Southern Rail route. He appealed to unions and the train operator to end their long standing dispute over proposed changes to the responsibilities of conductors and the introduction of driver-only operated trains

Welby traces ‘British’ values back to scripture

Welby traces ‘British’ values back to scripture

DEMOCRACY, the rule of law and other “fundamental British values” listed by the Government do not contain the “deep magic” that will enable Britain to flourish, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the House of Lords this week

Equality commission rejects call for new rules on accommodating religion

Equality commission rejects call for new rules on accommodating religion

THE Government’s equalities watchdog has rejected calls that it be made a legal requirement for employers to allow their employees to manifest religion or belief in the workplace

Seeing the light

Seeing the light

Connection, a glass and light sculpture by Galia Amsel, is on display at Chichester Cathedral. It is suspended from the upper levels in the Cathedral’s baptistry and hangs above the font. It will be exhibited until 16 February 2017

Nativity breaks record

Nativity breaks record

CALNE, in Wiltshire, has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest living nativity scene in the world. More than 1200 people in traditional costumes recreated the birth of Christ in the town, on Saturday, breaking the previous record set by 1039 volunteers in Utah, in the United States, in 2014

Church puts its stamp on new service

Church puts its stamp on new service

THE Vicar of St Peter’s Whitstable, in Kent, which has opened a temporary post office in its nave, has urged other struggling churches to take similarly “radical steps” to reconnect with the community and reverse the “increasing irrelevance” of the Church

Jubilee Centre report calls for biblical ideas for monetary policy

Jubilee Centre report calls for biblical ideas for monetary policy

MONETARY policy favours a “boom or bust” economy that could be improved through a Christian engagement in monetary reform, a report published this week has said

Integration is failing many, Casey review says

Integration is failing many, Casey review says

BISHOPS and clergy have given a cautious welcome to a strongly worded government review of the integration of minority communities into British society

Parish for new estate

Parish for new estate

A NEW parish has been created to cater for a housing development where the first residents are not expected to move in for almost two years. St Mark’s Church has been split off from the Horsham Team Ministry, in West Sussex, to form the independent parish of Holbrook, on the north edge of the town

St Martin-in-the-Fields BBC Christmas appeal reaches 90

St Martin-in-the-Fields BBC Christmas appeal reaches 90

THE BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal was broadcast live for the 90th year at St-Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday. Volunteers and BBC Radio presenters gathered in the church in Trafalgar Square to take the first donations, which are to support homeless people across the UK

Uncovered

Uncovered

Excavations at Beckery near Glastonbury in Somerset which have produced the earliest known evidence for monasticism in the British Isles

Community choir releases new single

Community choir releases new single

THE Cantignorus Chorus, a community choir set up at St Paul’s, West Hackney, in London, has released its third single, “Bring Them Here for Christmas”, about the plight of unaccompanied child refugees in Calais

Online index of wills offers historical goldmine

Online index of wills offers historical goldmine

THE stories of a priest who bequeathed his chamber pot to his godson; another who hid the 17th-century equivalent of £300,000 under his bedroom floor; and a bishop’s fear for his life as he hunted an outlawed Roman Catholic priest, have all been posted online

Church asks for HS2 endowment fund

Church asks for HS2 endowment fund

THE Parochial Church Council of Chetwode, in Buckinghamshire, is seeking “a substantial endowment” from the promoters of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail link between London and the West Midlands

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Church Commissioners win investment awards; Man found guilty of stealing Lazarus painting;Archbishop seeks Dean and Prior’s Clerk for St Anselm; Government to spend further £4 million to protect refugees; Clergy among most trusted professions; Rachel Harden to be Lay Canon of Liverpool

US Christians are suffering from ‘too much’ politics

US Christians are suffering from ‘too much’ politics

POLITICS is doing “great spiritual harm” to the lives of American people, a former faith adviser to Barack Obama told a congregation in St Stephen Walbrook, in the City of London, this week. They have aligned their identity too closely

Trussell retiring chairman ‘optimistic’ about political climate

Trussell retiring chairman ‘optimistic’ about political climate

IN HIS 12 years at the Trussell Trust, Chris Mould has seen a single food­bank expand to more than 400, warned of “scandalous” levels of hunger, and endured the wrath of Iain Duncan Smith, who, when he was Work and Pensions Secretary, accused the charity of “scare­monger­ing”

Bag-for-life baby mourned by priest

Bag-for-life baby mourned by priest

THE priest who discovered a new­born baby boy in a plastic “Bag for life” outside his vicarage last week has led prayers for the child, who died shortly after being found

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