This week’s edition

We lead this week with the reaction to the Supreme Court ruling that legal permission will no longer be needed to withdraw treatment (including food and drink) from patients in a permanent vegetative state. Read what Christian groups thought about in our front-page story.

 

Also on the front page we report on the financial crisis that is facing the Church’s largest diocese and while the Archbishop of York blesses a new Green initiative, Christian Aid is reporting that more than 5,500 churches and cathedrals have switched to green energy.

 

There is the sad news reported on page 3 of the apparent murder of a Coptic bishop in his monastery. It is the latest blow to Christians there. And we also report on the leading bishop who is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer this week.

 

In other news we report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the row over whether Lord Carey should have had his Permission to Officiate returned. Andrew Carey also reflects on the hearing in his column. Prof Nigel Biggar addresses the issue of assisted suicide and we look at the far-right parties across Europe who are turning to the crucifix to make a point against the continent’s Muslim minority.

 

On our comment pages we hear from an American legal expert about how Britain’s decision not to oppose the death penalty for two jihadists will affect our country’s reputation around the world.

 

CMS report on a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is aimed at destroying the myth of child witches, while we look at the likely impact for Pakistan’s Christians of the country’s new leader, Imran Khan.

 

Elsewhere Brian Cooper enjoys the new Rembrandt exhibition, Paul Richardson reviews a new book tracing the roots of evangelicalism and Steve Parish reviews a major new film with a strong theological theme that is in the cinemas now. And Janey Lee Grace has some sparkling suggestions for non-alcoholic drinks this summer.

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