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THE second video from the Church of England’s JustPray campaign — the first of which was rejected by three cinema chains — has been released to mark the beginning of Lent
AS INCENSE filled the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church was celebrated there for the first time since 16th Century, history was made
THE global turmoil and conflict driven by extremism can be stopped only once religiously motivated violence has been purged from every faith tradition, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said
A CHURCH near Aylesbury has described a £250,000 offer of noise-reduction work from the promoters of the High Speed 2 rail link as “woefully inadequate”, saying that it needs to carry out work costing in the region of £2 million to mitigate the noise from the trains
Sister Frances Dominica ASSP was told 18 months ago that abuse allegations against her were no longer under police investigation. But she remains cut off from the hospice she founded. She talks to a staff reporter
THE principals of ten residential theological colleges are worried that new plans to reform the training of priests will have a “disastrous effect” on their colleges, and will disadvantage women
THE Archbishop of Canterbury’s so-called “war on Wonga” has helped bring about a “sea change” on payday lending, the man tasked by Archbishop Welby to lead the reforms has said
TWO 11-year-olds from a Church of England primary school in Lea, Lincolnshire, were at an international conference on Syria on Thursday of last week to share with world leaders what they have learned about the lives and hopes of refugee schoolchildren in Beirut
PRAYERS were being said at St George’s, Benenden, Kent this week for Caroline Andrews, aged 52, a part-time teacher at Benenden Church of England Primary School, who was found dead at her home on Thursday of last week
THE Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth, a former Bishop of Oxford, has criticised new rules that would forbid charities that receive government grants from using that money to lobby MPs, the Government, or political parties
ANY priest might be expected to take a passing interest in the architecture of the building where they ply their trade, but, for Canon Basil Clarke, it was a boyhood hobby that became a lifetime passion
A PROGRAMME to bring together people of different faiths has been hailed as a success
HEREFORD Cathedral is linking with an internet early-warning system to combat a rise in anti-social behaviour by drink and drug addicts within its precincts
CONGREGATIONS across the country are being urged to join a litter-picking project to clean up Britain, ready for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.
CHURCHGOERS in Devon have been making heart-shaped gifts as a way of “sharing God’s love” on Valentine’s Day
The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first appearance as royal patron of the RAF Air Cadets for a 75th anniversary service at the RAF church of St Clement Danes, London
The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson (centre, wearing cross), visits the world’s largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, at its base in Cardington airfield, near Bedford. The airship, the length of a football pitch, will take to the to the skies for the first time next month
Bishop of Durham clarifies position on Bishop Bell; Charity calls for ‘radicalisation’ of youth to prevent extremism; Bishop of St Albans counters Sunday-trading reforms; Former curate pleads guilty to child-sex offences
THE survivor who raised allegations of sexual abuse by a former Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd George Bell, has given her account in public for the first time
THE leader of the Evangelical network New Wine, the Revd Mark Bailey, has resigned, and has “stepped back” from his parochial ministry in Cheltenham, as a result of an investigation under the Clergy Discipline Measure.
ALL serving clergy in the Church of England will soon receive a letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York asking them to take part in a week of prayer for evangelism at Pentecost.
A FRIENDLY welcome, and a lavatory were the best ways to get people to visit a church, a survey published this week has suggested.
TWO key committees have agreed to mine the Church Commissioners’ reserves to find £72.7 million to help fund growth in the Church of England.
PLANS to extend Sunday trading have been revived by the Government, despite the opposition of trade unions and churches, through an amendment to the Enterprise Bill
BRITISH men who convert to Islam are often targeted by the security services, a report from the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge said this week